China Hands: Nine Decades of Adventure, Espionage, and Diplomacy in Asia

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PublicAffairs, 2009年3月4日 - 448 頁
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James Lilley's life and family have been entwined with China's fate since his father moved to the country to work for Standard Oil in 1916. Lilley spent much of his childhood in China and after a Yale professor took him aside and suggested a career in intelligence, it became clear that he would spend his adult life returning to China again and again.

Lilley served for twenty-five years in the CIA in Laos, Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Taiwan before moving to the State Department in the early 1980s to begin a distinguished career as the U.S.'s top-ranking diplomat in Taiwan, ambassador to South Korea, and finally, ambassador to China. From helping Laotian insurgent forces assist the American efforts in Vietnam to his posting in Beijing during the Tiananmen Square crackdown, he was in a remarkable number of crucial places during challenging times as he spent his life tending to America's interests in Asia. In China Hands, he includes three generations of stories from an American family in the Far East, all of them absorbing, some of them exciting, and one, the loss of Lilley's much loved and admired brother, Frank, unremittingly tragic.

China Hands is a fascinating memoir of America in Asia, Asia itself, and one especially capable American's personal history.
 

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Where the Daisies Cover the Country Land
3
Only a Memory
24
Americanization
35
An Anguished Cry
47
INTELLIGENCE OFFICER IN ACTION 19481968
63
A Ready Recruit
65
A Covert Foot Soldier
77
On the Edge of Conflict
97
Riding a Wave
213
DIPLOMAT IN ACTION 19821991
225
Righting the Balance
227
The Golden Years
249
Pushing for Change
264
Through the Blur of Our Tears
282
Stepping on a Volcano
297
Small Victories
335

Running the Secret War
106
Of Coups Floods and Failures
119
CHINA OPENS UP 19691981
133
Reading the Tea Leaves
135
Breaking Down Walls
152
Kissingers Man in China
169
Good Fortune
196
Epilogue
373
Acknowledgments
383
Notes
385
Bibliography
402
Index
406
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During a government career spanning four decades, James Lilley served in the CIA, White House, State Department, and Defense Department. He is the only American to have served as the head of the American missions in Beijing, where he was ambassador from 1989-1991, and Taiwan, where he was Director of the American Institute in Taiwan from 1982-1984. He also served as the U.S. ambassador to South Korea from 1986-1989. He is currently a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, DC. Jeffrey Lilley is a journalist. He lives in Silver Springs, Maryland, with his wife and two sons.

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