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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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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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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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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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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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Outstanding insight into modern China

Outstanding insight into modern China, supported with facts and an amazing career full of firsthand experience. Must read for all people interested in China. The only negative is the narrator's mispronunciation of many of the Mandarin words/phrases.

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The truth finally revealed

Well researched. Highlights the errors we continue to make by having so-called experts, that are young, inexperienced, and visit the country once or twice a year advising our Govt., the media, etc.

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excellent book for anyone wishing a peaceful world

an excellent book giving a historical understanding of the true nature of China and the US relationship and how to properly improve peace and world economic prospects for the world's inhabitants

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Eye opening ,, changed my perspective completely

An eye opening account going back decades showing the deception and planning China has used to position itself for future dominance.
Should be required reading for all Military Officers State Department Personnel and businesses in the tech field.

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Real Americans

Real Americans will pickup there guns and go back to war for a good reason! And this is one!!

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Sobering to say the least

I don't write a lot of reviews but I felt compelled to write this one. Everyone who loves freedom needs to read this book or listen to the audio version. We have a massive problem on our hands and it's name is Communist China!