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Rising Dragon, Crouching Eagle

by Arthur Herman
The Contest of the Century: The New Era of Competition with China—and How America Can Win, by Geoff Dyer (Knopf, 320 pp., $26.95)

Recent books on China and America tend to wind up in one of two camps.

One is epitomized by Zachary Karabell’s 2009 Superfusion, which stressed how the interests of the world’s two biggest economies will increasingly overlap and draw the two nations together. We’re fated to be friends in a post-nationalist world, supporters of this argument, including Fareed Zakaria, aver — so don’t spoil it by bothering the Chinese about human rights or by worrying about their growing military might.