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A secret history of China - a fresh new way of thinking about a people, a civilisation, an epic story. The Water Kingdom takes us on a grand journey through China's past and present, offering a unique window through which we can ... read more

The Water Kingdom
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If there is one lesson that can be drawn from our current times it is that the instinct be true to oneself, and to live an authentic life is a universal one, even in the face of autocracy or terrorism. From a... read more

The Phoenix Years : A History of Modern China
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For over three decades, China exercised unprecedented control over the reproductive habits of its billion citizens. Now, with its economy faltering just as it seemed poised to become the largest in t... read more

One Child: The Story of China's Most Radical Experiment
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Walking Towards Ourselves gets behind the headlines and finds out what it means to be an Indian woman today. Walk in the shoes of some of India's foremost women writers and thinkers, and go on a... read more

Walking Towards Ourselves: Indian Women Tell Their Stories
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For more than 50 years, Burma has been ruled by a succession of military regimes which rank among the most oppressive dictatorships in the world. Accused of crimes against humanity, they have brutally mistreated their ... read more

Burma: A Nation at the Crossroads
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One in 30 of the people on this planet is Indonesian. The 13,000 islands of their homeland, scattered along the equator, stretch the distance from London to Tehran, and the residents of the capital, Jakart... read more

Indonesia Etc.: Exploring the Improbable Nation
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She was a heroine of our time, a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, a symbol of supreme courage in the face of tyranny. Then, in 2010, Burma's generals opened the door a chink: Aung San ... read more

The Lady and the Generals: Aung San Suu Kyi and Burma's Struggle for Freedom
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This is an updated version. For more than 50 years, Burma has been ruled by a succession of military regimes which rank among the most oppressive dictatorships in the world. Accused of crimes against hum... read more

Burma: A Nation at the Crossroads - Revised Edition
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The Vietnamese are in the unusual situation of being both colonizers themselves and the victims of colonization by others. Their country expanded, shrunk, split and sometimes disappeared, often under circumstance... read more

The Penguin History of Modern Vietnam
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Sampat Pal was married at twelve, essentially illiterate. Today she leads a vigilante group fighting for women's rights: the Pink Gang. When Sheelu was arrested for stealing from a powerf... read more

Pink Sari Revolution: A Tale of Women and Power in the Badlands of India
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Celestial Empire: Life in China, 1644-1911 provides a unique insight into the diversity of life in China during the last imperial dynasty. Through the lives of the Chinese people-from the Dowager Empress to the... read more

Celestial Empire: Life in China, 1644-1911
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With journalistic acumen and a novelist's flair, Xinran tells the remarkable stories of men and women born in China after 1979 - the recent generations raised under China's single-child po... read more

Buy Me the Sky: The Remarkable Truth of China's One-Child Generations
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The sun is setting on the Western world. Slowly but surely, the direction in which the world spins has reversed: where for the last five centuries the globe turned westwards on its axis, it now turns to the east...F... read more

Silk Roads : A New History of the World
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After the economic disaster of the Great Leap Forward that claimed tens of millions of lives between 1958 and 1962, an ageing Mao launched an ambitious scheme to shore up his reputation and eliminate t... read more

The Cultural Revolution: A People's History, 1962-76
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This astonishing, brilliantly written book brings us to places we could otherwise never go as it unfolds a riveting contemporary drama: A group of remarkable people striving to better their lives in an age of bewildering global change.

Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
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Series:Penguin Modern Classics

ORIENTALISM is one of the greatest and most influential of books of ideas to be published since the end of the European empires. For generations now it has defined our understanding of colonialism and emp... read more

Orientalism - Western Conceptions of the Orient
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The Silk Road is as iconic in world history as the Colossus of Rhodes or the Suez Canal. But what was it, exactly? It conjures up a hazy image of a caravan of camels laden with silk on a dusty desert track, reaching from Ch... read more

The Silk Road: A New History
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It opens with a double kidnapping...Madame Choi, South Korea's most famous actress, is lured to Hong Kong, drugged and smuggled out on a ship. When her ex-husband, Shin Sang-Ok... read more

A Kim Jong-Il Production: Kidnap. Torture. Murder. Making Movies North Korean Style
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There have been a plethora of books on China in recent years. Authors have forecast the coming collapse of the People's Republic or looked to the day when it will rule the world. So wh... read more

Tiger Head, Snake Tails: China Today, How it Got There and Where it is Heading
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Richard McGregor's "The Party" has been established as the book on China and its political leadership. It is indispensable to understanding what may soon become the most powerful country on earth, and... read more

The Party: The Secret World of China's Communist Rulers
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