Pol Pot: Anatomy of a Nightmare

By Philip Short

"The textual content glints with shrewdly believable inferences mortared right into a compelling narrative . . . [Short] is superb at coining pithy summations of political causes that ring humanly true."―The ny instances booklet overview (front page)

looking at Pol Pot at shut quarters in the course of the one and purely legit stopover at he ever made overseas, to China in 1975, Philip brief was once struck by way of the Cambodian leader's attraction and aura. but Pol Pot's utopian experiments in social engineering could bring about the dying of 1 in each 5 Cambodians―more than 1000000 humans.
How did an idealistic dream of justice and prosperity mutate into considered one of humanity's worst nightmares? to respond to those questions, brief traveled via Cambodia, interviewing former Khmer Rouge leaders and sifting via formerly closed data world wide. Key figures, together with Khieu Samphan and Ieng Sary, Pol's brother-in-law and international minister, communicate the following for the 1st time.
Short's masterly narrative serves because the definitive portrait of the guy who headed essentially the most enigmatic and terrifying regimes of recent times.

"Short chronicles the levels of the Cambodian revolution with admirable readability . . . a couple of chilling info, expertly deployed, do the mandatory work." ―The manhattan Times

"A spectacularly effective activity of describing what occurred and why . . . A chillingly transparent portrait." ―The Economist

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Shanghai (City Travel Guide) (5th Edition)

By Daniel McCrohan, Christopher Pitts

Lonely Planet Shanghai

Stroll alongside the stately Bund and gawk on the futuristic neon of Pudong
Escape the skyscrapers into the tree-lined French Concession's hip eateries and style boutiques
Haggle with hawkers over a must have cheongsam (Chinese gown) or hand-crafted yak scarves
Meet many of the 19 million population via interviews with a boutique proprietor, and paintings professor and others

In This Guide:

Chinese characters in the course of the booklet and on many maps makes navigating Shanghai easy
Bonus colour bankruptcy on Shanghai's glittering architecture
Expanded assurance of outlying locations, together with rural Lizhang and luxurious Putuoshan

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Modern South Asia: History, Culture, Political Economy

By Sugata Bose

Drawing at the most modern and such a lot subtle historic study and scholarship within the box, Modern South Asia presents a difficult perception for people with an highbrow interest concerning the quarter. After sketching the pre-modern heritage of the subcontinent, the e-book concentrates at the final 3 centuries. together authored by way of major Indian and Pakistani historians, it bargains an extraordinary intensity of old realizing of the politics, cultures, and economies that form the lives of greater than a 5th of humanity.

In this accomplished research, the authors interpret and debate the remarkable advancements in modern South Asian background and old writing, protecting the total spectrum of the region’s sleek background – social, fiscal and political. The ebook presents new insights into the constitution and beliefs of the British raj, the that means of subaltern resistance, the refashioning of social relatives alongside the traces of caste, category, neighborhood and gender, different strands of anti-colonial nationalism and the dynamics of decolonization.

This 3rd version brings the talk as much as the current day, taking account of modern old examine and protecting the nearer integration of South Asia with the worldwide financial system, the impression of advancements in Afghanistan at the area as an entire, and the clean demanding situations to South Asia’s nation-states.

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Korea, the Divided Nation (Praeger Security International)

Following its liberation from eastern colonialism, on the finish of WWII, Korea was once divided into separate countries. as the Korean country loved an extended dynastic background, its postwar partition was once rather aggravating. the consequent chilly battle years spawned the Korean warfare and next a long time of strained inter-Korean kinfolk and tensions within the area surrounding the peninsula. This quantity presents readers who're unexpected with Korea's background perception into how Korea turned a divided state engulfed in overseas geopolitical tensions, offering specialist research of this rendered nation's history, glossy situations, and destiny prospects.

The Korean peninsula in Northeast Asia is domestic to a rustic that was once divided on the finish of the second one global struggle after its liberation from jap colonialism. as the Korean country loved a protracted dynastic heritage, its postwar partition was once really stressful. the consequent chilly warfare years quickly spawned a truly scorching Korean battle and next many years of strained inter-Korean kin and tensions within the area surrounding the peninsula. This quantity presents readers who're surprising with Korea's historical past with perception into how Korea turned a divided state engulfed in overseas geopolitical tensions, delivering professional research of this rendered nation's historical past, sleek situations, and destiny prospects.

After a survey of Korea's geographic surroundings and ancient legacy, Olsen information the situations of Korea's liberation and next department. Drawing on that heritage, he analyzes the evolution of either South Korea and North Korea as separate states, surveying the politics, economics, and overseas coverage of every. What are the main matters for every kingdom from a world viewpoint? What are the clients for reuniting the 2 into one state? What demanding situations might a united Korea be prone to face? Olsen determines that balance in Korea is vital to destiny peace within the sector. He concludes profitable stream towards unification is tips on how to get to the bottom of concerns attached to North Korea's nuclear agenda.

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Japanese Cybercultures (Asia's Transformations/Asia.com)

By Nanette Gottlieb

Japan is rightly considered as probably the most technologically complicated international locations on the earth, but the improvement and deployment of net expertise in Japan has taken a special trajectory in comparison with Western countries. this can be the 1st e-book to examine the explicit dynamics of jap net use.

It examines the an important questions:
* how the japanese are utilizing the web: from the superiority of entry through moveable units, to the style tradition of cellular phones
* how Japan's "cute tradition" has colonized cyberspace
* the position of the web in several musical subcultures
* how varied men's and women's teams have embraced expertise to spotlight difficulties of harassment and bullying
* the social, cultural and political affects of the web on eastern society
* how marginalized teams in jap society - homosexual males, these residing with AIDS, participants of recent non secular teams and Japan's hereditary sub-caste, the Burakumin - are demanding the mainstream by utilizing the Internet.

Examined from a number of interdisciplinary views, utilizing a vast variety of case-studies, this is often a thrilling and really state-of-the-art booklet which breaks new floor in eastern stories and should be of worth to someone drawn to jap tradition, the web and cyberculture.

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Cold War Orientalism: Asia in the Middlebrow Imagination, 1945-1961

By Christina Klein

Within the years following global warfare II, American writers and artists produced a gradual circulation of renowned tales approximately americans residing, operating, and touring in Asia and the Pacific. in the meantime the united states, competing with the Soviet Union for worldwide strength, prolonged its succeed in into Asia to an unparalleled measure. This e-book finds that those trends—the proliferation of Orientalist tradition and the growth of U.S. power—were associated in advanced and fabulous methods. whereas such a lot cultural historians of the chilly battle have fascinated about the tradition of containment, Christina Klein reads the postwar interval as one among overseas financial and political integration—a precise bankruptcy within the technique of U.S.-led globalization.

Through her research of quite a lot of texts and cultural phenomena—including Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific and The King and that i, James Michener's commute essays and novel Hawaii, and Eisenhower's People-to-People Program—Klein exhibits how U.S. coverage makers, including middlebrow artists, writers, and intellectuals, created a tradition of world integration that represented the expansion of U.S. strength in Asia because the forging of emotionally pleasing bonds among american citizens and Asians. Her publication enlarges Edward Said's idea of Orientalism with a purpose to carry to gentle a cultural narrative approximately either household and overseas integration that also resonates today.

Reviews:

"Christina Klein takes a clean, stimulating, and enlightening examine the advanced visions of Asia dreamed over the many years by means of American pop culture. She argues her provocative viewpoints with the verve and aptitude of a showman, in a publication which is helping us to determine the total global via new eyes."—David Henry Hwang, writer of M. Butterfly and Flower Drum track (2002)

"An terribly fascinating examine of ‘Cold battle internationalism.’ Klein’s exceptional and innovative interpreting of such musicals as South Pacific and The King and that i permits us to work out how tradition and geopolitics have been woven jointly to remodel the chilly battle order into today’s ethnically assorted and economically interdependent world—within the framework of ‘U.S. international expansion.’"—Akira Iriye, Professor of background, Harvard collage, and writer, international Community

"Christina Klein takes a clean, stimulating, and enlightening examine the complicated visions of Asia dreamed over the a long time by way of American pop culture. She argues her provocative viewpoints with the verve and aptitude of a showman, in a publication which is helping us to work out the total international via new eyes."-David Henry Hwang, writer of M. Butterfly and Flower Drum music (2002) "An terribly fascinating examine of 'Cold conflict internationalism.' Klein's really good and creative examining of such musicals as South Pacific and The King and that i permits us to determine how tradition and geopolitics have been woven jointly to rework the chilly battle order into today's ethnically different and economically interdependent world-within the framework of 'U.S. worldwide expansion.'"-Akira Iriye, Professor of background, Harvard college, and writer, international group

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Golden Earth: Travels In Burma

By Norman Lewis

Regardless of communist incursions and tribal revolt, Norman Lewis describes a land of breathtaking average attractiveness peopled by means of the mild Burmese. this can be a kingdom the place Buddhist trust spares even the rats, the place the Director of Prisons costs Chaucer and the place three-day theatrical exhibits are staged to have a good time a monk taking orders. Hitching lifts with the military and traveling retailers, Lewis is handled to hospitality anyplace he stops during this war-torn land, and divulges a rustic the place 'the of the soul replaces that of the inventory industry as an issue for well mannered conversation'.

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Peony: A Novel of China

By Pearl S. Buck

Younger Peony is offered right into a wealthy chinese language loved ones as a bondmaid -- an ungainly function during which she is greater than a servant, yet below a daughter. As she grows right into a beautiful, provocative younger girl, Peony falls in love with the family's simply son. besides the fact that, culture forbids them to wed. How she resolves her love for him and her devotion to her adoptive relatives unfolds during this profound story, in keeping with precise occasions in China over a century in the past. The conflicts inherent within the chinese language and Jewish temperament are delicately and intricately traced with profound knowledge and gentle knowing during this tale... this can be a fascinating tale, the subject matter of that's tolerance. hugely prompt. --Library magazine

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The Forbidden Worlds of Haruki Murakami

In an “other global” composed of language—it can be a fathomless Martian good, a labyrinthine inn or forest—a narrative unfolds, and with it the studies, stories, and goals that represent fact for Haruki Murakami’s characters and readers alike. thoughts and goals in flip conjure their magical counterparts—people with no names or pasts, awesome animals, half-animals, and conversing machines that traverse the darkish psychic underworld of this writer’s outstanding fiction.

Fervently acclaimed around the world, Murakami’s wildly innovative paintings in lots of methods is still a secret, its worlds inside worlds uncharted territory. ultimately during this e-book readers will discover a map to the unusual realm that grounds almost each element of Murakami’s writing. A trip during the enigmatic and baffling innermost brain, a metaphysical size the place Murakami’s such a lot strange scenes and characters lurk, The Forbidden Worlds of Haruki Murakami exposes the mental and mythological underpinnings of this different global. Matthew Carl Strecher exhibits how those issues colour Murakami’s depictions of the person and collective soul, which regularly shift among the tangible and intangible yet during this literary panorama are undeniably real.

Through those otherworldly depths The Forbidden Worlds of Haruki Murakami additionally charts the writer’s brilliant “inner world,” no matter if subconscious or underworld (what a few jap critics name achiragawa, or “over there”), and its connectivity to language. Strecher covers all of Murakami’s work—including his efforts as a literary journalist—and concludes with the 1st full-length shut interpreting of the writer’s most modern novel, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage.

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