Bush and O'Hanlon have produced a tough-minded, analytically rigorous study of how China and the United States might, through miscalculation, find themselves at war with each other. They advance numerous scenarios that might lead to conflict. They present no grand solutions but rather point out ways in which troubles can be avoided. They are particularly sensitive to the dangers inherent in any Taiwanese claims to independence. They do not take seriously the danger that Taiwan could become the laughing stock of the world by declaring independence and receiving recognition from no one.