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  • City of Heavenly Tranquillityby Jasper Becker

    Penguin Books Ltd 2008; Not Available

    The great city of Beijing, capital of China from the ninth century, and given its form for five hundred years by the Ming Dynasty, was for a millennium one of the most extraordinary places on earth. At a time when London, Paris, or Rome had only several hundred thousand residents, Beijing held over a million. This book tells the history of this great... more...

  • Indiaby Patrick French

    Penguin Books Ltd 2011; Not Available

    One of this century's greatest surprises has been the economic and social revolution in India. A country long characterized by such adjectives as 'timeless', 'spiritual' and 'backward' is now viewed through a new set of clichés: 'hi-tech', 'materialistic', 'go-getting'. But what is the real nature of this rapid change, and what are its roots? ... more...

  • Pakistan: A Hard Countryby Anatol Lieven

    Penguin Books Ltd 2011; Not Available

    DAILY TELEGRAPH and INDEPENDENT BOOKS OF THE YEAR LONGLISTED FOR THE ORWELL PRIZE 2012 2011 LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK PRIZE FINALIST In the wake of Pakistan's development of nuclear weapons, unpoliceable border areas, shelter of the Afghan Taliban and Bin Laden, and the spread of terrorist attacks by groups based in Pakistan... more...

  • Hanoi Adieuby Mandaley Perkins

    HarperCollins Publishers 2011; US$ 17.07

    Michel L'Herpiniere arrived in Hanoi as a teenager in the years before World War II. He fell in love with the country and the people, but gradually became aware that not all those around him felt the same way. Michel's story, brilliantly recreated by his stepdaughter Mandaley Perkins, is inevitably entwined with the history of Vietnam: the rise of... more...

  • China in Disintegrationby James E. Sheridan

    Free Press 2008; Not Available

    After the 1911 fall of the Manchus came the most hideous breakdown in Chinese history. Sheridan, a Northwestern University scholar, concentrates on the Kuomintang movement of Chiang Kai-shek, insisting that we judge a political force by whether it solves the problems posed to it, not, as Chiang's partisans prefer, by means of what-if's. Sheridan's... more...

  • Among The Believersby V.S. Naipaul

    Knopf Canada 2011; US$ 24.00

    Naipaul?s controversial account of his travels through the Islamic world, hailed by The New Republic as ?the most notable work on contemporary Islam to have appeared in a very long time.? From the Trade Paperback edition. more...

  • Tinderboxby M.J. Akbar

    HarperCollins 2012; US$ 13.99

    ?Among many recent books on Pakistan, Mr. Akbar?s stands out?.A fine and detailed history of Indian Muslim anger and insecurity.? ? The Economist In Tinderbox , India?s leading journalist delivers a fascinating narrative history of Pakistan, chronicling the conflict between Muslim and Hindu cultures in South Asia and describing the role that their... more...

  • China in Disintegrationby James E. Sheridan

    Free Press 2008; Not Available

    After the 1911 fall of the Manchus came the most hideous breakdown in Chinese history. Sheridan, a Northwestern University scholar, concentrates on the Kuomintang movement of Chiang Kai-shek, insisting that we judge a political force by whether it solves the problems posed to it, not, as Chiang's partisans prefer, by means of what-if's. Sheridan's... more...

  • Trespassers on the Roof of the Worldby Peter Hopkirk

    John Murray 2012; US$ 23.48

    'A rich harvest of harrowing adventures recounted in fascinating detail' Daily Telegraph more...

  • Trespassers on the Roof of the Worldby Peter Hopkirk

    John Murray 2012; Not Available

    'A rich harvest of harrowing adventures recounted in fascinating detail' Daily Telegraph more...