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PING PONG DIPLOMACY

THE SECRET HISTORY BEHIND THE GAME THAT CHANGED THE WORLD
Griffin, Nicholas (Book - 01/07/2014 )
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THE SPRING OF 1971 heralded the greatest geopolitical realignment in a generation. After twenty-two years of antagonism, China and the United States suddenly moved toward a détente-achieved not by politicians but by Ping-Pong players. The Western press delighted in the absurdity of the moment and branded it "Ping-Pong Diplomacy." But for the Chinese, Ping-Pong was always political, a strategic cog in Mao Zedong's foreign policy. Nicholas Griffin proves that the organized game, from its first breath, was tied to Communism thanks to its founder, Ivor Montagu, son of a wealthy English baron and spy for the Soviet Union. Ping-Pong Diplomacy traces a crucial inter-section of sports and society. Griffin tells the strange and tragic story of how the game was manipulated at the highest levels; how the Chinese government helped cover up the death of 36 million peasants by holding the World Table Tennis Championships during the Great Famine; how championship players were driven to their deaths during the Cultural Revolution; and, finally, how the survivors were reconvened in 1971 and ordered to reach out to their American counterparts. Through a cast of eccentric characters, from spies to hippies and Ping-Pong-obsessed generals to atom-bomb survivors, Griffin explores how a neglected sport was used to help realign the balance of worldwide power.
Authors: Griffin, Nicholas
Title: PING PONG DIPLOMACY
THE SECRET HISTORY BEHIND THE GAME THAT CHANGED THE WORLD
Publisher: Scribner 01/07/2014
Notes: Brodart BibzII On-Order Record
Local Note: 15 118 172 210 278
ISBN: 1451642776
9781451642773
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