Many Japanese, when asked about their Chinese neighbors, will mention boisterous tourists crowding sightseeing spots in Japan or criticize recent military action in the South China Sea. How sadly reductive this view is becomes clear when reading Ezra Vogel's new book "China and Japan: Facing History." It's a sweeping, often fascinating, account of a cultural and geopolitical relationship that Vogel calls "tense, dangerous, deep and complicated."

China and Japan: Facing History, by Ezra F. Vogel,
526 pages