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Communist Indochina

by R. B. B. Smith & Beryl Williams

This book examines the history of communist Indochina, from the foundation of the Indochinese Communist Party in 1929-30 to the end of the 1970s. It explores the impact of the Japanese invasion of Indochina...


The Last Samurai: The Life and Battles of Saigo Takamori

by Mark Ravina

The dramatic arc of Saigo Takamori's life, from his humble origins as a lowly samurai, to national leadership, to his death as a rebel leader, has captivated generations of Japanese readers and now Americans...


The Romance of Three Kingdoms

by Luo Guanzhong & C.H. Brewitt-Taylor

Romance of Three Kingdoms, dating to the 14th Century, is the legendary epic of the fall of Han and the founding of Jin. Dealing with plots, complex men, wars, intrigues, marriages and assassinations, this book,...


Battle Story: Singapore 1942

by Chris Brown

The Fall of Singapore remains a crushing defeat that sent shockwaves around the British Empire during the Second World War. Singapore had always been seen as an impenetrable fortress that would protect the British...


The Outlaws of the Marsh

by Luo Guanzhong & Sidney Shapiro

The legendary account of 108 "Stars from Heaven" who, faced with a corrupt bureaucracy, flee to Liangshan Marsh, from a fortress there thwarting minions of the evil regime while continuing to serve the emperor....


Dear Leader: Poet, Spy, Escapee--A Look Inside North Korea

by Jang Jin-Sung

In this rare insider’s view into contemporary North Korea, a high-ranking counterintelligence agent describes his life as a former poet laureate to Kim Jong-il and his breathtaking escape to freedom.

“The...


A Single Shard

by Linda Sue Park

In this Newbery Medal-winning book set in 12th century Korea, Tree-ear, a 13-year-old orphan, lives under a bridge in Ch’ulp’o, a potters' village famed for delicate celadon ware. He has become fascinated...


Escape from Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom inthe West

by Blaine Harden

The heartwrenching New York Times bestseller about the only known person born inside a North Korean prison camp to have escaped

 

North Korea’s political prison camps have existed twice as long as Stalin’s...


A History of Japan: Revised Edition

by Richard Mason & John Caiger

This is one of the most classic books of Japanese history and still the preeminent work on the history of Japan.

Newly revised and updated, A History of Japan is a fascinating look at the nation of Japan throughout...


The South Korean Film Renaissance: Local Hitmakers, Global Provocateurs

by Jinhee Choi

How a homegrown cinema took on Hollywood and dazzled Cannes


When The War Was Over: Cambodia And The Khmer Rouge Revolution, Revised Edition

by Elizabeth Becker

"The definitive book on the Cambodian revolution" (Los Angeles Times Book Review) and winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, now with an extensive new chapter on today's Cambodia


Coffee: A Comprehensive Guide to the Bean, the Beverage, and the Industry

by Robert W. Thurston, Jonathan Morris & Shawn Steiman

This definitive guide explores the many rich dimensions of the bean and the beverage around the world. Leading experts consider coffee’s history, global spread, cultivation, preparation, marketing, and the...


The Essential Asian Folklore Collection

by Yei Ozaki

The Essential Asian Folklore Collection of classic folk tales and short stories from Asia:

Chinese Folklore Tales

Japanese Fairy-Tales

Philippine Folk Tales

Philippine Folklore Stories

A Chinese Wonder Book

Stories...


Genghis Khan

by James Chambers

Genghis Khan, the thirteenth century emperor, is known for his bloodthirsty, ruthless campaigns; however he was also one of the greatest commanders in history. Though a master of terror - his campaigns in northern...


Coming to Terms with the Nation: Ethnic Classification in Modern China

by Thomas Mullaney

China is a vast nation comprised of hundreds of distinct ethnic communities, each with its own language, history, and culture. Today the government of China recognizes just 56 ethnic nationalities, or minzu,...


Ancestral Leaves: A Family Journey through Chinese History

by Joseph W. Esherick

Ancestral Leaves follows one family through six hundred years of Chinese history and brings to life the epic narrative of the nation, from the fourteenth century through the Cultural Revolution. The lives of...


Sultan In Arabia

by Christopher Ling

At a time when the influence of Islam and the Arab world dominate newspaper headlines as a result of bloodshed and terrorist threats, it will come as a welcome relief to learn of Sultan Qaboos. The very term...


A Short History of Cambodia: From empire to survival

by John Tully

New in the Short History of Asia series, edited by Milton Osborne, this is a concise and readable history of Cambodia, from its rich and powerful past, through the era of French protection, the Vietnamese conflict,...


Empire of the Sikhs: Revised Edition

by Patwant Singh & Jyoti M. Rai

The definitive biography of Ranjit Singh, contemporary of Napoleon and one of the most powerful and charismatic Indian rulers of his age

Ranjit Singh has been largely written out of accounts of the subcontinent's...


Raffles and the British Invasion of Java

by Tim Hannigan

On a hot August afternoon in 1811, an army of 10,000 British redcoats splashed ashore through the muddy shallows off Batavia (the former name of Jakarta, Indonesia's capital) to conquer the Dutch colony of Java....