The China Mirage: The Hidden History of American Disaster in Asia
James Bradley. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2015. 384 pp. Notes. Index. $35.
Reviewed by Captain Fred W. Kacher, U.S. Navy
Fifteen years after writing Flags of our Fathers, a landmark bestseller that explored the lives of the men who raised the flag at Iwo Jima, James Bradley returns to Asia in The China Mirage. In his newest book, Bradley aims to recast the very way we view the United States’ relationship with China in the 20th century. He shares a hope that “Perhaps the cautionary tale revealed in this book will motivate people in both countries to strengthen that bridge across the Pacific before it’s too late. Again.”