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Soldiers of the Sun
The Rise and Fall of the Imperial Japanese Army
Written by Meirion Harries


Format: Trade Paperback, 604 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: July 5, 1994
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75303-2 (0-679-75303-6)

Soldiers of the Sun traces the origins of the Imperial Japanese Army back to its samurai roots in the nineteenth century to tell the story of the rise and fall of this extraordinary military force. Meirion and Susie Harries have written the first full Western account of the Imperial Japanese Army... Read more >

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The Night is Still Young

Text by Eric C. Shiner and Simone Fukayuki
Photographed by Tomoaki Hata


Format: Trade Paperback, 104 pages
Publisher: powerHouse Books
On Sale: November 2, 2010
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-57687-552-0 (1-57687-552-0)

With The Night Is Still Young, Los Angeles-based, Japanese photographer Tomoaki Hata returns to his roots–the underground club scene of Osaka’s gay, nightlife district. Filled with intimate images of the radically-creative drag queens who performed at various venues in the city from the late 1990s through the present, this book is... Read more >

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Son of the Revolution

Written by Liang Heng and Judith Shapiro


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 12, 1984
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-72274-0 (0-394-72274-4)

Liang Heng was born in 1954 in Changsha, a large city in Central China. This is Liang Heng's own story of growing up in the turmoil of the Great Cultural Revolution. His story is unique, but at the same time it is in many ways typical of those millions of young... Read more >

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The Fatal Shore
The epic of Australia's founding
Written by Robert Hughes


Format: Trade Paperback, 752 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 12, 1988
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-75366-9 (0-394-75366-6)

Winner of the 1987 Duff Cooper Prize

The history of the birth of Australia which came out of the suffereing and brutality of England’s infamous convict transportation system. With 16 pages of illustrations and 3 maps.

"A brilliant and enduring achievement...history of the highest order combining thorough research with vivid narrative and thoughtful... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Edge of Empire
Lives, Culture, and Conquest in the East, 1750-1850
Written by Maya Jasanoff


Format: Trade Paperback, 420 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 12, 2006
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7546-1 (1-4000-7546-7)

Winner of the 2005 Duff Cooper Prize

A Palladian villa filled with Western artifacts in the middle of Calcutta's central banana depot, the Mughal Emperor's letters uncovered in the back room of an archive in the French Alps, the name of a long-dead English diplomat feebly scratched into the stone of an... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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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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A Commonwealth of Thieves
The Improbable Birth of Australia
Written by Thomas Keneally


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 4, 2007
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7956-8 (1-4000-7956-X)

In this spirited history of the remarkable first four years of the convict settlement of Australia, Thomas Keneally offers us a human view of a fascinating piece of history.

Combining the authority of a renowned historian with a brilliant narrative flair, Keneally gives us an inside view of this unprecedented experiment... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Great Shame
And the Triumph of the Irish in the English-Speaking World
Written by Thomas Keneally


Format: Trade Paperback, 768 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 12, 2000
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-72026-7 (0-385-72026-2)

In the 19th century, the Irish population was reduced by half. The Great Shame traces the three causes of this depletion: the famine, the emigrations, and the transportations to Australia. Based on unique research among little-used sources, this book traces 80 years of Irish history, told through the intimate lens of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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 >
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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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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The Moon Pearl

Written by Ruthanne Lum McCunn


Format: Trade Paperback, 328 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 22, 2001
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-8349-9 (0-8070-8349-6)

In the tradition of Thousand Pieces of Gold comes The Moon Pearl, the story of Rooster, Shadow, and Mei Ju, who become fast friends while members of a girls’ house, where young daughters are taught to become daughters-in-law. These girls, however, want neither to marry nor become nuns (the only options... Read more >

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Karma Cola
Marketing the Mystic East
Written by Gita Mehta


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 28, 1994
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-75433-6 (0-679-75433-4)

Beginning in the late '60s, hundreds of thousands of Westerners descended upon India, disciples of a cultural revolution that proclaimed that the magic and mystery missing from their lives was to be found in the East. Karma Cola describes in merciless detail what happens when the traditions of an ancient and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Maximum City
Bombay Lost and Found
Written by Suketu Mehta


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 27, 2005
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70340-9 (0-375-70340-3)

NOW IN PAPERBACK

An illuminating portrait of Bombay and its people—a book as vast, diverse, and rich in experience, incident, and sensation as the city itself—from an award-winning Indian-American fiction writer and journalist.

A native of Bombay, Suketu Mehta gives us a true insider’s view of this stunning city, bringing to his account... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The World of the Shining Prince
Court Life in Ancient Japan
Written by Ivan Morris


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 21, 2013
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-80390-0 (0-345-80390-6)

Ivan Morris’s definitive and widely acclaimed portrait of the ceremonious and melancholy world of ancient Japan.

Using The Tale of Genji and other major literary works from Japan’s Heian period as a frame of reference, The World of the Shining Prince recreates an era when women set the cultural tone. Focusing on... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Hong Kong

Written by Jan Morris


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 4, 1997
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-77648-2 (0-679-77648-6)

Celebrating the past and future of a city that stands at the crossroads of two worlds, Morris combines firsthand reporting with incisive research, and takes students from Hong Kong's clamorous back alleys to the crowded floor of the stock exchange, along the way offering an informed glimpse into its future.  Morris's story... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Underground
The Tokyo Gas Attack and the Japanese Psyche
Written by Haruki Murakami


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 10, 2001
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72580-7 (0-375-72580-6)

From Haruki Murakami, internationally acclaimed author of The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and Norwegian Wood, a work of literary journalism that is as fascinating as it is necessary, as provocative as it is profound.

In March of 1995, agents of a Japanese religious cult attacked the Tokyo subway system with sarin, a gas... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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The Cleanest Race
How North Koreans See Themselves and Why It Matters
Written by B.R. Myers


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: December 20, 2011
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-1-935554-34-9 (1-935554-34-4)

Understanding North Korea through its propaganda

What do the North Koreans really believe? How do they see themselves and the world around them?

Here B.R. Myers, a North Korea analyst and a contributing editor of The Atlantic, presents the first full-length study of the North Korean worldview. Drawing on extensive research into... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Maonomics
Why Chinese Communists Make Better Capitalists Than We Do
Written by Loretta Napoleoni
Translated by Stephen Twilley


Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: October 4, 2011
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-341-4 (1-60980-341-8)

The end of the cold war was thought to signal the triumph of Western capitalism over Communism. In Maonomics: Why Chinese Communists Make Better Capitalists than We Do, Napoleoni argues just the opposite: what we are witnessing instead is the beginning of the collapse of capitalism and the victory of “communism... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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: eBook, 264 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: May 14, 2013
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-58394-626-8 (1-58394-626-8)

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 a trade paperback.

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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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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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