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Seize The Hour

by Margaret Macmillan

Penguin Canada | September 6, 2005 | Hardcover

Seize The Hour is rated 4 out of 5 by 1.
MARGARET MacMILLAN is the renowned author of Women of the Raj, Stephen Leacock (Extraordinary Canadians series), and the international bestsellers Nixon in China and Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World, which won the 2003 Governor General’s Award and the 2002 Samuel Johnson Prize. She is also the author of The Uses and Abuses of History. The past provost of Trinity College at the University of Toronto, she is now the warden of St. Antony’s College at Oxford University.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 448 pages, 0.1 × 0.1 × 0.1 in

Published: September 6, 2005

Publisher: Penguin Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0143015583

ISBN - 13: 9780143015581

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Rebirth of a Civilization Really, when you think about China today in 2008 (as the Beijing Olympics gets underway) and China pre-1972, it is really an unparalleled transformation. Looking back in history, the meeting between Nixon and Mao will be seen as a defining moment in the civilization of China and indeed Asia. Esteemed Historian, Margaret Macmillan delivers both a historically significant interpretation of this momentous event but also a well-written easy to follow narrative that explores the essence of the major characters. Much as I liked "Paris 1919", I felt Macmillan's own personal relations interfered with the distance required to produce the necessary nuance in contextualizing the Paris Peace Conferences. In "Nixon in China", Macmillan is much more the professional Historian exploring and interpreting the mountains of new sources and interview information available to piece together this complex puzzle. There is much new information about the relationships between Nixon and Kissinger, Mao and Zhou, Mao and his wife, etc... I realize the text is lengthy at over 400 pages, but I don't think you could really pear it down any further without leaving out historically relevant details. Macmillan, quite correctly keeps the reader focused on the time period and refrains from appearing anachronistic which is quite the accomplishment considering all that has happened since 1972. What brought about this rapprochement was the shared animosity towards Soviet USSR. Nixon and Kissinger, ever the realists, felt it prudent to establish relations with Communist China as a way to get under Brezhnev's skin, and that it did. For Mao, after the calamities of the Cultural Revolution and Sino-Soviet split, he searched for anything that would strengthen his grip on power. It was the unintended consequences following this rapprochement that opened up Mao (and more importantly others within the Politburo especially Deng Xiaoping) to the possibilities of reforms. An excellent read as both a historical text and for the average reader. "Nixon in China" is where it all began and where anyone wanting to learn more about the "economic miracle" of the "Chinese Century" should start.
Date published: 2008-08-08

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Seize The Hour

by Margaret Macmillan

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 448 pages, 0.1 × 0.1 × 0.1 in

Published: September 6, 2005

Publisher: Penguin Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0143015583

ISBN - 13: 9780143015581

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MARGARET MacMILLAN is the renowned author of Women of the Raj, Stephen Leacock (Extraordinary Canadians series), and the international bestsellers Nixon in China and Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World, which won the 2003 Governor General’s Award and the 2002 Samuel Johnson Prize. She is also the author of The Uses and Abuses of History. The past provost of Trinity College at the University of Toronto, she is now the warden of St. Antony’s College at Oxford University.