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ASIAN HISTORY, POLITICS, AND SOCIETY

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AN INTIMATE HISTORY

Format: Hardcover, 640 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 09/05/2017

Price: $60.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-70025-4

From the award-winning historian and filmmakers of The Civil War, Baseball, The War, The Roosevelts, and others: a vivid, uniquely powerful history of the conflict that tore America apart--the companion volume to the major, multipart PBS film to be aired in September 2017.

More than forty years after it ended, the Vietnam War continues to haunt our country. We still argue over why we were there, whether we could have won, and who was right and wrong in their response to the conflict. When the...

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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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A NEW HISTORY OF THE WORLD
Written by PETER FRANKOPAN

Format: Hardcover, 672 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 02/16/2016

Price: $30.00

ISBN: 978-1-101-94632-9

Shortlisted for the 2016 PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize

The epic history of the crossroads of the world—the meeting place of East and West and the birthplace of civilization.

It was on the Silk Roads that East and West first encountered each other through trade and conquest, leading to the spread of ideas, cultures and religions. From the rise and fall of empires to the spread of Buddhism and the advent of Christianity and Islam, right up to the great wars of the twentieth century—this book shows...

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HOW TEACHING WESTERN MANNERS IN CHINA BECAME ITS OWN UNFORGETTABLE LESSON
Written by EDEN COLLINSWORTH

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 11/10/2015

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-0-804-17046-8

“What do you mean, he’s asked how much I am?” asked a stunned Eden Collinsworth upon learning that a Chinese businessman had inquired if she were available for purchase. Despite this precarious introduction to China, no country has fascinated Collinsworth more during a career that has moved her around the world. Convinced that—despite the nation’s status as a world leader—the Chinese are still socially uncomfortable with their Western counterparts, she collaborated with a major Chinese...

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MAO'S REVOLUTION AND AMERICA'S FATEFUL CHOICE
Written by RICHARD BERNSTEIN

Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 10/27/2015

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-74321-3

At the beginning of 1945, relations between America and the Chinese Communists couldn’t have been closer. Chinese leaders talked of America helping to lift China out of poverty; Mao Zedong himself held friendly meetings with U.S. emissaries. By year’s end, Chinese Communist soldiers were setting ambushes for American marines; official cordiality had been replaced by chilly hostility and distrust, a pattern which would continue for a quarter century, with the devastating wars in Korea and...

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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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THE UNITED STATES, CHINA, AND THE FUTURE OF GLOBAL COMPETITION
Written by NOAH FELDMAN

Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages

Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks

On Sale: 09/01/2015

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-98255-8

A bold and thought-provoking look at the future of U.S.-China relations, and how their coming power struggle will reshape the competitive playing field for nations around the world
 
The Cold War seemingly ended in a decisive victory for the West. But now, Noah Feldman argues, we are entering an era of renewed global struggle: the era of Cool War. Just as the Cold War matched the planet’s reigning superpowers in a contest for geopolitical supremacy, so this new age will pit the United States...

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MEMORIES OF WAR IN GERMANY AND JAPAN
Written by IAN BURUMA

Format: Trade Paperback, 344 pages

Publisher: New York Review Books

On Sale: 09/01/2015

Price: $18.95

ISBN: 978-1-590-17858-4

In this now classic book, internationally famed journalist Ian Buruma examines how Germany and Japan have attempted to come to terms with their conduct during World War II—a war that they aggressively began and humiliatingly lost, and in the course of which they committed monstrous war crimes. As he travels through both countries, to Berlin and Tokyo, Hiroshima and Auschwitz, he encounters people who are remarkably honest in confronting the past and others who astonish by their...

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AN ENGAGED BUDDHIST MANIFESTO FOR OUR EARTH -- THE BUDDHA'S LIFE AND MESSAGETHROUGH FEMININE EYES
Written by THANISSARA

Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages

Publisher: North Atlantic Books

On Sale: 08/18/2015

Price: $14.95

ISBN: 978-1-583-94916-0

Time to Stand Up retells the story of the historical Buddha, one of the greatest sacred activists of all time, as a practical human being whose teachings of freedom from suffering are more relevant than ever in this time of global peril. Evolving onward from the patriarchal template of spiritual warriors and their quests, former nun Thanissara explores awakening from within a feminine view where the archetypes of lover and nurturer are placed as central and essential for a sustainable...

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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 STORY OF WAT OPOT, A VISIONARY COMMUNITY FOR CHILDREN GROWING UP WITH AIDS
Written by GAIL GUTRADT

Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 06/23/2015

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-0-804-17268-4

In 1997 Wayne Dale Matthysse, a former Marine Corps medic who served in Vietnam, returned to South East Asia offer his service. With Vandin San, a brilliant young Cambodian aid worker, he transformed Wat Opot, a haunted scrubland behind a ruined temple, into a place of healing and respite. Here children with or orphaned by HIV/AIDS—the first generation of children to grow up with AIDS—could find a new family, and live outside of fear or judgment. 

Disarming, funny, deeply moving, In a Rocket...

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TWO YEARS IN THE CITY
Written by AMIT CHAUDHURI

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 04/14/2015

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-45466-9

In this vividly drawn and deeply personal portrait, acclaimed novelist Amit Chaudhuri chronicles the two years he spent revisiting Calcutta, the city of his birth.  A mesmerizing narrative, the book takes readers into the heart of a metropolis relatively resistant to the currents of globalization. Moving through the city’s vibrant avenues and derelict alleyways, Chaudhuri introduces us to the homeless and the high society, describes its architecture and food, its sounds and smells, and its...

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