Thanks to Salem sea captains, Gilded Age millionaires, Harvard curators on horseback, and assimilated missionaries, North American museums now possess the greatest collections of Chinese art outside of East Asia itself. How did this happen? In The China Collectors, Shareen Blair Brysac and Karl E. Meyer offer the first full account of this century-long treasure hunt, spanning from the Opium Wars to Mao’s ascent in 1949.

Brysac has been an award-winning producer of documentaries for CBS News, the author of five books, and a past contributing editor of Archaeology Magazine; Meyer was a longtime foreign correspondent and editorial writer at The Washington Post and The New York Times, and his previous books include The Plundered Past, The Pleasures of Archaeology and The Art Museum. A Princeton Ph.D., he most recently was editor of the quarterly World Policy Journal.

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