A NOTE FROM JAMES LILLEY
I wanted to write this book because there was a story to tell about my family's role in the momentous changes in China from 1916 to 2004. My brother Frank is a large part of that story. He left behind letters, diaries, and photos of China, Korea, and Japan in the 1930s and 1940s that chronicle his youthful yet perceptive insights into the Japanese expansion and Chinese degeneration of the era. I was later stationed in all three countries as a CIA officer and diplomat.
Writing this memoir has woven together personal tragedy, the tumble of confused events, and the United States' development of a new relationship with the People's Republic of China.
I was a witness to and participant in some of the changes that came to China over the past seven decades—from my childhood in China through my CIA activity during the Cold War, and concluding with my posting as U.S. Ambassador to the People's Republic of China during the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre. This is the story of my family's roots in China, our long struggle to live with the People's Republic, and my mission to help build a better Asia. I dedicate the memoir to Frank, whose short life of idealism and achievement was highlighted by his love of Asia, and to my son Jeffrey, who helped me write the book.
Pub date: 06/15/05
Price: $16.50/21.95 Canada
5 1/2 x 8 1/4
8 pp b/w photo insert
Carton Quantity: 24
Asian Studies, Biography, History
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