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With journalistic acumen and a novelist's flair, Xinran tells the remarkable stories of men and women born in China after 1979 - the recent generations raised under China's single-child policy... read more

Buy Me the Sky: The Remarkable Truth of China's One-Child Generations
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Tucked between Tibet and India in the Himalayas, the kingdom of Bhutan is one of the most isolated and beautiful countries in the world. In The Dragon's Voice Australian journalist Bunty Avieson provides a gli... read more

The Dragon's Voice: How Modern Media Found Bhutan
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This is a Kim Jong-Il Production by Paul Fischer - love, films and kidnapping in North Korea, the world's wildest regime. Before becoming the world's most notorious dict... read more

A Kim Jong-Il Production - The Story of North Korea and the Most Audacious Kidnapping in History
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The Silk Road is as iconic in world history as the Colossus of Rhodes or the Suez Canal. But what was it, exactly? It conjures up a hazy image of a caravan of camels laden with silk on a dusty desert track, reaching from China ... read more

The Silk Road: A New History
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As the twenty-first century dawns, China stands at a crossroads. The largest and most populous country on earth and currently the world's second biggest economy, China has recently reclaimed its historic place ... read more

Restless Empire: China and the World Since 1750
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ORIENTALISM is one of the greatest and most influential of books of ideas to be published since the end of the European empires. For generations now it has defined our understanding of colonialism and empire ... read more

Orientalism - Western Conceptions of the Orient
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As 1936 gave way to 1937, the people of Peking waited nervously for the axe to fall. The encirclement by the Japanese army was tightening daily and troop skirmishes were on the rise. The Nationalist government of Chiang Kai-shek had ... read more

Midnight in Peking
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For more than 50 years, Burma has been ruled by a succession of military regimes which rank among the most oppressive dictatorships in the world. Accused of crimes against humanity, they have brutally mistreated their peop... read more

Burma: A Nation at the Crossroads
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On a dark evening in November 1862, a cheap coffin is buried in eerie silence. There are no lamentations or panegyrics, for the British Commissioner in charge has insisted, 'No vesting will remain to distinguish where th... read more

The Last Mughal: The Fall of Delhi, 1857
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Set against the turbulent background of China in the first half of the 20th century, this reads like a romantic novel; but it's a true story. The reporter is the intrepid Australia... read more

Reporter and The Warlords: An Australian at Large in China's Republican Revolution
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The history of modern Afghanistan is an epic drama, a thriller, a tragedy, a surreal farce. Every forty years or so, over the last two centuries, some great global power has attempted to take ... read more

Games without rules: The Often-Interrupted History of Afghanistan
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One in 30 of the people on this planet is Indonesian. The 13,000 islands of their homeland, scattered along the equator, stretch the distance from London to Tehran, and the residents of the capital, Jakarta, t... read more

Indonesia Etc.: Exploring the Improbable Nation
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Sampat Pal was married at twelve, essentially illiterate. Today she leads a vigilante group fighting for women's rights: the Pink Gang. When Sheelu was arrested for stealing from a powerful p... read more

Pink Sari Revolution: A Tale of Women and Power in the Badlands of India
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Genghis Khan is one of history's immortals: a leader of genius, driven by an inspiring vision for peaceful world rule. Believing he was divinely protected, Genghis united warring clans to... read more

Mongol Empire: The Conquests of Genghis Khan and the Making of Modern China
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Author: Evan Osnos
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 Asian

Awards:Winner of US National Book Award for Non-Fiction 2014. Shortlisted for Guardian First Book Award 2014.

This book is the winner of the National Book Award 2014. A young army captain who risked execution to swim from free-market Taiwan to Communist China. A barber who made $150 million in the gamblin... read more

Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth and Faith in the New China
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On the fortieth anniversary of Australia-China diplomatic relations, The China Breakthrough reflects on the political adventure story that propelled this relationship into being. It follows Whitlam's visit t... read more

China Breakthrough: Whitlam Talks with China, 1971
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The remarkable story of the world's oldest printed book begins in a meditation cave on the edge of the Gobi Desert. In 1900, a monk who guarded the sacred Caves of the Thousand Buddhas in western China discovered a hidden librar... read more

Journeys on the Silk Road
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Author: Bao Ninh
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 Asian

Awards:Winner of Independent Foreign Fiction Award 1994.

Kien's job is to search the Jungle of Screaming Souls for corpses. He knows the area well - this was where, in the dry season of 1969, his battalion was obliterated by American napalm and helicopter gunfire. Kien was one of only ten su... read more

The Sorrow of War
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