Ping-Pong Diplomacy: Ivor Montagu and the Astonishing Story Behind the Game That Changed the World

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Ping-Pong Diplomacy: Ivor Montagu and the Astonishing Story Behind the Game That Changed the World [Nicholas Griffin] on tiburcetingpur.ga *FREE* shipping. Ping Pong Diplomacy: Ivor Montagu and the Astonishing Story Behind the Game That Changed the World by Nicholas Griffin. How an eccentric.

Griffin recounts the dramatic conversation that ensued after Ivor announced that he had married: His father stared at him. Recommended from JTA.

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United States. By Marcy Oster November 27, pm. This encounter, Nicholas Griffin explains in his engaging, well-researched Ping-Pong Diplomacy, led directly to a thaw in Sino-American relations.

And the reach of ping-pong may have gone further still. TS Eliot: Scarier than you think.

China shows West meaning of futility. China to train foreigners in ping pong. Mao Tse-tung: a tyrant to rank with Stalin. It was reinvented as a serious sport by an aristocratic fellow traveller to the Soviet Union called Ivor Montagu.

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Son of one of the richest men in early 20th-century Britain and educated at Westminster and Cambridge, Montagu became a born-again Stalinist at university in the Twenties. During the Second World War, Griffin writes, Montagu furnished the Soviet Union with crucial intelligence about British espionage strategies, weaponry and code-breaking. China soon used its prowess at ping-pong to stage a cover-up of staggering proportions.

The show that the Chinese government put on — building a magnificent new ping-pong stadium, assembling a large, well-fed team, and wining, dining and minding a host of international guests — broadcast an image of communist China in rude health. While foreign visitors were regaled with Chinese sparkling wine and multi-course banquets, the Chinese team triumphed at the ping-pong table. Griffin has a keen eye for the febrile absurdities of the Cold War.

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Subscribe now and get unlimited digital access on web and our smartphone and tablet apps, free for your first month. Within days, the Americans would be playing the Chinese in front of 18, fans in Beijing, with the whole world watching. Summary 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. This culminates in the famous table tennis match between the Chinese and American teams in Beijing in View all copies of this ISBN edition:. Buy New Learn more about this copy.

He also maintains a powerful human dimension throughout the book. Several died as a result, before the whole team was wheeled out again in the early Seventies to rehabilitate China into the international community. In Ping-Pong Diplomacy, Griffin tells a curious, compelling story: one that reminds us sharply of the close embrace of politics and sport. Call or see books.

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