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  • When America First Met China: An Exotic History of Tea, Drugs, and Money in the Age of Sail

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Eric Jay Dolin
    • Narrated By A. T. Chandler
    Overall
    (23)
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    (20)
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    (19)

    Ancient China collides with newfangled America in this epic tale of opium smugglers, sea pirates, and dueling clipper ships. Brilliantly illuminating one of the least-understood areas of American history, best-selling author Eric Jay Dolin now traces our fraught relationship with China back to its roots: the unforgiving nineteenth-century seas that separated a brash, rising naval power from a battered ancient empire. It is a prescient fable for our time, one that surprisingly continues to shed light on our modern relationship with China.

    zein says: "Starts slow be patient!"
    "Captivating - good storytelling."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I most enjoyed when he uses specifics to get to the heart of the story. For example he details America's first ship employed in the China Trade after US independence is formally acheived, some of the trade and conflict in the Canton system, or mutinies in the coolie trade.

    I was fascinated by his detail in the development of shipping building in the form of earliest clippers built for the China trade, the sailing times, competition with Britain, commercial factors driving it, and its participatory roots the competitive sprit leading to the popular sporting of today's America's Cup.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by A. T. Chandler?

    Yes


    Do you think When America First Met China needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes - I woudl like to see him analyze trade and specifically ocean steam liners in Modern era in China trade.


    Any additional comments?

    I would have like to have heard more detail and less story telling.

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