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On The Front Lines Of The Cold War

Author: Seymour Topping
Publisher: LSU Press
ISBN: 0807145629
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In the years following World War II, the United States suffered its most severe military and diplomatic reverses in Asia while Mao Zedong laid the foundation for the emergence of China as a major economic and military world power. As a correspondent for the International News Service, the Associated Press, and later for the New York Times, Seymour Topping documented on the ground the tumultuous events during the Chinese Civil War, the French Indochina War, and the American retreat from Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. In this riveting narrative, Topping chronicles his extraordinary experiences covering the East-West struggle in Asia and Eastern Europe from 1946 into the 1980s, taking us beyond conventional historical accounts to provide a fresh, first-hand perspective on American triumphs and defeats during the Cold War era. At the close of World War II, Topping -- who had served as an infantry officer in the Pacific -- reported for the International News Service from Beijing and Mao's Yenan stronghold before joining the Associated Press in Nanking, Chiang Kai-shek's capital. He covered the Chinese Civil War for the next three years, often interviewing Nationalist and Communist commanders in combat zones. Crossing Nationalist lines, Topping was captured by Communist guerrillas and tramped for days over battlefields to reach the People's Liberation Army as it advanced on Nanking. The sole correspondent on the battlefield during the decisive Battle of the Huai-Hai, which sealed Mao's victory, Topping later scored a world-wide exclusive as the first journalist to report the fall of the capital. In 1950, Topping opened the Associated Press bureau in Saigon, becoming the first American correspondent in Vietnam. In 1951, John F. Kennedy, then a young congressman on a fact-finding visit to Saigon, sought out Topping for a briefing. Assignments in London and West Berlin followed, then Moscow and Hong Kong for the New York Times. During those years Topping reported on the Chinese intervention in the Korean conflict, Mao's Cultural Revolution and its preceding internal power struggle, the Chinese leader's monumental ideological split with Nikita Khrushchev, the French Indochina War, America's Vietnam War, and the genocides in Cambodia and Indonesia. He stood in the Kremlin with a vodka-tilting Khrushchev on the night the Cuban missile crisis ended and interviewed Fidel Castro in Havana on its aftermath. Throughout this captivating chronicle, Topping also relates the story of his marriage to Audrey Ronning, a world-renowned photojournalist and writer and daughter of the Canadian ambassador to China. As the couple traveled from post to post reporting on some of the biggest stories of the century in Asia and Eastern Europe, they raised five daughters. In an epilogue, Topping cites lessons to be learned from the Asia wars which could serve as useful guides for American policymakers in dealing with present-day conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. From China to Indochina, Burma to Korea and beyond, Topping did more than report the news; he became involved in international diplomacy, enabling him to gain extraordinary insights. In On the Front Lines of the Cold War, Topping shares these insights, providing an invaluable eyewitness account of some of the pivotal moments in modern history.

The Cuban Missile Crisis In American Memory

Author: Sheldon M. Stern
Publisher: Stanford University Press
ISBN: 0804784329
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This book exposes the misconceptions, half-truths, and outright lies that have shaped the still dominant but largely mythical version of what happened in the White House during those harrowing two weeks of secret Cuban missile crisis deliberations. A half-century after the event it is surely time to demonstrate, once and for all, that RFK's Thirteen Days and the personal memoirs of other ExComm members cannot be taken seriously as historically accurate accounts of the ExComm meetings.

Historical Dictionary Of The Chinese Communist Party

Author: Lawrence R. Sullivan
Publisher: Scarecrow Press
ISBN: 0810874709
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The Historical Dictionary of the Chinese Communist Party contains a chronology, an introductory essay, an appendix, an extensive bibliography, and more than 400 cross-reference dictionary entries on key people, places, and institutions. This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about the Chinese Communist Party.

Leadership And Authority In China

Author: Lawrence Sullivan
Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 0739171550
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Leadership and Authority in China examines the "constitutional" conflict in the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and Chinese society over two diametrically opposed concepts of leadership and authority.

Europa In Wien

Author: Brigitte Mazohl
Publisher: Böhlau Verlag Wien
ISBN: 3205794885
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Während des Wiener Kongresses bildete die Hauptstadt der österreichischen Monarchie das politische und gesellschaftliche Zentrum Europas. Schätzungen zufolge hielten sich bis zu 100.000 Gäste in der Stadt auf. Monarchen, Staatsmänner und Diplomaten, aber auch Künstler, Lobbyisten, Glücksritter, einflussreiche Frauen und viele mehr kamen in Wien zusammen. Wer waren all diese Kongressteilnehmer, wo bewegten sie sich und wie tagten sie? Und was hat es mit dem Mythos vom tanzenden Kongress auf sich? Die Historikerinnen Karin Schneider und Eva Maria Werner gehen diesen Fragen nach und verknüpfen Politik, Gesellschaft und Medien zu einem faszinierenden Bild Wiens zur Kongresszeit. Darüber hinaus stellen sie etwa 250 Teilnehmer in Kurzbiografien vor. Auf diese Weise beleuchtet ihr Buch nicht nur wichtige Hintergründe jenes europäischen Großereignisses, sondern entwirrt auch das Geflecht der zahlreichen Akteure.

Das Laboratorium Der Poesie

Author: Michel Chaouli
Publisher: Verlag Ferd.Sch├╢ningh GmbH & Co KG
ISBN: 3506717014
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Chemische Bilder lassen sich bei den Frühromantikern - allen voran bei ihrem theoretischen Kopf Friedrich Schlegel - überall finden. Die Poesie, so liest man immer wieder, "verschmilzt", "mischt", "saturirt", "oxydirt". Die zentrale These dieses Buches lautet, dass die Chemie bei Schlegel nicht nur Lieferant hübscher Metaphern ist, sondern dass sie als Leitmodell des frühromantischen Projekts selbst herhält. Dass die Konzeption der modernen Poesie chemisch ausfällt, hängt mit der Verwirrung zusammen, in der sich die Chemie um 1800 befindet. Sie schlägt einen Spagat zwischen mathematischer Formalisierung und alchemistischer Materialität, zwischen Mechanismus und Organismus, zwischen Kombinatorik und Wahlverwandtschaft. Ausgerechnet diese (wissenschaftlich unhaltbare) Zwischenstellung macht sie zur wirksamsten Allegorie des poetologischen Programms der Frühromantik. Ihr Ehrgeiz liegt ja darin, die von der Ästhetik geerbte organisch-teleologische Beschreibung des Kunstwerks mit einer Beschreibung zu ersetzen, die unsere Aufmerksamkeit auf die experimentelle, fragmentarische, unverständliche - mit einem Wort: moderne - Schriftlichkeit der Poesie lenkt. Für ein solches Modell, so zeigt die vorliegende Studie, reichten die vorhandenen poetologischen und ästhetischen Begriffe schlicht nicht aus. Daher erfolgt die weitreichendste Formulierung romantischer Poetik in der Sprache der "Mischungskunde und Scheidekunst".