Jules Archer Cynthia T. Seybolt - Essay

Cynthia T. Seybolt

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

[The Chinese and the Americans] is an extensive yet detailed history of U.S.-China relations from their beginnings to the present…. Using a great variety of sources, from official documents to onlookers' observations, Archer conveys the enormous complexity of events and attitudes and helps to dispel many stereotyped American views by emphasizing the Chinese perspective. The writing is clear, and the factual narrative is frequently interspersed with quotations, interesting incidents, and amusing anecdotes. Readers with no background might find some of the detail and digression confusing, and the vast amount of material presented has necessitated some oversimplification. On the whole, however, this is a sound...

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