THE PRESIDENCY by HUGH SIDEY: A Good Visit with Chairman Mao

A visit with Mao Tse-tung, who rules nearly a quarter of humanity, remains one of this world's most intriguing human encounters. Gerald Ford, who is the world's most powerful man, was anxious to meet the Chairman, but he was not even certain Mao would see him in Peking. Nothing had been asked or promised when Ford embarked on his journey to China.

The tip-off that the President of the U.S. would get an audience came after the steamed Wuchang fish course during the big banquet held in the Great Hall of the People the night he arrived. Ford had...

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