Jonathan Spence is a British historian. His main area of interest is contemporary China and Chinese foreign policy. Mao's Biographer.
"If you want to really know something you have to observe or experience it in person; if you claim to know something on the basis of hearsay, or on happening to see it in a book, you'll be a laughingstock to those who really know."
– Jonathan Spence, Emperor of China: Self-Portrait of K'ang-Hsi