Vietnam War 50 years later, China,..we’re taking a trip east this week on TALKish, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, when joining Halli at her table is a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and renowned military historian, Max Boot, the author of THE ROAD NOT TAKEN, and in our second half-hour, The Economist’s Cuba correspondent and the author of LEFTOVER IN CHINA, Roseann Lake. The new podcast is available at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com and on your favorite app.
Max Boot is a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and a renowned military historian, and a regular contributor to the New York Times, Foreign Policy, the Los Angeles Times, and other publications. A conservative, he is a Never Trump. The author of SAVAGE WARS OF PEACE and the New York Times bestseller INVISIBLE ARMIES, Boot’s latest work, his contribution to the 50 year debate over why the Vietnam War went so wrong is THE ROAD NOT TAKEN: EDWARD LANSDALE AND THE AMERICAN TRAGEDY IN VIETNAM, a biography of profound historical consequence, rescuing the legendary CIA operative, Lansdale, the man claimed to be the fictional model for Graham Greene’s THE QUIET AMERICAN and a co-conspirator in the Kennedy assassination (at least according to filmmaker, Oliver Stone) from historical disgrace. Might Vietnam have been different had we only listened to Edward Lansdale? After extensive research including Boot’s access to never before-seen documents, love letters, and dozens of interviews, the historian has recast this cautionary American story, tracking the daring rise and utter fall of the roguish “T.E. Lawrence of Asia” from the battle of Dien Bien Phu to the humiliating American evacuation in 1975.
What it is like to be a woman in today’s China? How do Chinese women’s lives compare to American womens’ lives in the Twenty-first Century? To coin a phrase, it’s complicated. In LEFTOVER IN CHINA; THE WOMEN SHAPING THE WORLD’S NEXT SUPERPOWER journalist Roseann Lake answers those questions and chronicles the lives of young Chinese women, whom she first met during her years working as a television reporter in Beijing. Women are on the move in China: highly-educated, acquiring wealth, property, and a measure of independence in record numbers. But in spite of an overwhelmingly large male population, many struggle to find suitable romantic partners. Known as “leftovers” if they fail to marry by age twenty-five, these women represent a China in which gender roles have not evolved as vigorously as society itself, and where new professional opportunities have made women less willing to compromise their careers or concede to marriage for the sake of it. The result is a mounting social quagmire: a generation of millions in limbo, torn between past and future, and whose lives at once seem straight out of a Jane Austin novel, a bevy of mothers hacking their daughters’ dating profiles to secure a quick proposal, and the Chinese version of Sex and the City.
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