Ping-Pong Diplomacy: Ivor Montagu and the Astonishing Story Behind the Game That Changed the World (Paperback)Nicholas Griffin (author)
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Nicholas Griffin weaves a compelling story to reveal the background to the famous occasion in 1971, when the USA's Glenn Cowan, a 19-year-old hippie, befriended China's world champion Zhuang Zedong, who was imprisoned during the Cultural Revolution. Within days, the Americans would be playing the Chinese in front of 18,000 fans in Beijing, with the whole world watching. It was the beginning of a thaw in Sino-US relations that forced the Soviets into a crippling arms race that acted as a catalyst to pressuring them into errors that would draw the Cold War to an end. Sometimes sport truly can have the biggest consequences.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 420 g
Dimensions: 234 x 153 mm
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