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Sentimental Imperialists
Sentimental Imperialists
By James C. Thomson, Jr., Peter W. Stanley and John Curtis Perr
Harper, 1981, 323 pp

A neatly knit history of relations between East Asia and America, using mostly familiar material. The conclusion is that, in their dealings with China and Japan, Americans have been usually well meaning if not highly sophisticated. The authors note the present "quietude" in current relations but warn against the old American sin of complacency and overoptimism. The Philippines, in particular, are a time bomb.