Daniel Kurtz-Phelan is the executive editor of Foreign Affairs. He previously served in the US State Department as a member of the secretary of state's Policy Planning Staff. His reportage and analysis have appeared in publications including the New York Times and The New Yorker.
The China Mission has much to teach us about both the past and future of American leadership--and about what individual leadership means in the face of hard choices. I have rarely read such a vivid account of how diplomacy really works.--Madeleine Albright, former secretary of state