Another study in the Council on Foreign Relations series on China. Since most students in this area are aware of the close ties between U.S. government policymakers and the Council, they will not be surprised to find the author presenting the Chinese negotiators' attitude toward negotiations with their militarily stronger opponents as disdain and indictment, whereas the Americans are simply pragmatic. Such disingenuities apart, there is much of interest in this examination of diplomatic parleys between Chinese and American representatives, using the Ambassadorial Talks as a forum, first in Geneva and later in Warsaw, 130 times during the past twelve years. The study has a good deal to say about the character of the participants (only four Americans and two Chinese since the talks began), as well as the successes and failures of the medium. The author neither exaggerates past achievements nor dismisses the utility of this arrangement. A narrow, heretofore obscure topic, with a narrow, but eager audience.