A Military History of China, edited by David Graff and Robin Higham

This is an anthology of sixteen China scholars which adds to 302 pages. I've read a number of books on Chinese history. This book give me much work because it contains much that for me is new. At Amazon.com it is reviewed by only three persons, one of whom describes the book's contributors as leading experts and praises them for questioning the sources and validity of other works on China and describes the writing as concise and fluid. The second reviewer describes it as " brilliant book... well-researched" and "destined to be a classic."

The book delves into political events, politics and military matters being bound together. What I've read so far is a debunking of myths about Mao Zedung's contributions to military theory and his contribution to China's revolution. What I've read is sound, in my opinion, in addition to revealing various points about which I've been ignorant.

I was opposite the Chinese military in Korea from June 1952 to May 1953, and I found the book describing these eleven months in about twelve lines. In a book covering more than 2,000 years one cannot expect much detail for an eleven-month period. But it points out a limitation with macrohistory: skipping details that bring to life human drama.