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The Art of Haiku
Its History through Poems and Paintings by Japanese Masters
Written by Stephen Addiss


Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: August 28, 2012
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-886-8 (1-59030-886-7)

In the past hundred years, haiku has gone far beyond its Japanese origins to become a worldwide phenomenon—with the classic poetic form growing and evolving as it has adapted to the needs of the whole range of languages and cultures that have embraced it. This proliferation of the joy of haiku... Read more >

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Tokyo Vice
An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan
Written by Jake Adelstein


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 5, 2010
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47529-9 (0-307-47529-8)

From the only American journalist ever to have been admitted to the insular Tokyo Metropolitan Police press club: a unique, firsthand, revelatory look at Japanese culture from the underbelly up.

At nineteen, Jake Adelstein went to Japan in search of peace and tranquility. What he got was a life of crime... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Call of Everest
The History, Science, and Future of the World's Tallest Peak
Written by Conrad Anker, Bernadette McDonald, David Breashears and Broughton Coburn
Foreword by Thomas Hornbein


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: May 14, 2013
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-1016-7 (1-4262-1016-7)

This is the definitive book on the history, mystique, and science of Mount Everest, including how climate change is impacting the world’s tallest mountain.

In 1963, the American Mount Everest Expedition made mountaineering history. It was the first American venture to successfully scale the legendary peak and the first successful... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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 >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Armenian Golgotha

Written by Grigoris Balakian
Translated by Peter Balakian and Aris Sevag


Format: Hardcover, 560 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: March 31, 2009
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-26288-2 (0-307-26288-X)

Never before in English, Armenian Golgotha is the most dramatic and comprehensive eyewitness account of the first modern genocide.

On April 24, 1915, the priest Grigoris Balakian was arrested along with some 250 other intellectuals and leaders of Constantinople’s Armenian community. It was the beginning of the Ottoman Turkish government’s systematic attempt... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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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)

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 and Henry Kissinger’s secret support for Pakistan... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Blood Telegram
Nixon, Kissinger, and a Forgotten Genocide
Written by Gary J. Bass


Format: Hardcover, 528 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 24, 2013
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-70020-9 (0-307-70020-8)

A riveting history—the first full account—of the involvement of Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger in the 1971 atrocities in Bangladesh that led to war between India and Pakistan, shaped the fate of Asia, and left in their wake a host of major strategic consequences for the world today.

Giving an astonishing inside... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Great Wave
Gilded Age Misfits, Japanese Eccentrics, and the Opening of Old Japan
Written by Christopher Benfey


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: August 10, 2004
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75455-5 (0-375-75455-5)

When the United States entered the Gilded Age after the Civil War, argues cultural historian Christopher Benfey, the nation lost its philosophical moorings and looked eastward to “Old Japan,” with its seemingly untouched indigenous culture, for balance and perspective. Japan, meanwhile, was trying to reinvent itself as a more cosmopolitan, modern... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Marco Polo
From Venice to Xanadu
Written by Laurence Bergreen


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 21, 2008
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7880-6 (1-4000-7880-6)

As the first European to travel extensively throughout Asia, Marco Polo was the earliest bridge between East and West. His famous journeys took him across the boundaries of the known world, along the dangerous Silk Road, and into the court of Kublai Kahn, where he won the trust of the most... Read more >

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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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The East, the West, and Sex
A History
Written by Richard Bernstein


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 27, 2010
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71389-7 (0-375-71389-1)

In this wide-ranging history, Richard Bernstein explores the connection between sex and power as it has played out between Eastern cultures and the Western explorers, merchants, and conquerors who have visited them. This illuminating book describes the historical and ongoing encounter between these travelers and the morally ambiguous opportunities they found... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Father of All Things
A Marine, His Son, and the Legacy of Vietnam
Written by Tom Bissell


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 11, 2008
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7543-0 (1-4000-7543-2)

In April 1975, as Saigon fell to the North Vietnamese Army, John Bissell, a former Marine officer living in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, was glued to his television. Struggling to save his marriage, raise his sons, and live with his memories of the war in Vietnam, Bissell found himself racked... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Gate

Written by Francois Bizot


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 6, 2004
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72723-8 (0-375-72723-X)

“Distinguished by its intense dignity, by its unexpected attention to beauty, and by a discretion which never shades into coyness, The Gate should immediately be numbered among the great post-Second World-War memoirs of incarceration.”
—Robert MacFarlane, The Guardian (London)

“Breathtaking . . . Heartbreaking and terrifying: a superb account of the madness of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Daisy Bates in the Desert
A Woman's Life Among the Aborigines
Written by Julia Blackburn


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 8, 1995
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74446-7 (0-679-74446-0)

In 1913, at the age of 54, Daisy Bates went to live in the deserts of South Australia. Brilliantly reviewed, astonishingly original, this "eloquent and illuminating portrait of an extraordinary woman" (New York Times Book Review) tells a fascinating, true story in the tradition of Isak Dinesen and Barry Lopez. Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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...
Read more >

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Tibet: Culture on the Edge

Written by Phil Borges


Format: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publisher: Rizzoli
On Sale: October 4, 2011
Price: $45.00
ISBN: 978-0-8478-3691-8 (0-8478-3691-6)

Firsthand accounts and spectacular photographs combine to form a fascinating portrait of the endangered Tibetan people, their plateau, and their cultural landscape. Known as the “water tower of Asia,” the Tibetan Plateau is heating up twice as fast as the global average. These rapidly melting glaciers-along with recent unprecedented development on... Read more >

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The Decline and Fall of the British Empire, 1781-1997

Written by Piers Brendon


Format: Trade Paperback, 848 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 9, 2010
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-38841-4 (0-307-38841-7)

After the American Revolution, the British Empire appeared to be doomed. Yet it grew to become the greatest, most diverse empire the world had seen. Then, within a generation, the mighty structure collapsed, a rapid demise that left an array of dependencies and a contested legacy: at best a sporting spirit... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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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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China's Silent Army
The Pioneers, Traders, Fixers and Workers Who Are Remaking the World in Beijing's Image
Written by Juan Pablo Cardenal and Heriberto Araujo
Translated by Catherine Mansfield


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: February 18, 2014
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-34659-7 (0-385-34659-X)

With original and fresh reporting, China's Silent Army is a revealing piece of investigative journalism into the unknown extent of China's global power by two leading Beijing-based journalists, Juan Pablo Cardenal and Heriberto Araújo.

From 2009-2011 the authors travelled the globe to investigate how the Chinese are literally making the developing... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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China's Silent Army
The Pioneers, Traders, Fixers and Workers Who Are Remaking the World in Beijing's Image
Written by Juan Pablo Cardenal and Heriberto Araujo
Translated by Catherine Mansfield


Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: February 19, 2013
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-34657-3 (0-385-34657-3)

With original and fresh reporting, China's Silent Army is a revealing piece of investigative journalism into the unknown extent of China's global power by two leading Beijing-based journalists, Juan Pablo Cardenal and Heriberto Araújo.

From 2009-2011 the authors travelled the globe to investigate how the Chinese are literally making the developing... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.
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