- x, 476 pages, 8 unnumbered pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
- Contents: Prologue: oh! general Marshall, we communists honor you -- Winning the peace -- Peace is hell -- Horrid dilemmas -- Marshall is too big -- The committee of three -- Unity out of chaos -- First lord of the warlords -- Seek truth from facts -- If the world wants peace -- Balance of mistrusts -- Fighting while talking -- Umpire on a battlefield -- Sisyphus in China -- George Marshall can't walk on water -- Limits of power -- The rock and the whirlpool -- At the point of a gun -- All of chiang's horses and all of chiang's men -- Into the fire -- Epilogue: losing China.Includes bibliographical references (pages 447-460) and index.Summary: "A nuanced history of the doomed diplomatic mission that turned the tides of the Chinese Civil War. Following the phenomenal success of General George C. Marshall's leadership of the American army during World War II, he was the standout candidate for a vital international mission: brokering a coalition government between China's warring Nationalists and Communists. Marshall went overseas as a U.S. "special representative" and began enacting miraculous change. Under Marshall's guiding hand, China's embattled political factions agreed to a ceasefire and settled on the principles of a democratic government. But over the next ten months, Marshall's mission soured: the agreements he brokered fractured and civil war came to China after all. This fascinating narrative history portrays the incredible beginnings and ultimate failure of Marshall's high-stakes mission, with a remarkable cast of characters featuring a heroes' gallery of American diplomats--Truman, Eisenhower, MacArthur, and many others. In spellbinding, pinpoint detail, The China Mission chronicles an unforgettable misstep in American diplomacy that changed the course of global politics forevermore."--Provided by publisher.