I first read 1421 a few years after I visited China. In Xian, I got my first clue that history as taught in the US schools was one sided. 1421 confirmed that observation. 1434 takes it to a different level. The approach that the Chinese took to world politics in 1421 to 1434 can be seen in what they are doing today. Even in the 1400s China view intellectual property as a weapon for diplomacy. Read this book and think about what is happening today in the world markets. And when you get to the end, think about the recent tsunami in Japan and imagine what it must have been like in 1434!
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