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The U.S. Crusade in China, 1938-1945
The U.S. Crusade in China, 1938-1945
By Michael Schaller
Columbia University Press, 1979, 364 pp.

A very competent account of American policy in China between the Japanese invasion and the end of World War II. One of the recurring themes is the poor quality of most of FDR's personal emissaries and advisers. Currie was superficial; Willkie was an uncritical admirer of Chiang Kai-shek; Hurley was vain, pompous and ignorant about China. Yet it was men such as these, not the professional foreign service and its many excellent China specialists, who helped shape much of U.S. policy in this period.