The China Mission: George Marshall's Unfinished War, 1945-1947

The China Mission: George Marshall's Unfinished War, 1945-1947

A nuanced history of the doomed diplomatic mission that turned the tides of the Chinese Civil War. Following the phenomenal success of General George C. Marshall?s leadership of the American army during World War II, he was the standout candidate for a vital international mission: brokering a coalition government between China?s warring Nationalists and Communists. Marshall A nuanced history of the doomed diplomatic mission that turned the tides of the Chinese Civil War. Following t...

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Title:The China Mission: George Marshall's Unfinished War, 1945-1947
Author:Daniel Kurtz-Phelan
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Genres:History
ISBN:0393240959
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:496 pages pages

The China Mission: George Marshall's Unfinished War, 1945-1947 Reviews

  • Ned M Campbell
    Jul 06, 2018

    History of George Marshall's unsuccessful mission to end the conflict between the Nationalist and Communist parties in China which had begun in 1927 and would only end with the Nationalists' flight from the mainland in 1949. In November 1945, the day after Marshall had retired from...

    I heard about this book right when I was finishing Ben Steill?s excellent book on the Marshall and it seemed like it would be a good complement. These are books about two different but important cases of immediate post-WW2 diplomacy led by the same larger than life leader but taking ...

    U.S. Discovers the Limits of its Post-War Power This is a wonderful, insightful book about a period in U.S.-Chinese relations that has received little attention recently ? but which in the U.S. resulted in character assassination and myth about ?what might have been? until Nix...

    Riveting & forceful insight of General Marshall?s role in mediating peace between 2 belligerents (Mao?s CCP & Chiang Kai-shek?s Kuomintang) through the joint efforts of the committee for 3. It breaks down and indicts the different parties errors which led to the failu...

    The author, a former speech writer for Hillary Clinton and likely part of the entourage Hillary brought to the State Department and later her campaign, has an undergraduate degree centering on political science and history. He is an able writer who is an excellent wordsmith and has a s...

    Kurtz-Phelan has written an interesting, authoritative and exhaustively-researched tale of this little-known chapter in American diplomacy. It serves as both a case study in personal diplomacy, and a sympathetic and respectful portrait of an American giant in the latter stages of his c...

    This book attempts to provide insight into an aspect of early Cold War History that doesn't always get a lot of attention. While much of the immediate post-war American focus was on Europe and the USSR, the post-war situation in China was no less volatile, especially as the country end...

    I am a fan of history - especially 20th century American geopolitical and military history. However, this book covered a subject I knew (embarrassingly) little about...the end of China's civil war and George Marshall's role therein. General Marshall was "assigned" the China mission ...

    Deeply Illuminating on a Brief Yet Critical Chapter in Recent World History Highly readable and enlightening examination of a brief yet critical chapter in recent world history and our foreign policy. It's message, among others, of the tension between complexity and hard objective a...

    A dry but fascinating topic, written masterfully by the author. This book helped answer the question of "who lost China?" and shed much light on George Marshall's experiences and thoughts that would eventually lead to the famous Marshall Plan that helped Europe recover. In addition, th...

    This book helped me to understand how and why China became a communist country. It was extremely well researched and easy to follow. It did not have strong political undertones. The author did a good job describing the primary historical figures: George Marshall, Chiang Kai Shek and hi...

    A man of integrity spends his whole life serving his country, fighting wars and seeking peace. This well-written account of George Marshall's failed attempt to ward off Civil War in China at the end of WWII illustrates how winning peace is even harder than winning wars. ...

    A great look at a part of Marshall?s career that has not been talked about much: Marshall?s attempt to forge an agreement between the Nationalists and Communists in China after World War Two. The failure of these talks would affect American domestic and foreign policy for decades. ...

    Very helpful in understanding present day Chinese relations with U.S. All students of Chinese politics will benefit by reading this well told story of General Marshall?s work after WW II. ...

    This book was workman like. It covered the material well but it did not really excite in the writing. ...

    This book should be better known as a romance. It certainly isn't history. The scholarship is non-existent. The author makes thousands of quotations without documentation and no citations. ...

    Nonfiction ...

    This was phenomenal. The writing is extremely engaging. A great book on history, negotiation, persuasion, and the influence of humans and their decisions on history ...

    I was unfamiliar with this period of American History, and the involvement of General Marshal. ...

    This is an amazing episode in history and certainly obscured by flow of events since Marshall's attempt at reconciling the problems plaguing China at the end of World War II. The author writes a very telling narrative and I don't think a simple review would do the book justice. All I c...

    General George Marshall was at the pantheon of America's greatest military leaders. He was also the military's version of a diplomat However, because he was an administrator, the glory of history was given to field commanders such as Ike, Patton, and MacArthur. Marshall did no less tha...

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  • Randall Harrison
    Jun 26, 2018

    History of George Marshall's unsuccessful mission to end the conflict between the Nationalist and Communist parties in China which had begun in 1927 and would only end with the Nationalists' flight from the mainland in 1949. In November 1945, the day after Marshall had retired from...

    I heard about this book right when I was finishing Ben Steill?s excellent book on the Marshall and it seemed like it would be a good complement. These are books about two different but important cases of immediate post-WW2 diplomacy led by the same larger than life leader but taking ...

    U.S. Discovers the Limits of its Post-War Power This is a wonderful, insightful book about a period in U.S.-Chinese relations that has received little attention recently ? but which in the U.S. resulted in character assassination and myth about ?what might have been? until Nix...

    Riveting & forceful insight of General Marshall?s role in mediating peace between 2 belligerents (Mao?s CCP & Chiang Kai-shek?s Kuomintang) through the joint efforts of the committee for 3. It breaks down and indicts the different parties errors which led to the failu...

    The author, a former speech writer for Hillary Clinton and likely part of the entourage Hillary brought to the State Department and later her campaign, has an undergraduate degree centering on political science and history. He is an able writer who is an excellent wordsmith and has a s...

    Kurtz-Phelan has written an interesting, authoritative and exhaustively-researched tale of this little-known chapter in American diplomacy. It serves as both a case study in personal diplomacy, and a sympathetic and respectful portrait of an American giant in the latter stages of his c...

  • Gaby Chapman
    Jun 29, 2018

    History of George Marshall's unsuccessful mission to end the conflict between the Nationalist and Communist parties in China which had begun in 1927 and would only end with the Nationalists' flight from the mainland in 1949. In November 1945, the day after Marshall had retired from...

    I heard about this book right when I was finishing Ben Steill?s excellent book on the Marshall and it seemed like it would be a good complement. These are books about two different but important cases of immediate post-WW2 diplomacy led by the same larger than life leader but taking ...

    U.S. Discovers the Limits of its Post-War Power This is a wonderful, insightful book about a period in U.S.-Chinese relations that has received little attention recently ? but which in the U.S. resulted in character assassination and myth about ?what might have been? until Nix...

    Riveting & forceful insight of General Marshall?s role in mediating peace between 2 belligerents (Mao?s CCP & Chiang Kai-shek?s Kuomintang) through the joint efforts of the committee for 3. It breaks down and indicts the different parties errors which led to the failu...

    The author, a former speech writer for Hillary Clinton and likely part of the entourage Hillary brought to the State Department and later her campaign, has an undergraduate degree centering on political science and history. He is an able writer who is an excellent wordsmith and has a s...

    Kurtz-Phelan has written an interesting, authoritative and exhaustively-researched tale of this little-known chapter in American diplomacy. It serves as both a case study in personal diplomacy, and a sympathetic and respectful portrait of an American giant in the latter stages of his c...

    This book attempts to provide insight into an aspect of early Cold War History that doesn't always get a lot of attention. While much of the immediate post-war American focus was on Europe and the USSR, the post-war situation in China was no less volatile, especially as the country end...

    I am a fan of history - especially 20th century American geopolitical and military history. However, this book covered a subject I knew (embarrassingly) little about...the end of China's civil war and George Marshall's role therein. General Marshall was "assigned" the China mission ...

    Deeply Illuminating on a Brief Yet Critical Chapter in Recent World History Highly readable and enlightening examination of a brief yet critical chapter in recent world history and our foreign policy. It's message, among others, of the tension between complexity and hard objective a...

    A dry but fascinating topic, written masterfully by the author. This book helped answer the question of "who lost China?" and shed much light on George Marshall's experiences and thoughts that would eventually lead to the famous Marshall Plan that helped Europe recover. In addition, th...

    This book helped me to understand how and why China became a communist country. It was extremely well researched and easy to follow. It did not have strong political undertones. The author did a good job describing the primary historical figures: George Marshall, Chiang Kai Shek and hi...

    A man of integrity spends his whole life serving his country, fighting wars and seeking peace. This well-written account of George Marshall's failed attempt to ward off Civil War in China at the end of WWII illustrates how winning peace is even harder than winning wars. ...

  • Scott Martin
    Jun 11, 2018

    History of George Marshall's unsuccessful mission to end the conflict between the Nationalist and Communist parties in China which had begun in 1927 and would only end with the Nationalists' flight from the mainland in 1949. In November 1945, the day after Marshall had retired from...

    I heard about this book right when I was finishing Ben Steill?s excellent book on the Marshall and it seemed like it would be a good complement. These are books about two different but important cases of immediate post-WW2 diplomacy led by the same larger than life leader but taking ...

    U.S. Discovers the Limits of its Post-War Power This is a wonderful, insightful book about a period in U.S.-Chinese relations that has received little attention recently ? but which in the U.S. resulted in character assassination and myth about ?what might have been? until Nix...

    Riveting & forceful insight of General Marshall?s role in mediating peace between 2 belligerents (Mao?s CCP & Chiang Kai-shek?s Kuomintang) through the joint efforts of the committee for 3. It breaks down and indicts the different parties errors which led to the failu...

    The author, a former speech writer for Hillary Clinton and likely part of the entourage Hillary brought to the State Department and later her campaign, has an undergraduate degree centering on political science and history. He is an able writer who is an excellent wordsmith and has a s...

    Kurtz-Phelan has written an interesting, authoritative and exhaustively-researched tale of this little-known chapter in American diplomacy. It serves as both a case study in personal diplomacy, and a sympathetic and respectful portrait of an American giant in the latter stages of his c...

    This book attempts to provide insight into an aspect of early Cold War History that doesn't always get a lot of attention. While much of the immediate post-war American focus was on Europe and the USSR, the post-war situation in China was no less volatile, especially as the country end...

  • Hadrian
    Jun 12, 2018

    History of George Marshall's unsuccessful mission to end the conflict between the Nationalist and Communist parties in China which had begun in 1927 and would only end with the Nationalists' flight from the mainland in 1949. In November 1945, the day after Marshall had retired from...

  • Daniel Farabaugh
    Sep 10, 2018

    History of George Marshall's unsuccessful mission to end the conflict between the Nationalist and Communist parties in China which had begun in 1927 and would only end with the Nationalists' flight from the mainland in 1949. In November 1945, the day after Marshall had retired from...

    I heard about this book right when I was finishing Ben Steill?s excellent book on the Marshall and it seemed like it would be a good complement. These are books about two different but important cases of immediate post-WW2 diplomacy led by the same larger than life leader but taking ...

    U.S. Discovers the Limits of its Post-War Power This is a wonderful, insightful book about a period in U.S.-Chinese relations that has received little attention recently ? but which in the U.S. resulted in character assassination and myth about ?what might have been? until Nix...

    Riveting & forceful insight of General Marshall?s role in mediating peace between 2 belligerents (Mao?s CCP & Chiang Kai-shek?s Kuomintang) through the joint efforts of the committee for 3. It breaks down and indicts the different parties errors which led to the failu...

    The author, a former speech writer for Hillary Clinton and likely part of the entourage Hillary brought to the State Department and later her campaign, has an undergraduate degree centering on political science and history. He is an able writer who is an excellent wordsmith and has a s...

    Kurtz-Phelan has written an interesting, authoritative and exhaustively-researched tale of this little-known chapter in American diplomacy. It serves as both a case study in personal diplomacy, and a sympathetic and respectful portrait of an American giant in the latter stages of his c...

    This book attempts to provide insight into an aspect of early Cold War History that doesn't always get a lot of attention. While much of the immediate post-war American focus was on Europe and the USSR, the post-war situation in China was no less volatile, especially as the country end...

    I am a fan of history - especially 20th century American geopolitical and military history. However, this book covered a subject I knew (embarrassingly) little about...the end of China's civil war and George Marshall's role therein. General Marshall was "assigned" the China mission ...

    Deeply Illuminating on a Brief Yet Critical Chapter in Recent World History Highly readable and enlightening examination of a brief yet critical chapter in recent world history and our foreign policy. It's message, among others, of the tension between complexity and hard objective a...

    A dry but fascinating topic, written masterfully by the author. This book helped answer the question of "who lost China?" and shed much light on George Marshall's experiences and thoughts that would eventually lead to the famous Marshall Plan that helped Europe recover. In addition, th...

    This book helped me to understand how and why China became a communist country. It was extremely well researched and easy to follow. It did not have strong political undertones. The author did a good job describing the primary historical figures: George Marshall, Chiang Kai Shek and hi...

    A man of integrity spends his whole life serving his country, fighting wars and seeking peace. This well-written account of George Marshall's failed attempt to ward off Civil War in China at the end of WWII illustrates how winning peace is even harder than winning wars. ...

    A great look at a part of Marshall?s career that has not been talked about much: Marshall?s attempt to forge an agreement between the Nationalists and Communists in China after World War Two. The failure of these talks would affect American domestic and foreign policy for decades. ...

    Very helpful in understanding present day Chinese relations with U.S. All students of Chinese politics will benefit by reading this well told story of General Marshall?s work after WW II. ...

    This book was workman like. It covered the material well but it did not really excite in the writing. ...

  • Tom
    Aug 16, 2018

    History of George Marshall's unsuccessful mission to end the conflict between the Nationalist and Communist parties in China which had begun in 1927 and would only end with the Nationalists' flight from the mainland in 1949. In November 1945, the day after Marshall had retired from...

    I heard about this book right when I was finishing Ben Steill?s excellent book on the Marshall and it seemed like it would be a good complement. These are books about two different but important cases of immediate post-WW2 diplomacy led by the same larger than life leader but taking ...

    U.S. Discovers the Limits of its Post-War Power This is a wonderful, insightful book about a period in U.S.-Chinese relations that has received little attention recently ? but which in the U.S. resulted in character assassination and myth about ?what might have been? until Nix...

    Riveting & forceful insight of General Marshall?s role in mediating peace between 2 belligerents (Mao?s CCP & Chiang Kai-shek?s Kuomintang) through the joint efforts of the committee for 3. It breaks down and indicts the different parties errors which led to the failu...

    The author, a former speech writer for Hillary Clinton and likely part of the entourage Hillary brought to the State Department and later her campaign, has an undergraduate degree centering on political science and history. He is an able writer who is an excellent wordsmith and has a s...

    Kurtz-Phelan has written an interesting, authoritative and exhaustively-researched tale of this little-known chapter in American diplomacy. It serves as both a case study in personal diplomacy, and a sympathetic and respectful portrait of an American giant in the latter stages of his c...

    This book attempts to provide insight into an aspect of early Cold War History that doesn't always get a lot of attention. While much of the immediate post-war American focus was on Europe and the USSR, the post-war situation in China was no less volatile, especially as the country end...

    I am a fan of history - especially 20th century American geopolitical and military history. However, this book covered a subject I knew (embarrassingly) little about...the end of China's civil war and George Marshall's role therein. General Marshall was "assigned" the China mission ...

    Deeply Illuminating on a Brief Yet Critical Chapter in Recent World History Highly readable and enlightening examination of a brief yet critical chapter in recent world history and our foreign policy. It's message, among others, of the tension between complexity and hard objective a...

    A dry but fascinating topic, written masterfully by the author. This book helped answer the question of "who lost China?" and shed much light on George Marshall's experiences and thoughts that would eventually lead to the famous Marshall Plan that helped Europe recover. In addition, th...

    This book helped me to understand how and why China became a communist country. It was extremely well researched and easy to follow. It did not have strong political undertones. The author did a good job describing the primary historical figures: George Marshall, Chiang Kai Shek and hi...

    A man of integrity spends his whole life serving his country, fighting wars and seeking peace. This well-written account of George Marshall's failed attempt to ward off Civil War in China at the end of WWII illustrates how winning peace is even harder than winning wars. ...

    A great look at a part of Marshall?s career that has not been talked about much: Marshall?s attempt to forge an agreement between the Nationalists and Communists in China after World War Two. The failure of these talks would affect American domestic and foreign policy for decades. ...

    Very helpful in understanding present day Chinese relations with U.S. All students of Chinese politics will benefit by reading this well told story of General Marshall?s work after WW II. ...

    This book was workman like. It covered the material well but it did not really excite in the writing. ...

    This book should be better known as a romance. It certainly isn't history. The scholarship is non-existent. The author makes thousands of quotations without documentation and no citations. ...

    Nonfiction ...

    This was phenomenal. The writing is extremely engaging. A great book on history, negotiation, persuasion, and the influence of humans and their decisions on history ...

    I was unfamiliar with this period of American History, and the involvement of General Marshal. ...

  • Lehtomaki
    May 13, 2018

    History of George Marshall's unsuccessful mission to end the conflict between the Nationalist and Communist parties in China which had begun in 1927 and would only end with the Nationalists' flight from the mainland in 1949. In November 1945, the day after Marshall had retired from...

    I heard about this book right when I was finishing Ben Steill?s excellent book on the Marshall and it seemed like it would be a good complement. These are books about two different but important cases of immediate post-WW2 diplomacy led by the same larger than life leader but taking ...

    U.S. Discovers the Limits of its Post-War Power This is a wonderful, insightful book about a period in U.S.-Chinese relations that has received little attention recently ? but which in the U.S. resulted in character assassination and myth about ?what might have been? until Nix...

    Riveting & forceful insight of General Marshall?s role in mediating peace between 2 belligerents (Mao?s CCP & Chiang Kai-shek?s Kuomintang) through the joint efforts of the committee for 3. It breaks down and indicts the different parties errors which led to the failu...

    The author, a former speech writer for Hillary Clinton and likely part of the entourage Hillary brought to the State Department and later her campaign, has an undergraduate degree centering on political science and history. He is an able writer who is an excellent wordsmith and has a s...

    Kurtz-Phelan has written an interesting, authoritative and exhaustively-researched tale of this little-known chapter in American diplomacy. It serves as both a case study in personal diplomacy, and a sympathetic and respectful portrait of an American giant in the latter stages of his c...

    This book attempts to provide insight into an aspect of early Cold War History that doesn't always get a lot of attention. While much of the immediate post-war American focus was on Europe and the USSR, the post-war situation in China was no less volatile, especially as the country end...

    I am a fan of history - especially 20th century American geopolitical and military history. However, this book covered a subject I knew (embarrassingly) little about...the end of China's civil war and George Marshall's role therein. General Marshall was "assigned" the China mission ...

    Deeply Illuminating on a Brief Yet Critical Chapter in Recent World History Highly readable and enlightening examination of a brief yet critical chapter in recent world history and our foreign policy. It's message, among others, of the tension between complexity and hard objective a...

    A dry but fascinating topic, written masterfully by the author. This book helped answer the question of "who lost China?" and shed much light on George Marshall's experiences and thoughts that would eventually lead to the famous Marshall Plan that helped Europe recover. In addition, th...

    This book helped me to understand how and why China became a communist country. It was extremely well researched and easy to follow. It did not have strong political undertones. The author did a good job describing the primary historical figures: George Marshall, Chiang Kai Shek and hi...

    A man of integrity spends his whole life serving his country, fighting wars and seeking peace. This well-written account of George Marshall's failed attempt to ward off Civil War in China at the end of WWII illustrates how winning peace is even harder than winning wars. ...

    A great look at a part of Marshall?s career that has not been talked about much: Marshall?s attempt to forge an agreement between the Nationalists and Communists in China after World War Two. The failure of these talks would affect American domestic and foreign policy for decades. ...

    Very helpful in understanding present day Chinese relations with U.S. All students of Chinese politics will benefit by reading this well told story of General Marshall?s work after WW II. ...

    This book was workman like. It covered the material well but it did not really excite in the writing. ...

    This book should be better known as a romance. It certainly isn't history. The scholarship is non-existent. The author makes thousands of quotations without documentation and no citations. ...

    Nonfiction ...

  • Kevin Y
    Jun 14, 2018

    History of George Marshall's unsuccessful mission to end the conflict between the Nationalist and Communist parties in China which had begun in 1927 and would only end with the Nationalists' flight from the mainland in 1949. In November 1945, the day after Marshall had retired from...

    I heard about this book right when I was finishing Ben Steill?s excellent book on the Marshall and it seemed like it would be a good complement. These are books about two different but important cases of immediate post-WW2 diplomacy led by the same larger than life leader but taking ...

    U.S. Discovers the Limits of its Post-War Power This is a wonderful, insightful book about a period in U.S.-Chinese relations that has received little attention recently ? but which in the U.S. resulted in character assassination and myth about ?what might have been? until Nix...

    Riveting & forceful insight of General Marshall?s role in mediating peace between 2 belligerents (Mao?s CCP & Chiang Kai-shek?s Kuomintang) through the joint efforts of the committee for 3. It breaks down and indicts the different parties errors which led to the failu...

    The author, a former speech writer for Hillary Clinton and likely part of the entourage Hillary brought to the State Department and later her campaign, has an undergraduate degree centering on political science and history. He is an able writer who is an excellent wordsmith and has a s...

    Kurtz-Phelan has written an interesting, authoritative and exhaustively-researched tale of this little-known chapter in American diplomacy. It serves as both a case study in personal diplomacy, and a sympathetic and respectful portrait of an American giant in the latter stages of his c...

    This book attempts to provide insight into an aspect of early Cold War History that doesn't always get a lot of attention. While much of the immediate post-war American focus was on Europe and the USSR, the post-war situation in China was no less volatile, especially as the country end...

    I am a fan of history - especially 20th century American geopolitical and military history. However, this book covered a subject I knew (embarrassingly) little about...the end of China's civil war and George Marshall's role therein. General Marshall was "assigned" the China mission ...

    Deeply Illuminating on a Brief Yet Critical Chapter in Recent World History Highly readable and enlightening examination of a brief yet critical chapter in recent world history and our foreign policy. It's message, among others, of the tension between complexity and hard objective a...

    A dry but fascinating topic, written masterfully by the author. This book helped answer the question of "who lost China?" and shed much light on George Marshall's experiences and thoughts that would eventually lead to the famous Marshall Plan that helped Europe recover. In addition, th...

    This book helped me to understand how and why China became a communist country. It was extremely well researched and easy to follow. It did not have strong political undertones. The author did a good job describing the primary historical figures: George Marshall, Chiang Kai Shek and hi...

    A man of integrity spends his whole life serving his country, fighting wars and seeking peace. This well-written account of George Marshall's failed attempt to ward off Civil War in China at the end of WWII illustrates how winning peace is even harder than winning wars. ...

    A great look at a part of Marshall?s career that has not been talked about much: Marshall?s attempt to forge an agreement between the Nationalists and Communists in China after World War Two. The failure of these talks would affect American domestic and foreign policy for decades. ...

    Very helpful in understanding present day Chinese relations with U.S. All students of Chinese politics will benefit by reading this well told story of General Marshall?s work after WW II. ...

    This book was workman like. It covered the material well but it did not really excite in the writing. ...

    This book should be better known as a romance. It certainly isn't history. The scholarship is non-existent. The author makes thousands of quotations without documentation and no citations. ...

    Nonfiction ...

    This was phenomenal. The writing is extremely engaging. A great book on history, negotiation, persuasion, and the influence of humans and their decisions on history ...

    I was unfamiliar with this period of American History, and the involvement of General Marshal. ...

    This is an amazing episode in history and certainly obscured by flow of events since Marshall's attempt at reconciling the problems plaguing China at the end of World War II. The author writes a very telling narrative and I don't think a simple review would do the book justice. All I c...

  • Joseph
    Sep 02, 2018

    History of George Marshall's unsuccessful mission to end the conflict between the Nationalist and Communist parties in China which had begun in 1927 and would only end with the Nationalists' flight from the mainland in 1949. In November 1945, the day after Marshall had retired from...

    I heard about this book right when I was finishing Ben Steill?s excellent book on the Marshall and it seemed like it would be a good complement. These are books about two different but important cases of immediate post-WW2 diplomacy led by the same larger than life leader but taking ...

    U.S. Discovers the Limits of its Post-War Power This is a wonderful, insightful book about a period in U.S.-Chinese relations that has received little attention recently ? but which in the U.S. resulted in character assassination and myth about ?what might have been? until Nix...

    Riveting & forceful insight of General Marshall?s role in mediating peace between 2 belligerents (Mao?s CCP & Chiang Kai-shek?s Kuomintang) through the joint efforts of the committee for 3. It breaks down and indicts the different parties errors which led to the failu...

    The author, a former speech writer for Hillary Clinton and likely part of the entourage Hillary brought to the State Department and later her campaign, has an undergraduate degree centering on political science and history. He is an able writer who is an excellent wordsmith and has a s...

  • E.
    Jul 16, 2018

    History of George Marshall's unsuccessful mission to end the conflict between the Nationalist and Communist parties in China which had begun in 1927 and would only end with the Nationalists' flight from the mainland in 1949. In November 1945, the day after Marshall had retired from...

    I heard about this book right when I was finishing Ben Steill?s excellent book on the Marshall and it seemed like it would be a good complement. These are books about two different but important cases of immediate post-WW2 diplomacy led by the same larger than life leader but taking ...

    U.S. Discovers the Limits of its Post-War Power This is a wonderful, insightful book about a period in U.S.-Chinese relations that has received little attention recently ? but which in the U.S. resulted in character assassination and myth about ?what might have been? until Nix...

    Riveting & forceful insight of General Marshall?s role in mediating peace between 2 belligerents (Mao?s CCP & Chiang Kai-shek?s Kuomintang) through the joint efforts of the committee for 3. It breaks down and indicts the different parties errors which led to the failu...

    The author, a former speech writer for Hillary Clinton and likely part of the entourage Hillary brought to the State Department and later her campaign, has an undergraduate degree centering on political science and history. He is an able writer who is an excellent wordsmith and has a s...

    Kurtz-Phelan has written an interesting, authoritative and exhaustively-researched tale of this little-known chapter in American diplomacy. It serves as both a case study in personal diplomacy, and a sympathetic and respectful portrait of an American giant in the latter stages of his c...

    This book attempts to provide insight into an aspect of early Cold War History that doesn't always get a lot of attention. While much of the immediate post-war American focus was on Europe and the USSR, the post-war situation in China was no less volatile, especially as the country end...

    I am a fan of history - especially 20th century American geopolitical and military history. However, this book covered a subject I knew (embarrassingly) little about...the end of China's civil war and George Marshall's role therein. General Marshall was "assigned" the China mission ...

    Deeply Illuminating on a Brief Yet Critical Chapter in Recent World History Highly readable and enlightening examination of a brief yet critical chapter in recent world history and our foreign policy. It's message, among others, of the tension between complexity and hard objective a...

    A dry but fascinating topic, written masterfully by the author. This book helped answer the question of "who lost China?" and shed much light on George Marshall's experiences and thoughts that would eventually lead to the famous Marshall Plan that helped Europe recover. In addition, th...

  • Harry Jordan
    Jul 12, 2018

    History of George Marshall's unsuccessful mission to end the conflict between the Nationalist and Communist parties in China which had begun in 1927 and would only end with the Nationalists' flight from the mainland in 1949. In November 1945, the day after Marshall had retired from...

    I heard about this book right when I was finishing Ben Steill?s excellent book on the Marshall and it seemed like it would be a good complement. These are books about two different but important cases of immediate post-WW2 diplomacy led by the same larger than life leader but taking ...

    U.S. Discovers the Limits of its Post-War Power This is a wonderful, insightful book about a period in U.S.-Chinese relations that has received little attention recently ? but which in the U.S. resulted in character assassination and myth about ?what might have been? until Nix...

    Riveting & forceful insight of General Marshall?s role in mediating peace between 2 belligerents (Mao?s CCP & Chiang Kai-shek?s Kuomintang) through the joint efforts of the committee for 3. It breaks down and indicts the different parties errors which led to the failu...

    The author, a former speech writer for Hillary Clinton and likely part of the entourage Hillary brought to the State Department and later her campaign, has an undergraduate degree centering on political science and history. He is an able writer who is an excellent wordsmith and has a s...

    Kurtz-Phelan has written an interesting, authoritative and exhaustively-researched tale of this little-known chapter in American diplomacy. It serves as both a case study in personal diplomacy, and a sympathetic and respectful portrait of an American giant in the latter stages of his c...

    This book attempts to provide insight into an aspect of early Cold War History that doesn't always get a lot of attention. While much of the immediate post-war American focus was on Europe and the USSR, the post-war situation in China was no less volatile, especially as the country end...

    I am a fan of history - especially 20th century American geopolitical and military history. However, this book covered a subject I knew (embarrassingly) little about...the end of China's civil war and George Marshall's role therein. General Marshall was "assigned" the China mission ...

    Deeply Illuminating on a Brief Yet Critical Chapter in Recent World History Highly readable and enlightening examination of a brief yet critical chapter in recent world history and our foreign policy. It's message, among others, of the tension between complexity and hard objective a...

    A dry but fascinating topic, written masterfully by the author. This book helped answer the question of "who lost China?" and shed much light on George Marshall's experiences and thoughts that would eventually lead to the famous Marshall Plan that helped Europe recover. In addition, th...

    This book helped me to understand how and why China became a communist country. It was extremely well researched and easy to follow. It did not have strong political undertones. The author did a good job describing the primary historical figures: George Marshall, Chiang Kai Shek and hi...

    A man of integrity spends his whole life serving his country, fighting wars and seeking peace. This well-written account of George Marshall's failed attempt to ward off Civil War in China at the end of WWII illustrates how winning peace is even harder than winning wars. ...

    A great look at a part of Marshall?s career that has not been talked about much: Marshall?s attempt to forge an agreement between the Nationalists and Communists in China after World War Two. The failure of these talks would affect American domestic and foreign policy for decades. ...

    Very helpful in understanding present day Chinese relations with U.S. All students of Chinese politics will benefit by reading this well told story of General Marshall?s work after WW II. ...

  • Steve
    Oct 06, 2018

    History of George Marshall's unsuccessful mission to end the conflict between the Nationalist and Communist parties in China which had begun in 1927 and would only end with the Nationalists' flight from the mainland in 1949. In November 1945, the day after Marshall had retired from...

    I heard about this book right when I was finishing Ben Steill?s excellent book on the Marshall and it seemed like it would be a good complement. These are books about two different but important cases of immediate post-WW2 diplomacy led by the same larger than life leader but taking ...

    U.S. Discovers the Limits of its Post-War Power This is a wonderful, insightful book about a period in U.S.-Chinese relations that has received little attention recently ? but which in the U.S. resulted in character assassination and myth about ?what might have been? until Nix...

    Riveting & forceful insight of General Marshall?s role in mediating peace between 2 belligerents (Mao?s CCP & Chiang Kai-shek?s Kuomintang) through the joint efforts of the committee for 3. It breaks down and indicts the different parties errors which led to the failu...

    The author, a former speech writer for Hillary Clinton and likely part of the entourage Hillary brought to the State Department and later her campaign, has an undergraduate degree centering on political science and history. He is an able writer who is an excellent wordsmith and has a s...

    Kurtz-Phelan has written an interesting, authoritative and exhaustively-researched tale of this little-known chapter in American diplomacy. It serves as both a case study in personal diplomacy, and a sympathetic and respectful portrait of an American giant in the latter stages of his c...

    This book attempts to provide insight into an aspect of early Cold War History that doesn't always get a lot of attention. While much of the immediate post-war American focus was on Europe and the USSR, the post-war situation in China was no less volatile, especially as the country end...

    I am a fan of history - especially 20th century American geopolitical and military history. However, this book covered a subject I knew (embarrassingly) little about...the end of China's civil war and George Marshall's role therein. General Marshall was "assigned" the China mission ...

    Deeply Illuminating on a Brief Yet Critical Chapter in Recent World History Highly readable and enlightening examination of a brief yet critical chapter in recent world history and our foreign policy. It's message, among others, of the tension between complexity and hard objective a...

    A dry but fascinating topic, written masterfully by the author. This book helped answer the question of "who lost China?" and shed much light on George Marshall's experiences and thoughts that would eventually lead to the famous Marshall Plan that helped Europe recover. In addition, th...

    This book helped me to understand how and why China became a communist country. It was extremely well researched and easy to follow. It did not have strong political undertones. The author did a good job describing the primary historical figures: George Marshall, Chiang Kai Shek and hi...

    A man of integrity spends his whole life serving his country, fighting wars and seeking peace. This well-written account of George Marshall's failed attempt to ward off Civil War in China at the end of WWII illustrates how winning peace is even harder than winning wars. ...

    A great look at a part of Marshall?s career that has not been talked about much: Marshall?s attempt to forge an agreement between the Nationalists and Communists in China after World War Two. The failure of these talks would affect American domestic and foreign policy for decades. ...

  • Marshall N. Carter
    May 06, 2018

    History of George Marshall's unsuccessful mission to end the conflict between the Nationalist and Communist parties in China which had begun in 1927 and would only end with the Nationalists' flight from the mainland in 1949. In November 1945, the day after Marshall had retired from...

    I heard about this book right when I was finishing Ben Steill?s excellent book on the Marshall and it seemed like it would be a good complement. These are books about two different but important cases of immediate post-WW2 diplomacy led by the same larger than life leader but taking ...

    U.S. Discovers the Limits of its Post-War Power This is a wonderful, insightful book about a period in U.S.-Chinese relations that has received little attention recently ? but which in the U.S. resulted in character assassination and myth about ?what might have been? until Nix...

    Riveting & forceful insight of General Marshall?s role in mediating peace between 2 belligerents (Mao?s CCP & Chiang Kai-shek?s Kuomintang) through the joint efforts of the committee for 3. It breaks down and indicts the different parties errors which led to the failu...

    The author, a former speech writer for Hillary Clinton and likely part of the entourage Hillary brought to the State Department and later her campaign, has an undergraduate degree centering on political science and history. He is an able writer who is an excellent wordsmith and has a s...

    Kurtz-Phelan has written an interesting, authoritative and exhaustively-researched tale of this little-known chapter in American diplomacy. It serves as both a case study in personal diplomacy, and a sympathetic and respectful portrait of an American giant in the latter stages of his c...

    This book attempts to provide insight into an aspect of early Cold War History that doesn't always get a lot of attention. While much of the immediate post-war American focus was on Europe and the USSR, the post-war situation in China was no less volatile, especially as the country end...

    I am a fan of history - especially 20th century American geopolitical and military history. However, this book covered a subject I knew (embarrassingly) little about...the end of China's civil war and George Marshall's role therein. General Marshall was "assigned" the China mission ...

    Deeply Illuminating on a Brief Yet Critical Chapter in Recent World History Highly readable and enlightening examination of a brief yet critical chapter in recent world history and our foreign policy. It's message, among others, of the tension between complexity and hard objective a...

    A dry but fascinating topic, written masterfully by the author. This book helped answer the question of "who lost China?" and shed much light on George Marshall's experiences and thoughts that would eventually lead to the famous Marshall Plan that helped Europe recover. In addition, th...

    This book helped me to understand how and why China became a communist country. It was extremely well researched and easy to follow. It did not have strong political undertones. The author did a good job describing the primary historical figures: George Marshall, Chiang Kai Shek and hi...

    A man of integrity spends his whole life serving his country, fighting wars and seeking peace. This well-written account of George Marshall's failed attempt to ward off Civil War in China at the end of WWII illustrates how winning peace is even harder than winning wars. ...

    A great look at a part of Marshall?s career that has not been talked about much: Marshall?s attempt to forge an agreement between the Nationalists and Communists in China after World War Two. The failure of these talks would affect American domestic and foreign policy for decades. ...

    Very helpful in understanding present day Chinese relations with U.S. All students of Chinese politics will benefit by reading this well told story of General Marshall?s work after WW II. ...

    This book was workman like. It covered the material well but it did not really excite in the writing. ...

    This book should be better known as a romance. It certainly isn't history. The scholarship is non-existent. The author makes thousands of quotations without documentation and no citations. ...

    Nonfiction ...

    This was phenomenal. The writing is extremely engaging. A great book on history, negotiation, persuasion, and the influence of humans and their decisions on history ...

    I was unfamiliar with this period of American History, and the involvement of General Marshal. ...

    This is an amazing episode in history and certainly obscured by flow of events since Marshall's attempt at reconciling the problems plaguing China at the end of World War II. The author writes a very telling narrative and I don't think a simple review would do the book justice. All I c...

    General George Marshall was at the pantheon of America's greatest military leaders. He was also the military's version of a diplomat However, because he was an administrator, the glory of history was given to field commanders such as Ike, Patton, and MacArthur. Marshall did no less tha...

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  • Jason Goodman
    Aug 05, 2018

    History of George Marshall's unsuccessful mission to end the conflict between the Nationalist and Communist parties in China which had begun in 1927 and would only end with the Nationalists' flight from the mainland in 1949. In November 1945, the day after Marshall had retired from...

    I heard about this book right when I was finishing Ben Steill?s excellent book on the Marshall and it seemed like it would be a good complement. These are books about two different but important cases of immediate post-WW2 diplomacy led by the same larger than life leader but taking ...

    U.S. Discovers the Limits of its Post-War Power This is a wonderful, insightful book about a period in U.S.-Chinese relations that has received little attention recently ? but which in the U.S. resulted in character assassination and myth about ?what might have been? until Nix...

    Riveting & forceful insight of General Marshall?s role in mediating peace between 2 belligerents (Mao?s CCP & Chiang Kai-shek?s Kuomintang) through the joint efforts of the committee for 3. It breaks down and indicts the different parties errors which led to the failu...

    The author, a former speech writer for Hillary Clinton and likely part of the entourage Hillary brought to the State Department and later her campaign, has an undergraduate degree centering on political science and history. He is an able writer who is an excellent wordsmith and has a s...

    Kurtz-Phelan has written an interesting, authoritative and exhaustively-researched tale of this little-known chapter in American diplomacy. It serves as both a case study in personal diplomacy, and a sympathetic and respectful portrait of an American giant in the latter stages of his c...

    This book attempts to provide insight into an aspect of early Cold War History that doesn't always get a lot of attention. While much of the immediate post-war American focus was on Europe and the USSR, the post-war situation in China was no less volatile, especially as the country end...

    I am a fan of history - especially 20th century American geopolitical and military history. However, this book covered a subject I knew (embarrassingly) little about...the end of China's civil war and George Marshall's role therein. General Marshall was "assigned" the China mission ...

    Deeply Illuminating on a Brief Yet Critical Chapter in Recent World History Highly readable and enlightening examination of a brief yet critical chapter in recent world history and our foreign policy. It's message, among others, of the tension between complexity and hard objective a...

    A dry but fascinating topic, written masterfully by the author. This book helped answer the question of "who lost China?" and shed much light on George Marshall's experiences and thoughts that would eventually lead to the famous Marshall Plan that helped Europe recover. In addition, th...

    This book helped me to understand how and why China became a communist country. It was extremely well researched and easy to follow. It did not have strong political undertones. The author did a good job describing the primary historical figures: George Marshall, Chiang Kai Shek and hi...

    A man of integrity spends his whole life serving his country, fighting wars and seeking peace. This well-written account of George Marshall's failed attempt to ward off Civil War in China at the end of WWII illustrates how winning peace is even harder than winning wars. ...

    A great look at a part of Marshall?s career that has not been talked about much: Marshall?s attempt to forge an agreement between the Nationalists and Communists in China after World War Two. The failure of these talks would affect American domestic and foreign policy for decades. ...

    Very helpful in understanding present day Chinese relations with U.S. All students of Chinese politics will benefit by reading this well told story of General Marshall?s work after WW II. ...

    This book was workman like. It covered the material well but it did not really excite in the writing. ...

    This book should be better known as a romance. It certainly isn't history. The scholarship is non-existent. The author makes thousands of quotations without documentation and no citations. ...

    Nonfiction ...

    This was phenomenal. The writing is extremely engaging. A great book on history, negotiation, persuasion, and the influence of humans and their decisions on history ...

  • Craig Jordan
    Sep 14, 2018

    History of George Marshall's unsuccessful mission to end the conflict between the Nationalist and Communist parties in China which had begun in 1927 and would only end with the Nationalists' flight from the mainland in 1949. In November 1945, the day after Marshall had retired from...

    I heard about this book right when I was finishing Ben Steill?s excellent book on the Marshall and it seemed like it would be a good complement. These are books about two different but important cases of immediate post-WW2 diplomacy led by the same larger than life leader but taking ...

    U.S. Discovers the Limits of its Post-War Power This is a wonderful, insightful book about a period in U.S.-Chinese relations that has received little attention recently ? but which in the U.S. resulted in character assassination and myth about ?what might have been? until Nix...

    Riveting & forceful insight of General Marshall?s role in mediating peace between 2 belligerents (Mao?s CCP & Chiang Kai-shek?s Kuomintang) through the joint efforts of the committee for 3. It breaks down and indicts the different parties errors which led to the failu...

    The author, a former speech writer for Hillary Clinton and likely part of the entourage Hillary brought to the State Department and later her campaign, has an undergraduate degree centering on political science and history. He is an able writer who is an excellent wordsmith and has a s...

    Kurtz-Phelan has written an interesting, authoritative and exhaustively-researched tale of this little-known chapter in American diplomacy. It serves as both a case study in personal diplomacy, and a sympathetic and respectful portrait of an American giant in the latter stages of his c...

    This book attempts to provide insight into an aspect of early Cold War History that doesn't always get a lot of attention. While much of the immediate post-war American focus was on Europe and the USSR, the post-war situation in China was no less volatile, especially as the country end...

    I am a fan of history - especially 20th century American geopolitical and military history. However, this book covered a subject I knew (embarrassingly) little about...the end of China's civil war and George Marshall's role therein. General Marshall was "assigned" the China mission ...

    Deeply Illuminating on a Brief Yet Critical Chapter in Recent World History Highly readable and enlightening examination of a brief yet critical chapter in recent world history and our foreign policy. It's message, among others, of the tension between complexity and hard objective a...

    A dry but fascinating topic, written masterfully by the author. This book helped answer the question of "who lost China?" and shed much light on George Marshall's experiences and thoughts that would eventually lead to the famous Marshall Plan that helped Europe recover. In addition, th...

    This book helped me to understand how and why China became a communist country. It was extremely well researched and easy to follow. It did not have strong political undertones. The author did a good job describing the primary historical figures: George Marshall, Chiang Kai Shek and hi...

    A man of integrity spends his whole life serving his country, fighting wars and seeking peace. This well-written account of George Marshall's failed attempt to ward off Civil War in China at the end of WWII illustrates how winning peace is even harder than winning wars. ...

    A great look at a part of Marshall?s career that has not been talked about much: Marshall?s attempt to forge an agreement between the Nationalists and Communists in China after World War Two. The failure of these talks would affect American domestic and foreign policy for decades. ...

    Very helpful in understanding present day Chinese relations with U.S. All students of Chinese politics will benefit by reading this well told story of General Marshall?s work after WW II. ...

    This book was workman like. It covered the material well but it did not really excite in the writing. ...

    This book should be better known as a romance. It certainly isn't history. The scholarship is non-existent. The author makes thousands of quotations without documentation and no citations. ...

    Nonfiction ...

    This was phenomenal. The writing is extremely engaging. A great book on history, negotiation, persuasion, and the influence of humans and their decisions on history ...

    I was unfamiliar with this period of American History, and the involvement of General Marshal. ...

    This is an amazing episode in history and certainly obscured by flow of events since Marshall's attempt at reconciling the problems plaguing China at the end of World War II. The author writes a very telling narrative and I don't think a simple review would do the book justice. All I c...

    General George Marshall was at the pantheon of America's greatest military leaders. He was also the military's version of a diplomat However, because he was an administrator, the glory of history was given to field commanders such as Ike, Patton, and MacArthur. Marshall did no less tha...

  • Kate Vargish
    Sep 07, 2018

    History of George Marshall's unsuccessful mission to end the conflict between the Nationalist and Communist parties in China which had begun in 1927 and would only end with the Nationalists' flight from the mainland in 1949. In November 1945, the day after Marshall had retired from...

    I heard about this book right when I was finishing Ben Steill?s excellent book on the Marshall and it seemed like it would be a good complement. These are books about two different but important cases of immediate post-WW2 diplomacy led by the same larger than life leader but taking ...

    U.S. Discovers the Limits of its Post-War Power This is a wonderful, insightful book about a period in U.S.-Chinese relations that has received little attention recently ? but which in the U.S. resulted in character assassination and myth about ?what might have been? until Nix...

    Riveting & forceful insight of General Marshall?s role in mediating peace between 2 belligerents (Mao?s CCP & Chiang Kai-shek?s Kuomintang) through the joint efforts of the committee for 3. It breaks down and indicts the different parties errors which led to the failu...

    The author, a former speech writer for Hillary Clinton and likely part of the entourage Hillary brought to the State Department and later her campaign, has an undergraduate degree centering on political science and history. He is an able writer who is an excellent wordsmith and has a s...

    Kurtz-Phelan has written an interesting, authoritative and exhaustively-researched tale of this little-known chapter in American diplomacy. It serves as both a case study in personal diplomacy, and a sympathetic and respectful portrait of an American giant in the latter stages of his c...

    This book attempts to provide insight into an aspect of early Cold War History that doesn't always get a lot of attention. While much of the immediate post-war American focus was on Europe and the USSR, the post-war situation in China was no less volatile, especially as the country end...

    I am a fan of history - especially 20th century American geopolitical and military history. However, this book covered a subject I knew (embarrassingly) little about...the end of China's civil war and George Marshall's role therein. General Marshall was "assigned" the China mission ...

    Deeply Illuminating on a Brief Yet Critical Chapter in Recent World History Highly readable and enlightening examination of a brief yet critical chapter in recent world history and our foreign policy. It's message, among others, of the tension between complexity and hard objective a...

    A dry but fascinating topic, written masterfully by the author. This book helped answer the question of "who lost China?" and shed much light on George Marshall's experiences and thoughts that would eventually lead to the famous Marshall Plan that helped Europe recover. In addition, th...

    This book helped me to understand how and why China became a communist country. It was extremely well researched and easy to follow. It did not have strong political undertones. The author did a good job describing the primary historical figures: George Marshall, Chiang Kai Shek and hi...

    A man of integrity spends his whole life serving his country, fighting wars and seeking peace. This well-written account of George Marshall's failed attempt to ward off Civil War in China at the end of WWII illustrates how winning peace is even harder than winning wars. ...

    A great look at a part of Marshall?s career that has not been talked about much: Marshall?s attempt to forge an agreement between the Nationalists and Communists in China after World War Two. The failure of these talks would affect American domestic and foreign policy for decades. ...

    Very helpful in understanding present day Chinese relations with U.S. All students of Chinese politics will benefit by reading this well told story of General Marshall?s work after WW II. ...

    This book was workman like. It covered the material well but it did not really excite in the writing. ...

    This book should be better known as a romance. It certainly isn't history. The scholarship is non-existent. The author makes thousands of quotations without documentation and no citations. ...

    Nonfiction ...

    This was phenomenal. The writing is extremely engaging. A great book on history, negotiation, persuasion, and the influence of humans and their decisions on history ...

    I was unfamiliar with this period of American History, and the involvement of General Marshal. ...

    This is an amazing episode in history and certainly obscured by flow of events since Marshall's attempt at reconciling the problems plaguing China at the end of World War II. The author writes a very telling narrative and I don't think a simple review would do the book justice. All I c...

    General George Marshall was at the pantheon of America's greatest military leaders. He was also the military's version of a diplomat However, because he was an administrator, the glory of history was given to field commanders such as Ike, Patton, and MacArthur. Marshall did no less tha...

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  • Warren Raynes
    Sep 09, 2018

    History of George Marshall's unsuccessful mission to end the conflict between the Nationalist and Communist parties in China which had begun in 1927 and would only end with the Nationalists' flight from the mainland in 1949. In November 1945, the day after Marshall had retired from...

    I heard about this book right when I was finishing Ben Steill?s excellent book on the Marshall and it seemed like it would be a good complement. These are books about two different but important cases of immediate post-WW2 diplomacy led by the same larger than life leader but taking ...

    U.S. Discovers the Limits of its Post-War Power This is a wonderful, insightful book about a period in U.S.-Chinese relations that has received little attention recently ? but which in the U.S. resulted in character assassination and myth about ?what might have been? until Nix...

    Riveting & forceful insight of General Marshall?s role in mediating peace between 2 belligerents (Mao?s CCP & Chiang Kai-shek?s Kuomintang) through the joint efforts of the committee for 3. It breaks down and indicts the different parties errors which led to the failu...

    The author, a former speech writer for Hillary Clinton and likely part of the entourage Hillary brought to the State Department and later her campaign, has an undergraduate degree centering on political science and history. He is an able writer who is an excellent wordsmith and has a s...

    Kurtz-Phelan has written an interesting, authoritative and exhaustively-researched tale of this little-known chapter in American diplomacy. It serves as both a case study in personal diplomacy, and a sympathetic and respectful portrait of an American giant in the latter stages of his c...

    This book attempts to provide insight into an aspect of early Cold War History that doesn't always get a lot of attention. While much of the immediate post-war American focus was on Europe and the USSR, the post-war situation in China was no less volatile, especially as the country end...

    I am a fan of history - especially 20th century American geopolitical and military history. However, this book covered a subject I knew (embarrassingly) little about...the end of China's civil war and George Marshall's role therein. General Marshall was "assigned" the China mission ...

    Deeply Illuminating on a Brief Yet Critical Chapter in Recent World History Highly readable and enlightening examination of a brief yet critical chapter in recent world history and our foreign policy. It's message, among others, of the tension between complexity and hard objective a...

    A dry but fascinating topic, written masterfully by the author. This book helped answer the question of "who lost China?" and shed much light on George Marshall's experiences and thoughts that would eventually lead to the famous Marshall Plan that helped Europe recover. In addition, th...

    This book helped me to understand how and why China became a communist country. It was extremely well researched and easy to follow. It did not have strong political undertones. The author did a good job describing the primary historical figures: George Marshall, Chiang Kai Shek and hi...

    A man of integrity spends his whole life serving his country, fighting wars and seeking peace. This well-written account of George Marshall's failed attempt to ward off Civil War in China at the end of WWII illustrates how winning peace is even harder than winning wars. ...

    A great look at a part of Marshall?s career that has not been talked about much: Marshall?s attempt to forge an agreement between the Nationalists and Communists in China after World War Two. The failure of these talks would affect American domestic and foreign policy for decades. ...

    Very helpful in understanding present day Chinese relations with U.S. All students of Chinese politics will benefit by reading this well told story of General Marshall?s work after WW II. ...

    This book was workman like. It covered the material well but it did not really excite in the writing. ...

    This book should be better known as a romance. It certainly isn't history. The scholarship is non-existent. The author makes thousands of quotations without documentation and no citations. ...

    Nonfiction ...

    This was phenomenal. The writing is extremely engaging. A great book on history, negotiation, persuasion, and the influence of humans and their decisions on history ...

    I was unfamiliar with this period of American History, and the involvement of General Marshal. ...

    This is an amazing episode in history and certainly obscured by flow of events since Marshall's attempt at reconciling the problems plaguing China at the end of World War II. The author writes a very telling narrative and I don't think a simple review would do the book justice. All I c...

    General George Marshall was at the pantheon of America's greatest military leaders. He was also the military's version of a diplomat However, because he was an administrator, the glory of history was given to field commanders such as Ike, Patton, and MacArthur. Marshall did no less tha...

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  • venetia bellon
    Jun 21, 2018

    History of George Marshall's unsuccessful mission to end the conflict between the Nationalist and Communist parties in China which had begun in 1927 and would only end with the Nationalists' flight from the mainland in 1949. In November 1945, the day after Marshall had retired from...

    I heard about this book right when I was finishing Ben Steill?s excellent book on the Marshall and it seemed like it would be a good complement. These are books about two different but important cases of immediate post-WW2 diplomacy led by the same larger than life leader but taking ...

    U.S. Discovers the Limits of its Post-War Power This is a wonderful, insightful book about a period in U.S.-Chinese relations that has received little attention recently ? but which in the U.S. resulted in character assassination and myth about ?what might have been? until Nix...

    Riveting & forceful insight of General Marshall?s role in mediating peace between 2 belligerents (Mao?s CCP & Chiang Kai-shek?s Kuomintang) through the joint efforts of the committee for 3. It breaks down and indicts the different parties errors which led to the failu...

    The author, a former speech writer for Hillary Clinton and likely part of the entourage Hillary brought to the State Department and later her campaign, has an undergraduate degree centering on political science and history. He is an able writer who is an excellent wordsmith and has a s...

    Kurtz-Phelan has written an interesting, authoritative and exhaustively-researched tale of this little-known chapter in American diplomacy. It serves as both a case study in personal diplomacy, and a sympathetic and respectful portrait of an American giant in the latter stages of his c...

    This book attempts to provide insight into an aspect of early Cold War History that doesn't always get a lot of attention. While much of the immediate post-war American focus was on Europe and the USSR, the post-war situation in China was no less volatile, especially as the country end...

    I am a fan of history - especially 20th century American geopolitical and military history. However, this book covered a subject I knew (embarrassingly) little about...the end of China's civil war and George Marshall's role therein. General Marshall was "assigned" the China mission ...

    Deeply Illuminating on a Brief Yet Critical Chapter in Recent World History Highly readable and enlightening examination of a brief yet critical chapter in recent world history and our foreign policy. It's message, among others, of the tension between complexity and hard objective a...

    A dry but fascinating topic, written masterfully by the author. This book helped answer the question of "who lost China?" and shed much light on George Marshall's experiences and thoughts that would eventually lead to the famous Marshall Plan that helped Europe recover. In addition, th...

    This book helped me to understand how and why China became a communist country. It was extremely well researched and easy to follow. It did not have strong political undertones. The author did a good job describing the primary historical figures: George Marshall, Chiang Kai Shek and hi...

    A man of integrity spends his whole life serving his country, fighting wars and seeking peace. This well-written account of George Marshall's failed attempt to ward off Civil War in China at the end of WWII illustrates how winning peace is even harder than winning wars. ...

    A great look at a part of Marshall?s career that has not been talked about much: Marshall?s attempt to forge an agreement between the Nationalists and Communists in China after World War Two. The failure of these talks would affect American domestic and foreign policy for decades. ...

    Very helpful in understanding present day Chinese relations with U.S. All students of Chinese politics will benefit by reading this well told story of General Marshall?s work after WW II. ...

    This book was workman like. It covered the material well but it did not really excite in the writing. ...

    This book should be better known as a romance. It certainly isn't history. The scholarship is non-existent. The author makes thousands of quotations without documentation and no citations. ...

    Nonfiction ...

    This was phenomenal. The writing is extremely engaging. A great book on history, negotiation, persuasion, and the influence of humans and their decisions on history ...

    I was unfamiliar with this period of American History, and the involvement of General Marshal. ...

    This is an amazing episode in history and certainly obscured by flow of events since Marshall's attempt at reconciling the problems plaguing China at the end of World War II. The author writes a very telling narrative and I don't think a simple review would do the book justice. All I c...

    General George Marshall was at the pantheon of America's greatest military leaders. He was also the military's version of a diplomat However, because he was an administrator, the glory of history was given to field commanders such as Ike, Patton, and MacArthur. Marshall did no less tha...

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  • R E Henderson
    Sep 30, 2018

    History of George Marshall's unsuccessful mission to end the conflict between the Nationalist and Communist parties in China which had begun in 1927 and would only end with the Nationalists' flight from the mainland in 1949. In November 1945, the day after Marshall had retired from...

    I heard about this book right when I was finishing Ben Steill?s excellent book on the Marshall and it seemed like it would be a good complement. These are books about two different but important cases of immediate post-WW2 diplomacy led by the same larger than life leader but taking ...

    U.S. Discovers the Limits of its Post-War Power This is a wonderful, insightful book about a period in U.S.-Chinese relations that has received little attention recently ? but which in the U.S. resulted in character assassination and myth about ?what might have been? until Nix...

    Riveting & forceful insight of General Marshall?s role in mediating peace between 2 belligerents (Mao?s CCP & Chiang Kai-shek?s Kuomintang) through the joint efforts of the committee for 3. It breaks down and indicts the different parties errors which led to the failu...

    The author, a former speech writer for Hillary Clinton and likely part of the entourage Hillary brought to the State Department and later her campaign, has an undergraduate degree centering on political science and history. He is an able writer who is an excellent wordsmith and has a s...

    Kurtz-Phelan has written an interesting, authoritative and exhaustively-researched tale of this little-known chapter in American diplomacy. It serves as both a case study in personal diplomacy, and a sympathetic and respectful portrait of an American giant in the latter stages of his c...

    This book attempts to provide insight into an aspect of early Cold War History that doesn't always get a lot of attention. While much of the immediate post-war American focus was on Europe and the USSR, the post-war situation in China was no less volatile, especially as the country end...

    I am a fan of history - especially 20th century American geopolitical and military history. However, this book covered a subject I knew (embarrassingly) little about...the end of China's civil war and George Marshall's role therein. General Marshall was "assigned" the China mission ...

    Deeply Illuminating on a Brief Yet Critical Chapter in Recent World History Highly readable and enlightening examination of a brief yet critical chapter in recent world history and our foreign policy. It's message, among others, of the tension between complexity and hard objective a...

    A dry but fascinating topic, written masterfully by the author. This book helped answer the question of "who lost China?" and shed much light on George Marshall's experiences and thoughts that would eventually lead to the famous Marshall Plan that helped Europe recover. In addition, th...

    This book helped me to understand how and why China became a communist country. It was extremely well researched and easy to follow. It did not have strong political undertones. The author did a good job describing the primary historical figures: George Marshall, Chiang Kai Shek and hi...

    A man of integrity spends his whole life serving his country, fighting wars and seeking peace. This well-written account of George Marshall's failed attempt to ward off Civil War in China at the end of WWII illustrates how winning peace is even harder than winning wars. ...

    A great look at a part of Marshall?s career that has not been talked about much: Marshall?s attempt to forge an agreement between the Nationalists and Communists in China after World War Two. The failure of these talks would affect American domestic and foreign policy for decades. ...

    Very helpful in understanding present day Chinese relations with U.S. All students of Chinese politics will benefit by reading this well told story of General Marshall?s work after WW II. ...

    This book was workman like. It covered the material well but it did not really excite in the writing. ...

    This book should be better known as a romance. It certainly isn't history. The scholarship is non-existent. The author makes thousands of quotations without documentation and no citations. ...

    Nonfiction ...

    This was phenomenal. The writing is extremely engaging. A great book on history, negotiation, persuasion, and the influence of humans and their decisions on history ...

    I was unfamiliar with this period of American History, and the involvement of General Marshal. ...

    This is an amazing episode in history and certainly obscured by flow of events since Marshall's attempt at reconciling the problems plaguing China at the end of World War II. The author writes a very telling narrative and I don't think a simple review would do the book justice. All I c...

    General George Marshall was at the pantheon of America's greatest military leaders. He was also the military's version of a diplomat However, because he was an administrator, the glory of history was given to field commanders such as Ike, Patton, and MacArthur. Marshall did no less tha...

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  • James Yeoman
    Jul 04, 2018

    History of George Marshall's unsuccessful mission to end the conflict between the Nationalist and Communist parties in China which had begun in 1927 and would only end with the Nationalists' flight from the mainland in 1949. In November 1945, the day after Marshall had retired from...

    I heard about this book right when I was finishing Ben Steill?s excellent book on the Marshall and it seemed like it would be a good complement. These are books about two different but important cases of immediate post-WW2 diplomacy led by the same larger than life leader but taking ...

    U.S. Discovers the Limits of its Post-War Power This is a wonderful, insightful book about a period in U.S.-Chinese relations that has received little attention recently ? but which in the U.S. resulted in character assassination and myth about ?what might have been? until Nix...

    Riveting & forceful insight of General Marshall?s role in mediating peace between 2 belligerents (Mao?s CCP & Chiang Kai-shek?s Kuomintang) through the joint efforts of the committee for 3. It breaks down and indicts the different parties errors which led to the failu...

    The author, a former speech writer for Hillary Clinton and likely part of the entourage Hillary brought to the State Department and later her campaign, has an undergraduate degree centering on political science and history. He is an able writer who is an excellent wordsmith and has a s...

    Kurtz-Phelan has written an interesting, authoritative and exhaustively-researched tale of this little-known chapter in American diplomacy. It serves as both a case study in personal diplomacy, and a sympathetic and respectful portrait of an American giant in the latter stages of his c...

    This book attempts to provide insight into an aspect of early Cold War History that doesn't always get a lot of attention. While much of the immediate post-war American focus was on Europe and the USSR, the post-war situation in China was no less volatile, especially as the country end...

    I am a fan of history - especially 20th century American geopolitical and military history. However, this book covered a subject I knew (embarrassingly) little about...the end of China's civil war and George Marshall's role therein. General Marshall was "assigned" the China mission ...

    Deeply Illuminating on a Brief Yet Critical Chapter in Recent World History Highly readable and enlightening examination of a brief yet critical chapter in recent world history and our foreign policy. It's message, among others, of the tension between complexity and hard objective a...

    A dry but fascinating topic, written masterfully by the author. This book helped answer the question of "who lost China?" and shed much light on George Marshall's experiences and thoughts that would eventually lead to the famous Marshall Plan that helped Europe recover. In addition, th...

    This book helped me to understand how and why China became a communist country. It was extremely well researched and easy to follow. It did not have strong political undertones. The author did a good job describing the primary historical figures: George Marshall, Chiang Kai Shek and hi...

    A man of integrity spends his whole life serving his country, fighting wars and seeking peace. This well-written account of George Marshall's failed attempt to ward off Civil War in China at the end of WWII illustrates how winning peace is even harder than winning wars. ...

    A great look at a part of Marshall?s career that has not been talked about much: Marshall?s attempt to forge an agreement between the Nationalists and Communists in China after World War Two. The failure of these talks would affect American domestic and foreign policy for decades. ...

    Very helpful in understanding present day Chinese relations with U.S. All students of Chinese politics will benefit by reading this well told story of General Marshall?s work after WW II. ...

    This book was workman like. It covered the material well but it did not really excite in the writing. ...

    This book should be better known as a romance. It certainly isn't history. The scholarship is non-existent. The author makes thousands of quotations without documentation and no citations. ...

    Nonfiction ...

    This was phenomenal. The writing is extremely engaging. A great book on history, negotiation, persuasion, and the influence of humans and their decisions on history ...

    I was unfamiliar with this period of American History, and the involvement of General Marshal. ...

    This is an amazing episode in history and certainly obscured by flow of events since Marshall's attempt at reconciling the problems plaguing China at the end of World War II. The author writes a very telling narrative and I don't think a simple review would do the book justice. All I c...

    General George Marshall was at the pantheon of America's greatest military leaders. He was also the military's version of a diplomat However, because he was an administrator, the glory of history was given to field commanders such as Ike, Patton, and MacArthur. Marshall did no less tha...

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  • David Smith
    Jun 04, 2018

    History of George Marshall's unsuccessful mission to end the conflict between the Nationalist and Communist parties in China which had begun in 1927 and would only end with the Nationalists' flight from the mainland in 1949. In November 1945, the day after Marshall had retired from...

    I heard about this book right when I was finishing Ben Steill?s excellent book on the Marshall and it seemed like it would be a good complement. These are books about two different but important cases of immediate post-WW2 diplomacy led by the same larger than life leader but taking ...

    U.S. Discovers the Limits of its Post-War Power This is a wonderful, insightful book about a period in U.S.-Chinese relations that has received little attention recently ? but which in the U.S. resulted in character assassination and myth about ?what might have been? until Nix...

    Riveting & forceful insight of General Marshall?s role in mediating peace between 2 belligerents (Mao?s CCP & Chiang Kai-shek?s Kuomintang) through the joint efforts of the committee for 3. It breaks down and indicts the different parties errors which led to the failu...

    The author, a former speech writer for Hillary Clinton and likely part of the entourage Hillary brought to the State Department and later her campaign, has an undergraduate degree centering on political science and history. He is an able writer who is an excellent wordsmith and has a s...

    Kurtz-Phelan has written an interesting, authoritative and exhaustively-researched tale of this little-known chapter in American diplomacy. It serves as both a case study in personal diplomacy, and a sympathetic and respectful portrait of an American giant in the latter stages of his c...

    This book attempts to provide insight into an aspect of early Cold War History that doesn't always get a lot of attention. While much of the immediate post-war American focus was on Europe and the USSR, the post-war situation in China was no less volatile, especially as the country end...

    I am a fan of history - especially 20th century American geopolitical and military history. However, this book covered a subject I knew (embarrassingly) little about...the end of China's civil war and George Marshall's role therein. General Marshall was "assigned" the China mission ...

    Deeply Illuminating on a Brief Yet Critical Chapter in Recent World History Highly readable and enlightening examination of a brief yet critical chapter in recent world history and our foreign policy. It's message, among others, of the tension between complexity and hard objective a...

    A dry but fascinating topic, written masterfully by the author. This book helped answer the question of "who lost China?" and shed much light on George Marshall's experiences and thoughts that would eventually lead to the famous Marshall Plan that helped Europe recover. In addition, th...

    This book helped me to understand how and why China became a communist country. It was extremely well researched and easy to follow. It did not have strong political undertones. The author did a good job describing the primary historical figures: George Marshall, Chiang Kai Shek and hi...

  • Michael Ting
    May 13, 2018

    History of George Marshall's unsuccessful mission to end the conflict between the Nationalist and Communist parties in China which had begun in 1927 and would only end with the Nationalists' flight from the mainland in 1949. In November 1945, the day after Marshall had retired from...

    I heard about this book right when I was finishing Ben Steill?s excellent book on the Marshall and it seemed like it would be a good complement. These are books about two different but important cases of immediate post-WW2 diplomacy led by the same larger than life leader but taking ...

    U.S. Discovers the Limits of its Post-War Power This is a wonderful, insightful book about a period in U.S.-Chinese relations that has received little attention recently ? but which in the U.S. resulted in character assassination and myth about ?what might have been? until Nix...

    Riveting & forceful insight of General Marshall?s role in mediating peace between 2 belligerents (Mao?s CCP & Chiang Kai-shek?s Kuomintang) through the joint efforts of the committee for 3. It breaks down and indicts the different parties errors which led to the failu...

  • Kevin
    Aug 08, 2018

    History of George Marshall's unsuccessful mission to end the conflict between the Nationalist and Communist parties in China which had begun in 1927 and would only end with the Nationalists' flight from the mainland in 1949. In November 1945, the day after Marshall had retired from...

    I heard about this book right when I was finishing Ben Steill?s excellent book on the Marshall and it seemed like it would be a good complement. These are books about two different but important cases of immediate post-WW2 diplomacy led by the same larger than life leader but taking ...

    U.S. Discovers the Limits of its Post-War Power This is a wonderful, insightful book about a period in U.S.-Chinese relations that has received little attention recently ? but which in the U.S. resulted in character assassination and myth about ?what might have been? until Nix...

    Riveting & forceful insight of General Marshall?s role in mediating peace between 2 belligerents (Mao?s CCP & Chiang Kai-shek?s Kuomintang) through the joint efforts of the committee for 3. It breaks down and indicts the different parties errors which led to the failu...

    The author, a former speech writer for Hillary Clinton and likely part of the entourage Hillary brought to the State Department and later her campaign, has an undergraduate degree centering on political science and history. He is an able writer who is an excellent wordsmith and has a s...

    Kurtz-Phelan has written an interesting, authoritative and exhaustively-researched tale of this little-known chapter in American diplomacy. It serves as both a case study in personal diplomacy, and a sympathetic and respectful portrait of an American giant in the latter stages of his c...

    This book attempts to provide insight into an aspect of early Cold War History that doesn't always get a lot of attention. While much of the immediate post-war American focus was on Europe and the USSR, the post-war situation in China was no less volatile, especially as the country end...

    I am a fan of history - especially 20th century American geopolitical and military history. However, this book covered a subject I knew (embarrassingly) little about...the end of China's civil war and George Marshall's role therein. General Marshall was "assigned" the China mission ...

    Deeply Illuminating on a Brief Yet Critical Chapter in Recent World History Highly readable and enlightening examination of a brief yet critical chapter in recent world history and our foreign policy. It's message, among others, of the tension between complexity and hard objective a...

    A dry but fascinating topic, written masterfully by the author. This book helped answer the question of "who lost China?" and shed much light on George Marshall's experiences and thoughts that would eventually lead to the famous Marshall Plan that helped Europe recover. In addition, th...

    This book helped me to understand how and why China became a communist country. It was extremely well researched and easy to follow. It did not have strong political undertones. The author did a good job describing the primary historical figures: George Marshall, Chiang Kai Shek and hi...

    A man of integrity spends his whole life serving his country, fighting wars and seeking peace. This well-written account of George Marshall's failed attempt to ward off Civil War in China at the end of WWII illustrates how winning peace is even harder than winning wars. ...

    A great look at a part of Marshall?s career that has not been talked about much: Marshall?s attempt to forge an agreement between the Nationalists and Communists in China after World War Two. The failure of these talks would affect American domestic and foreign policy for decades. ...

    Very helpful in understanding present day Chinese relations with U.S. All students of Chinese politics will benefit by reading this well told story of General Marshall?s work after WW II. ...

    This book was workman like. It covered the material well but it did not really excite in the writing. ...

    This book should be better known as a romance. It certainly isn't history. The scholarship is non-existent. The author makes thousands of quotations without documentation and no citations. ...

    Nonfiction ...

    This was phenomenal. The writing is extremely engaging. A great book on history, negotiation, persuasion, and the influence of humans and their decisions on history ...

    I was unfamiliar with this period of American History, and the involvement of General Marshal. ...

    This is an amazing episode in history and certainly obscured by flow of events since Marshall's attempt at reconciling the problems plaguing China at the end of World War II. The author writes a very telling narrative and I don't think a simple review would do the book justice. All I c...

    General George Marshall was at the pantheon of America's greatest military leaders. He was also the military's version of a diplomat However, because he was an administrator, the glory of history was given to field commanders such as Ike, Patton, and MacArthur. Marshall did no less tha...

    ...

    ...

    ...

  • Gordon E. Castanza
    Apr 19, 2018

    History of George Marshall's unsuccessful mission to end the conflict between the Nationalist and Communist parties in China which had begun in 1927 and would only end with the Nationalists' flight from the mainland in 1949. In November 1945, the day after Marshall had retired from...

    I heard about this book right when I was finishing Ben Steill?s excellent book on the Marshall and it seemed like it would be a good complement. These are books about two different but important cases of immediate post-WW2 diplomacy led by the same larger than life leader but taking ...

    U.S. Discovers the Limits of its Post-War Power This is a wonderful, insightful book about a period in U.S.-Chinese relations that has received little attention recently ? but which in the U.S. resulted in character assassination and myth about ?what might have been? until Nix...

    Riveting & forceful insight of General Marshall?s role in mediating peace between 2 belligerents (Mao?s CCP & Chiang Kai-shek?s Kuomintang) through the joint efforts of the committee for 3. It breaks down and indicts the different parties errors which led to the failu...

    The author, a former speech writer for Hillary Clinton and likely part of the entourage Hillary brought to the State Department and later her campaign, has an undergraduate degree centering on political science and history. He is an able writer who is an excellent wordsmith and has a s...

    Kurtz-Phelan has written an interesting, authoritative and exhaustively-researched tale of this little-known chapter in American diplomacy. It serves as both a case study in personal diplomacy, and a sympathetic and respectful portrait of an American giant in the latter stages of his c...

    This book attempts to provide insight into an aspect of early Cold War History that doesn't always get a lot of attention. While much of the immediate post-war American focus was on Europe and the USSR, the post-war situation in China was no less volatile, especially as the country end...

    I am a fan of history - especially 20th century American geopolitical and military history. However, this book covered a subject I knew (embarrassingly) little about...the end of China's civil war and George Marshall's role therein. General Marshall was "assigned" the China mission ...

    Deeply Illuminating on a Brief Yet Critical Chapter in Recent World History Highly readable and enlightening examination of a brief yet critical chapter in recent world history and our foreign policy. It's message, among others, of the tension between complexity and hard objective a...

    A dry but fascinating topic, written masterfully by the author. This book helped answer the question of "who lost China?" and shed much light on George Marshall's experiences and thoughts that would eventually lead to the famous Marshall Plan that helped Europe recover. In addition, th...

    This book helped me to understand how and why China became a communist country. It was extremely well researched and easy to follow. It did not have strong political undertones. The author did a good job describing the primary historical figures: George Marshall, Chiang Kai Shek and hi...

    A man of integrity spends his whole life serving his country, fighting wars and seeking peace. This well-written account of George Marshall's failed attempt to ward off Civil War in China at the end of WWII illustrates how winning peace is even harder than winning wars. ...

    A great look at a part of Marshall?s career that has not been talked about much: Marshall?s attempt to forge an agreement between the Nationalists and Communists in China after World War Two. The failure of these talks would affect American domestic and foreign policy for decades. ...

    Very helpful in understanding present day Chinese relations with U.S. All students of Chinese politics will benefit by reading this well told story of General Marshall?s work after WW II. ...

    This book was workman like. It covered the material well but it did not really excite in the writing. ...

    This book should be better known as a romance. It certainly isn't history. The scholarship is non-existent. The author makes thousands of quotations without documentation and no citations. ...

  • Brian L Burlant
    Jun 29, 2018

    History of George Marshall's unsuccessful mission to end the conflict between the Nationalist and Communist parties in China which had begun in 1927 and would only end with the Nationalists' flight from the mainland in 1949. In November 1945, the day after Marshall had retired from...

    I heard about this book right when I was finishing Ben Steill?s excellent book on the Marshall and it seemed like it would be a good complement. These are books about two different but important cases of immediate post-WW2 diplomacy led by the same larger than life leader but taking ...

    U.S. Discovers the Limits of its Post-War Power This is a wonderful, insightful book about a period in U.S.-Chinese relations that has received little attention recently ? but which in the U.S. resulted in character assassination and myth about ?what might have been? until Nix...

    Riveting & forceful insight of General Marshall?s role in mediating peace between 2 belligerents (Mao?s CCP & Chiang Kai-shek?s Kuomintang) through the joint efforts of the committee for 3. It breaks down and indicts the different parties errors which led to the failu...

    The author, a former speech writer for Hillary Clinton and likely part of the entourage Hillary brought to the State Department and later her campaign, has an undergraduate degree centering on political science and history. He is an able writer who is an excellent wordsmith and has a s...

    Kurtz-Phelan has written an interesting, authoritative and exhaustively-researched tale of this little-known chapter in American diplomacy. It serves as both a case study in personal diplomacy, and a sympathetic and respectful portrait of an American giant in the latter stages of his c...

    This book attempts to provide insight into an aspect of early Cold War History that doesn't always get a lot of attention. While much of the immediate post-war American focus was on Europe and the USSR, the post-war situation in China was no less volatile, especially as the country end...

    I am a fan of history - especially 20th century American geopolitical and military history. However, this book covered a subject I knew (embarrassingly) little about...the end of China's civil war and George Marshall's role therein. General Marshall was "assigned" the China mission ...

    Deeply Illuminating on a Brief Yet Critical Chapter in Recent World History Highly readable and enlightening examination of a brief yet critical chapter in recent world history and our foreign policy. It's message, among others, of the tension between complexity and hard objective a...

  • Bayard F.
    Jul 22, 2018

    History of George Marshall's unsuccessful mission to end the conflict between the Nationalist and Communist parties in China which had begun in 1927 and would only end with the Nationalists' flight from the mainland in 1949. In November 1945, the day after Marshall had retired from...

    I heard about this book right when I was finishing Ben Steill?s excellent book on the Marshall and it seemed like it would be a good complement. These are books about two different but important cases of immediate post-WW2 diplomacy led by the same larger than life leader but taking ...

    U.S. Discovers the Limits of its Post-War Power This is a wonderful, insightful book about a period in U.S.-Chinese relations that has received little attention recently ? but which in the U.S. resulted in character assassination and myth about ?what might have been? until Nix...

    Riveting & forceful insight of General Marshall?s role in mediating peace between 2 belligerents (Mao?s CCP & Chiang Kai-shek?s Kuomintang) through the joint efforts of the committee for 3. It breaks down and indicts the different parties errors which led to the failu...

    The author, a former speech writer for Hillary Clinton and likely part of the entourage Hillary brought to the State Department and later her campaign, has an undergraduate degree centering on political science and history. He is an able writer who is an excellent wordsmith and has a s...

    Kurtz-Phelan has written an interesting, authoritative and exhaustively-researched tale of this little-known chapter in American diplomacy. It serves as both a case study in personal diplomacy, and a sympathetic and respectful portrait of an American giant in the latter stages of his c...

    This book attempts to provide insight into an aspect of early Cold War History that doesn't always get a lot of attention. While much of the immediate post-war American focus was on Europe and the USSR, the post-war situation in China was no less volatile, especially as the country end...

    I am a fan of history - especially 20th century American geopolitical and military history. However, this book covered a subject I knew (embarrassingly) little about...the end of China's civil war and George Marshall's role therein. General Marshall was "assigned" the China mission ...

    Deeply Illuminating on a Brief Yet Critical Chapter in Recent World History Highly readable and enlightening examination of a brief yet critical chapter in recent world history and our foreign policy. It's message, among others, of the tension between complexity and hard objective a...

    A dry but fascinating topic, written masterfully by the author. This book helped answer the question of "who lost China?" and shed much light on George Marshall's experiences and thoughts that would eventually lead to the famous Marshall Plan that helped Europe recover. In addition, th...

    This book helped me to understand how and why China became a communist country. It was extremely well researched and easy to follow. It did not have strong political undertones. The author did a good job describing the primary historical figures: George Marshall, Chiang Kai Shek and hi...

    A man of integrity spends his whole life serving his country, fighting wars and seeking peace. This well-written account of George Marshall's failed attempt to ward off Civil War in China at the end of WWII illustrates how winning peace is even harder than winning wars. ...

    A great look at a part of Marshall?s career that has not been talked about much: Marshall?s attempt to forge an agreement between the Nationalists and Communists in China after World War Two. The failure of these talks would affect American domestic and foreign policy for decades. ...

    Very helpful in understanding present day Chinese relations with U.S. All students of Chinese politics will benefit by reading this well told story of General Marshall?s work after WW II. ...

    This book was workman like. It covered the material well but it did not really excite in the writing. ...

    This book should be better known as a romance. It certainly isn't history. The scholarship is non-existent. The author makes thousands of quotations without documentation and no citations. ...

    Nonfiction ...

    This was phenomenal. The writing is extremely engaging. A great book on history, negotiation, persuasion, and the influence of humans and their decisions on history ...

    I was unfamiliar with this period of American History, and the involvement of General Marshal. ...

    This is an amazing episode in history and certainly obscured by flow of events since Marshall's attempt at reconciling the problems plaguing China at the end of World War II. The author writes a very telling narrative and I don't think a simple review would do the book justice. All I c...

    General George Marshall was at the pantheon of America's greatest military leaders. He was also the military's version of a diplomat However, because he was an administrator, the glory of history was given to field commanders such as Ike, Patton, and MacArthur. Marshall did no less tha...

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  • Nate
    Aug 19, 2018

    History of George Marshall's unsuccessful mission to end the conflict between the Nationalist and Communist parties in China which had begun in 1927 and would only end with the Nationalists' flight from the mainland in 1949. In November 1945, the day after Marshall had retired from...

    I heard about this book right when I was finishing Ben Steill?s excellent book on the Marshall and it seemed like it would be a good complement. These are books about two different but important cases of immediate post-WW2 diplomacy led by the same larger than life leader but taking ...

    U.S. Discovers the Limits of its Post-War Power This is a wonderful, insightful book about a period in U.S.-Chinese relations that has received little attention recently ? but which in the U.S. resulted in character assassination and myth about ?what might have been? until Nix...

    Riveting & forceful insight of General Marshall?s role in mediating peace between 2 belligerents (Mao?s CCP & Chiang Kai-shek?s Kuomintang) through the joint efforts of the committee for 3. It breaks down and indicts the different parties errors which led to the failu...

    The author, a former speech writer for Hillary Clinton and likely part of the entourage Hillary brought to the State Department and later her campaign, has an undergraduate degree centering on political science and history. He is an able writer who is an excellent wordsmith and has a s...

    Kurtz-Phelan has written an interesting, authoritative and exhaustively-researched tale of this little-known chapter in American diplomacy. It serves as both a case study in personal diplomacy, and a sympathetic and respectful portrait of an American giant in the latter stages of his c...

    This book attempts to provide insight into an aspect of early Cold War History that doesn't always get a lot of attention. While much of the immediate post-war American focus was on Europe and the USSR, the post-war situation in China was no less volatile, especially as the country end...

    I am a fan of history - especially 20th century American geopolitical and military history. However, this book covered a subject I knew (embarrassingly) little about...the end of China's civil war and George Marshall's role therein. General Marshall was "assigned" the China mission ...

  • Charles
    Sep 01, 2018

    History of George Marshall's unsuccessful mission to end the conflict between the Nationalist and Communist parties in China which had begun in 1927 and would only end with the Nationalists' flight from the mainland in 1949. In November 1945, the day after Marshall had retired from...

    I heard about this book right when I was finishing Ben Steill?s excellent book on the Marshall and it seemed like it would be a good complement. These are books about two different but important cases of immediate post-WW2 diplomacy led by the same larger than life leader but taking ...

    U.S. Discovers the Limits of its Post-War Power This is a wonderful, insightful book about a period in U.S.-Chinese relations that has received little attention recently ? but which in the U.S. resulted in character assassination and myth about ?what might have been? until Nix...

  • Marks54
    Jun 06, 2018

    History of George Marshall's unsuccessful mission to end the conflict between the Nationalist and Communist parties in China which had begun in 1927 and would only end with the Nationalists' flight from the mainland in 1949. In November 1945, the day after Marshall had retired from...

    I heard about this book right when I was finishing Ben Steill?s excellent book on the Marshall and it seemed like it would be a good complement. These are books about two different but important cases of immediate post-WW2 diplomacy led by the same larger than life leader but taking ...