Join author and journalist Richard McGregor for a talk on the future of US power in Asia--and the potential crises we may face. Richard McGregor will be in conversation with Jim Mann, author of Rise of the Vulcans: A History of Bush’s War Cabinet.
With unrivaled access to archives in the United States and Asia, as well as to many of the major players in China, Japana and the US, Richard McGregor has written a tale that blends the tectonic shifts in diplomacy with bitter domestic politics and the personalities driving them. It is a story not only of an overstretched America, but also of the rise and fall and rise of the great powers of Asia. The about-turn of Japan—from a colossus seemingly poised for world domination to a nation in inexorable decline in the space of two decades—has few parallels in modern history, as does the rapid rise of China—a country whose military is now larger than those of Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and southeast Asia’s combined.
A shrewd and knowing book.” —Robert D. Kaplan, The Wall Street Journal
“A compelling and impressive read.” —The Economist
“Skillfully crafted and well-argued.” —Jeffrey Wasserstrom, Financial Times
The toxic rivalry between China and Japan, two Asian giants consumed with endless history wars and ruled by entrenched political dynasties, is threatening to upend the peace underwritten by Pax Americana since World War II. Combined with Donald Trump’s disdain for America’s old alliances and China’s own regional ambitions, east Asia is entering a new era of instability and conflict. If the United States laid the postwar foundations for modern Asia, now the anchor of the global economy, Richard McGregor's Asia’s Reckoning reveals how that structure is falling apart.