The fifth postwar volume in the well-known series sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations will interest participants in the national foreign policy debate as well as specialists in diplomatic history. Without partisanship, but with considerable frankness, the author examines the origins of the present crisis and finds a good deal to criticize in the thinking of both sides in the current controversy. His central concern is the growing moral isolation of the United States since the reversal of American policy toward China in mid-1950. A comprehensive bibliography and chronology of world events enhance the volume's usefulness.
Get the best of Foreign Affairs' book reviews delivered to you.