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Scholar and diplomat Brian L. Evans gives us the first English-language biography of Chester A. Ronning (1894?1984): diplomat, politician, educator, and one of Canada?s major public figures. This fascinating story depicts Ronning, the man who received many honours, and deepens readers? knowledge of Canada?s post?World War II diplomacy and Canada?China relations. Ronning was an extraordinary Canadian who combined Chinese sensibility with Norwegian calm practicality and American drive. His life journey was entwined with the history of China over many decades. Based on written materials, historical documents, and many hours of interviews with Ronning, his friends, and fellow politicians, The Remarkable Chester Ronning offers both a thorough and entertaining biography and a lens through which to view international politics.

Reviews

". ..U of A historian Brian Evans has written a biography of this exceptional Canadian, published by the U of A Press-The Remarkable Chester Ronning: Proud Son of China. Some 30 years in the making, the book is based largely on interviews with Ronning in 1980. " Geoff McMaster, University of Alberta, January 3, 2014 [Full article plus video at http://bit. ly/19R8FaM]

". ..an intriguing glimpse of China in turmoil and one Canadian's attempt to make sense of it all. ... The Remarkable Chester Ronning is a deft and skillful biography. .." Holly Doan, Blacklocks Reporter, February 1, 2014 [Full article athttp://www. blacklocks. ca/review-the-east-is-definitely-red/]

"Chester Ronning (1894-1984) was indeed an extraordinary Canadian, an all-round public man. ... Brian L. Evans, a professor of Chinese history and a former member of the Canadian embassy in Beijing, has produced a balanced, discerning and engaging biography. " George Fetherling, Diplomat and International Canada, Spring 2014

"Ronning was indeed a man far ahead of many in his time. Against the common wisdom of Canadian and American foreign policy during the fifties and sixties, Ronning was a strong advocate for the recognition of Red China as it was known in those days. He was recognized for his diplomatic skills with several foreign postings, and was heavily involved in attempts to get America and Vietnam to the peace table-well before Nixon had similar inclinations leading to the end of that difficult war and his visit to China in the early 1970's. Ronning was well-loved and respected in China. ." Wayne A. Holst, Anglican Church of Canada Continuing Education Plan, January 7, 2014 [Full article at http://cep. anglican. ca/the-remarkable-chester-ronning/]

"Brian Evans, a former diplomat and respected scholar at the University of Alberta, has written a portrait of Ronning that is both personal and professional. Evans draws from family letters, official records, interviews, and academic comments. He has assessed Ronning’s life with care, avoiding excessive claims but giving credit for substantial contributions…. While Evans’ book is a biography, it presents a succinct overview of the political movements that reshaped China during the past century. Evans writes with clarity and authority, providing a fascinating study for students of Canadian diplomacy and for readers interested in modern China. "

- Victor Rabinovitch

"[Chester Ronning] became active in Alberta politics and saw service in the RCAF during the war. He finally got the chance to return to China in 1945 and remained there for two years, serving as Canada's ambassador. In 1954 he was appointed ambassador to Norway and Iceland and in 1957 he was high commissioner in India. He also served with delegations to the Geneva Convention dealing with Korea, Laos, and Vietnam. ... As the author concludes, 'By any measure, Ronning was an extraordinary person who led an extraordinary life during extraordinary times. '"

- Alberta History