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Emperor of China
Self-Portrait of K'ang-Hsi
Written by Jonathan D. Spence


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 22, 1988
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-72074-4 (0-679-72074-X)

Spence offers a remarkable recreation of the life of K'ang-hsi, emperor of the Manchu dynasty from 1661 to 1772, assembled from contemporary documents. The result is an astonishing self-portrait, unmatched in the historical literature.

"For the first time in publishing history we non-scholars see the Emperor as a living man."--The New... Read more >
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The Story of My Assassins
A Novel
Written by Tarun J. Tejpal


Format: Hardcover, 544 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: September 25, 2012
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-1-61219-162-1 (1-61219-162-2)

Based on actual events, The Story of My Assassins tells the story of a journalist who learns that the police have captured five hitmen on their way to kill him. Landing like a bombshell on his comfortable life, just as he’s started a steamy affair with a brilliant woman, the news... Read more >
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Gandhi
A Political and Spiritual Life
Written by Kathryn Tidrick


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: July 2, 2013
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-101-5 (1-78168-101-5)

Throughout his long and turbulent career as a political leader, first in South Africa and then in India, Gandhi sought to fulfill his religious aspirations through politics and to reconcile politics with personal religious conviction. But Gandhi’s religion was wildly divergent from anything to have taken root in his native India... Read more >
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China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Inc.
The Dynamics of a New Empire
Written by Willem Van Kemenade


Format: Trade Paperback, 476 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 30, 1998
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-77756-4 (0-679-77756-3)

On the eve of June 30, Hong Kong was officially passed back to China. This event will mark what Willem van Kemenade sees as the start of an increasingly problematic -- and even dangerous -- reintegration of the old Chinese empire into a new world superpower. Since the early 1980s, investment... Read more >
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The Enigma of Japanese Power
People and Politics in a Stateless Nation
Written by Karel Van Wolferen


Format: Trade Paperback, 524 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 10, 1990
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72802-3 (0-679-72802-3)

"The most forcefully and convincingly argued critique of Japan to appear...a learned study that encompasses Japanese political, economic and social life."--San Francisco Chronicle

"Never...have I read a single volume that provoked such a visceral response, or illuminated so many shadows in the Japanese political and social landscape...A groundbreaking work that will provide... Read more >

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An Afghanistan Picture Show
Or, How I Saved the World
Written by William T. Vollmann


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: July 30, 2013
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-61219-198-0 (1-61219-198-3)

A personal account of the origins of America's longest war, never before available in paperback and all but invisible for twenty years.

In 1982, the young William Vollmann worked odd jobs, including as a secretary at an insurance company, until he’d saved up enough money to go to Afghanistan, where he wanted... Read more >
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31 Days
Gerald Ford, the Nixon Pardon and A Government in Crisis
Written by Barry Werth


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 13, 2007
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7868-4 (1-4000-7868-7)

In 31 Days, acclaimed historian Barry Werth takes readers inside the White House during the tumultuous days of August 1974, following Richard Nixon's resignation and the swearing-in of America's "accidental president," Gerald Ford.

The Watergate scandal had torn the country apart. In a dramatic, day-by-day account of the new administration’s inner... Read more >

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Tokyo Underworld
The Fast Times and Hard Life of an American Gangster in Japan
Written by Robert Whiting


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 26, 2000
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72489-3 (0-375-72489-3)

"A fascinating look at some fascinating people who show how democracy advances hand in hand with crime in Japan." —Mario Puzo

In this unorthodox chronicle of the rise of Japan, Inc., Robert Whiting, author of You Gotta Have Wa, gives us a fresh perspective on the economic miracle and near disaster that... Read more >
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The Demon's Sermon on the Martial Arts
A Graphic Novel
Written by Sean Michael Wilson and Issai Chozanshi
Illustrated by Michiru Morikawa
Translated by William Scott Wilson


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: March 12, 2013
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-61180-021-0 (1-61180-021-8)

A graphic novel version of this classic collection of martial arts parables, written by Issai Chozanshi, an 18-century samurai, brings these tales alive in a captivating and accessible way.  The stories, which feature demons, insects, birds, cats, and numerous other creatures, may seem whimsical, but they contain essential teachings that offer... Read more >

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The Life-Giving Sword
Secret Teachings from the House of the Shogun
Written by Yagyu Munenori
Translated by William Scott Wilson


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: December 11, 2012
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-990-2 (1-59030-990-1)

The legendary seventeenth-century swordsman Yagyu Munenori was the sword instructor and military and political adviser to two shoguns–and was a rival to the great Miyamoto Musashi. Despite his martial ability and his political power, Munenori spent his life immersed in Zen teachings and practice. These teachings formed the framework for his... Read more >

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Red China Blues
My Long March From Mao to Now
Written by Jan Wong


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 19, 1997
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-48232-5 (0-385-48232-9)

Jan Wong delivers an insider's view of the recent upheaval and reform in China. As one of only two Westerners permitted to enroll at Beijing University in 1972, she offers a startling and ironic memoir of her ill-fated six-year romance with Maoism, her dramatic firsthand account of the Tiannanmen Square uprising... Read more >
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China's Great Leap
The Beijing Games and Olympian Human Rights
Edited by Minky Worden
Photographed by Ladir Van Lohuizen
Introduction by Nicholas Kristof


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: May 6, 2008
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-843-2 (1-58322-843-8)

With contributions from some of the most well respected and experienced Chinese writers, journalists, and organizers, China’s Great Leap examines the People’s Republic of China as its government and 1.3 billion people prepare for the 2008 Olympic Games.

When Beijing first sought the Games, China was still recovering from the upheavals... Read more >
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Hard Travel to Sacred Places

Written by Rudolph Wurlitzer


Format: Trade Paperback
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: September 11, 1995
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-57062-117-8 (1-57062-117-9)

Wurlitzer records a personal odyssey through Southeast Asia: he and his wife Lynn Davis confront heavy Westernization, sex clubs, aging hippies and expatriates, and political dissidents in vivid contrast to the peace they seek, reeling from the death of their son. As Davis, a photographer, searches with her camara for a... Read more >

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China Witness

Written by Xinran


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 20, 2010
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38853-7 (0-307-38853-0)

China Witness is a remarkable work of oral history that lets us see the cultural upheavals of the past century through the eyes of the Chinese who lived through them.

Xinran, acclaimed author of The Good Women of China, traveled across China seeking out the nation’s grandparents and great-grandparents, the men... Read more >
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Woman from Shanghai
Tales of Survival from a Chinese Labor Camp
Written by Xianhui Yang


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 24, 2010
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-39097-4 (0-307-39097-7)

In Woman from Shanghai, Xianhui Yang, one of China’s most celebrated and controversial writers, gives us a work of fact-based fiction that reveals firsthand—and for the first time in English—what life was like in one of Mao’s most notorious labor camps.

Between 1957 and 1960, nearly three thousand Chinese citizens were labeled... Read more >
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The Corpse Walker
Real Life Stories: China From the Bottom Up
Written by Liao Yiwu


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 5, 2009
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38837-7 (0-307-38837-9)

The Corpse Walker introduces us to regular men and women at the bottom of Chinese society, most of whom have been battered by life but have managed to retain their dignity: a professional mourner, a human trafficker, a public toilet manager, a leper, a grave robber, and a Falung Gong practitioner... Read more >
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"Socialism Is Great!"
A Worker's Memoir of the New China
Written by Lijia Zhang


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 5, 2009
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-47219-9 (0-307-47219-1)

With a great charm and spirit, Lijia Zhang recounts her rebellious journey from disillusioned factory worker to an organizer in support of the Tiananmen Square demonstrators, to eventually become the writer and journalist she was always determined to be. Her memoir is like a brilliant miniature illuminating the sweeping historical forces... Read more >

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Red Flower of China
An Autobiography
Written by Zhai Zhenhua


Format: Trade Paperback, 245 pages
Publisher: Soho Press
On Sale: July 1, 2003
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-56947-009-1 (1-56947-009-X)

“The Cultural Revolution had transformed me into a devil,” writes Zhai. In 1966, at age 15, she led a Red Guard brigade that tortured Chinese citizens branded counterrevolutionaries. She beat innocent people to death and had others exiled; her squad raided homes and murdered people. Now a professor of engineering in... Read more >
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Shutting Out the Sun
How Japan Created Its Own Lost Generation
Written by Michael Zielenziger


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 4, 2007
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7779-3 (1-4000-7779-6)

The world's second-wealthiest country, Japan once seemed poised to overtake America as the leading global economic powerhouse. But the country failed to recover from the staggering economic collapse of the early 1990s. Today it confronts an array of disturbing social trends, notably a population of more than one million hikikomori: the... Read more >
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