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From the Publisher"[This] book should be illuminating and instructive to all who are concerned about U.S. overseas military involvement and its domestic and international ramifications."
"A work of synthesis on a scale seldom attempted before. . . . A bold step away from the prevailing trend toward highly specialized narrow monographs toward a debate on the larger significance of the eight decades of conflict which characterized U.S. relations with Asia in the twentieth century."
-Journal of Military History
"Required reading for advanced students of modern US history, and therefore a necessary purchase for all academic libraries. Essential. Upper-division undergraduates and above."
"A powerful analysis of the American wars in eastern Asia that span the twentieth century."
"Hunt and Levine make an invaluable contribution to the ongoing debate regarding America as an empire. With lively prose and attention to the humanity of those involved in these conflicts, they have written a marvelously ambitious book that remains accessible and gripping. This is a gem of a study."—Robert J. McMahon, The Ohio State University
"This book is written with the support of the intellectual vision and accumulated knowledge of two of the world's most prominent scholars on the history of U.S.-East Asian relations. It provides an original, thoughtful, well-documented and readable 'grand narrative' about how America's empire-building drive in East Asia became connected with the wars in the Philippines, against Japan, in Korea and, then, Vietnam. The depth of the authors' analysis is greatly enhanced as they give keen attention to East Asia's diverse 'local' settings and conditions. Vividly and convincingly highlighted are the strengths and limits of 'American power' even when the United States was ascending to the zenith of its global dominance. Today, at the time that America's leadership role in the world is facing serious challenges, this is a study that neither specialists nor general readers can afford to ignore."—Chen Jian, Cornell University