About the book

For more than half a century, American power in the Pacific has successfully kept the peace. But it has also cemented the tensions in the toxic rivalry between China and Japan, consumed with endless history wars and entrenched political dynasties. Now, the combination of these forces with Donald Trump's unpredictable impulses and disdain for America's old alliances threatens to upend the region. If the United States helped lay the post-war foundations for modern Asia, Asia's Reckoning reveals how that structure is now crumbling.

Book cover - Asia's reckoning - the struggle for global dominance by Richard McGregor, author of the party.
Published by: 
Penguin Random House UK

About the author


Author of the acclaimed bestseller The Party: The Secret World of China's Communist Rulers, Richard McGregor has reported from Asia for two decades. Formerly Chief of the Washington Bureau of the Financial Times, he has won numerous awards for his journalism. He has also contributed articles and reports to the BBC, the International Herald Tribune and the Far Eastern Economic Review. In 2015 he was made a Fellow at the Wilson Center in Washington.

Author Richard McGregor

Judges’ comments

Asia's Reckoning is an important, ground breaking book that will stand the test of time. This is set to become the definitive text on this subject. McGregor draws on his experience as an Asian correspondent and this book reveals his tremendous depth of knowledge and experience in China, Japan and the United States of America. This is an intriguing slice of history, which has never been written before. Importantly this work is the view of an Australian looking out to the world and McGregor brings an ethnographic, insider/ outsider perspective. The book is beautifully researched with the small observances as important as the grander themes of this book. It provides unique observations on how these cultures operate. Asia's Reckoning is a beautifully composed book that everyone should read.