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Turning the Mirror: A View From the East

by Howard Burton

This book is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and award-winning writer Pankaj Mishra.They discuss several of Pankaj?s books, including From the Ruins of Empire: The Intellectuals...


Meetings with Remarkable Men

by G. I. Gurdjieff

These are the memoirs of the great mystic and teacher who inspired a generation of disciples and followers before, during and briefing after the Second World War. In Meetings With Remarkable Men Gurdjieff introduces...


The Chrysanthemum and the Sword: Patterns of Japanese Culture

by Ruth Benedict

This book is a profound and comprehensive presentation of Japanese daily manners and customs, a study and history of human thought discussing Japan's conduct of World War ll. Author Ruth Benedict revealed the...


The Story of Wake Island

by James P. S. Devereux

This book is written by an American fighting man... It reveals no secrets as to what really went on “at the highest levels” — indeed, Colonel Devereux makes it entirely clear that he never had the faintest...


OM - The Secret of Ahbor Valley

by Talbot Mundy

In Talbot Mundy’s OM we penetrate into the unknown country of the Ahbors in the high mountains of northern India and Tibet for a tale of striking adventure and mystical significance involving a Lama named Tsiang...


Across Mongolian Plains

by Roy Chapman Andrews

Roy Chapman Andrews as American explorer, adventurer and naturalist, who was the director of the American Museum of Natural History, wrote in a popular style for a general audience about his adventures to...


Origins of the Urban Development of Pondicherry according to Seventeenth Century Dutch Plans

by Jean Deloche

pThe modem plan of Pondicherry shows a large town in gridiron plan which obviously was extended to its present form through controlled urban development. Some Indian scholars consider that the town was built...


Calcutta 1981

by Jean Racine

pA city laden with symbolic meaning in the Western mind, Calcutta – with ten million inhabitants today – is much more than the apathetic or violent display of urban destitution in India, as seen by the world...


One Damned Island After Another

by Clive Howard and Joe Whitley

"This narrative of the combat history of the Seventh Air Force from Pearl Harbor to the end of the war against Japan is the result of the war and peace-time work of many people. Civilians and soldiers, reporters,...


Miss U

by Margaret Utinsky

"Miss U", first published in 1948, is the autobiographical account of Margaret Utinsky's experiences in the Philippines during the Second World War. In addition to her work as a nurse caring for wounded soldiers,...


Samurai!

by Saburo Sakai

Saburo Sakai became a living legend in Japan during World War II. Pilots everywhere spoke in awe of his incredible exploits in the air.

Sakai enjoyed a singular and most cherished reputation among fighter pilots....


Orientalism

by Anonymous

This article, "Orientalism," from the June 1853 issue of The Knickerbocker magazine, is an indepth discussion of the impact of Western civilization and technological innovation on areas of the Orient previously...


Great State

by Timothy Brook

The world-renowned scholar and author of Vermeer’s Hat does for China what Mary Beard did for Rome in SPQR: Timothy Brook analyzes the last eight centuries of China’s relationship with the world in this...


America and the China Loan

by Frederick McCormick

American journalist Frederick McCormick, in this article, "America and the China Loan," originally published in the 1911 issue of Scribner's magazine, describes a financial crisis in China in about 1910, when...


Old Soldier Sahib

by Frank Richards

Old Soldier Sahib is like every man's real, ideal army book -- and it is the story of the author's own experiences as a Royal Welch Fusilier in India and Burma at the dawn of the 20th century before the Great...


The Art of War

by Sun Tzu

THE ART OF WAR (Chinese: ????; pinyin: S?nz? b?ngf?) is an ancient Chinese military treatise attributed to Sun Tzu, a high-ranking military general, strategist and tactician, and kindred to the Realpolitik of...


Silk and Cotton

by Susan Meller

The traditional textiles of Central Asia are unknown treasures. Straddling the legendary Silk Road, this vast region stretches from Russia in the west to China in the east. Whether nomadic or sedentary, its...


Reckless

by Andrew Geer

Reckless was a horse who became a member of the Marines during the Korean War. She carried ammunition and was cited for her bravery under fire. Beloved by the Marines, she was decorated and promoted to sergeant....


The Mongols

by Jeremiah Curtin

The Mongols erupted out of Central Asia in 1206 and soon controlled an empire stretching from Poland to Korea; although remembered as a destructive force, they united a great part of the world under one rule,...


Traces of Early Men in Japan

by Edward Sylvester Morse

p/ p spanThere is no race of people in whose origin we are more interested than in that of the Japanese. Their history going so completely back for nearly two thousand years, their civilization, which in so...