"Fresh, gripping, pelagically capacious, Dolin's book recounts in a magic-lantern fashion the opening of the America-China trade, a dramatic rendezvous of two nations on diametrically opposing paths of destiny: while the tea from Canton gave birth to a new, bold republic, the opium from Boston sounded the death knell for an ancient, declining kingdom. When America first met China is at once a tantalizing high-sea yarn of fast-running clippers and murderous pirates and a profound meditation on an international relationship, first broached by feather-capped Yankee Doodles and queue-flaunting Hong Merchants, that still absorbs our attention today." Yunte Huang, author of Charlie Chan
Eric Jay Dolin is the author of the bestselling Leviathan: The History of Whaling In America, which was chosen as one of the best nonfiction books of 2007 by The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, and The Providence Journal. Leviathan also won the 2007 John Lyman Award for U. S. Maritime History, and the 23rd Annual L. Byrne Waterman Award, given by the New Bedford Whaling Museum, for outstanding contributions to whaling research and history. His last book, Fur, Fortune, and Empire: The Epic History of the Fur Trade in America, was chosen by New West, The Seattle Times, and the Rocky Mountain Land Library as one of the best nonfiction books of 2010, and it also won the 2011 James P. Hanlan Book Award, given by the New England Historical Association. A graduate of Brown, Yale, and MIT, where he received his Ph.D. in environmental policy, he lives in Marblehead, Massachusetts, with his wife and two children.
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