- Hardcover: 226 pages
- Publisher: Regnery Publishing; Illustrated. Annotated. edition (May 22, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1596980052
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Showdown: Why China Wants War With the United States Hardcover – May 22, 2006
From the Inside Flap
Are CHINA and the UNITED STATES headed for WAR?
Yes, say bestselling authors Jed Babbin (former deputy undersecretary of defense) and Edward Timperlake (veteran defense analyst) in this riveting new book that takes you from the latest developments in Chinas quest to become a superpower to the possible battlefields of what might become World War III.
Babbin and Timperlake unveil Chinas aggressive military buildup (more rapid than that of Nazi Germany before World War II) and expose how China is engaging in a new Cold War aimed at expanding its commercial and military reach at the expense of the United States. Babbin (a former Air Force JAG) and Timperlake (a former Marine fighter pilot) do more than offer expert analysis. In dramatic Clancy-esque style, they take you into the field with Navy SEALs and Air Force bomber pilots, invite you inside the war councils at the White House and the Pentagon, and peer within Chinas own Politburo in an excitingand all too likelyseries of war scenarios.
In Showdown, Babbin and Timperlake reveal:
* The unholy alliance between Communist China and radical Islamand a possible war over Middle Eastern oil
* How China is infiltrating Latin Americaincluding oil-rich Venezuelato create an anti-American axis
* How a Chinese attack on Taiwan could spark the biggest war in the Pacific since World War II
* The vulnerability of Japan and the United States to Chinese cyber-warfare
* The likelihood of a second Korean War . . . only this time, the madmen in North Korea have nuclear weapons
As Babbin and Timperlake make clear, China is the greatestand most dangerously ignoredthreat to Americas national security. If America does not deter Chinas aggressive ambitions, the result could be global war. Provocative, thrilling, and must-reading, Showdown is a wake-up call for America.
About the Author
Jed Babbin is the author of Inside the Asylum: Why the UN and Old Europe Are Worse Than You Think and the novel Legacy of Valor. A former Air Force JAG, he served as a deputy undersecretary of defense in the first Bush administration, writes regularly for the American Spectator, appears frequently on television as a military and foreign affairs analyst including on The O'Reilly Factor, FOX & Friends, and Scarborough Country and has served as a guest host on radio for Oliver North, Laura Ingraham, Hugh Hewitt, and John Batchelor. He lives near Leesburg, Virginia.
Edward Timperlake is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and holds an MBA from Cornell. He trained as a Marine infantry officer before qualifying as a Marine fighter pilot and has held high national security positions in Congress and the Pentagon. He has published extensively and is the co-author of the New York Times bestselling Year of the Rat and Red Dragon Rising. He has been on numerous radio and television shows as an expert on national security. He lives in Arlington, Virginia.
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Top customer reviews
The various war scenarios with China are very poorly written and somewhat juvenile. Imagine a bad made-for-TV movie and you will get a good idea of what this book is like.
People can debate about whether or not China really wants war with the United States, but this book is not the one to start the discussion.
Don't waste your time on this one!
The fact is that China and the United States have an insatiable need for finite oil supplies that, in the near future, will engender competition at best and conflict at worst.
The fact is that China is engaged in a military modernization and buildup program that is unrivaled since Nazi Germany.
The fact is that China has threatened the United States with war if we intervene in their planned annexation of Taiwan.
The fact is that China is developing a wide range of offensive weapons systems, including cyber-warfare and anti-satellite systems.
The fact is that our "allies," in Europe are willing to sell sophisticated weapons systems to the Chinese without regard to the dangers associated with doing so.
This book is well researched and sourced. It clearly distinguishes between the chapters that are non-fiction and those that represent fictionalized accounts of possible conflict scenarios. It is highly readable and enjoyable.
I would also like to point out that, as a former Reagan Republican, I've vehementently disagreed with many policies of the Bush Administration, but oddly enough, their China policy seems reasonably coherent. There is much, however, that remains to be done.