From Library Journal
The author, who is currently the president of the Brookings Institution and who has had a distinguished career in both diplomacy and academic life, served as the U.S. Ambassador to Japan during the Bush years (1989-93). This was a critical period in U.S.-Japan relations with problems such as the growing trade imbalance; the adjustment to the new, post-Cold War world, and the Gulf War (1990-91) to deal with. The author offers a valuable and informative "insider's" account of these years, as well as his thoughts on the Clinton administration's Japan policy and the alternatives facing the United States in its future dealings with this extremely important trading partner and ally. Overall, this book is well worth acquiring by all libraries with an interest in this important contemporary topic.?Scott K. Wright, Univ. of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minn.
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Armacost, who served as U.S. ambassador to Japan during 1989-1993, has written a valuable book, recounting in great detail the events that claimed his attention in Tokyo.... An excellent introduction to the study of an emerging Asia.
(Akira Iriye Washington Post