Seeking advice from the Rat Pack:
Niall Ferguson (I know! I know!) recommends the sci-fi novel “The Dark Forest” by Chinese author Liu Cixin as good insight into what Ferguson describes as the New Cold War which China launched against the US around 2012, and which many of our Best & Brightest still refuse to admit is happening.
That book is part of a three volume set, “Remembrance of Earth’s Past” — a large time commitment. Since I have on occasions been unimpressed by Mr. Ferguson’s own work, it would be good to know if any of the denizens of this parish have read those books and have an opinion on whether they are worth the time.