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Don't judge his book by it's title
on 7 February 2007
I was really disappointed with this book. Both the title and the synopsis on the back made me think it was going to be a global analysis of US foreign policy and covert operations and their subsequent ramifications. But this never really occurred. Instead, in the book there is some of what I was expecting, but an awful lot analysis of the Far East during the Cold War.
Some of this seemed relevant, but I don't see there being much 'Blowback' from the likes of Japan or South Korea. He seems to skim over the parts of the world where there is potential for a greater amount of blowback, the Middle East and Africa for example.
It felt to me like Mr Johnson knows a lot about the Far East, but to sell a book, he gave it a provocative title and had the cover image of some middle eastern gentlemen setting fire to the stars and stripes.
Disappointing book. But to get informed about Japanese - US trade policy.... please read on.