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ASIAN AND AUSTRALIAN HISTORY

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A NEW HISTORY OF THE WORLD
Written by PETER FRANKOPAN

Format: Trade Paperback, 672 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 03/07/2017

Price: $20.00

ISBN: 978-1-101-91237-9

Far more than a history of the Silk Roads, this book is truly a revelatory new history of the world, promising to destabilize notions of where we come from and where we are headed next. From the Middle East and its political instability to China and its economic rise, the vast region stretching eastward from the Balkans across the steppe and South Asia has been thrust into the global spotlight in recent years. Frankopan teaches us that to understand what is at stake for the cities and...

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Foreword by DONALD KEENE
Commentaries by PETER MACMILLAN
Translator PETER MACMILLAN

Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages

Publisher: Penguin Classics

On Sale: 12/06/2016

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-141-39257-8

One of the three seminal works of Japanese literature—a beautiful collection of poems and tales that offers an unparalleled insight into ancient Japan

Along with the Tale of Genji and One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each, the Tales of Ise is considered one of the three most important works of Japanese literature. A poem-tale collection from the early Heian period, it contains many stories of amorous adventures, faithful friendship, and travels in exile, framing the exquisite poems at the work's...

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BIG CITY DREAMS ALONG A SHANGHAI ROAD
Written by ROB SCHMITZ

Format: Hardcover, 336 pages

Publisher: Crown

On Sale: 05/17/2016

Price: $28.00

ISBN: 978-0-553-41808-8

An unforgettable portrait of individuals who hope, struggle, and grow along a single street cutting through the heart of China’s most exhilarating metropolis, from one of the most acclaimed broadcast journalists reporting on China today.
 
Modern Shanghai: a global city in the midst of a renaissance, where dreamers arrive each day to partake in a mad torrent of capital, ideas, and opportunity. Marketplace’s Rob Schmitz is one of them. He immerses himself in his neighborhood, forging deep...

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AN UNEXPECTED HISTORY OF A REVOLUTIONARY INVENTION
Written by ALEXANDER MONRO

Format: Hardcover, 384 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 03/22/2016

Price: $30.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-27166-2

A sweeping, richly detailed history that tells the fascinating story of how paper—the simple Chinese invention of two thousand years ago—wrapped itself around our world, humankind’s most momentous ideas imprinted on its surface.
            
The emergence of paper in the imperial court of Han China brought about a revolution in the transmission of knowledge and ideas, allowing religions, philosophies and propaganda to spread with ever greater ease. The first writing surface sufficiently cheap,...

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LIFE AMID THE RUINS OF SRI LANKA'S CIVIL WAR
Written by ROHINI MOHAN

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 10/20/2015

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-1-781-68883-0

For three decades, Sri Lanka’s civil war tore communities apart. In 2009, the Sri Lankan army finally defeated the separatist Tamil Tigers guerrillas in a fierce battle that swept up about 300,000 civilians and killed more than 40,000. More than a million had been displaced by the conflict, and the resilient among them still dared to hope. But the next five years changed everything.

Rohini Mohan’s searing account of three lives caught up in the devastation looks beyond the heroism of wartime...

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Written by RUTHANNE LUM MCCUNN

Format: Trade Paperback, 216 pages

Publisher: Beacon Press

On Sale: 07/21/2015

Price: $15.00

ISBN: 978-0-807-08326-0

Lalu Nathoy’s father calls his thirteen-year-old daughter his treasure, his “thousand pieces of gold,” yet when famine strikes northern China in 1871, he is forced to sell her. Polly, as Lalu is later called, is sold to a brothel, sold again to a slave merchant bound for America, auctioned to a saloon keeper, and offered as a prize in a poker game. Complete with photographs and documents, this biographical novel is the extraordinary story of a legendary pioneer’s fight for independence and...

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THE DEFINITIVE ACCOUNT OF THE DALAI LAMA AND TIBET SINCE THE CHINESE CONQUEST
Written by JOHN AVEDON

Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 01/06/2015

Price: $18.95

ISBN: 978-0-804-17337-7

Tibet, “the roof of the world,” had been aloof and at peace for most of its 2,100 years. But in 1932, the Thirteenth Dalai Lama, in his final testament, warned: “It may happen that here, in the center of Tibet, religion and government will be attacked both from without and from within.” By the time his successor was enthroned in 1950, the Chinese occupation had begun. 

In this gripping account, John F. Avedon draws on his work and travels with the Fourteenth Dalai Lama to bring us the...

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LIFE AMID THE RUINS OF SRI LANKA'S CIVIL WAR
Written by ROHINI MOHAN

Format: Hardcover, 368 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 10/21/2014

Price: $26.95

ISBN: 978-1-781-68600-3

For three decades, Sri Lanka’s civil war tore communities apart. In 2009, the Sri Lankan army finally defeated the separatist Tamil Tigers guerrillas in a fierce battle that swept up about 300,000 civilians and killed more than 40,000. More than a million had been displaced by the conflict, and the resilient among them still dared to hope. But the next five years changed everything.

Rohini Mohan’s searing account of three lives caught up in the devastation looks beyond the heroism of wartime...

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THE STORY OF NEPAL'S MAOIST REVOLUTION
Written by ADITYA ADHIKARI

Format: Hardcover, 326 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 10/07/2014

Price: $29.95

ISBN: 978-1-781-68564-8

The Bullet and the Ballot Box offers a rich and sweeping account of a decade of revolutionary upheaval. When Nepal’s Maoists launched their armed rebellion in the nineties, they had limited public support and many argued that their ideology was obsolete.

Twelve years later they were in power, and their ambitious plan of social transformation dominated the national agenda. How did this become possible? Adhikari’s narrative draws on a broad range of sources – including novels, letters and...

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THE CONCUBINE WHO LAUNCHED MODERN CHINA
Written by JUNG CHANG

Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 09/09/2014

Price: $17.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-45670-0

A New York Times Notable Book

In 1852, at age sixteen, Cixi was chosen as one of Emperor Xianfeng’s numerous concubines. When he died in 1861, their five-year-old son succeeded to the throne. Cixi at once launched a coup against her son’s regents and placed herself as the true source of power—governing through a silk screen that separated her from her male officials.

Drawing on newly available sources, Jung Chang comprehensively overturns Cixi’s reputation as a conservative despot. Cixi’s...

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Written by HWANG SOK-YONG

Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages

Publisher: Seven Stories Press

On Sale: 04/29/2014

Price: $18.95

ISBN: 978-1-609-80507-4

A novel of the black markets of the South Vietnamese city of Danang during the Vietnam War, based on the author’s experiences as a self-described South Korean mercenary on the side of the South Vietnamese. This is a Vietnam War novel that sees the war from all sides; scenes of battle are well told and the plot is thick with intrigue and complex subplots. Ultimately The Shadow of Arms is a novel of the human condition rather than of the exploits and losses of one side or the other in war.

“An...

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JAPAN'S TOP SECRET SUBMARINES AND ITS PLAN TO CHANGE THE COURSE OF WORLD WAR II
Written by JOHN GEOGHEGAN

Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages

Publisher: Broadway Books

On Sale: 03/18/2014

Price: $15.00

ISBN: 978-0-770-43573-8

In 1941, the architects of Japan's sneak attack on Pearl Harbor planned a bold follow-up: a potentially devastating air raid--this time against New York City and Washington, DC. The classified Japanese program required developing a squadron of top secret submarines--the Sen-toku or I-400 class--which were the largest and among the most deadly subs of World War II. The subs were designed as underwater aircraft carriers, each equipped with three Aichi M6A1 attack bombers painted to look like...

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