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The Bullet and the Ballot Box
The Story of Nepal's Maoist Revolution
Written by Aditya Adhikari


Format: Hardcover, 326 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: October 7, 2014
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-564-8 (1-78168-564-9)

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... Read more >
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The Indian Ideology

Written by Perry Anderson


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: November 5, 2013
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-259-3 (1-78168-259-3)

Today, the Indian state claims to embody the values of a stable political democracy, a harmonious territorial unity, and a steadfast religious impartiality. Even many of those critical of the inequalities of Indian society underwrite such claims.

The Indian Ideology suggests that the roots of the current ills of the Republic... Read more >
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Armenian Golgotha

Written by Grigoris Balakian
Translated by Peter Balakian


Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 9, 2010
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9677-0 (1-4000-9677-4)

On April 24, 1915, Grigoris Balakian was arrested along with some 250 other leaders of Constantinople’s Armenian community. It was the beginning of the Ottoman Empire’s systematic attempt to eliminate the Armenian people from Turkey—a campaign that continued through World War I and the fall of the empire. Over the next... Read more >
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The Blood Telegram

Written by Gary J. Bass


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 15, 2014
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-74462-3 (0-307-74462-0)

Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction

Winner of the Lionel Gelber Prize for Best Foreign Affairs Book

A New York Times Notable Book

One of the Best Books of the Year: The Economist, Financial Times, The New Republic, The Washington Post, Kirkus Reviews

This magnificent history provides the first full account of Richard Nixon... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Coming Conflict with China

Written by Richard Bernstein and Ross H. Munro


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 3, 1998
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-77662-8 (0-679-77662-1)

From two former Beijing bureau chiefs with long experience in Asian affairs comes a clear-eyed and uncompromising look at the potentially disastrous collision course now taking shape in U.S.-China relations. Bent on dominating Asia, China has the third-largest nuclear delivery arsenal in the world and recent confrontations between Chinese and American... Read more >

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Facing the Torturer

Written by Francois Bizot
Translated by Charlotte Mandell and Antoine Andouard


Format: Trade Paperback, 228 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 2, 2013
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47514-5 (0-307-47514-X)

In 1999, the media reported the arrest of Duch, aka the Butcher of Tuol Sleng—the most notorious torturer and executioner of the Cambodian genocide. Duch’s unexpected arrest after years in hiding presented François Bizot with his first opportunity to confront the man who’d held him captive for three months in 1973... Read more >
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Behind the Beautiful Forevers
Life, death, and hope in a Mumbai undercity
Written by Katherine Boo


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: April 8, 2014
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7932-9 (0-8129-7932-X)

Winner of the National Book Award, Los Angeles Times Book Prize, American Academy of Arts and Letters Literature Award, and PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award

Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; Shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize


Selected for Common Reading at:
Concordia University
Michigan State University
Northeastern University
Skidmore College
University of...
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Behind the Beautiful Forevers
Life, death, and hope in a Mumbai undercity
Written by Katherine Boo


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: February 7, 2012
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6755-8 (1-4000-6755-3)

Winner of the National Book Award, Los Angeles Times Book Prize, American Academy of Arts and Letters Literature Award, and the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction

Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award
Shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize


Selected for Common Reading at:
Concordia University
Michigan State University
Northeastern...
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Bad Elements
Chinese Rebels from Los Angeles to Beijing
Written by Ian Buruma


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 7, 2003
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-78136-3 (0-679-78136-6)

Who speaks for China? Is it the old men of the politbureau or an activist like Wei Jingshsheng, who spent eighteen years in prison for writing a democratic manifesto? Is China’s future to be found amid the boisterous sleaze of an electoral campaign in Taiwan or in the maneuvers by which... Read more >
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Inventing Japan
1853-1964
Written by Ian Buruma


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: November 9, 2004
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7286-3 (0-8129-7286-4)

Ian Buruma makes sense of the most fateful span of Japan’s history, the period that saw as dramatic a transformation as any country has ever known. In the course of little more than a hundred years from the day Commodore Matthew Perry arrived in his black ships, this insular, preindustrial realm... Read more >
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The Missionary and the Libertine
Love and War in East and West
Written by Ian Buruma


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 14, 2001
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70537-3 (0-375-70537-6)

For centuries Westerners have projected fantasies of a decadent, voluptuous East in contrast to the puritanism of their own cultures. A Japanese theatrical troupe performing in his native Holland in 1971 exposed the young Ian Buruma to these temptations, and soon he was off to Tokyo, a would-be libertine. The essays... Read more >
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Akbar
The Great Emperor of India 1542-1605
Written by Gian Carlo Calza


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Skira
On Sale: April 30, 2013
Price: $60.00
ISBN: 978-88-572-1525-9 (88-572-1525-3)

An amazing catalogue showing the splendors of one of the greatest rulers of the world, India’s Emperor Akbar (1542—1605). Akbar the Great is considered one of the most splendid sovereigns of humankind. Though he never learned to read or write, he was a great protector of poetry and literature, the builder... Read more >

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Mao
The Unknown Story
Written by Jung Chang and Jon Halliday


Format: Trade Paperback, 864 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: November 14, 2006
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74632-4 (0-679-74632-3)

The most authoritative life of the Chinese leader every written, Mao: The Unknown Story is based on a decade of research, and on interviews with many of Mao’s close circle in China who have never talked before — and with virtually everyone outside China who had significant dealings with him. It... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Factory Girls
From Village to City in a Changing China
Written by Leslie T. Chang


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: August 4, 2009
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52018-8 (0-385-52018-2)

Winner of the 2009 Asian American Literary Award For Nonfiction, given by the Asian American Writers’ Workshop
Winner of the PEN USA Literary Award for Research Nonfiction
A New York Times Notable Book of 2008
One of the Washington Post’s best books of 2008
A Seattle Times best nonfiction book of 2008
One of the Christian... Read more >
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Egg on Mao
A Story of Love, Hope and Defiance
Written by Denise Chong


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage Canada
On Sale: August 30, 2011
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-35580-5 (0-307-35580-2)

The eagerly-awaited new book by Denise Chong, author of the award-winning bestseller, The Concubine’s Children.

In her first book in a decade, Chong tells the story of a man who humiliated a repressive regime in front of the entire world, and whose daring gesture informs our view of human rights to this... Read more >

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The Art of War
Complete Text and Commentaries
Written by Thomas Cleary


Format: Trade Paperback, 474 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: June 10, 2003
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-054-1 (1-59030-054-8)

This Shambhala paperback edition of The Art of War collects the essential versions of the Art of War, complete with illuminating commentaries written by Sun Tzu's successors. This volume includes:

The Art of War, by Sun Tzu;
Compiled over two-thousand years ago by a mysterious warrior-philosopher, The Art of War is still perhaps... Read more >

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Burmese Lessons
A true love story
Written by Karen Connelly


Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publisher: Nan A. Talese
On Sale: May 18, 2010
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-52800-9 (0-385-52800-0)

When Karen Connelly goes to Burma in 1996 to gather information for a series of articles, she discovers a place of unexpected beauty and generosity. She also encounters a country ruled by a brutal military dictatorship that imposes a code of censorship and terror. Carefully seeking out the regime’s critics, she... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Nothing to Envy
Ordinary Lives in North Korea
Written by Barbara Demick


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: September 21, 2010
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52391-2 (0-385-52391-2)

Finalist, 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction
(winner to be announced March 10th, 2011)

Winner, 2010 Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction

Nothing to Envy follows the lives of six North Koreans over fifteen years—a chaotic period that saw the death of Kim Il-sung, the unchallenged rise to power of his son Kim... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Nothing to Envy
Ordinary Lives in North Korea
Written by Barbara Demick


Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: December 29, 2009
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52390-5 (0-385-52390-4)

Finalist, 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction
(winner to be announced March 10th, 2011)

Winner, 2010 Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction

Nothing to Envy follows the lives of six North Koreans over fifteen years—a chaotic period that saw the death of Kim Il-sung, the unchallenged rise to power of his son Kim... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Raskols
The Gangs of Papua New Guinea
Written by Stephen Dupont
Contribution by Ben Bohane


Format: Hardcover, 144 pages
Publisher: powerHouse Books
On Sale: October 9, 2012
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-1-57687-601-5 (1-57687-601-2)

Papua New Guinea: A land of striking beauty, mountain ranges, lush rainforests, and some of the most spectacular coastlines on earth. A land with over eight hundred unique tribes and languages. A land where crime has gotten so out of control, personal security services are the country’s largest growth industry.

Papua New... Read more >

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The Contest of the Century
The New Era of Competition with China--and How America Can Win
Written by Geoff A. Dyer


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: February 4, 2014
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-96075-7 (0-307-96075-7)

From the former Financial Times Beijing bureau chief, a balanced and far-seeing analysis of the emerging competition between China and the United States that will dominate twenty-first-century world affairs—an inside account of Beijing’s quest for influence and an explanation of how America can come out on top.

The structure of global politics... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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I Begin My Life All Over
The Hmong and the American Immigrant Experience
Written by Lillian Faderman


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 13, 1999
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-7235-6 (0-8070-7235-4)

I Begin My Life All Over is an oral history of 36 real-life strangers in a strange land, an intimate study of the immigrant experience in contemporary America.

“Faderman has collected oral histories from individuals ranging from adults who escaped through the jungles of Laos, to the American-born teenagers anxious to negotiate... Read more >

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China Airborne
The Test of China's Future
Written by James Fallows


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 26, 2013
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3127-6 (1-4000-3127-3)

From one of our most influential journalists, here is a timely, vital, and illuminating account of the next stage of China’s modernization—its plan to rival America as the world’s leading aerospace power and to bring itself from its low-wage past to a high-tech future.

In 2011, China announced its twelfth Five-Year Plan... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Looking at the Sun
The Rise of the New East Asian Economic and Political System
Written by James Fallows


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 24, 1995
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76162-4 (0-679-76162-4)

Fallows reveals how political goals and historical experience have shaped Japan's economic rise and placed it at the heart of the Asian system. He shows how the explosive growth of Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore has been fueled by Japanese investment; why Burma, the Philippines, and Vietnam have been largely isolated from... Read more >

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Postcards from Tomorrow Square
Reports from China
Written by James Fallows


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 30, 2008
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-45624-3 (0-307-45624-2)

“Americans need not be hostile toward China's rise, but they should be wary about its eventual effects. The United States is the only nation with the scale and power to try to set the terms of its interaction with China rather than just succumb. So starting now, Americans need to consider... Read more >
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