"This book doesn't focus on China or even US-China relations but the ripples in the fabric of order."by Shashank Joshi / July 14, 2016 / Leave a comment
Published in August 2016 issue of Prospect Magazine
Easternisation: War and Peace in the Asian Century
by Gideon Rachman (Bodley Head, £20)
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a journalist in possession of a newspaper column must be in want of a big China book. Not all of them are very good. But Easternisation, by the FT’s Gideon Rachman, avoids the barriers of banality and sensationalism that have tripped up others. One reason for this is that, at heart, this isn’t really a book about China, or even the US-China relationship, but about ripples in the fabric of the world order. Indeed, Beijing barely figures in a trio of excellent chapters on American military power, the Middle East and Europe.