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  • Theater of Crueltyby Ian Buruma

    New York Review Books 2014; US$ 29.95

    Ian Buruma is fascinated, he writes, ?by what makes the human species behave atrociously.? In Theater of Cruelty the acclaimed author of The Wages of Guilt and Year Zero: A History of 1945 once again turns to World War II to explore that question?to the Nazi occupation of Paris, the Allied bombing of German cities, the international controversies... more...

  • Inventing Japanby Ian Buruma

    Random House Publishing Group 2003; US$ 15.00

    In a single short book as elegant as it is wise, Ian Buruma makes sense of the most fateful span of Japan?s history, the period that saw as dramatic a transformation as any country has ever known. In the course of little more than a hundred years from the day Commodore Matthew Perry arrived in his black ships, this insular, preindustrial realm mutated... more...

  • Bad Elementsby Ian Buruma

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2002; US$ 15.00

    Who speaks for China? Is it the old men of the politbureau or an activist like Wei Jingshsheng, who spent eighteen years in prison for writing a democratic manifesto? Is China?s future to be found amid the boisterous sleaze of an electoral campaign in Taiwan or in the maneuvers by which ordinary residents of Beijing quietly resist the authority of... more...

  • Anglomaniaby Ian Buruma

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2012; US$ 14.00

    "Imaginative, original--wittily written."-- The Washington Post Book World To some, England has long represented tolerance, reason, and political moderation. To others, it is a moribund bastion of snobbery and outdated tradition. In this lively and diverting social history, noted author Ian Buruma, himself the son of Dutch immigrants to England,... more...

  • Year Zeroby Ian Buruma

    Atlantic Books Ltd 2013; US$ 11.65

    Many books have been written, and continue to be written, about the Second World War: military histories, histories of the Holocaust, the war in Asia, or collaboration and resistance in Europe. Few books have taken a close look at the immediate aftermath of the worldwide catastrophe. Drawing on hundreds of eye-witness accounts and personal stories,... more...

  • The Missionary and the Libertineby Ian Buruma

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2012; US$ 19.00

    From Naipaul?s India to the last days of Hong Kong, and from the ghosts of Pearl Harbor to Benazir Bhutto, Buruma delivers an engaging and incisive look at the ways East and West understand?and misunderstand?each other. At home in both worlds, Buruma traverses the realms of journalism, literary criticism, and political analysis, to examine the dialogue... more...

  • The China Loverby Ian Buruma

    Atlantic Books Ltd 2014; US$ 13.11

    When Sidney Vanoven is sent to occupied Japan, in the immediate aftermath of the Second World War, it is his dream posting. By day, he works in the censor's office watching Japanese films; at night he immerses himself in the sensual pleasures of Tokyo. His job leads him into the circle of the beautiful film star Shirley Yamaguchi, a passionate... more...

  • Murder in Amsterdamby Ian Buruma

    Penguin Group US 2007; US$ 15.00

    A revelatory look at what happens when political Islam collides with the secular West Ian Buruma 's Murder in Amsterdam is a masterpiece of investigative journalism, a book with the intimacy and narrative control of a crime novel and the analytical brilliance for which Buruma is renowned. On a cold November day in Amsterdam in 2004, the celebrated... more...

  • Year Zeroby Ian Buruma

    Penguin Group US 2013; US$ 9.99

    A marvelous global history of the pivotal year 1945 as a new world emerged from the ruins of World War II Year Zero is a landmark reckoning with the great drama that ensued after war came to an end in 1945. One world had ended and a new, uncertain one was beginning. Regime change had come on a global scale: across Asia (including China,... more...

  • The Wages of Guiltby Buruma. Ian

    New York Review Books 2015; US$ 18.95

    In this highly provocative text, now considered by many a classic, Ian Buruma examines and compares how Germany and Japan have attempted to come to terms with their violent pasts, investigating the painful realities of living with guilt?and with its denial.   The Wages of Guilt follows Buruma?s encounters, as he travels through both countries,... more...