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OWEN LATTIMORE AND THE "LOSS" OF CHINA Robert P. Newman 1992 1st ed Hardcover DJ Fine
By Newman, Robert P.
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CA, 1992, 1st edition. 669 pp, photos. Hardcover with Dust Jacket, Fine.

Lattimore traveled extensively in China. His travels laid the ground for his life-long interest in all matters related to the Mongols and other peoples of the Silk Road and for his later reputation as expert on these areas. For his honeymoon he traveled overland from Beijing to Delhi, a mammoth feat in the first half of the 20th century.
 
Newman has undertaken a thorough look at the life of the late Lattimore, a distinguished professor of Chinese studies at Johns Hopkins University who had served with the Chinese Nationalist and U.S. governments during World War II. In March 1950 Lattimore was accused by Senator Joseph R. McCarthy of being a top communist agent. Lattimore became McCarthy's scapegoat to be blamed for the 'loss' of China to communism sponsored by the Soviets and their U.S. sympathizers.
 
Newman proves conclusively that there was no case against Lattimore. He bases his research on superb primary sources: the 38,900-page FBI Lattimore file, and the latter's private papers. The blizzard of nearly five decades of material presented requires careful reading of this well-written biography. At times Newman is somewhat melodramatic: 'This book is not just a biography; it is a study in American political demonology.'

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