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Somebody Else's Century
East and West in a Post-Western World
Written by Patrick Smith


Format: eBook, 256 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: August 31, 2010
Price: $21.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-37932-0 (0-307-37932-9)

From one of our foremost experts on Asia and its history comes this brilliant dissection of the relationship between East and West.

In three succinct essays, Patrick Smith investigates the East’s endeavor to adopt Western technology and all that we consider modern. He underscores a crucial distinction between modernization (the simple... Read more >

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The Unfettered Mind
Writings from a Zen Master to a Master Swordsman
Written by Takuan Soho
Translated by William Scott Wilson


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: June 12, 2012
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-986-5 (1-59030-986-3)

This classic samurai-era text fused Japanese swordsmanship with Zen and influenced the direction that the art has taken ever since. Written by the seventeenth-century Zen master Takuan Soho (1573—1645), The Unfettered Mind is a book of advice on swordsmanship and the cultivation of right mind and intention. It was written as... Read more >

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The Guest
A Novel
Written by Hwang Sok-Yong
Translated by Kyung-Ja Chun and Maya West


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: October 7, 2008
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-751-0 (1-58322-751-2)

Based on actual events, The Guest is a profound portrait of a divided people haunted by a painful past, and a generation’s search for reconciliation.

During the Korean War, Hwanghae Province in North Korea was the setting of a gruesome fifty-two day massacre. In an act of collective amnesia the atrocities were... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Shadow of Arms

Written by Hwang Sok-Yong


Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: April 29, 2014
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-507-4 (1-60980-507-0)

A novel of the black markets of the South Vietnamese city of Danang during the Vietnam War, based on the author’s experiences as a self-described South Korean mercenary on the side of the South Vietnamese. This is a Vietnam War novel that sees the war from all sides; scenes of battle are well told and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Eagle Against the Sun
The American War With Japan
Written by Ronald Spector


Format: Trade Paperback, 624 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 12, 1985
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-74101-7 (0-394-74101-3)

Only now can the full scope of the war in the Pacific be fully understood. Historian Ronald Spector, drawing on newly declassified intelligence files, an abundance of British and American archival material, Japanese scholarship and documents, and research and memoirs of scholarly and military men, has written a stunning, complete and... Read more >

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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Question of Hu

Written by Jonathan D. Spence


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 23, 1989
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-72580-0 (0-679-72580-6)

This lively and elegant book by the acclaimed historian, Jonathan D. Spence, reconstructs an extraordinary episode in the early intercourse between Europe and China. It is the story of John Hu, a lowly, but devout Chinese Catholic who in 1722 accompanied a Jesuit missionary on a journey to France--a journey that... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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China
3000 Years of Art and Literature
Edited by Jason Steuber


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Welcome Books
On Sale: September 23, 2008
Price: $60.00
ISBN: 978-1-59962-030-5 (1-59962-030-8)

A window into a world of extraordinary beauty and mystery, China: A Celebration in Art and Literature reveals the glorious 5,000-year-old history of this ancient and fascination culture. In 240 pages and more than 100 full-color images, this volume traces China through its tales and stories, plays and poetry, paintings and... Read more >

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A Memoir of Misfortune

Written by Xiaokang Su


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 9, 2002
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70919-7 (0-375-70919-3)

Translated from the Chinese by Zhu Hong

Su Xiaokang had faced calamity before: in 1989, after the Tiananmen Square massacre, he became the object of a government manhunt and was forced to flee China, leaving behind his wife and young son. Eventually his family was allowed to join him in exile in... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Art of War
The Denma Translation
Written by Sun Tzu


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: September 17, 2002
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-57062-978-5 (1-57062-978-1)

If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle...

These are... Read more >

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The Essential Dogen
Writings of the Great Zen Master
Edited by Kazuaki Tanahashi and Peter Levitt


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: April 30, 2013
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-1-61180-041-8 (1-61180-041-2)

Eihei Dogen (1200—1253), founder of the Soto School of Zen Buddhism, is one of the greatest religious, philosophical, and literary geniuses of Japan. His writings have been studied by Zen students for centuries, particularly his masterwork, Shobo Genzo or Treasury of the True Dharma Eye. This is the first book to... Read more >

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Yellow Peril!
An Archive of Anti-Asian Fear
Written by John Kuo Wei Tchen and Dylan Yeats


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: February 11, 2014
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-123-7 (1-78168-123-6)

The “yellow peril” is one of the most long-standing and pervasive racist ideas in Western culture–indeed, this book traces its history to the Enlightenment era. Yet while Fu Manchu evokes a fading historical memory, yellow peril ideology persists, animating, for example, campaign commercials from the 2012 presidential election. Yellow Peril! is... Read more >

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The Battle for Pusan
A Memoir
Written by Addison Terry


Format: Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Presidio Press
On Sale: April 25, 2006
Price: $6.99
ISBN: 978-0-345-47262-5 (0-345-47262-4)

“A great read [that] has frozen the events in print that molded great men who stood alone on the mainland of Asia against the first Asian Communist Army to engage the West.”
–From the Foreword by Brig. Gen. Robert L. Scott, Jr., USAF (Ret.), author of God Is My Co-Pilot

The rapid-fire success... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Fortune-Teller Told Me
Earthbound Travels in the Far East
Written by Tiziano Terzani


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: April 23, 2002
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-609-80958-7 (0-609-80958-X)

“An utterly charming and engaging travel book that offers vivid portraits of unusual corners of Asia, told by a skilled raconteur whose eyes were open wide.” —Los Angeles Times Book Review

Warned by a Hong Kong fortune-teller not to risk flying for an entire year, Tiziano Terzani—a vastly experienced Asia correspondent—took what... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Rising Sun
The Decline and Fall of the Japanese Empire, 1936-1945
Written by John Toland


Format: Trade Paperback, 976 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: May 27, 2003
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6858-3 (0-8129-6858-1)

This Pulitzer Prize–winning history of World War II chronicles the dramatic rise and fall of the Japanese empire, from the invasion of Manchuria and China to the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Told from the Japanese perspective, The Rising Sun is, in the author’s words, “a factual saga of people... Read more >

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Last Night I Dreamed of Peace
The Diary of Dang Thuy Tram
Written by Dang Thuy Tram


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: October 7, 2008
Price: $13.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-34738-1 (0-307-34738-9)

“Remarkable. . . . A gift from a heroine who was killed at twenty-seven but whose voice has survived to remind us of the humanity and decency that endure amid—and despite—the horror and chaos of war.”
—Francine Prose, O, The Oprah Magazine

Brutally honest and rich in detail, this posthumously published diary of... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Vietnamerica
A Family's Journey
Written by GB Tran


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Villard
On Sale: January 25, 2011
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-50872-0 (0-345-50872-6)

A TIME Magazine Top Ten Graphic Memoir of All Time
A 2011 School Library Journal "Best Adult Book 4 Teens"
A 2011 Library Journal Best Graphic Novel

Selected for common reading at Davidson College


A superb new graphic memoir in which an inspired artist/storyteller reveals the road that brought his family to where they are... Read more >

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Hagakure
The Book of the Samurai
Written by Yamamoto Tsunetomo
Translated by William Scott Wilson


Format: Hardcover, 200 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: May 15, 2012
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-985-8 (1-59030-985-5)

Living and dying with bravery and honor is at the heart of Hagakure, a series of texts written by an eighteenth-century samurai, Yamamoto Tsunetomo. It is a window into the samurai mind, illuminating the concept of bushido (the Way of the Warrior), which dictated how samurai were expected to behave, conduct... Read more >

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Warriors of Medieval Japan

Written by Stephen Turnbull


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: May 22, 2007
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-84603-220-2 (1-84603-220-2)

The fearless, elite warriors of medieval Japan were loyal comrades but deadly foes. Whether foot soldier, samurai or trained assassin, these men were driven by strict codes of honor and bound by deep allegiances of rank, family or religion.

This book examines the military lives of four formidable warrior types, covering the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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First Into Nagasaki
The Censored Eyewitness Dispatches on Post-Atomic Japan and Its Prisoners of War
Written by George Weller
Edited by Anthony Weller


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: December 31, 2007
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-34202-7 (0-307-34202-6)

George Weller was a Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter who covered World War II across Europe, Africa, and Asia. At the war’s end in September 1945, under General MacArthur’s media blackout, correspondents were forbidden to enter both Nagasaki and Hiroshima. But instead of obediently staying with the press corps in northern Japan, Weller... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The 47 Ronin
A Graphic Novel
Written by Sean Michael Wilson
Illustrated by Akiko Shimojima


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: November 5, 2013
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-61180-137-8 (1-61180-137-0)

In the eighteenth century, forty-seven samurai avenged the death of their master in a plot that would take over two years to complete. After succeeding in their mission, the masterless samurai–known as ronin–all committed ritual suicide. The story, which is a national legend, remains the most potent example of Japan’s deeply... Read more >
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