Archive | Reviews

14 March 2017

Rockets and People: Hot Days of the Cold War, Vol. 3

Andrew S. Erickson; review of Boris Chertok, Rockets and People: Hot Days of the Cold War, Vol. 3 (Washington, DC: NASA, 2009); Naval War College Review 70.2 (Spring 2017): 151-53.
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Volume 3 in four-volume series written by Boris Chertok and […]

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22 November 2015

Managing U.S.-China Relations? Challenging. Picking a Good Guidebook? Easy: The China Challenge

Andrew S. Erickson, “Managing U.S.-China Relations? Challenging. Picking a Good Guidebook? Easy: The China Challenge,” The National Interest, 23 November 2015.
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Book Review: A unique window into the U.S.-China relationship that should not be missed.
Rigorous, measured, readable scholarship is always in insufficient supply generally. It is particularly […]

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28 May 2015

Analyzing the Chinese Military: A Review Essay and Resource Guide on the People’s Liberation Army

I stand by my blurb most enthusiastically: “Uncertainty and limited data have left too much of PLA studies an artisanal hodgepodge. Peter Mattis helps bring the field into the information age with this invaluable resource. Required reading for all serious analysts of China security and students of qualitative methodology.”
Peter Mattis, Analyzing the Chinese Military: A Review […]

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01 May 2015

Review of Alan M. Wachman’s Landmark Book “Why Taiwan? Geostrategic Rationales for China’s Territorial Integrity”

Andrew S. Erickson; review of Alan M. Wachman, Why Taiwan? Geostrategic Rationales for China’s Territorial Integrity (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2007); Naval War College Review 68.3 (Summer 2015): 167-69.
Tufts Fletcher School Professor Alan Wachman was a giant in the China, East Asian studies, and international relations field who remains sorely missed following his untimely […]

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29 May 2014

China Strongly Pushing Cruise Missile Capability

Bradley Perrett, “China Strongly Pushing Cruise Missile Capability,” Aerospace Daily & Defense Report, 22 May 2014, 4.
China probably has several thousand increasingly effective anti-ship cruise missiles (ASCMs), while its stock and quality of land-attack cruise missiles (LACMs) are also growing, according to the authors of a new study on the weapons programs.
If China can overcome […]

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15 March 2010

Book Review: Rising China and Its Postmodern Fate

Andrew S. Erickson, review of Charles Horner, Rising China and Its Postmodern Fate: Memories of Empire in a New Global Context (Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 2009), Naval War College Review, 63.1 (Spring 2010): 145-47.
This book connects China’s past, present, and future and places them in a larger, evolving context. Horner’s work is nothing […]

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07 September 2009

Book Review: Rockets and People: Creating a Rocket Industry

Andrew S. Erickson, review of Boris Chertok, Rockets and People: Creating a Rocket Industry, Vols. 1 and 2 (Washington, DC: NASA, 2005), Air & Space Power Journal, 23.3 (Fall 2009): 124-25.
In this initial two-volume set, Boris Chertok chronicles Soviet air and space development through approximately 1960, drawing on his six decades of experience as one of […]

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01 February 2009

Book Review: Entering the Dragon’s Lair: Chinese Antiaccess Strategies and Their Implications for the United States

Andrew S. Erickson, review of Roger Cliff et al., Entering the Dragon’s Lair: Chinese Antiaccess Strategies and Their Implications for the United States (Santa Monica, CA: RAND, 2007), Naval War College Review, 62.1 (Winter 2009): 150-51.
The authors have produced the first major study that evaluates comprehensively the specific antiaccess methods being discussed by Chinese military strategists. […]

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01 October 2008

Book Review: Right-Sizing the People’s Liberation Army: Exploring the Contours of China’s Military

Andrew S. Erickson, review of Roy Kamphausen and Andrew Scobell, eds., Right-Sizing the People’s Liberation Army: Exploring the Contours of China’s Military (Carlisle, PA: Army War College, 2007), Naval War College Review, 61.4 (Autumn 2008): 152-53.
This edited volume combines high-level inquiry into the larger purposes and dimensions of People’s Liberation Army (PLA) reforms with fresh data […]

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01 February 2008

Book Review: The Impact of Chinese Naval Modernization and the Future of the United States Navy

Andrew S. Erickson, review of Ronald O’Rourke, The Impact of Chinese Naval Modernization and the Future of the United States Navy (New York: Nova Science Publishers, Inc., 2006), Naval War College Review, 61.1 (Winter 2008): 130-31.
Well written, succinct, and timely, this balanced assessment of Chinese naval weaknesses and strengths offers specific technological development and procurement alternatives […]

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01 October 2007

A Coming Confrontation With the U.S. Over Taiwan?

Andrew S. Erickson, “A Coming Confrontation With the U.S. Over Taiwan?,” review of John Wilson Lewis and Xue Litai, Imagined Enemies: China Prepares for Uncertain War (Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University Press, 2006), Naval War College Review, 60.4 (Autumn 2007): 139-40.
This sophisticated Chinese-language research, based on numerous original sources and interviews, completes Lewis and Xue’s […]

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01 July 2007

An Accessible Window into Chinese Military Thought: The Science of Military Strategy

Andrew S. Erickson, “An Accessible Window into Chinese Military Thought,” review of Peng Guangqian and Yao Youzhi, eds., The Science of Military Strategy (Beijing: Military Science Press, 2005), Naval War College Review, 60.3 (Summer 2007): 133-34.
This first English-language volume on strategy by China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) was translated by a team of experts at […]

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01 February 2007

Book Review: Japan’s Sea Lane Security, 1940-2004: A Matter of Life and Death?

Andrew S. Erickson, review of Euan Graham, Japan’s Sea Lane Security, 1940-2004: A Matter of Life and Death? (New York: Routledge, 2006), Naval War College Review, 60. 1 (Winter 2007): 153-54.
As the first English-language analysis of its kind, Graham’s comprehensive case study fills a critical gap in the literature concerning the maritime dimension of Japanese national […]

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15 January 2007

Book Review: China’s Nuclear Future

Andrew S. Erickson, review of Paul J. Bolt and Albert S. Willner, eds., China’s Nuclear Future (Boulder, CO: Lynne Reinner Publishers, 2006), The China Journal, 57 (January 2007): 241-43.
This edited volume, with contributions from leading experts in the field, assesses China’s strategic force modernization and suggests that Beijing is in the process of adapting its nuclear […]

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