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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Random House (May 21, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812992741
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812992748
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #731,191 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A timely book . . . sharp, logical and cool.”The Economist

“By giving realism and liberal internationalism their due, and by giving credence to both naked self-interest and legal norms, Noah Feldman’s dissection of the United States–China relationship is smart, balanced, and wise.”—Robert D. Kaplan, New York Times bestselling author of The Revenge of Geography

“[Noah] Feldman is a sensitive and incisive observer of what he has coined the ‘Cool War’ between the [United States and China]. . . . A crisp writer, Feldman has a fine eye for telling anecdotes, which he uses to frame nearly every chapter. . . . Neither overly optimistic nor pessimistic, Feldman lays out a compelling case for why the neither-allies-nor-enemies standing between the two powers is tenuous but not necessarily doomed to topple into hot war. Current affairs books always run the risk of going rather quickly from the New Releases shelf to the remainder bin, but Feldman’s book carries enough insight to warrant serious attention from anyone interested in what may well be the defining relationship in global affairs for decades to come.”Kirkus Reviews

“A worthwhile and intriguing read.”—The Washington Post
 
“Masterfully elucidates China’s non-democratic/non-communist new form of government.”Publishers Weekly

“We are leaving the era of ‘Chimerica’—when China and America were economically joined at the hip—and entering the era of what Noah Feldman has justly and wittily dubbed ‘Cool War.’ Feldman anatomizes the rapid transformation of the Sino-American relationship from an unequal trading partnership into a new and heavily armed ambivalence. Just how cool the conflict stays, Feldman suggests, will be determined not in cyberspace or at sea but in international institutions. Cool War is essential reading for any serious student of the emergent bipolar order in the Asia-Pacific region.”—Niall Ferguson, New York Times bestselling author of Colossus: The Rise and Fall of the American Empire and Civilization: The West and the Rest

About the Author

Noah Feldman is Bemis Professor of International Law at Harvard University and the author of five previous books, most recently Scorpions: The Battles and Triumphs of FDR’s Great Supreme Court Justices. A Senior Fellow of the Society of Fellows at Harvard, Feldman has a bachelor’s degree from Harvard, a law degree from Yale, and a doctorate in Islamic thought from Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He clerked for Justice David Souter on the Supreme Court. In 2003, he served as senior constitutional advisor to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq, and subsequently advised members of the Iraqi Governing Council on the drafting of an interim constitution. He has been a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine and is a columnist for Bloomberg View.

Customer Reviews

Read the book jacket not the book.
Kibeom Kim
One of the places where the war is being fought is ... I mean, where the war has already been lost without a fight ... is in Africa.
U. Menon
I would recommend it to anyone interested in this subject.
loosey

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Loyd E. Eskildson HALL OF FAME on May 22, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Author Feldman contends the U.S. is now in a 'cool war' struggle vs. China for power. Yet, the two nations are also economically interdependent to an unprecedented degree. The U.S. accounts for about 25% of Chinese sales (total trade between the two is about $500 billion/year), while China's government holds $1.2 trillion of U.S. Treasury debt, while a significant proportion of our cumulative $8 trillion trade deficit since the 1980s is held by China as well.) Nearly 200,000 Chinese students attend U.S. universities, while 70,000 Americans live, study, and/or work in China.

Some argue the U.S. must either accept decline or prepare for war - projecting strength is the way to convince China it is not worth challenging us. Others contend this would be a major mistake - excessive military spending will make the U.S. less competitive economically and encourage an arms race that itself would increase the odds of violence. Feldman suggests a middle path - recommending 'cooperative competition.' His rationale - just as mutually assured destruction (MAD) kept U.S.-Soviet nuclear weapons conflict in check for decades earlier, the same concept (in an economic dimension) should do likewise today in the U.S.-China milieu.

The U.S. was the global star after the end of the Cold War. This second decade, however, brought invasions in Afghanistan and Iraq - spending trillions of dollars, thousands of soldiers' lives, and enormous political capital, all for very dubious results. Combined with the recent economic downturn, the possibility of imperial decline for America has grown. During this same period China became the world's second-largest economy, weathered the global financial crisis far better than the U.S. and Europe, and is expected to soon become the world's largest economy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kibeom Kim on November 7, 2013
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Read the book jacket not the book. You get the same information in a more condensed format. Interesting hypothesis though.

Alternatively, watch the Daily Show episode with the guy and leave it at that.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By U. Menon on May 23, 2013
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Thank you for writing this book. One of the places where the war is being fought is ... I mean, where the war has already been lost without a fight ... is in Africa. China has laid claim to vast amounts of mines and minerals in Africa. The modern enslavement is going virtually unnoticed and unchallenged on the side of the pond ... since we are too busy fighting to legalize marijuana.
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This book helps remove a lot of the noise heard in the media from both side, as well as populist messages from some politicians. Brilliant
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Covering a lot of ground using pithy examples and a kind of logical dialectic, Feldman makes us aware of the nature of the past, present and future of our relationship with China.

He sold me completely.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marcos Henrique C. Côrtes on July 11, 2013
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A well-based prospective analysis of the increasing rivalry USA-China for world preeminence. I'm just not sure about the "new label" Cool War, although I understand the play on words. In any case, I fully recommend it to whoever is interested in international relations.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By adel m. on July 11, 2013
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The books makes a solid case for why the USA/Chinese relationship will not end up to be like the USA/Soviet relationship. We will compete on each level, but we should not have the same type of tensions.
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More About the Author

Noah Feldman is currently Bemis Professor of International Law at Harvard University. Esquire named him among 75 influential figures for the 21st century and New York magazine designated him as one of three top "influentials in ideas." In 2003, he served as senior constitutional advisor to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq and subsequently advised members of the Iraqi Governing Council on the drafting of an interim constitution. Feldman is the author of four previous books: The Fall and Rise of the Islamic State (2008); Divided By God (2005); What We Owe Iraq (2004); and After Jihad (2003); as well as numerous articles for The New York Times Magazine.

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