The China diary of George H.W. Bush : the making of a global president

edited by Jeffrey A. Engel

Available in print for the first time, this day-by-day diary of George H. W. Bush's life in China opens a fascinating window into one of the most formative periods of his career. As head of the United States Liaison Office in Beijing from 1974 to 1975, Bush witnessed high-level policy deliberations and daily social interactions between the two Cold War superpowers. The China Diary of George H. W. Bush offers an intimate look at this fundamental period of international history, marks a monumental contribution to our understanding of U.S.-China relations, and sheds light on the ideals of a global president in the making. In compelling words, Bush reveals a thoughtful and pragmatic realism that would guide him for decades to come. He considers the crisis of Vietnam, the difficulties of dtente, and tensions in the Middle East, while lamenting the global decline in American power. He formulates views on the importance of international alliances and personal diplomacy, as he struggles to form meaningful relationships with China's top leaders. With a critical eye for detail, he depicts key political figures, including Gerald Ford, Donald Rumsfeld, Deng Xiaoping, and the ever-difficult Henry Kissinger. Throughout, Bush offers impressions of China and its people, describing his explorations of Beijing by bicycle, and his experiences with Chinese food, language lessons, and Ping-Pong. Complete with a preface by George H. W. Bush, and an introduction and essay by Jeffrey Engel that place Bush's China experience in the broad context of his public career, The China Diary of George H. W. Bush offers an unmediated perspective on American diplomatic history, and explores a crucial period's impact on a future commander in chief.

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  • Preface by George H. W. Bush xiii Introduction: Bush's China Diary--What You Are About to Read xvii Acknowledgments xxiii Cast of Primary Characters xxvii CHAPTER ONE: "Everybody in the United States Wants to Go to China" 1 October 21 to November 1, 1974 CHAPTER TWO: "Public Posture versus Private Understanding" 49 November 2 to November 21, 1974 CHAPTER THREE: "We Must Not Capitulate on Matters This Fundamental" 88 November 22, 1974, to January 15, 1975 CHAPTER FOUR: "Much of the World Depends on the United States" 145 February 6 to March 9, 1975 CHAPTER FIVE: "When It Is a Matter of Principle It Really Means Do It Their Way" 193 March 10 to April 15, 1975 CHAPTER SIX: "We Do Have Principles and It Is Time We Stood Up for Them" 253 April 16 to June 2, 1975 CHAPTER SEVEN: "There Is No Credit in This Work" 308 June 3 to July 4, 1975 CHAPTER EIGHT: "I Have Studied Chinese" 348 July 5 to August 22, 1975 Bush in China: The Making of a Global President 397 Notes 465 An Essay on Sources 485 Index 495 Photographs follow page 192

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書名 The China diary of George H.W. Bush : the making of a global president
著作者等 Bush, George
Engel, Jeffrey A.
出版元 Princeton University Press
刊行年月 c2008
ページ数 xxxi, 544 p., [16] p. of plates
大きさ 24 cm
ISBN 9780691130064
NCID BA88769641
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言語 英語
出版国 アメリカ合衆国