Ping-Pong Diplomacy: The Secret History Behind the Game

Ping-Pong Diplomacy: The Secret History Behind the Game That Changed the World This is the amazing drama of how Ping Pong changed the world With great research and narrative skills, Griffin brings us behind the scenes of the historic trip by the American team to China into tell what really happened and why Plus he puts it into the context of Ping Pong s fascinating history of beingthan just a game Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs Among the many quirks that make Mr Griffins account so interesting is the culture clash that ensued a broad diplomatic tableau with fascinating personal histories Janet Maslin, The New York Times Full of eyebrow raising surprisesthe book tells the secret history of Ping Pong, a story of violence and intrigue and political machinations Ping Pong as a vehicle for international espionage Its an idea so outlandish that, if it werent true, some novelist would have to invent it A remarkable story, well documented and excitingly told Booklist starred review Alfred Hitchcock would grab this book for a spy thriller He himself makes an entry into the melodrama superbly plotted by Nick Griffin The MacGuffin in this case are table tennis balls by the hundred, which mislead British intelligence in its surveillance of an apparently rather daffy British aristocrat I happen to have known the aristo, Ivor Montagu, when I played in table tennis tournaments he organized in Europe He fooled me, too But then until Ping Pong Diplomacy came along, whod guessed what he was up to as he moved among the marquee namesTrotsky and Charlie Chaplin, President Roosevelt and Sam Goldwyn, Mao and the Queen of England Sir Harold Evans author of My Paper Chase At last, here is the fascinating story of the sport that shaped the geopolitics today Part character driven history, part diplomatic caper, and part investigative pilgrimage to contemporary China, Ping Pong Diplomacy makes us look again at an event that Griffin reveals is the climax of a decades long movement This is narrative history at its best Michael Meyer, author of The Last Days of Old Beijing Life in the Vanishing Backstreets of a City Transformed Ping Pong Diplomacy is a deeply absorbing, suspenseful, and hilarious behind the scenes peek into a riveting slice of sports and political history Nicholas Griffin has delivered an overhead smash I love this book Davy Rothbart, author of My Heart is an Idiot, creator of Found Magazine, and contributor to public radio s This American Life A gripping read of the unlikely intertwining of table tennis as a sport with British and Soviet spycraft, and the high politics that broke China and the United States out of their Cold War confrontation Anyone interested in the history of Sino American normalization will find this literate and well documented history of ping pong diplomacy filled with poignant examples of how the politics of Maos Cultural Revolution used and destroyed the lives of Chinese officials enad with the play of the little white ball Richard H Solomon, formerly a member of Henry Kissinger s NSC staff, Assistant Secretary of State for Asia, and President of the US Institute of Peace Ping Pong Diplomacy belongs in the category of you cant make this stuff up It readslike a le Carr novel than diplomatic history But the tale it recounts actually happened, and casts a new and provocative light on the US Opening to China, one of the great foreign policy breakthroughs of the th century Anne Marie Slaughter author of A New World Order and The Idea That Is America Griffin has found an intriguing story with which to illuminate several important political events of the later th century and told it well Publishers Weekly A quirky, thoroughly enjoyable trek through the implausible beginnings of international table tennis and the colorful characters cum diplomats behind it Griffin has the dexterity and cleverness to take on the story and maintain lively interest in the array of personalities involved Kirkus ReviewsCombining the insight of Franklin Foers How Soccer Explains the World and the intrigue of Ben Afflecks Argo, Ping Pong Diplomacy traces the story of how an aristocratic British spy used the game of table tennis to propel a Communist strategy that changed the shape of the worldE SPRING OFheralded the greatest geopolitical realignment in a generation After twenty two years of antagonism, China and the United States suddenly moved toward a dtenteachieved 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 Zedongs 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 intersection 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 ofmillion 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 inand 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

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