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Few national security threats challenge the magnitude posed by the People’s Republic of China toward the United States. This current reality is due to various factors, including Chinese persistence in implementing a grand strategy while facing minimal U.S. resistance due to various foreign policy missteps over the last half-century. China’s overarching approach to geopolitics has been a subject of much discussion and has often been referred to by experts as the ‘hundred-year marathon.’ The term derives its name from China’s objective of usurping America’s position as hegemon by 2049, a significant year that falls on the one-hundredth anniversary of the CCP attaining power in China under Mao Zedong. One such expert is Michael Pillsbury, an accomplished China expert with decades of experience regarding China policy. His 2015 book, The Hundred-Year Marathon: China’s Secret Strategy to Replace America as the Global Superpower, delves deep into the intentions, history, and nature of China’s grand strategy, as well as the role that the U.S. has played in facilitating the PRC’s deceptive aims. In addition, the relevance the issue creates for U.S. policymakers is evident throughout the book, the contents of which will be discussed and evaluated extensively in what follows.