Kevin Peraino, veteran foreign correspondent, will discuss the fall of Nationalist China and the triumph of Mao Zedong’s Communist forces in 1949 on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, at the Darien Men’s Association.
“It was an extraordinary political revolution that shapes East Asian politics to this day,” Peraino says.
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“The events led to decades of friction with Communist China, a U.S. commitment to Taiwan, and the wars in Korea and Vietnam.”
Drawing on Chinese and Russian sources, plus CIA documents, he reveals what happened through the eyes of the key players: Mao, Truman, Secretary of State Acheson, Congressman Walter Judd and Madame Chiang Kai-shek.
Peraino’s latest book is titled A Force So Swift: Mao, Truman and the Birth of Modern China, 1949.
The talk will start at 10:45 a.m. and is open to the public. Darien Men’s Association meetings are held at the Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road, Darien.
Guest passes are available at the membership desk just outside the meeting room to all who wish to hear the talk.
DMA welcomes to membership men age 50 or older.