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The Hundred-Year Marathon Audiobook

The Hundred-Year Marathon: China's Secret Strategy to Replace America as the Global Superpower

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One of the US government's leading China experts reveals the hidden strategy fueling that country's rise - and how Americans have been seduced into helping China overtake us as the world's leading superpower.

For more than 40 years, the United States has played an indispensable role in helping the Chinese government build a booming economy, develop its scientific and military capabilities, and take its place on the world stage in the belief that China's rise will bring us cooperation, diplomacy, and free trade. But what if the "China dream" is to replace us, just as America replaced the British Empire, without firing a shot?

Based on interviews with Chinese defectors and newly declassified, previously undisclosed national security documents, The Hundred-Year Marathon reveals China's secret strategy to supplant the United States as the world's dominant power and to do so by 2049, the one-hundredth anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic. Michael Pillsbury, a fluent Mandarin speaker who has served in senior national security positions in the US government since the days of Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger, draws on his decades of contact with the "hawks" in China's military and intelligence agencies and translates their documents, speeches, and books to show how the teachings of traditional Chinese statecraft underpin their actions. He offers an inside look at how the Chinese really view America and its leaders - as barbarians who will be the architects of their own demise.

Pillsbury also explains how the US government has helped - sometimes unwittingly and sometimes deliberately - to make this "China dream" come true, and he calls for the United States to implement a new, more competitive strategy toward China as it really is and not as we might wish it to be. The Hundred-Year Marathon is a wake-up call as we face the greatest national security challenge of the 21st century.

©2015 Michael Pillsbury (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    Doug Kyle 07-29-15
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    "Disappointing"

    Narrow storyline repeated ad nausium. Boring .because it was too repetitive. He said the same thing over and over just like this review.

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    Derek D Price 06-15-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Hawkish!"

    Brings up plenty of good points to ponder but little to act on outside of policy makers. Also, the rhetoric is so anti-Chinese that it brings many of his accusations into question. Good audio book but im glad I didn't buy the paper copy.

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    Shane Japan 06-07-15
    Shane Japan 06-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Terrifying and incredibly insightful"

    Backs up everything I know about China and Asian Confucian thinking. A must read and sobering look into past failures with China and China's future goals for it's place in the world. As for America, if it does not even know it is in a competition, it seems doomed to fail.

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    mahir 10-01-15
    mahir 10-01-15 Member Since 2013
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    "biased and self righteous book without any proof."

    biased book trying to condemn China on issues that the U.S. has the worst record of in human history.
    1-raging wars and killing civilians ( Spain , Japan - nuclear weapons , Korea , Cuba , Vietnam , Serbia - may be justified , Somalia , Iraq , Afghanistan , Iraq - again , yemen , Libya , Syria )
    2- funding terror and insurgency ( Cuba , Elsalvador , Chile , Nicaragua , Panama , iran - mossadeq overthrow , Venezuela - try to stage coup to overthrow Chavez , Libya - may be justified , Syria )
    3- support to dictatorships ( all military junta of central and south America , African dictators in guinea and central Africa , shah of iran , all Arab dictators and middle east monarchies )
    4 - financial misconduct and sabotage . control over the international monitory institutes ( international monitory fund , world Bank ) . dysregulation of wall street causing world depression several times in last century . diplomacy for securing opportunities for American businesses without any competition ( oil , chemicals , mining , fishing , weapons sales - even to worst dictators and known criminal states , drug companies )
    5- pollution . so far the worst polluting country in the world despite China catching up .

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    PoohBear 10-23-17
    PoohBear 10-23-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Scary"

    If you are interested in international affairs then this is a books you must know for your expansion of knowledge.

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    TJ C. 08-05-17
    TJ C. 08-05-17 Member Since 2017
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    Very interesting listen. China's movements and methodology to replace America as a world power were unknown to me before this book.

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    The Duke 05-28-17
    The Duke 05-28-17
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    "An unapologetic propaganda"

    The book does have some value. But it's propagandist to the core. In the author's view, America has literally not done anything wrong. Just going along it's way trying to spread democracy and human rights around the world. And china is just being unreasonable towards the states. No military bases around china that perhaps are forcing it to be defensive. No hacking, no attempts to destabilize China politically. No, just China being unreasonable and the USA defensively responding. Nothing else to see here. The book has some valuable information but just keep in mind that you are listening to an ad the whole time.

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    East West 01-05-17
    East West 01-05-17
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    "We need more people like Michael"
    What did you love best about The Hundred-Year Marathon?

    Author's personal experience and knowledge of Chinese culture and history really help offer the book the interesting contents. The history of Warrior Stage (Hegemont), Weiqi(Go) Game with Shi, Art of War (Deceiving) and the movement in last 20-30 years presented the good reading. The only complain is the audible lacking of acceptable pronunciations of Chinese characters like Shi etc. But I got it. Thanks Michael.


    What other book might you compare The Hundred-Year Marathon to and why?

    On China by Henry Kissinger


    Have you listened to any of Malcolm Hillgartner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    If you could give The Hundred-Year Marathon a new subtitle, what would it be?

    The quite coming threat or misunderstanding.


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    Rocky Mackintosh Frederick, MD, US 01-05-17
    Rocky Mackintosh Frederick, MD, US 01-05-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Fascinating perspective."

    This is the 3rd book in a row that I've read on China. For some it may be helpful to learn more of China's history and culture before jumping into Pillsbury's book. I recommend "The China Mirage" by James Bradley and then "On China" by Henry Kissinger -- both available from Audible.

    Pillsbury apparently writes from deep experience and admits that some of his past opinions on China's cooperative behavior have now changed. His revelations and warnings are very compelling.

    Definitely worth a read.

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    Matthew Woods 11-18-16
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    "Must read info for those with children"

    The info in this book is useful to anyone wishing to guide future generations of their family. It's well written and we'll read. I highly recommend it.

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