Naval War College Review


Bernard D. Cole


An international issue at or near the top of any list of potential nuclear conflicts is the status of Taiwan. Beijing insists the island is merely another Chinese province, Taipei insists the island is an independent nation, and officially Washington stands with neither view but insists on a peaceful resolution. The two books under review here address this important matter. Both authors, Richard Kagan and Alan Wachman, are experienced academics specializing in China and able to access Chinese sources. Their works join other schol- arly efforts to explain the imbroglio over Taiwan, including those by Rich- ard Bush, Alan Romberg, and Nancy Bernkopf Tucker.