Can Australia defend itself in the Asian century? How seriously should we take the risk of war? Do we want to remain a middle power? What kind of strategy, and what Australian defence force, do we need?
In this groundbreaking book, Hugh White considers these questions and more. With clarity and frankness, he makes the case for a radically reconceived defence of Australia. Along the way he offers intriguing insights into history, technology and the Australian way of war.
Hugh White is Australia’s most provocative, revelatory and realistic commentator on defence. In this age of power politics and armed rivalry in Asia, he opens the way to a crucial and urgent debate for Australia.
‘A serious work from a serious patriot that requires close reading.’ —Kim Beazley
‘Sets the terms for an unavoidable national debate: the Australia choice.’ —Allan Gyngell
‘A cool-headed look at who might threaten Australia and what we need to do about it.’—Karen Middleton
‘A determination to ask the questions that others don’t dare or haven’t thought to ask.’ —Michael Wesley
‘A comprehensive and compelling wake-up call that we ignore at our peril.’—Gareth Evans