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Turning the Tables: A Machiavellian Strategy for Dealing with Japan
Turning the Tables: A Machiavellian Strategy for Dealing with Japan
By Daniel Burstein
Simon & Schuster, 1993, 260 pp.

This is the single most important book written on U.S.-Japan relations in the past five years. It is a must read for anyone interested in the future of that relationship. Burstein vividly demonstrates the growing interdependence of the U.S. and Japanese economies, and he shows how many American corporate leaders are increasingly realizing the need to work with foreign companies, especially Japanese, in order to raise their own international competitiveness. He also illuminates the path toward long-term solutions to the bilateral trade deficit. He makes a convincing case for synergizing the great and often opposite strengths of both societies. And he outlines a framework for a trans-Pacific community that could greatly benefit both countries. As Council on Foreign Relations chairman Peter Peterson has written, this book should change forever the nature of the Japan debate.