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Shanghai: a global city in the midst of a renaissance, where dreamers arrive each day to partake in a mad torrent of capital, ideas and opportunity. Rob Schmitz is one of them. He immerses hims... read more

Street of Eternal Happiness: Big City Dreams Along a Shanghai Road
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She was a heroine of our time, a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, a symbol of supreme courage in the face of tyranny. Then, in 2010, Burma's generals opened the door a chink: Aung San Suu ... read more

The Lady and the Generals: Aung San Suu Kyi and Burma's Struggle for Freedom
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After the economic disaster of the Great Leap Forward that claimed tens of millions of lives between 1958 and 1962, an ageing Mao launched an ambitious scheme to shore up his reputation and eliminate those... read more

The Cultural Revolution: A People's History, 1962-76
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The incredible story of the search for one of Mao's lost children against the extraordinary backdrop of modern China. 'A son is very important in Chinese society,' he had said. 'To lose one is careless. The ancestors... read more

A Boy of China: in Search of Mao's Lost Son
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An 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 fami... read more

The Girl with Seven Names: A North Korean Defector's Story
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The sun is setting on the Western world. Slowly but surely, the direction in which the world spins has reversed: where for the last five centuries the globe turned westwards on its axis, it now turns to the east...For c... read more

Silk Roads : A New History of the World
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For over three decades, China exercised unprecedented control over the reproductive habits of its billion citizens. Now, with its economy faltering just as it seemed poised to become the largest in the w... read more

One Child: The Story of China's Most Radical Experiment
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Walking Towards Ourselves gets behind the headlines and finds out what it means to be an Indian woman today. Walk in the shoes of some of India's foremost women writers and thinkers, and go on a jou... read more

Walking Towards Ourselves: Indian Women Tell Their Stories
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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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This is an updated version. 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 humanit... read more

Nophoto
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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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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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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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This astonishing, brilliantly written book brings us to places we could otherwise never go as it unfolds a riveting contemporary drama: A group of remarkable people striving to better their lives in an age of bewildering global change.

Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
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Celestial Empire: Life in China, 1644-1911 provides a unique insight into the diversity of life in China during the last imperial dynasty. Through the lives of the Chinese people-from the Dowager Empress to the hum... read more

Celestial Empire: Life in China, 1644-1911
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Series:Penguin Modern Classics

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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In 1659, a vast and unusual map of China arrived in the Bodleian Library, Oxford. It was bequeathed by John Selden, a London business lawyer, political activist, former convict, MP and the... read more

Mr Selden's Map of China: The Spice Trade, a Lost Chart and the South China Sea
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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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"Bradley is sharp and rueful, and a voice for a more seasoned, constructive vision of our international relations with East Asia." --"Christian Science Monitor" James Bradley introduces us to th... read more

The China Mirage: The Hidden History of American Disaster in Asia
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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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