This book, written by an economist at Glasgow University, focuses on the trade dispute between the West and Japan. It asks a very basic and disturbing question. What will Japan do if it is pushed too far by a West that is increasingly frustrated by the loss of its scientific and technological preeminence? Not everyone will agree with all the author's conclusions, including the flat assertion that the U.S.-Japan alliance is now a liability, rather than an asset, for Japan. But the book probes one of the crucial questions for American foreign policy in the 1980s. How do we prevent our trade problems with Japan-which may increase in severity-from getting out of hand?