Although I purchased the book in NYC, I found that I read a good part of it while sitting in a Texas airport one summer day. May have been a mistake (??) to do so, as quite a few people looked my way, perhaps suggesting that I am a Communist? Not sure. I could be wrong.
Yet, even though my heritage is mostly Russian and I appreciate the history of Russia, China, and the relationship between the two Giants, I'm no Communist. Still, if you want to know more about the present-day global relationships that countries like R & C & the USA share, this is a great book to read. It's grounded in history, and the past is KEY to understanding the Now and the Forevermore.
Definitely a looooong book -- and the latter half (all about strategies employed during Mao's military battles) may appeal to some more than others. Will keep you reading well into the five-hour delays at LaGuardia, LAX and O'Hare....Continua