Another in the ""Conflict in the 20th Century"" series, this one discussing the roles of China, India, and Japan as they have developed since WW II. Typical for the series, the book concentrates on political and military events--in this case, the postwar economic triumph of Japan; the complicated and tragic history of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh (especially in terms of border wars); and the growing power of China, with a concentration on its role in the Korean War. Some historical background is given, but little attention is paid to cultural or social causes; nor is there much data on personalities, except for a dozen thumbnail biographies. In spite of the leaden prose, this will have some use for homework assignments, especially with its index and chronology. But without more historical background and information on the actual countries, it can't stand alone as a reference source.