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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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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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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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The Travels of Marco Polo

Written by Marco Polo
Edited by Manuel Komroff
Translated by William Marsden
Introduction by Jason Goodwin


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: December 4, 2001
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75818-8 (0-375-75818-6)

Marco Polo’s account of his journey throughout the East in the thirteenth century was one of the earliest European travel narratives, and it remains the most important. The merchant-traveler from Venice, the first to cross the entire continent of Asia, provided us with accurate descriptions of life in China, Tibet, India... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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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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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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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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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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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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Wealth and Power
China's Long March to the Twenty-first Century
Written by Orville Schell and John Delury


Format: Hardcover, 496 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: July 16, 2013
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-64347-0 (0-679-64347-8)

Through a series of lively and absorbing portraits of iconic modern Chinese leaders and thinkers, two of today’s foremost specialists on China provide a panoramic narrative of this country’s rise to preeminence that is at once analytical and personal. How did a nation, after a long and painful period of dynastic... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Dragon Lady
The Life and Legend of the Last Empress of China
Written by Sterling Seagrave


Format: Trade Paperback, 624 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 31, 1993
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-73369-0 (0-679-73369-8)

In a compelling reassessment of history,  Seagrave shows how Empress Tzu Hsi, also known as the "Dragon Lady," achieved legendary status.  She seduced and murdered her way to power in 1861 and was largely a creation of rumor, vendetta, phobia, and diary fantasy on the part of imperialist biographers of her day. It... Read more >

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The Yamato Dynasty
The Secret History of Japan's Imperial Family
Written by Sterling Seagrave and Peggy Seagrave


Format: Trade Paperback, 424 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: August 14, 2001
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-0497-1 (0-7679-0497-4)

The history of the world’s longest-reigning dynasty is revealed in this exposé of the Yamato Dynasty of Japan. Past events of the imperial rule, Japan’s relationship with the United States, and the modern role of the Dynasty are examined in this comprehensive look at the workings of the Japanese elite. The... Read more >

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Shanghai Girls
A Novel
Written by Lisa See


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: February 2, 2010
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8053-0 (0-8129-8053-0)

HONOR BOOK, ASIAN/PACIFIC AMERICAN LIBRARIANS ASSOCIATION (APALA)
LITERATURE AWARD - FICTION


In 1937, Shanghai is the Paris of Asia, a city of great wealth and glamour, the home of millionaires and beggars, gangsters and gamblers, patriots and revolutionaries, artists and warlords. Thanks to the financial security and material comforts provided by their father’s... Read more >

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Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
A Novel
Written by Lisa See


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: February 21, 2006
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6806-4 (0-8129-6806-9)

"A nuanced exploration of women's friendship and women's writing in a remote corner of Imperial China."
Kirkus Reviews

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is a brilliantly realistic journey back to an era of Chinese history that is as deeply moving as it is sorrowful. With the period detail and deep resonance of... Read more >

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Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
A Novel
Written by Lisa See


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: June 28, 2005
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6028-3 (1-4000-6028-1)

Lily is haunted by memories–of who she once was, and of a person, long gone, who defined her existence. She has nothing but time now, as she recounts the tale of Snow Flower, and asks the gods for forgiveness.

In nineteenth-century China, when wives and daughters were foot-bound and lived in almost... Read more >

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From Heaven Lake
Travels Through Sinkiang and Tibet
Written by Vikram Seth


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 12, 1987
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-75218-1 (0-394-75218-X)

After two years as a postgraduate student at Nanjing University, Seth hitch-hiked back to his home in New Delhi, via Tibet.  From Heaven Lake is the story of his remarkable journey. Read more >

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India Divided
Diversity and Democracy Under Attack
Written by Vandana Shiva


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: September 2, 2003
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-540-0 (1-58322-540-4)

In India Divided, environmental, human rights, and antiglobalization activist Vandana Shiva chronicles the internal battles of a nation that is both the world’s largest democracy and a leading nuclear power. Shiva describes a society where traditional cultures collide with the new economy of globalization, and charts the course of India’s war... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Long March
The True History of Communist China's Founding Myth
Written by Sun Shuyun


Format: Trade Paperback, 306 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 6, 2008
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27831-9 (0-307-27831-X)

In The Long March, Sun Shuyun uncovers the true story behind the mythic march of Mao's soldiers across China, exposing the famine, disease, and desertion behind the legend.

In 1934, in the midst of civil war, the Communist party and its 200,000 soldiers were forced from their bases by Chiang Kai-shek and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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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The Life of Longchenpa
The Omniscient Dharma King of the Vast Expanse
Edited by Jampa Mackenzie Stewart


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Snow Lion
On Sale: February 4, 2014
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-55939-418-5 (1-55939-418-8)

The first complete English-language life story of Longchenpa (1308-1364), one of the greatest masters in the history of Tibetan Buddhism.

Compiled from numerous Tibetan and Bhutanese sources, including Longchenpa’s autobiography and stories of his previous lives and subsequent rebirths, The Life of Longchenpa is set in the kingdoms of fourteenth-century Tibet and... Read more >
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