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China's Wars
Rousing the Dragon 1894-1949
Written by Philip Jowett


Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: November 19, 2013
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-1-78200-407-3 (1-78200-407-6)

By the end of the first decade of the 21st century, China had become one of the great powers of the modern world. Economically, politically, and militarily, its power and international reach is only exceeded by the United States, the world's one remaining superpower.

Its military spending, though dwarfed by the United... Read more >
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Imperial Grunts
On the Ground with the American Military, from Mongolia to the Philippines to Iraq and Beyond
Written by Robert D. Kaplan


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 12, 2006
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3457-4 (1-4000-3457-4)

In this landmark book, Robert D. Kaplan, veteran correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly and author of Balkan Ghosts, shows how American imperialism and the Global War on Terrorism are implemented on the ground, mission by mission, in the most exotic landscapes around the world.

Given unprecedented access, Kaplan takes us from... Read more >

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Monsoon
The Indian Ocean and the Future of American Power
Written by Robert D. Kaplan


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: September 13, 2011
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7920-6 (0-8129-7920-6)

On the world maps common in America, the Indian Ocean all but disappears. The Western Hemisphere lies front and center, while the Indian Ocean region is relegated to the edges, split up along the maps’ outer reaches. This convention reveals the geopolitical focus of the now-departed twentieth century, for it was... Read more >
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The Revenge of Geography
What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate
Written by Robert D. Kaplan


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: September 10, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8222-0 (0-8129-8222-3)

In this provocative, startling book, Robert D. Kaplan, the bestselling author of Monsoon and Balkan Ghosts, offers a revelatory new prism through which to view global upheavals and to understand what lies ahead for continents and countries around the world.

In The Revenge of Geography, Kaplan builds on the insights, discoveries, and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Revenge of Geography
What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate
Written by Robert D. Kaplan


Format: Hardcover, 432 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: September 11, 2012
Price: $28.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6983-5 (1-4000-6983-1)

In this provocative, startling book, Robert D. Kaplan, the bestselling author of Monsoon and Balkan Ghosts, offers a revelatory new prism through which to view global upheavals and to understand what lies ahead for continents and countries around the world.

In The Revenge of Geography, Kaplan builds on the insights, discoveries, and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Alive in the Killing Fields
Surviving the Khmer Rouge Genocide
Written by Nawuth Keat and Martha Kendall


Format: Hardcover, 128 pages
Publisher: National Geographic Children's Books
On Sale: October 13, 2009
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4263-0515-3 (1-4263-0515-X)

Alive in the Killing Fields is the real-life memoir of Nawuth Keat, a man who survived the horrors of war-torn Cambodia. He has now broken a longtime silence in the hope that telling the truth about what happened to his people and his country will spare future generations from similar tragedy.

In... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover library binding.

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The Snakehead
An Epic Tale of the Chinatown Underworld and the American Dream
Written by Patrick Radden Keefe


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: July 27, 2010
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27927-9 (0-307-27927-8)

In this thrilling panorama of real-life events, Patrick Radden Keefe investigates a secret world run by a surprising criminal: a charismatic middle-aged grandmother, who from a tiny noodle shop in New York’s Chinatown managed a multi-million dollar business smuggling people.

Keefe reveals the inner workings of Sister Ping’s complex empire and recounts... Read more >

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The Flamboya Tree
Memories of a Mother's Wartime Courage
Written by Clara Kelly


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: April 8, 2003
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6685-5 (0-8129-6685-6)

The Flamboya Tree is a fascinating story that will leave the reader informed about a missing piece of the World War II experience, and in awe of one family’s survival.” —Elizabeth M. Norman, author of
We Band of Angels: The Untold Story of American Nurses Trapped on Bataan by the Japanese

Fifty... Read more >
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The Flowers of Edo

Written by Michael Dana Kennedy


Format: Hardcover, 544 pages
Publisher: Vertical
On Sale: June 15, 2010
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-1-934287-80-4 (1-934287-80-6)

What if the U.S., like in Normandy, landed on the shores of Japan to engage in a massive tide-turning ground campaign?

In The Flowers of Edo, writer and renown WWII researcher Michael Dana Kennedy explores this alternate history in a revealing work of literary fiction. The story begins with Japanese-American Kenji Kobayashi... Read more >
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The Second World
How Emerging Powers Are Redefining Global Competition in the Twenty-first Century
Written by Parag Khanna


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: February 10, 2009
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7984-8 (0-8129-7984-2)

In The Second World, scholar Parag Khanna, chosen as one of Esquire’s 75 Most Influential People of the Twenty-First Century, reveals how America’s future depends on its ability to compete with the European Union and China to forge relationships with the Second World, the pivotal regions of Eastern Europe, Central Asia... Read more >
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Without You, There Is No Us
My Time with the Sons of North Korea's Elite
Written by Suki Kim


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: October 14, 2014
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-72065-8 (0-307-72065-9)

Every day, three times a day, the students march in two straight lines, singing praises to Kim Jong-il and North Korea: Without you, there is no motherland. Without you, there is no us. It is a chilling scene, but gradually Suki Kim, too, learns the tune and, without noticing, begins to... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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The Woman Warrior
Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts
Written by Maxine Hong Kingston


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 23, 1989
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-72188-8 (0-679-72188-6)

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award
Winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Non-fiction


“A book of fierce clarity and originality” (Newsweek), Maxine Hong Kingston’s autobiography tells of her early life in California and the cultural confusion she experienced as the daughter of Chinese immigrants.

“A remarkable book. . . . As... Read more >
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The Epic of Gesar of Ling
Gesar's Magical Birth, Early Years, and Coronation as King
Translated by Robin Kornman, Lama Chonam and Sangye Khandro
Foreword by Sakyong Mipham and Alak Zenkar Rinpoche


Format: Hardcover, 680 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: July 9, 2013
Price: $120.00
ISBN: 978-1-59030-842-4 (1-59030-842-5)

The Gesar of Ling epic is the Tibetan equivalent of The Arabian Nights and has never been translated into a Western language before. For hundreds of years, versions of it have been known in oral and written form in Tibet, China, Central Asia, and across the eastern Silk Route. King Gesar... Read more >
Also available as a trade paperback.

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China Wakes
The Struggle for the Soul of a Rising Power
Written by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 1, 1995
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-76393-2 (0-679-76393-7)

Husband-and-wife reporters Kristof and WuDunn were the Beijing correspondents for The New York Times from 1988 to 1993 and won a Pulitzer Prize for their reporting of the Tiananmen Square massacre.  They offer here a profoundly important study on the current state of affairs in China in a time of seismic change... Read more >
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Thunder from the East
Portrait of a Rising Asia
Written by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 9, 2001
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70301-0 (0-375-70301-2)

The recent economic crisis in Asia heaped devastation upon millions. Yet Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn argue that it was the best thing that could have happened to Asia. It destroyed the cronyism, protectionism, and government regulation that had been crippling Asian business for decades, and it left in its wake... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Tao Te Ching
Zen Teachings on the Taoist Classic
Written by Lao-Tzu and Takuan Soho
Translated by Thomas Cleary


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: February 8, 2011
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-896-7 (1-59030-896-4)

This version of the Tao Te Ching, translated by Thomas Cleary, presents the classic text in a unique light, through the eyes of the Zen master Takuan Soho, who lived from 1573 to 1645. Takuan was an acerbic, witty, free spirit who became a seminal figure in Rinzai Zen. He was... Read more >
Also available as a hardcover.

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Canton Elegy
A Father's Letter of Sacrifice, Survival, and Enduring Love
Written by Stephen Lee and Howard Webster


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Watkins Publishing
On Sale: October 1, 2013
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-1-78028-573-3 (1-78028-573-6)

Stephen Lee’s grandchildren knew him as a humble grocer. Beneath his humble exterior, however, lay one of the most extraordinary stories of the twentieth century.
 
Lee was born in Canton, China in 1902. As a teenager he was sent to live with relatives in San Francisco. He attended college at Iowa... Read more >
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Great Soul
Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle with India
Written by Joseph Lelyveld


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 3, 2012
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38995-4 (0-307-38995-2)

A highly original, stirring book on Mahatma Gandhi that deepens our sense of his achievements and disappointments—his success in seizing India’s imagination and shaping its independence struggle as a mass movement, his recognition late in life that few of his followers paid more than lip service to his ambitious goals of... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a hardcover.

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Great Soul
Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle with India
Written by Joseph Lelyveld


Format: Hardcover, 448 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: March 29, 2011
Price: $28.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-26958-4 (0-307-26958-2)

A highly original, stirring book on Mahatma Gandhi that deepens our sense of his achievements and disappointments—his success in seizing India’s imagination and shaping its independence struggle as a mass movement, his recognition late in life that few of his followers paid more than lip service to his ambitious goals of... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Accidental Asian
Notes of a Native Speaker
Written by Eric Liu


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 7, 1999
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70486-4 (0-375-70486-8)

What is race for? That question animates every page of The Accidental Asian, a powerful work from one of the nation's leading young voices. In these personal and poignant reflections, assimilation became clear for Liu when he tried to read a memorial book about his father's life, composed in Chinese, and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Embers of War
The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America's Vietnam
Written by Fredrik Logevall


Format: Trade Paperback, 864 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: January 14, 2014
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75647-4 (0-375-75647-7)

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE

Written with the style of a great novelist and the intrigue of a Cold War thriller, Embers of War is a landmark work that will forever change your understanding of how and why America went to war in Vietnam. Tapping newly accessible diplomatic archives in several nations... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Into the Teeth of the Tiger

Written by Donald S. Lopez


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: September 17, 1997
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-752-9 (1-56098-752-9)

Into the Teeth of the Tiger provides a vivid, pilot’s-eye view of one of the most extended projections of American air power in World War II Asia. Lopez chronicles every aspect of fighter combat in that theater: harrowing aerial battles, interludes of boredom and inactivity, instances of courage and cowardice. Describing... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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In Spite of the Gods
The Rise of Modern India
Written by Edward Luce


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 11, 2008
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7977-3 (1-4000-7977-2)

As the world's largest democracy and a rising international economic power, India has long been heralded for its great strides in technology and trade. Yet it is also plagued by poverty, illiteracy, unemployment, and a vast array of other social and economic issues.

Here, noted journalist and former Financial Times South... Read more >
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March Was Made of Yarn
Reflections on the Japanese Earthquake, Tsunami, and Nuclear Meltdown
Edited by Elmer Luke and David Karashima


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 6, 2012
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-94886-1 (0-307-94886-2)

In time for the one year anniversary of the 2011 earthquake in Japan, a collection of essays and stories by Japanese writers on the devastating disaster, its aftermath, and the resolve of a people to rebuild.

On March 11, 2011, a massive earthquake occurred off the northeastern coast of Japan, triggering a... Read more >
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The Spiritual Teaching of Ramana Maharshi

Written by Ramana Maharshi


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: August 10, 2004
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-139-5 (1-59030-139-0)

The Renowned Indian sage Ramana Maharshi is beloved by Buddhists, Hindus, Christians, and Taoists alike for the inspirational power of his teachings, which transcend all religious differences. Here is a collection of Sri Ramana's instructions and discourses culled from three works: Who Am I?, Spiritual Instructions, and Maharshi's Gospel. These teachings... Read more >
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