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A History of Zhang Zhung and Tibet, Volume One
The Early Period
Written by Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Edited by Donatella Rossi and Nancy Simmons
Translated by Donatella Rossi


Format: Trade Paperback, 264 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: May 14, 2013
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-58394-610-7 (1-58394-610-1)

A History of Zhang Zhung and Tibet, Volume One explores ancient Tibet’s Zhang Zhung kingdom and Bon religion that preceded the advent of Buddhism in the seventh century. Countering the long-held idea that Tibet’s pre-Buddhist indigenous culture was primitive and undeveloped, this book shares the rich cultural origins of the kingdom... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Rainbow Body
The Life and Realization of a Tibetan Yogin, Togden Ugyen Tendzin
Written by Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Translated by Andriano Clemente


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: December 4, 2012
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-58394-491-2 (1-58394-491-5)

An inspiring biography of a twentieth-century Tibetan yogin, The Rainbow Body: The Life and Realization of a Tibetan Yogin, Togden Ugyen Tendzin, presents the remarkable life story of Togden (a title meaning “endowed with realization”) Ugyen Tendzin (1888-1962) who, at the end of his life, attained the “rainbow body.” Described as... Read more >
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Colder Than Hell: A Marine Rifle Company at Chosin Reservoir
A Marine Rifle Company at Chosin Reservoir
Written by Joseph R. Owen


Format: Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: August 30, 1997
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-8041-1697-8 (0-8041-1697-0)

"A splendid first-person account of what was arguably the most remarkable engagement of the Korean War. When word came that North Korean troops had invaded the partitioned south in mid-1950, Owen (a WW II vet who had returned to the Marines as a second lieutenant after graduating from Colgate) was lolling... Read more >

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The Elimination
A survivor of the Khmer Rouge confronts his past and the commandant of the killing fields
Written by Rithy Panh and Christophe Bataille
Translated by John Cullen


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: February 12, 2013
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-558-7 (1-59051-558-7)

From the internationally acclaimed director of S-21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine, a survivor’s autobiography that confronts the evils of the Khmer Rouge dictatorship.

Rithy Panh was only thirteen years old when the Khmer Rouge expelled his family from Phnom Penh in 1975. In the months and years that followed, his entire... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Immobile Empire

Written by Alain Peyrefitte


Format: Trade Paperback, 688 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 21, 2013
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-80395-5 (0-345-80395-7)

In 1793, Lord George Macartney and an enormous delegation—including diplomats, doctors, scholars, painters, musicians, soldiers, and aristocrats—entered Beijing on a mission to open China to British trade. But Macartney’s famous refusal to perform the traditional kowtow before the Chinese Emperor was just one sign that the two empires would not see... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Eaves of Heaven
A Life in Three Wars
Written by Andrew X. Pham


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: June 23, 2009
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-38121-7 (0-307-38121-8)

Now in Paperback


One of the Ten Best Books of the Year, Washington Post Book World
One of the Los Angeles Times’ Favorite Books of the Year
One of the Top Ten National Books of 2008, Portland Oregonian
A 2009 Honor Book of the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association


Once wealthy landowners, Thong Van Pham’s family was... Read more >
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Aching for Beauty
Footbinding in China
Written by Wang Ping


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 12, 2002
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72136-3 (0-385-72136-6)

In this award-winning inquiry into the centuries-old custom of footbinding, poet, novelist, and scholar Wang Ping offers a fresh perspective on a shocking practice.

By first examining the root of her own girlhood desire for tiny feet–years after footbinding had been outlawed in China–Wang unleashes a fascinating exploration of the history... Read more >

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Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom
China, the West, and the Epic Story of the Taiping Civil War
Written by Stephen R. Platt


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 11, 2012
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47221-2 (0-307-47221-3)

Winner of the 2012 Cundill Prize in History

A gripping account of China’s nineteenth-century Taiping Rebellion, one of the largest civil wars in history. Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom brims with unforgettable characters and vivid re-creations of massive and often gruesome battles—a sweeping yet intimate portrait of the conflict that shaped the... Read more >
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The Travels of Marco Polo
Edited by Peter Harris
Written by Marco Polo
Edited by Peter Harris
Introduction by Colin Thubron


Format: Hardcover, 472 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: October 21, 2008
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-26913-3 (0-307-26913-2)

Now in a handsome and newly revised hardcover edition: the extraordinary travelogue that has enthralled readers for more than seven centuries.

Marco Polo’s vivid descriptions of the splendid cities and people he encountered on his journey along the Silk Road through the Middle East, South Asia, and China opened a window for... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Everybody Was Kung Fu Fighting
Afro-Asian Connections and the Myth of Cultural Purity
Written by Vijay Prashad


Format: Trade Paperback, 232 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: November 18, 2002
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-5011-8 (0-8070-5011-3)

Selected as One of the Village Voice’s Favorite 25 Books of 2001

In this landmark work, historian Vijay Prashad refuses to engage the typical racial discussion that matches people of color against each other while institutionalizing the primacy of the white majority. Instead he examines more than five centuries of remarkable historical... Read more >

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The Poorer Nations
A Possible History of the Global South
Written by Vijay Prashad


Format: Trade Paperback, 316 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: June 3, 2014
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-158-9 (1-78168-158-9)

In The Darker Nations, Vijay Prashad provided an intellectual history of the Third World and traced the rise and fall of the Non-Aligned Movement. With The Poorer Nations, Prashad takes up the story where he left off.

Since the ’70s, the countries of the Global South have struggled to build political movements... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Confucius Lives Next Door
What Living in the East Teaches Us About Living in the West
Written by T.R. Reid


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 28, 2000
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-77760-1 (0-679-77760-1)

Those who've heard T. R. Reid's weekly commentary on National Public Radio or read his far-flung reporting in National Geographic or  The Washington Post know him to be trenchant, funny, and cutting-edge, but also erudite and deeply grounded in whatever subject he's discussing. In Confucius Lives Next Door he brings... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Night My Mother Met Bruce Lee
Observations on Not Fitting In
Written by Paisley Rekdal


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 9, 2002
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70855-8 (0-375-70855-3)

When you come from a mixed race background as Paisley Rekdal does — her mother is Chinese American and her father is Norwegian– thorny issues of identity politics, and interracial desire are never far from the surface. Here in this hypnotic blend of personal essay and travelogue, Rekdal journeys throughout Asia... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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To Uphold the World
A Call for a New Global Ethic from Ancient India
Written by Bruce Rich


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: March 1, 2010
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0613-9 (0-8070-0613-0)

In 1991, Bruce Rich traveled to Orissa and gazed upon the rock edicts erected by the Indian emperor Ashoka over 2,200 years ago. Intrigued by the stone inscriptions that declared religious tolerance, conservation, nonviolence, species protection, and human rights, Rich was drawn into Ashoka’s world. Ashoka was a powerful conqueror who... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Fast Boat to China
High-Tech Outsourcing and the Consequences of Free Trade: Lessons from Shanghai
Written by Andrew Ross


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 12, 2007
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9554-4 (1-4000-9554-9)

Most Americans today are aware that jobs are being outsourced to China, India, and other nations at an alarming rate. From factory jobs to white-collar, high-tech positions, the exporting of labor is one of the most controversial issues in America.

Yet few people know much about the other end — about the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Iwo Jima
Legacy of Valor
Written by Bill D. Ross


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 12, 1986
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-74288-5 (0-394-74288-5)

Ross's hour-by-hour account of the largest and most brutal assault ever conducted by the Marine Corps is "written with just the right reserve, the right absence of hostility or prejudice" (Henry Steele Commager). Read more >

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Living Shrines of Uyghur China
Photographs by Lisa Ross
Written by Lisa Ross


Format: Hardcover, 128 pages
Publisher: The Monacelli Press
On Sale: February 12, 2013
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-58093-350-6 (1-58093-350-5)

Lisa Ross’s ethereal photographs of Islamic holy sites were created over the course of a decade on journeys to China’s Xinjiang region in Central Asia, historically a cultural crossroads but an area to which artists and researchers have generally been denied access since its annexation in 1949. These monumental images show... Read more >

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Midnight's Children
A Novel
Written by Salman Rushdie


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: April 4, 2006
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7653-3 (0-8129-7653-3)

Saleem Sinai is born at the stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947, the very moment of India’s independence. Greeted by fireworks displays, cheering crowds, and Prime Minister Nehru himself, Saleem grows up to learn the ominous consequences of this coincidence. His every act is mirrored and magnified in events that... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Japanese Masterworks from the Price Collection

Edited by Arthur M. Sackler Gallery


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: May 1, 2007
Price: $45.00
ISBN: 978-1-58834-258-4 (1-58834-258-1)

This lavishly illustrated volume of Japanese masterpieces from the Etsuko and Joe Price Collection, widely recognized as one of the finest private collections of Edo-period art in the world, features 225 full-color and 114 black-and-white images representing the rich aesthetic diversity that characterized the Edo period. At the collection’s core are... Read more >

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Orientalism

Written by Edward W. Said


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 12, 1979
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-74067-6 (0-394-74067-X)

National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

Updated with a new Afterword in 1994. In this acclaimed and now-classic work, Said examines the way in which the West has discovered, invented, and sought to control the East. Orientalism is a subtle and far-reaching critique of the attitudes that the West has traditionally assumed... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Kiyo's Story
A Japanese-American Family's Quest for the American Dream
Written by Kiyo Sato


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Soho Press
On Sale: December 1, 2010
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-1-56947-866-0 (1-56947-866-X)

Kiyo’s father arrived in California determined to plant his roots in the land of opportunity after leaving Japan. He, his wife, and their nine American-born children labored in the fields together, building a successful farm. Yet at the outbreak of World War II, Kiyo’s family was ordered to Poston Internment Camp... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Honda Myth: The Genius and His Wake

Written by Masaaki Sato


Format: Hardcover, 480 pages
Publisher: Vertical
On Sale: December 19, 2006
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-932234-26-8 (1-932234-26-8)

Winner of the Ohya Award

From the top Japanese auto-industry journalist comes this inimatably informed account of Honda Motor Company's birth out of the ashes of World War II and subsequent rise.

Honda was the brainchild of two very different men. One, a genius engineer who never went to college but became... Read more >

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The China Reader
The Reform Era
Edited by Orville Schell and David Shambaugh


Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 29, 1998
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-76387-1 (0-679-76387-2)

Perhaps no nation in recent history has undergone as total a transformation as China has in the past twenty-five years. For Chinese leaders, the death of Mao Zedong, the rise of Deng Xiaoping, and unprecedented economic growth have spawned new complexities. For the country’s 1.3 billion citizens, changes have been equally... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Discos and Democracy
China in the Throes of Reform
Written by Orville Schell


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 22, 1989
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-26187-6 (0-385-26187-X)

In this arresting chronicle of one tumultuous year in China's love-hate relationship with the West, Orville Schell brings us a revealing analysis of the Chinese reform movement. Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Encyclopedia Japanese Pop Culture

Written by Mark Schilling


Format: Trade Paperback, 344 pages
Publisher: Weatherhill
On Sale: May 1, 1997
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-0-8348-0380-0 (0-8348-0380-1)

In the West, Japanese culture comes in the form of Power Rangers, Godzilla movies, and Sanrio products, but of course the indigenous pop culture is much richer. Rather than focus on what the rest of the world has already encountered, Mark Schilling provides an encyclopedic compendium of books, movies, music, comedians... Read more >
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