A critique of America's flawed Asia policy that centres on US-Japan relations but harkens back to the same disastrous views that drew America into Vietnam. The technique is a narrative flow of short vignettes woven into longer chapters; the main strands are personal reflections and interviews.
1. Japan's burden of the past 2. Memories of failed policies 3. Rape on Okinawa 4. A small island's anger 5. Trade judo - exploiting U.S. strength 6. Delusions of American empire 7. Meeting a remarkable man 8. Charlatans and mentors 9. God on their shoulders 10. Buying influence in America 11. Seeds of war, saintly flower 12. The politics of betrayal 13. Cross-cultural homecoming 14. A Japanese view of security 15. A U.S. view of security 16. A Japanese view of trade 17. A U.S. view of trade 18. International marriage 19. Dreams of a Japan fulfilled 20. A question of transformation 21. Japan and the military metaphor 22. A historical debt to Germany 23. Germans and Japanese 24. A Buddhist patriarch 25. Too much of a good thing 26. Thwarting development 27. The stifled individual 28. Birth of a family 29. A lonely rebel 30. Flickering revolutions 31. Loyalty and corruption 32. Legacy of Tokugawa 33. The Asian crisis 34. Return to Okinawa 35. A few conclusions Bibliography of sources