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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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The Tibetan Yoga of Breath
Breathing Practices for Healing the Body and Cultivating Wisdom
Written by Anyen Rinpoche and Allison Choying Zangmo


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: November 12, 2013
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-61180-088-3 (1-61180-088-9)

Vibrance, good health, and longevity have one thing in common–they all begin with the breath. Modern science and classic spiritual traditions agree: regulating the breath leads to radiance and wellness in the body, mind, and spirit.
    
The Tibetan Yoga of Breath pairs the teachings of Tibetan Yantra Yoga (breathing yoga) with... 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 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 >
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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 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 >
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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 >
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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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The Devil Soldier
The American Soldier of Fortune Who Became a God in China
Written by Caleb Carr


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: April 11, 1995
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76128-0 (0-679-76128-4)

With the same flair for history and narrative that distinguishes his best fiction, Caleb Carr tells the incredible story of Frederick Townsend Ward, the American mercenary who fought for the emperor of China in the Taiping rebellion, history's bloodiest war. The Devil Soldier is a thrilling, masterfully researched biography of the... Read more >
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Empress Dowager Cixi
The Concubine Who Launched Modern China
Written by Jung Chang


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 9, 2014
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-45670-0 (0-307-45670-6)

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... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a hardcover.

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Empress Dowager Cixi
The Concubine Who Launched Modern China
Written by Jung Chang


Format: Hardcover, 464 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 29, 2013
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27160-0 (0-307-27160-9)

Empress Dowager Cixi (1835–1908) is the most important woman in Chinese history. She ruled China for decades and brought a medieval empire into the modern age.

At the age of sixteen, in a nationwide selection for royal consorts, Cixi was chosen as one of the emperor’s numerous concubines. When he... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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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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Brothers
A Novel
Written by Da Chen


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: June 12, 2007
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9729-6 (1-4000-9729-0)

At the height of China’s Cultural Revolution a powerful general fathered two sons. Tan was born to the general’s wife and into a life of comfort and luxury. His half brother, Shento, was born to the general’s mistress, who threw herself off a cliff in the mountains of Balan only moments... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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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 Ordeal of Elizabeth Marsh
A Woman in World History
Written by Linda Colley


Format: Trade Paperback, 420 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: November 11, 2008
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-72149-3 (0-385-72149-8)

In this remarkable reconstruction of an eighteenth-century woman's extraordinary and turbulent life, historian Linda Colley not only tells the story of Elizabeth Marsh, one of the most distinctive travelers of her time, but also opens a window onto a radically transforming world.

Marsh was conceived in Jamaica, lived in London, Gibraltar, and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Book of Ninja
The Bansenshukai - Japan's Premier Ninja Manual
Written by Antony Cummins and Yoshie Minami


Format: Hardcover, 544 pages
Publisher: Watkins Publishing
On Sale: November 5, 2013
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-78028-493-4 (1-78028-493-4)

The Book of Ninja, the ultimate ninjutsu manual, was penned in 1676 by a ninja known as Fujibayashi. Born in the post-civil war era of Japan, Fujibayashi collected and combined information from the ninja clans of Iga - regarded to be the homeland of the ninja - and compiled it into... Read more >

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The Last Mughal
The Fall of a Dynasty: Delhi, 1857
Written by William Dalrymple


Format: Trade Paperback, 592 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 11, 2008
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7833-2 (1-4000-7833-4)


Winner of the 2007 Duff Cooper Prize

On a hazy November afternoon in Rangoon, 1862, a shrouded corpse was escorted by a small group of British soldiers to an anonymous grave in a prison enclosure. As the British Commissioner in charge insisted, “No vestige will remain to distinguish where the last of... Read more >
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India Unbound
The Social and Economic Revolution from Independence to the Global Information Age
Written by Gurcharan Das


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 9, 2002
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72074-8 (0-385-72074-2)

India today is a vibrant free-market democracy, a nation well on its way to overcoming decades of widespread poverty. The nation’s rise is one of the great international stories of the late twentieth century, and in India Unbound the acclaimed columnist Gurcharan Das offers a sweeping economic history of India from... Read more >
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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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In the Realm of a Dying Emperor

Written by Norma Field


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 9, 1993
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-74189-3 (0-679-74189-5)

Offering a provocative and powerful look at Japan's uneasy relationship with its past, the relations between religion and state, and the role of dissent in a conformist society, Field examines the impact of these forces on the lives of three individuals driven to become extraordinary resisters in the year the last... Read more >
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Operation Storm
Japan's Top Secret Submarines and Its Plan to Change the Course of World War II
Written by John Geoghegan


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: March 18, 2014
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-7704-3573-8 (0-7704-3573-4)

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... Read more >
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