Timothy P. Maga is Oglesby Professor of American Heritage at Bradley University. He is the author of several books including The Perils of Power: Crises in Foreign Relations since 1945 and The World of Jimmy Carter.
In 1961, the U.S. economy and military remained unassailable in the eyes of the world. Within twenty years, America faced defeat in Vietnam and its economy had been shaken. Japan was now considered the great economic superpower, while the U.S. and Japan reversed roles as surplus and debtor nations. Hands across the Sea? examines this reversal of roles, determining how and why America and Japan became the post-World War II era’s most argumentative allies.