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Conversations with John Schlesinger

by Ian Buruma

“I like the surprise of the curtain going up, revealing what’s behind it.”

–John Schlesinger

The British director John Schlesinger was one of the cinema’s most dynamic and influential artists. Now, in...


Inventing Japan: 1853-1964

by Ian Buruma

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...


Occidentalism: The West in the Eyes of Its Enemies

by Ian Buruma & Avishai Margalit

Twenty-five years ago, Edward Said's Orientalism spawned a generation of scholarship on the denigrating and dangerous mirage of "the East" in the Western colonial mind. But "the West" is the more dangerous mirage...


Year Zero: A History of 1945

by Ian Buruma

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....


Murder in Amsterdam: Liberal Europe, Islam, and the Limits of Tolerence

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Current Interest 2006

by Ian Buruma

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...


Anglomania: A European Love Affair

by Ian Buruma

"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...


The Missionary and the Libertine: Love and War in East and West

by Ian Buruma

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...


Bad Elements: Chinese Rebels from Los Angeles to Beijing

by Ian Buruma

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...


Taming the Gods: Religion and Democracy on Three Continents

by Ian Buruma

For eight years the president of the United States was a born-again Christian, backed by well-organized evangelicals who often seemed intent on erasing the church-state divide. In Europe, the increasing number...