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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press; First Edition edition (October 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159114423X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591144236
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,130,369 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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a remarkable story...also offers breathtaking insights for diplomats and students of history alike, into the realities of the process of national policymaking, including the terrible toll exacted by egotism, miscommunictation, prejudice, turf warfare and plain ignorance. As such, the book is full of timely lessons--not the least being the critical value of quality Foreign Service political reporting. --Susan Brady Maitra, Foreign Service Journal

About the Author

Lynne Joiner is an award-winning broadcast journalist, news anchor, and documentary filmmaker. Her work has included assignments for CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, NPR, Christian Science Monitor Radio, Newsweek, and L.A. Times Magazine. She is currently a news consultant for Shanghai International Television. She lives in San Francisco, CA.

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Lynne Joiner wrote a great novel.
Frank W. Sheeman
Packed with fascinating details and people, the book reads like the best of historical novels.
Carol Wilder
Honorable Survivor is full of drama and nuance.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Frank W. Sheeman on October 25, 2009
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I greatly enjoyed and highly recommend Honorable Survivor. The last time I lost this much sleep over a book it was Red October. Lynne Joiner wrote a great novel. Except it's history. When I took history in high school it was boredom incarnate. I guess Lynne didn't take that class. I have spent time in China and was immediately able to connect with the story she tells. I knew pieces of it but have never had the opportunity to see it all come together - and she does a great job of bringing all the pieces together. The only problem with making a movie out of John Service's life would be trying to fit this story into so short a time. Last thought: there are few novelists who could create so complex a plot. This book should solve about a third of your Christmas gift list.
Disclosure: I met Lynne Joiner in Shanghai when I was running a business there in the 90's. I think I am on her friends list. I know she spent much of the past decade on this book. It was worth the wait.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Henry Schoepp on October 20, 2009
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Seldom does the reader have an opportunity to enjoy a rousing good spy caper, a haunting story of forbidden love and learn important lessons in modern history under the same book cover. HONORABLE SURVIVOR: MAO'S CHINA, McCARTHY'S AMERICA AND THE PERSECUTION OF JOHN S. SERVICE delivers on all three counts and then some, as author Lynne Joiner takes us down the road of intrigue, betrayal and abused political power. It's an informative journey for anyone the least bit concerned about U.S. forign policy as it exists today and great reading entertainment for everyone else. Which only raises the question of who they're going to get to play the title role in the movie. Hank Schoepp, Las Vegas, NV.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By kjkstar on October 25, 2009
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Lynne Joiner has put her heart and soul and considerable intelligence into this book. She has written a book that delivers a story that is timely and timeless. It's an important book on an important topic. And, not to be overlooked, it is highly reaadable.

There is much to praise about Honorable Survivor. Ultimately what makes the book so satisfying is that it combines multiple elements. It is obviously the story of man. But it is also the story of a time. And the conflict of people, ideas, ideologies and countries.

History is full of drama, but too often history books are dry. Honorable Survivor is full of drama and nuance.

Highest recommendation.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Paul Vout on December 15, 2009
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This book is both masterfully written and immaculately researched. Easy to read, it is nonetheless a compelling biography and work of geopolitical history. Anyone with an interest in China, its relationship with the United States, the Second World War, the Cold War or history generally will find this book both fascinating and enjoyable. I came away with a much deeper insight into America's involvement in China during World War II, its dealings with Mao and the opportunities lost when the US myopically wed itself to Chiang Kai-shek's regime. Lynne Joiner's sympathetic, but by no means uncritical, narrative of John Service's life, career, tribulations and character is a major work of non-fiction.
Dr. Paul Vout, former Chief Representative in China of Blake Dawson International Lawyers
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This book has been outstandingly researched and reads like a novel. It is more than a biography of John S. Service, it also a story of China during World War II, of the United States after the war, of the first person to be the victim of the cold war and McCarthyism, of his personal life and loves. It reminds us of the choices made by American administrations after WWII which led to our fighting two wars on the continent of Asia which might well have been unnecessary had we shown less panic and more wisdom in the period 1945-1954. It is good to be reminded of these times, as we may well be entering a time where many of the mistakes of that period are may be repeated with equally dire consequences. John S. Service was accused of having 'lost' China: who will bE equally foolishly accused of having 'lost' Afghanistan or Pakistan or Iraq in the months and years to come. Robert E. Gomperts, Glen Allen, Virginia
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By George Chikovani on January 28, 2010
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I enjoyed Honorable Survivor tremendously. The story of Jack Service touches on some of the most significant historical themes of the last 60 years--World War II, the roots of the Cold War, McCarthyism, the roots of modern China--and this book provides a personal and novel angle on the events, focusing on a protagonist who repeatedly crossed paths with the bold-letter names of history (from Mao and Madame Chiang to Hoover and Truman). Lynne Joiner does the compelling material justice, telling the story in a style that is thorough yet concise, nuanced yet clear, and sympathetic to its protagonist without being blind to his flaws.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Patrick on February 3, 2015
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Unfortunately, the genre is Special-Pleading for Joe McCarthy's "Victims". And as well as Ms Joiner does it, she still can't avoid admitting things like;

1. As a U.S. diplomat, John Stewart Service shared a house with two Communist spies in Chungking. Treasury Dept official Sol Adler (who defected to Red China in the 1960s) and the American-trained economist (and Mao-mole) Chi Chao-ting who was working, supposedly, for Chiang Kai-shek's Finance Ministry (but who later turned up as one of Mao's central bankers).

2. Service was in direct, and frequent contact with FDR adviser Lauchlin Currie, who was named by both Elizabeth Bentley and Whittaker Chambers as a Communist, and appeared in the Venona decrypted cables as 'Page'. Currie took Service's venomously anti-Chiang, pro-Mao dispatches to be read by FDR, as well as passing them on to other Communists and sympathizers (in and out of government). That Service 'eagerly accepted' the role as 'Lauchlin Currie's designated leaker'.

3. On leave from his China post, in Washington DC in 1944, Service briefed State, War, OSS, OWI and other groups. Telling them how well organized the Communists were, how good they were at rescuing downed U.S. pilots from Japanese controlled territory, of their 'enthusiastic willingness to cooperate with the United States in the war effort'. To which, Ms. Joiner had to comment; 'Some listeners thought Service sounded more like an advocate than an observer.'

Hey, so did Joe McCarthy and J. Edgar Hoover.

4. That Service apparently took Mao seriously when he said to him, 'American help would be vital to China's postwar recovery.
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HONORABLE SURVIVOR won the prestigious 2010 Douglas Dillon Book Award for "distinguished writing about American diplomacy" from the American Academy of Diplomacy. It is Lynne Joiner's first book after a prolific career as a broadcast journalist. She's covered many major events in U.S.-China relations. The book took nearly ten years to research and write--and Joiner sold her house to concentrate full time on finishing it. For more details, please link to:

www.honorablesurvivor.com

In January 1976 when Premier Zhou Enlai died (signaling the passing of Mao's revolutionary guard), Joiner-as the only American correspondent in China-- filed reports for all three major U.S. television networks and national radio. Joiner also covered Deng Xiaoping's historic visit to Washington D.C. in January 1979 when official diplomatic relations were formally established. In 1997 Joiner reported on the return of Hong Kong from British to Chinese sovereignty. She has served as a media consultant to Shanghai Television and to Radio Free Asia in Washington D. C. and has also taught broadcast news writing at Stanford University.

Her professional news assignments include work for: ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC, NPR, and Christian Science Monitor Radio. She was prime-time TV news anchor at the CBS station in San Francisco and producer-host of "Foreign Exchange," a weekly NPR world affairs call-in program. Joiner has contributed stories to the Far Eastern Economic Review, San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News, Oakland Tribune and Pacific News Service.

Her news reporting and documentary filmmaking have taken her to many parts of the globe, including: Armenia, Australia, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Philippines, Russia, Georgia, Thailand, Singapore and throughout Western Europe.

Joiner holds an M.F.A. degree in broadcast journalism from U.C.L.A. and received her B.A. in English Literature from Cornell University. She also attended Stanford University's Graduate School of Education and the Taipei Language Institute. She speaks what she calls "survival" Chinese and French.


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