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Reviews

  • A shrewd and knowing book

    Robert D. Kaplan, Wall Street Journal
  • A compelling and impressive read

    Economist
  • Skillfully crafted and well-argued

    Jeffrey Wasserstrom, Financial Times
  • An excellent modern history. . . . provides the context needed to make sense of the region's present and future.

    Joyce Lau, South China Morning Post
  • [A] wide-ranging study of China's re-emergence as a regional power in Asia after a long hiatus, thwarting the designs of other powers, including the United States and Russia. . . . The U.S. [finds itself] firmly ensnared in the so-called Thucydides trap, 'the principle that it is dangerous to build an empire but even more dangerous to let it go.' So it is, and the current leadership appears to be at a loss about what to do or to formulate other aspects of any coherent policy in and toward Asia. . . . Geopolitics wonks will want to give attention to this urgent but nonsensationalized argument.

    Kirkus Reviews
  • The United States, China, and Japan form the power triangle that will shape much of the international politics in the 21st century. Richard McGregor's masterful The Party illuminated one corner of that triangle-China. In this important book he describes how the other two corners have interacted with China since World War II. Lucid, insightful and ominous, as the author describes big trouble ahead

    Eliot Cohen, author of SUPREME COMMAND
  • Richard McGregor's new book is essential reading for anyone worried about the most fraught relationship in Asia-between China and Japan. With extensive experience in and knowledge of both China, Japan, and the United States, McGregor is in a unique position to unpack the relationship and sort through the extensive propaganda and myth-making on all sides. A great read!

    John Pomfret, author of The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom
  • McGregor distills years of meetings with high officials in China and Japan to give a vivid nuanced picture of their relations in the 21st century

    Ezra Vogel, author of Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China
  • An in-depth depiction of radical changes and challenges in Japan-China relations in the post-war period, thoroughly researched and rich in storytelling. In the course of tumultuous relations with China, Japan has had to trail blaze in the face of the rise of China. Japan's naked exposure to the unfolding Realpolitik with China at its core is for the first time comprehensively reviewed.

    Yoichi Funabashi, former Editor-in-Chief, Asahi Shimbun
  • A must read for anyone who wants to understand our future. Asia's Reckoning provides a detailed picture of the slow military, diplomatic and economic waltz between China, Japan and the United States that determined the shape of the past half-century.

    Nicholas Stuart, Brisbane Times

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