The most detailed and balanced account yet of the Taiwan question and how it influences American relations with the People's Republic of China. Clough portrays the choices realistically and comes down on the side of normalization, provided the P.R.C. meets certain conditions. But events may be outpacing scholarship. At a time when U.S. - P.R.C. relations are already improving at a dramatic rate, it will be increasingly difficult to sustain the argument that the U.S. should make substantial concessions to Peking on Taiwan.