with Tokyo's preference for autonomy and prestige as with simple damage control in the face of U.S. Middle Eastern policies fundamentally harming Japanese (as well as European) interests. The book gives a most useful analysis of how Japan got where it is now with its foreign and security policies. It may not, however, give a more satisfying answer to the question of whether Japan can simply continue to expand its security ties with the United States (with--according to Samuels-- the possible long-term benefit of gaining more autonomy) while China is increasingly limiting the effectiveness of Western policies through its military strength and the growing economic links with the United States and Japan. But, of course, we need first to understand where we are now and how we got there. Japan Rising: The Resurgence of Japanese Power and Purpose. By Kenneth B. Pyle. PublicAffairs, New York, 2007. xiv, 433 pages. $29.95. Reviewed by Thomas U. Berger Boston University Kenneth Pyle has done the seemingly impossible: he has taken the grand sweep of Japanese diplomatic history, from the Tokugawa period to today, with all its trials and tribulations, magnificent triumphs and terrible reversals, and produced a powerful narrative that is
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