Synopses & Reviews
Hailed as "absorbing" by the New York Times and "suspense-filled" by Foreign Affairs, Patrick Tyler's A Great Wall became an instant classic; a must-read for anyone concerned with the complicated and combative relationship between the world's biggest and the world's most powerful nations. And no one could tell this story better than Patrick Tyler, veteran journalist and former Beijing bureau chief of the New York Times. Using brilliant original reporting from his years in China; interviews with presidents, secretaries of state, Chinese officials, and other key leaders; and 15,000 pages of newly declassified documents, Tyler illuminates a relationship usually shrouded in secrecy, miscommunication, rivalry, fascination, and fear. A Great Wall is essential reading for anyone interested in China and anyone concerned with the shifting dynamics of post-Cold War geopolitics.
A veteran journalist and news bureau chief in Beijing shares his many interviews with presidents, secretaries of state, and Chinese officials, as well as newly opened documents that illuminates the relationship between China and the U.S. Photos.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -459) and index.
The "riveting and endlessly fascinating story" (The Boston Globe) of the complex and often tormented relationship between the U.S. and China--a finalist for the Helen now in paperback
About the Author
Patrick Tyler is a veteran of the Washington Post and the New York Times. A former Beijing bureau chief, he is currently on assignment in Moscow.
Table of Contents
Prologue: The risk of war... -- The Taiwan Crisis -- The Sino-Soviet Border: 1969 -- Nixon: The opening ... -- Ford: Estrangement--"I smile bitterly..." -- Carter: Fulfillment--"The president has made up his mind..." -- Reagan:... and Taiwan -- Bush:...and Tiananmen -- Clinton: The butchers of Beijing... -- Transition:...it begins again.