The author of the best-selling Yen! (S. & S., 1988; Columbine: Fawcett, 1990. reprint) and Euroquake ( LJ 4/1/91) continues to provoke thought on America's best strategy for global competitiveness in the 21st century. Currently, Burstein says, the United States suffers from a ``competitiveness gap.'' While Japan builds better, cheaper cars, Washington tries to strong-arm Japan into buying less competitive American autos. Instead, he argues, we should be trying to open markets for the American goods that can compete, like software and biotechnology. The United States should also establish a Trans-Pacific free trade area with Japan. By trading on each others' strengths, instead of weaknesses, both sides could win the game. Burstein's book, which will be in demand in both popular and academic business collections, presents complex issues clearly. Highly recommended.-- Kris Swank, American Graduate Sch. of Internat. Management Lib., Glendale, Ariz .