The Chinese Challenge

At the moment that Henry Luce, TIME's co-founder, wrote his great essay "The American Century," the world was looking very dark. It was 1941, before the U.S. entered World War II, and Luce was trying to inspire Americans with the resolve and confidence to take up the great battles of the day. Luce was passionate about America's role in the world and about the American ideals of freedom and equal opportunity, but he was also passionate about the hopes and dreams of another great nation--China. The son of missionaries in China, Luce came to school in America, yet never lost his...

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