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Honest picture from all participants perspectives. Portrays China as the problem. Face it historically china has been the dominant power in the region. Kissinger and Nixon's opening of China in the 70s started the ball rolling downhill. Good backgrounder on the Pacific situation. Anyone with a dog in the fight (Americans) should read this if only to understand why people there behave the way they do. Well written easy to understand.
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The author could not have foreseen how Donald Trump would undermine pretty much everyone one of the proposals for a strong U.S. role in Asia. That said, I cringed a bit when the author sees the U.S. political mode as the world's role model which is laughable today. Had the author brought in more diverse points of view in the conclusion rather than such a Washington centric point of view the book would have far more compelling.
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The book is fine, if not especially ground-breaking. The narration is terrible. Annoying voice, bad pronunciation of non-English words and clueless intonation and emphasis. As for the cod-Chinese and Indian accents for quotes...not a good idea...