That is the new book by Robert D. Kaplan, and the subtitle is The South China Sea and the End of a Stable Pacific. Since this is possibly the most important topic in the world right now, you should read this book. Here is one interesting excerpt of many:
According to Yale professor of management and political science Paul Bracken, China isn’t so much building a conventional navy as an “anti-navy” navy, designed to push U.S. sea and air forces away from the East Asian coastline. Chinese drones putting lasers on U.S. warships, sonar pings from Chinese submarines, the noisy activation of Chinese smart mines, and so on are all designed to signal to American warships that Beijing knows about their movements and the United States risks a crisis if such warships get closer to Chinese waters. Because “relations with China are too important to jeopardize with a military confrontation,” this anti-access strategy has a significant political effect on Washington. “The strategic impact of China’s agility is not so much to tilt the military balance in its direction and away from the United States. Rather,” bracken goes on, “it introduces new risks into the American decision-making calculus.”
Some chapters of this book are deeper and better thought out than others, but still it is definitely worth reading.