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Books in brief: ‘Easternisation: War and Peace in the Asian Century’ by Gideon Rachman

"This book doesn't focus on China or even US-China relations but the ripples in the fabric of order."

coverEasternisation: 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…

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