History - Asia

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The Girl with Seven Names

Hyeonseo Lee

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERAn extraordinary insight into life under one of the world’s most ruthless and secretive dictatorships – and the story of one woman’s terrifying struggle to avoid capture/repatriation and guide her family...

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Published: May 2016

Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, ...

Katherine Boo

In this brilliant, breathtaking book by Pulitzer Prize winner Katherine Boo, a bewildering age of global change and inequality is made human through the dramatic story of families striving toward a better life in Annawadi, a makeshift...

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Published: Feb 2013

Beautiful Hero: How We Survived the K...

Jennifer H. Lau

With only half a canteen of water and one baby bottle, a family of eight fought for their lives in the killing fields and land mines of Cambodia. Heroes emerge in the most unlikely places, under the most dangerous conditions. They a...

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Published: Oct 2016

See You Again in Pyongyang: A Journey...

Travis Jeppesen

A "close-up look at the cloistered country" (USA Today), See You Again in Pyongyang is American writer Travis Jeppesen's "probing" and "artful" (New York Times Book Review) chronicle of his travels in North Korea--an eye-opening portr...

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Published: May 2019

The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Ho...

Iris Chang

The New York Times bestselling account of one of history's most brutal -- and forgotten -- massacres, when the Japanese army destroyed China's capital city on the eve of World War II In December 1937, one of the most horrific atrociti...

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Published: Jan 2012

The Great Partition: The Making of In...

Yasmin Khan

A reappraisal of the tumultuous Partition and how it ignited long-standing animosities between India and Pakistan This new edition of Yasmin Khan's reappraisal of the tumultuous India-Pakistan Partition features an introduction reflec...

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Published: Aug 2017

The Opium War: Drugs, Dreams, and the...

Julia Lovell

An engaging, highly readable, character-driven account of the war that transformed China, and which continues to loom large over modern Chinese history. In October 1839, a Windsor cabinet meeting votes to begin the first Opium War aga...

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Published: Nov 2015

American Yellow

George Omi

The day Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, Minoru Omi's whole life was turned upside down. Racial tensions ran high -- his father, a Japanese immigrant, is questioned by the FBI, and eventually his family is uprooted from their lives in San F...

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Published: May 2016

The Impossible State: North Korea, Pa...

Victor Cha

Former White House official Victor Cha has written the definitive volume on North Korea, arguably the world's most menacing and mysterious nation. In The Impossible State, Cha, a singular expert on the region, exposes North Korea's ve...

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Published: Oct 2013

Midnight's Furies: The Deadly Legacy ...

Nisid Hajari

An NPR Book of the YearA Seattle Times Book of the YearWilliam E. Colby Award Winner"A beautifully written, deeply intelligent book about [a] crucial moment." — Fareed Zakaria, CNN Nobody expected the liberation of India a...

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Published: Jun 2016

Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded:...

Simon Winchester

The bestselling author of The Professor and the Madman and The Map That Changed the World examines the enduring and world-changing effects of the catastrophic eruption off the coast of Java of the earth's most dangerous volcano -- Kra...

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Published: Jul 2005

Zhou Enlai: The Last Perfect Revoluti...

Gao Wenqian

When Gao Wenqian first published this groundbreaking, provocative biography in Hong Kong, it was immediately banned in the People's Republic. Using classified documents spirited out of the China, he offers an objective human portrait ...

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Published: Jul 2008

Perfect Spy: The Incredible Double Li...

Larry Berman

During the Vietnam War, Time reporter Pham Xuan An befriended everyone who was anyone in Saigon, including American journalists such as David Halberstam and Neil Sheehan, the CIA's William Colby, and the legendary Colonel Edward Lans...

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Published: May 2008

History of the Philippines: From Indi...

Luis H. Francia

Over three million Filipino Americans now live in the US, but popular histories of this rich, complicated nation are still rare. From ancient Malay settlements to Spanish colonization, the American occupation and beyond, A History o...

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Published: May 2014

India Becoming: A Portrait of Life in...

Akash Kapur

A New Republic Editors' and Writers' Pick 2012A New Yorker Contributors' Pick 2012 A Newsweek "Must Read on Modern India""For people who savored Katherine Boo's Behind the Beautiful Forevers."-Evan Osnos, newy...

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Published: Mar 2013

Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Tru...

Evan Osnos

Winner of the 2014 National Book Award in nonfiction.An Economist Best Book of 2014.A vibrant, colorful, and revelatory inner history of China during a moment of profound transformationFrom abroad, we often see China as a caricature: ...

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Published: May 2015

The Secret History of the Mongol Quee...

Jack Weatherford

The Mongol queens of the thirteenth century ruled the largest empire the world has ever known. Yet sometime near the end of the century, censors cut a section from The Secret History of the Mongols, leaving a single tantalizing quote ...

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Published: Mar 2011

The Blood Telegram (Vintage)

Gary Jonathan Bass

Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in General NonfictionWinner of the Lionel Gelber Prize for Best Foreign Affairs BookOne of the Best Books of the Year at * The Economist * Financial Times * The New Republic * The Washington Post * Kirk...

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Published: Jul 2014

Strong in the Rain: Surviving Japan's...

Lucy Birmingham

In March of 2011, a 9.0 earthquake  struck off the northeastern  coast of Japan, unleashing a tsunami onto the densely populated coast. Over 19,000 people would  be left dead, or missing, and the disaster triggered the world's wors...

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Published: Apr 2014

The Billionaire Raj: A Journey Throug...

James Crabtree

A colorful and revealing portrait of the rise of India’s new billionaire class in a radically unequal society India is the world’s largest democracy, with more than one billion people and an economy expanding faster than China’s...

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Published: Jul 2019

88 Days to Kandahar: A CIA Diary

Robert Grenier

The "first" Afghan War, a CIA war in response to 9/11, was directed by the CIA Station Chief in Islamabad. It put Hamid Karzai in power in 88 days. "If you want an insider's account of the first American-Afghan War, you...

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Published: Jan 2016

When Heaven and Earth Changed Places:...

Le Ly Hayslip

A Vietnamese woman describes her journey from war-torn central Vietnam to the United States, recounting how she endured imprisonment, torture, rape, near-starvation, and the deaths of members of her family. Reprint. Movie tie-in.

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Published: Nov 1993

Modern India: A Very Short Introducti...

Craig Jeffrey

India is widely recognized as a new global powerhouse. It has become one of the world's emerging powers, rivaling China in terms of global influence. Yet people still know relatively little about the economic, social, political, and c...

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Published: Nov 2017

Farthest Field: An Indian Story of th...

Raghu Karnad

"I have not lately read a finer book than this―on any subject at all. . . . A masterpiece." ―Simon Winchester, New StatesmanThe photographs of three young men had stood in his grandmother's house for as long as he could ...

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Published: Aug 2016

African Samurai: The True Story of Ya...

Thomas Lockley

Warrior. Samurai. Legend. When Yasuke arrived in Japan in the late 1500s, he had already traversed much of the known world. Kidnapped as a child in Northeast Africa, he served as a bodyguard to the head of the Jesuits in Asia, trav...

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Published: Feb 2020

The Knights of Bushido: A Short Histo...

Russell Of Liverpool Lord

'A stark reminder of the dangers of appeasement and pacifism in the face of a fanatical and nondemocratic enemy.'—Military ReviewThe war crimes trials at Nuremberg and Tokyo meted out the Allies' official justice; Lord Russell of Li...

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Published: Aug 2008

The Silk Road: A Very Short Introduct...

James A. Millward

The phrase "silk road" evokes vivid scenes of merchants leading camel caravans across vast stretches to trade exotic goods in glittering Oriental bazaars, of pilgrims braving bandits and frozen mountain passes to spread thei...

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Published: Apr 2013

Opium Nation: Child Brides, Drug Lord...

Fariba Nawa

Afghan-American journalist Fariba Nawa delivers a revealing and deeply personal explorationof Afghanistan and the drug trade which rules the country, from corruptofficials to warlords and child brides and beyond. KhaledHosseini, autho...

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Published: Nov 2011

Daughters of the Samurai: A Journey f...

Janice P. Nimura

"Nimura paints history in cinematic strokes and brings a forgotten story to vivid, unforgettable life."―Arthur Golden, author of Memoirs of a GeishaIn 1871, five young girls were sent by the Japanese government to the Unit...

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Published: May 2016

Imperial Twilight: The Opium War and ...

Steve R. Platt

As China reclaims its position as a world power, Imperial Twilight looks back to tell the story of the country’s last age of ascendance and how it came to an end in the nineteenth-century Opium War.  As one of the most potent turni...

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Published: Apr 2019
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