The China Mirage - James Bradley

The China Mirage

By James Bradley

  • Release Date: 2015-04-21
  • Genre: Asia
Score: 4.5
From 39 Ratings


From the bestselling author of Flags of our Fathers, Flyboys, and The Imperial Cruise, a spellbinding history of turbulent U.S.-China relations from the 19th century to World War II and Mao's ascent.

In each of his books, James Bradley has exposed the hidden truths behind America's engagement in Asia. Now comes his most engrossing work yet. Beginning in the 1850s, Bradley introduces us to the prominent Americans who made their fortunes in the China opium trade. As they -- -good Christians all -- -profitably addicted millions, American missionaries arrived, promising salvation for those who adopted Western ways.

And that was just the beginning.

From drug dealer Warren Delano to his grandson Franklin Delano Roosevelt, from the port of Hong Kong to the towers of Princeton University, from the era of Appomattox to the age of the A-Bomb, The China Mirage explores a difficult century that defines U.S.-Chinese relations to this day.


  • The China Mirage

    By Peg1gy
    The China Mirage is an eye opener, stomach turning piece of history. Racist? NO, the facts of the events show the feelings of the times but the book is no way racist. I always read history books with the view that it reflects the passions of the author. With that in mind, even if fifty percent is correct, The China Mirage reports very scary facts that as a seventy year old I can identify as having influenced my world and I did not know before I read this book.
  • China Mirage

    By ChuckLaRue
    B-52's in 1945 bombing Japan? Makes me wonder what other information in this book is in doubt.
  • Best book on China

    By Flashkube
    Best book I've read about China ever. My favorite history book in years. Read it.
  • Racist

    By biggest reader of books
    This book is religiously racist