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Crashback

The Power Clash Between the U.S. and China in the Pacific

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Crashback by Michael Fabey
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This chilling account of the "warm war" over control of the South China Sea-one that is threatening to flare into full-scale conflict-presents a "telling picture of the operational challenges the US Navy faces in the western Pacific" (Wall Street Journal) from an award-winning journalist with unprecedented access to the highest naval officers in America and China. Out in the Pacific Ocean, there is a war taking place. It is a "warm war," a shoving match between the United States, the uncontested ruler of the seas since WWII, and China, which now possesses the world's largest navy. The Chinese regard the Pacific, and especially the South China Sea, as their ocean, and they're ready to defend it. Each day the heat between the two countries increases as the Chinese try to claim the South China Sea for their own, and the United States insists on asserting freedom of navigation. Throughout Southern Asia, countries are responding with outrage and growing fear as China turns coral reefs into manmade islands capable of supporting airstrips and then attempts to enforce twelve-mile-radius, shoot-down zones. The immediate danger is that the five trillion dollars in international trade that passes through the area will grind to a standstill. The ultimate danger is that the US and China will be drawn into all-out war. Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist Michael Fabey has had unprecedented access to the Navy's most exotic aircraft carriers, cruisers, destroyers, aircraft, and submarines, as well as those who command them. In his "well-informed, readable treatment" (Library Journal, starred review), Fabey offers "good...reporting from both sides of the conflict. He gives his Chinese sources a thorough workout, the little emperors and true believers alike, and he has a sharp eye for what faces the American fleet if push comes to shove" (Kirkus Reviews). Fabey predicts the next great struggle between military superpowers will play out in the Pacific, and Crashback, more than any other book, is an accurate preview of how that conflict might unfold.

Author Biography

Michael Fabey has reported on military and naval affairs for most of his career. In his work for National Geographic Traveler, the Economist Group, Defense News, Aviation Week, and Jane's, he has collected more than two dozen reporting awards, including the prestigious Timothy White Award. Few journalists have had as much firsthand experience of America's naval ships and aircraft and the officers who command them. A Philadelphia native, he currently resides in Spotsylvania, Virginia. Crashback: The Power Clash Between the US and China in the Pacific is his first book.
Release date Australia
October 15th, 2018
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Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
8-pg 4-C insert
Imprint
Scribner
Pages
336
ISBN-13
9781501112058
Product ID
28255037

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