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Ping pong diplomacy : Ivor Montagu and the astonishing story behind the game that changed the world

Author: Nicholas Griffin
Publisher: London : Simon & Schuster, 2014.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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It was one of the most significant developments of the post-war era: China finally abandoning its close relationship with the Soviet Union to begin detente with the USA. Astonishingly, the man who helped make it happen was a British aristocrat, Ivor Montagu, a Soviet spy who knew Stalin and dined with Trotsky. Even more remarkably, the means to this rapprochement was table tennis, a sport loved by both Chairman Mao  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Ivor Goldsmid Samuel Montagu; Ivor Goldsmid Samuel Montagu
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nicholas Griffin
ISBN: 9780857207340 0857207342 9780857207357 0857207350
OCLC Number: 861357860
Description: xi, 336 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Responsibility: by Nicholas Griffin.

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""Ping-Pong Diplomacy" belongs in the category of 'you can't make this stuff up.' It reads more like a le Carre novel than diplomatic history. But the tale it recounts actually happened, and casts a Read more...

 
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