In this book the opening months of 1949, U.S. President Harry S. Truman found himself faced with a looming diplomatic catastrophe. Throughout the spring and summer, Mao Zedongs communist armies fanned out across mainland china, annihilating the rival troops of Americas onetime ally Chiang Kai shek and taking control of Beijing, Shanghai, and other major cities. Over the course of this tumultuous year, Mao would fashion a new revolutionary government in Beijing, laying the foundation for the creation of modern china. Drawing on Chinese and Russian sources, as well as recently declassified C.I.A. documents, the author tells the riveting story of this transformative year in world affairs.
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