From the fee-fi-fo-fum of policy statements to the nitty-gritty of contracts, smelters and stockpiles, American and Japanese approaches to the securing of supplies of energy and metals have been quite different. Professor Vernon's hard-edged analysis shows why, and traces changes over the decades. By his standards, the Japanese have done better and the Americans seem to be getting worse. Relations between the giants have affected these policies and been affected in turn. The author sees them hanging together in spite of strains, but prescribes some broader-gauged approaches for this country. A first-rate piece of work.