There is no dearth of scholarship on US-India relations or on Sino-Indian relations. However, few, if any, scholars have sought to link India's relations with the United States with that of the People's Republic of China (PRC). Yet, during the Cold War, the fortunes of the three states were in many ways quite intertwined. Indian views of the PRC, especially in the early days of the Cold War, significantly affected the course of US-India relations. Later American policy shifts toward the PRC, particularly under the Richard Nixon administration, had profound ramifications for India.

Two recent books, Francine R. Frankel's When Nehru Looked East and Tanvi Madan's Fateful Triangle, provide important discussions of the many turning points in this triangular relationship. Frankel's book, as the title suggests, concerns itself with the period under the leadership of India's first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru. Despite the apparent focus on the role of...

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