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The Dictator's Learning Curve
Inside the Global Battle for Democracy
Written by William J. Dobson


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 12, 2013
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47755-2 (0-307-47755-X)

In this riveting anatomy of authoritarianism, acclaimed journalist William Dobson takes us inside the battle between dictators and those who would challenge their rule. Recent history has seen an incredible moment in the war between dictators and democracy—with waves of protests sweeping Syria and Yemen, and despots falling in Egypt, Tunisia... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Sento at Sixth and Main
Preserving Landmarks of Japanese American Heritage
Written by Gail Dubrow


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: October 17, 2004
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-208-9 (1-58834-208-5)

Quietly elegant, yet issuing a clarion call for intervention, Sento at Sixth and Main rediscovers early Japanese American culture and presents an indisputable case for the preservation of ten key landmarks in California and Washington. The authors recreate the Japanese American experience, intertwining rich oral histories from community members with current... Read more >

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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 Road to Victory: From Pearl Harbor to Okinawa

Written by Dale Dye and Robert O'Neill


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: November 22, 2011
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-1-84908-716-2 (1-84908-716-4)

This new history explores each of the battles the United States fought against Imperial Japan, from the naval clashes at Midway and Coral Sea to the desperate, bloody fighting on Iwo Jima and Okinawa. Each chapter in the book reveals the horrors of battle and the persistent determination on both sides... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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.

Banaras
CITY OF LIGHT
Written by Diana L. Eck


Format: eBook, 432 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: June 5, 2013
Price: $17.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-83295-5 (0-307-83295-3)

The sacred city of Banāras on the River Ganges is one of the oldest living cities in the world—as old as Jerusalem, Athens, and Peking. It is the place where Shiva, the Lord of All, is said to have made his permanent home since the dawn of creation. There are few... Read more >

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Facing the Wave
A Journey in the Wake of the Tsunami
Written by Gretel Ehrlich


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 11, 2014
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-94927-1 (0-307-94927-3)

Kirkus Best Books of the Year • Kansas City Star Best Books of the Year

A passionate student of Japanese poetry, theater, and art for much of her life, Gretel Ehrlich felt compelled to return to the earthquake-and-tsunami-devastated Tohoku coast to bear witness, listen to survivors, and experience their terror and exhilaration in... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a hardcover.

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Facing the Wave
A Journey in the Wake of the Tsunami
Written by Gretel Ehrlich


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: February 12, 2013
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-90731-8 (0-307-90731-7)

A passionate student of Japanese poetry, theater, and art for much of her life, Gretel Ehrlich felt compelled to return to the earthquake-and-tsunami-devastated Tohoku coast to bear witness, listen to survivors, and experience their terror and exhilaration in villages and towns where all shelter and hope seemed lost. In an eloquent... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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Cultivating Ch'i
A Samurai Physician's Teachings on the Way of Health
Written by Kaibara Ekiken
Translated by William Scott Wilson


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: April 9, 2013
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-988-9 (1-59030-988-X)

Samurai are best known for taking life–but here is a samurai doctor’s prescription for how to preserve life, and to make yours a long and healthy one. Unlike other samurai of his time, the samurai Kaibara Ekiken (1630—1714) was concerned less with swordsmanship than with how to maintain and nurture the... Read more >

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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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North Korea/South Korea
U.S. Policy at a Time of Crisis
Written by John Feffer


Format: Trade Paperback, 200 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: September 20, 2003
Price: $9.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-603-2 (1-58322-603-6)

The Korean peninsula, divided for more than fifty years, is stuck in a time warp. Millions of troops face one another along the Demilitarized Zone separating communist North Korea and capitalist South Korea. In the early 1990s and again in 2002-2003, the United States and its allies have gone to the... 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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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China's Second Continent
How a Million Migrants Are Building a New Empire in Africa
Written by Howard W. French


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: May 20, 2014
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-95698-9 (0-307-95698-9)

An exciting, hugely revealing account of China’s burgeoning presence in Africa—a developing empire already shaping, and reshaping, the future of millions of people.
           
A prizewinning foreign correspondent and former New York Times bureau chief in Shanghai and in West and Central Africa, Howard French is uniquely positioned to tell the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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India
A Portrait
Written by Patrick French


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 5, 2012
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47348-6 (0-307-47348-1)

A monumental biography of the Indian subcontinent from the award-winning author of The World Is What It Is: The Authorized Biography of V. S. Naipaul.

Second only to China in the magnitude of its economic miracle and second to none in its potential to shape the new century, India is fast undergoing... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Tibet, Tibet

Written by Patrick French


Format: Trade Paperback, 348 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 28, 2004
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3417-8 (1-4000-3417-5)

When Patrick French was a teenager, the Dalai Lama visited his school in northern England. Fascinated by this exotic apparition, French began what was to become a lifelong quest to understand Tibet, the myth and the fact. He would immerse himself in the history, travel as the guest of ordinary Tibetans—nuns... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Short Cuts: Artists in China
Artists in China Vol. 1
Edited by Rosa Maria Falvo
Contribution by Lorenz Helbling, Shen Qilan and Jean Loh
Photographed by Thomas Fuesser


Format: Hardcover, 528 pages
Publisher: Skira
On Sale: May 14, 2013
Price: $75.00
ISBN: 978-88-572-1486-3 (88-572-1486-9)

The first intimate visual documentation of artists who have influenced and transformed the Chinese art scene over the last two decades. Since 1993, photographer Thomas Fuesser has developed close and enduring professional relationships with the artistic community in China. His striking portraits tell their stories by depicting their work and personalities... Read more >

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The Essential Gandhi
An Anthology of His Writings on His Life, Work, and Ideas
Written by Mahatma Gandhi
Edited by Louis Fischer


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 12, 2002
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3050-7 (1-4000-3050-1)

A Vintage Spiritual Classic

Mohandas K. Gandhi, called Mahatma (“great soul”), was the father of modern India, but his influence has spread well beyond the subcontinent and is as important today as it was in the first part of the twentieth century and during this nation’s own civil rights movement. Taken from... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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An Autobiography
The Story of My Experiments with Truth
Written by Mohandas K. Gandhi


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: November 1, 1993
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-5909-8 (0-8070-5909-9)

Mohandas K. Gandhi is one of the most inspiring figures of our time. In his classic autobiography he recounts the story of his life and how he developed his concept of active nonviolent resistance, which propelled the Indian struggle for independence and countless other nonviolent struggles of the twentieth century.

In a... Read more >

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The River's Tale
A Year on the Mekong
Written by Edward Gargan


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 7, 2003
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70559-5 (0-375-70559-7)

Along the Mekong, from northern Tibet to Lijiang, from Luang Prabang to Phnom Penh to Can Lo, I moved from one world to another, among cultural islands often ignorant of each other’s presence. Yet each island, as if built on shifting sands and eroded and reshaped by a universal sea, was... 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 >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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China Road
A Journey into the Future of a Rising Power
Written by Rob Gifford


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: June 3, 2008
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7524-6 (0-8129-7524-3)

Route 312 is the Chinese Route 66. It flows three thousand miles from east to west, passing through the factory towns of the coastal areas, through the rural heart of China, then up into the Gobi Desert, where it merges with the Old Silk Road. The highway witnesses every part of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Gandhi Before India

Written by Ramachandra Guha


Format: Hardcover, 688 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: April 15, 2014
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-53229-7 (0-385-53229-6)

Here is the first volume of a magisterial biography of Mohandas Gandhi that gives us the most illuminating portrait we have had of the life, the work and the historical context of one of the most abidingly influential—and controversial—men in modern history.
           
Ramachandra Guha—hailed by Time as “Indian democracy’s preeminent chronicler”—takes... Read more >
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