"A sweeping tour d'horizon of Asia's profoundly changing geopolitical landscape, presented with zest and bold judgments. An important and timely dissection of the implications of the on-going eastward shift in the world's center of gravity."
Zbigniew Brzezinski, former National Security Advisor to the President of the United States
"Deng Xiaoping is right; Gorbachev is wrong. Which American dared to say this when they were in office? Bill Overholt. In this volume, Bill Overholt continues his tradition of challenging Western conventional wisdom on Asia. As he says, 'Old ideas burn themselves into the minds and can be excised only by some searing experience'. If his book is read by critical policymakers, the world may well be spared a 'searing experience' in handling the inevitable rise of Asia."
Prof Kishore Mahbubani, Dean, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, NUS, Singapore
"This work analyzes Asia in its broadest dimensions--economic, political, and strategic. It then applies its findings to implications for American foreign policy, and concludes with a survey of possible future scenarios for Asia and the U.S. While the reader may differ with the author on certain interpretations, the study provides an unprecedented opportunity to reexamine Asia's past and present, and to explore its future as well as that of the United States."
Professor Robert A. Scalapino, Robson Research Professor of Government Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley
"Overholt...built his analysis of the relations between the U.S. government and Asian governments around the proposition that officials are slow to change their foreign policy thinking and hence are prone to operate with outdated assumptions...Even now, Overholt sees a United States that continues to hold on to Cold War assumptions in its relations with China, Japan, and Southeast Asia."
"[Overholt] argues that Washington must overcome its 'Cold War inertia' in Asia policy and accept the new realities...Indispensable for the incoming US presidential administration...Essential."
M.G. Roskin, Lycoming College, Choice