"This book is more than just biography, capturing, as the subtitle promises, the time and the place as well as the man. . . . Stilwell and the American Experience in China is an important book that helps explain the 20th century after Stilwell passes from the scene: the events of Stilwell's day having set the stage for the Cold War, 'losing China,' and the war in Vietnam."Jeff Wenger, The Asian Reporter
Stilwell and the American Experience in China, 1911-45
978-0-8021-3852-1 • $20.00 • Paperback • Oct. 2001
Joseph Stilwell, military attaché to China from 1935 to 1939 and commander of U.S. forces and Allied Chief of Staff to Chiang Kai-shek from 1942 to 1944, was a man who loved China deeply, spoke its language, and knew its people as few Americans ever have. Using the life of Stilwell, Barbara W. Tuchman explores the history of China from the Revolution of 1911 to the turmoil of World War II, when China’s Nationalist government faced attack from both Japanese invaders and Communist insurgents. Her classic, Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of the cantankerous but level-headed “Vinegar Joe” is both an account of American relations with China and the experiences of one of our men on the ground.