When China Ruled the Seas by Louise Levathes

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In the tradition of Barbara Tuchman and Jonathan Spence, former veteran National Geographic staff writer Louise Levathes delivers a vivid, you-are-there account of the great age of Chinese maritime exploration. Levathes takes a fascinating look at China's rise as a naval power--and its plunge into isolation when a new emperor ascended the Dragon Throne.
 

About Louise Levathes

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Louise Levathes was a staff writer for National Geographic for ten years and writes for The New York Times, The Washington Post, and other publications. In 1990, she was a visiting scholar at The Johns Hopkins Center for Chinese and American Studies at Nanjing University, Jiangsu, China. She livesin Washington, D.C.
 
Published December 2, 2014 by Open Road Distribution. 232 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, War, Self Help. Non-fiction

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Levathes, a former staff writer for National Geographic, tells the tale of Chinese emperor Zhu Di and his favorite eunuch admiral, Zheng He, who tried during a 30-year period to break China's isolation with seven major naval expeditions to India, Indonesia, and Africa.

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Levathes, a former staff writer for National Geographic , here tells the story of seven epic voyages made by unique junk armadas during the reign of the Chinese emperor Zhu Di. These ``treasure ships'

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Levathes, a former staff writer for National Geographic , here tells the story of seven epic voyages made by unique junk armadas during the reign of the Chinese emperor Zhu Di.

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