I really appreciate Mr. Lilley's effort and achievement on his CIA and diplomat career.
And while the book is clearly China from his viewpoint, his view is such that it gives a very interesting picture of China over the last several decades.
I would love to show example after example but it is so awful that I dont want to look at it anymore or spend anymore time thinking about it.
Although not stated, this turned out to be an ex-library copy, heavily marked and with the dustjacket actually laminated! Read morePublished 4 months ago by Nyle C. Monday
A slice of history, dramatically presented. Shows how often policy maker are often so blinded by their "ideas" about a country that they can't hear the reality... Read morePublished 6 months ago by "Volpone"
This is a great read for anyone who wants a better understanding of this time period and what this country had to do to help open the doors for communications with China.Published 12 months ago by K.N. Barrett
informative, fasinating, full of first hand accounts of life in China during a period spanning
decades, tells a lot of insiders view of how things are done in government,... Read more
James Lilley's memoir of his lengthy service, first in the CIA then later in the Dept. of State, is an interesting story of one of America's little known but highly influential... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Philip A. True
Diplomats and spies rarely write good books.
Here we have memoirs of an American spy and diplomat, whose family was connected to China during much of the 20th century. Read more
In China Hands: Nine Decades of Adventure, Espionage, and Diplomacy in Asia, the former U. S. Ambassador to the People's Republic of China, James Lilley, writes an extraordinary... Read morePublished 24 months ago by J Doran
James Lilley, an American son born in China developed a love of Asia and devoted his life in Asia. He wrote this memoir dedicated to his brother Frank who ended his life early. Read morePublished on November 30, 2012 by Walter W. Ko
China Hands by James Lilley is a surprisingly poorly written book filled with disingenuous recollections and littered with propagandist sleights against the US Democratic Party and... Read morePublished on January 5, 2012 by Jeremy C. Smith