[This review was published in the September 1990 issue of Universitas, the national newsletter of University Professors for Academic Order.]


Book Review


Can the Two Chinas Become One?

Donald J. Senese and Diane D. Pikcunas

Washington, D.C.: The Council for Social and Economic Studies, 1989


Reviewed by Dwight D. Murphey


            Readers are bound to wonder how the events at Tiananman Square on June 3-4, 1989, would impact upon a book about the prospects for an eventual Chinese reunification. 

            What we find is that the massacre, far from making the book moot, has served to underscore the authors’ original message: that Americans should by no means allow the (erstwhile) “democratization” of Red China to beguile them into naïve expectations.  The authors, well acquainted with the contemporary American propensity toward wishful self-deception, sought to warn us: Realities are realities: Communists are indeed Communists. 

            It may be that now, after Tiananman, this warning isn’t needed.  But the book, which includes a discussion of Tiananman and its aftermath, remains an excellent summary of both long-term and recent Chinese history by two scholars, both prominent in UPAO, who bring impressive credentials to the discussion. 

            This book has deservedly been selected by the 1990 National Awards Jury for the George Washington Honor Medal in Public Communications by the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge.