Shattered Families, Broken Dreams: Little-Known Episodes from the History of the Persecution of Chinese Revolutionaries in Stalin’s Gulag by Sin-Lin, translated from the Russian by Steven I. Levine
Voices from Tibet: Selected Essays and Reportage by Tsering Woeser and Wang Lixiong, edited and translated from the Chinese by Violet S. Law, and with an introduction by Robert Barnett
Tibet: An Unfinished Story by Lezlee Brown Halper and Stefan Halper
A History of Modern Tibet, Volume 3: The Storm Clouds Descend, 1955–1957 by Melvyn C. Goldstein
Arc of Empire: America’s Wars in Asia from the Philippines to Vietnam by Michael H. Hunt and Steven I. Levine
China’s Search for Security by Andrew J. Nathan and Andrew Scobell
Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America’s Vietnam By Fredrik Logevall
Mao’s Invisible Hand: The Political Foundations of Adaptive Governance in China edited by Sebastian Heilmann and Elizabeth J. Perry
Westmoreland: The General Who Lost Vietnam by Lewis Sorley
Tide Players: The Movers and Shakers of a Rising China by Jianying Zha
Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War by Karl Marlantes
Fractured Rebellion: The Beijing Red Guard Movement by Andrew G. Walder
Vietnam: Rising Dragon by Bill Hayton
The Vagrants by Yiyun Li
A Thousand Years of Good Prayers by Yiyun Li
American Radical: The Life and Times of I.F. Stone by D.D. Guttenplan
Prisoner of the State: The Secret Journal of Zhao Ziyang translated from the Chinese and edited by Bao Pu, Renee Chiang, and Adi Ignatius, with a foreword by Roderick MacFarquhar
Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China by Leslie T. Chang
Ghosts of War in Vietnam by Heonik Kwon
The Boat by Nam Le
To the End of Hell: One Woman’s Struggle to Survive Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge by Denise Affonço, translated from the French by Margaret Burn and Katie Hogben, with introductions by David Chandler and Jon Swain
Confessions: An Innocent Life in Communist China by Kang Zhengguo, translated from the Chinese by Susan Wilf, with an introduction by Perry Link
Eurasian Crossroads: A History of Xinjiang by James A. Millward
Revolution, Resistance, and Reform in Village China by Edward Friedman, Paul G. Pickowicz, and Mark Selden
From Comrade to Citizen: The Struggle for Political Rights in China by Merle Goldman
Tiananmen Follies: Prison Memoirs and Other Writings by Dai Qing,translated and edited by Nancy Yang Liu, Peter Rand, and Lawrence R. Sullivan, with a foreword by Ian Buruma
Beyond Tiananmen: The Politics of US–China Relations, 1989–2000 by Robert L. Suettinger
The Vietnamese War: Revolution and Social Change in the Mekong Delta, 1930-1975 by David W.P. Elliott
Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers by Daniel Ellsberg
Port of Last Resort: The Diaspora of Communities of Shanghai by Marcia Reynders Ristaino
Bad Elements: Chinese Rebels from Los Angeles to Beijing by Ian Buruma
Feeding the World: A Challenge for the Twenty-First Century by Vaclav Smil
Treason by the Book Jonathan D. Spence
The Uses of Literature: Life in the Socialist Chinese Literary System by Perry Link
The Tiananmen Papers compiled by Zhang Liang, edited by Andrew J. Nathan and Perry Link, and with an afterword by Orville Schell
Argument Without End: In Search of Answers to the Vietnam Tragedy by Robert S. McNamara, by James G. Blight, by Robert K. Brigham, by Thomas J. Biersteker, by Herbert Y. Schandler
Reporting Vietnam, Part One: American Journalism 1959-1969; Part Two: American Journalism 1969-1975 two volumes
Guerrilla Diplomacy: The NLF’s Foreign Relations and the Viet Nam War by Robert K. Brigham
Choosing War: The Lost Chance for Peace and the Escalation of War in Vietnam by Fredrik Logevall
Dragon Ascending: Vietnam and the Vietnamese by Henry Kamm
In the Jaws of History by Bui Diem, with David Chanoff
America’s War in Vietnam: A Short Narrative History by Larry H. Addington
Memories of a Pure Spring by Duong Thu Huong, Translated from the Vietnamese by Nina McPherson, by Phan Huy Duong
High Peaks, Pure Earth: Collected Writings on Tibetan History and Culture by Hugh Richardson, edited with an introduction by Michael Aris
China’s Transition by Andrew J. Nathan
Democratization in China and Taiwan: The Adaptability of Leninist Parties by Bruce J. Dickson
The Political Economy of Corruption in China by Julia Kwong
Beyond Beijing: Liberalization and the Regions in China by Dali L. Yang
The Origins of the Cultural Revolution 3: The Coming of the Cataclysm 1961-1966 by Roderick MacFarquhar
Mao’s Road to Power: Revolutionary Writings 1912-1949 Vol. IV: The Rise and Fall of the Chinese Soviet Republic 1931-1934 edited by Stuart R. Schram, by Nancy J. Hodes Associate Editor, by Stephen C. Averill Guest Associate Editor
The Last Governor: Chris Patten and the Handover of Hong Kong by Jonathan Dimbleby
The Coming Conflict with China by Richard Bernstein, by Ross H. Munro
The Legacy of Tiananmen: China in Disarray by James Miles
God’s Chinese Son: The Taiping Heavenly Kingdom of Hong Xiuquan by Jonathan D. Spence
The Sorrow of War: A Novel of North Vietnam by Bao Ninh, translated by Phan Thanh Hao
Novel Without a Name by Duong Thu Huong, translated by Phan Huy Duong, by Nina McPherson
Paradise of the Blind by Duong Thu Huong, translated by Phan Huy Duong, by Nina McPherson
China Wakes: The Struggle for the Soul of a Rising Power by Nicholas D. Kristof, by Sheryl WuDunn
Mandate of Heaven: A New Generation of Entrepreneurs, Dissidents, Bohemians, and Technocrats Lays Claim to China’s Future by Orville Schell
The Private Life of Chairman Mao: The Memoirs of Mao’s Personal Physician, Dr. Li Zhisui translated by Tai Hung-chao, with the editorial assistance of Anne F. Thurston, foreword by Andrew J. Nathan
Gender Politics in Modern China: Writing and Feminism edited by Tani E. Barlow
Engendering China: Women, Culture, and the State edited by Christine K. Gilmartin, edited by Gail Hershatter, edited by Lisa Rofel, edited by Tyrene White
A Borrowed Place: The History of Hong Kong by Frank Welsh
Time for Telling Truth Is Running Out: Conversations with Zhang Shenfu by Vera Schwarcz
A Chinese Odyssey: The Life and Times of a Chinese Dissident by Anne F. Thurston
Chinese Village, Socialist State by Edward Friedman, by Paul G. Pickowicz, by Mark Selden, with Kay Ann Johnson
Chinese Roundabout: Essays in History and Culture by Jonathan D. Spence
The Cambridge History of China: Volume 15, The People’s Republic Part 2: Revolutions Within the Chinese Revolution 1966–1982 edited by Roderick MacFarquhar, edited by John K. Fairbank
Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang
Voices from the Whirlwind: An Oral History of the Chinese Cultural Revolution edited by Feng Jicai, foreword by Robert Coles
Vietnam: Citizens Detained for Peaceful Expression
A Vietnam Reader by Walter Capps
The Dynamics of Defeat: The Vietnam War in Hau Nghia Province by Eric M. Bergerud
Strange Ground: An Oral History of Americans in Vietnam, 1945–1975 by Harry Maurer
The Vietnam Wars: 1945––1990 by Marilyn B. Young
War by Other Means: National Liberation and Revolution in Viet-Nam 1954–60 by Carlyle A. Thayer
Vietnam at War: The History: 1946–1975 by Phillip B. Davidson
Romancing Vietnam: Inside the Boat Country by Justin Wintle
Remembering Heaven’s Face: A Moral Witness in Vietnam by John Balaban
China Misperceived: American Illusions and Chinese Reality by Steven W. Mosher
The Myth of Shangri-La: Tibet, Travel Writing and the Western Creation of Sacred Landscape by Peter Bishop
Freedom in Exile: The Autobiography of the Dalai Lama
A History of Modern Tibet, 1913–1951: The Demise of the Lamaist State by Melvyn C. Goldstein
My Tibet Dalai Lama, photographs and introduction by Galen Rowell
Flashbacks: On Returning to Vietnam by Morley Safer
Lost Victory: A Firsthand Account of America’s Sixteen-Year Involvement in Vietnam by William Colby, by James McCarger
Slow Burn: The Rise and Bitter Fall of American Intelligence in Vietnam by Orrin DeForest, by David Chanoff
The Limits of Air Power: The American Bombing of North Vietnam by Mark Clodfelter
As I Saw It by Dean Rusk as told to Richard Rusk, edited by Daniel S. Papp
Tears Before the Rain: An Oral History of the Last Days of the Fall of Vietnam by Larry Engelmann
Hearts of Sorrow: Vietnamese-American Lives by James M. Freeman
Vietnam: ‘Renovation’ (Doi Moi), The Law and Human Rights in the 1980s Amnesty International
Legacies: A Chinese Mosaic by Bette Bao Lord
A Higher Kind of Loyalty: A Memoir by China’s Foremost Journalist by Liu Binyan
‘Tell the World’: What Happened in China and Why by Liu Binyan, with Ruan Ming, by Xu Gang, translated by Helen L. Epstein
Tiananmen: The Rape of Peking by Michael Fathers, by Andrew Higgins
Tiananmen Square by Scott Simmie, by Bob Nixon
Massacre in Beijing: The Events of 3–4 June, 1989 and Their Aftermath the Ad Hoc Study Group on Human Rights in China a report prepared by the International League for Human Rights and
Tiananmen Diary: Thirteen Days in June by Harrison E. Salisbury
June Four: A Chronicle of the Chinese Democratic Uprising by the photographers and reporters of the Ming Pao News, translated by Zi Jin, by Qin Zhou
Beijing Spring photographs by David Turnley, by Peter Turnley, text by Melinda Liu
Spring Bamboo: A Collection of Contemporary Chinese Short Stories compiled and translated by Jeanne Tai, with a foreword by Bette Bao Lord, an introduction by Leo Ou-fan Lee
I Myself Am a Woman: Selected Writings of Ding Ling edited by Tani E. Barlow, with Gary J. Bjorge
Lapse of Time by Wang Anyi, introduction by Jeffrey Kinkley
Baotown by Wang Anyi, translated by Martha Avery
The Secret Speeches of Chairman Mao: From the Hundred Flowers to the Great Leap Forward edited by Roderick MacFarquhar, by Timothy Cheek, by Eugene Wu, with contributions by Merle Goldman, by Benjamin Schwartz
Edgar Snow: A Biography by John Maxwell Hamilton
The Betrayal by Colonel William Corson
The Dalai Lama has a long history of meeting with the head of the Catholic Church. Why has Pope Francis snubbed him?
Would the Japanese have surrendered without Hiroshima? For decades the question has lingered, as historians have challenged one of the most important American rationales for dropping the bomb.
As in the nights leading up to the killings in Tiananmen Square in 1989, we are watching heavily armed police in Hong Kong trying to disperse peaceful democracy protesters.
I may have been inadvertently right in May 1989 when I said China would “never be the same again” after the Tiananmen protests.
In China, Endymion Wilkinson informs us in his unparalleled collection of Chinese facts and analysis, 90 million people have the surname Wang.
Western governments used to go to great lengths to say they were standing up for human rights in China. Now, trade ties with Beijing are so lucrative that Western leaders no longer need to lie: China is what it is.
It’s hard to get a handle on Burma. In Golden Parasol, her memoir of Burma during the years in which the country went from a British colony to a military dictatorship, Wendy Law-Yone suggests why the country’s ruling class may be so difficult to understand.
Why was I invited to Margaret Thatcher’s funeral? I had never been a parliamentary journalist. But I did have a little history with Mrs. Thatcher, including four personal encounters. Here’s how they happened.
For nearly two decades after the 1950 Chinese takeover of Tibet, the CIA ran a covert operation designed to train Tibetan insurgents and gather intelligence about the Chinese. Though it was cancelled in the early 1970s, it did not end the long legacy of mistrust that continues to color Chinese-American relations.
I felt a shudder of déjà vu watching the mounting protests inside China this week of the Communist Party for censoring an editorial in Southern Weekend, a well-known liberal newspaper in the southern city of Guangzhou.
Most American soldiers landing in Vietnam in the 1960s were handed a ninety-three-page booklet called A Pocket Guide to Vietnam. Produced by the Department of Defense, it described how small, well-proportioned, dignified, and restrained Vietnamese people are, how the delicately-boned local women appear in their flowing national dress, how Vietnamese love tea, and don’t like slaps on the back, how they excel at cooking fish. Soldiers reading this advice could get the mistaken idea that they were going to a tourist destination with a bit of violence on the side.
“I told President Obama the leaders of the Chinese Communist Party are missing a part of the brain, the part that contains common sense,” the Dalai Lama said to me during our conversation in London Wednesday. “But it can be put back in. I am hopeful about the new Chinese leadership beginning late this year. The Communist leaders now lack self-confidence, but I have heard from my Chinese friends that after a year or two the new ones will take some initiatives, so more freedom, more democracy.”
When I arrived at the London Book Fair on Monday, I saw a huge sign outside showing a cute Chinese boy holding an open book with the words underneath him: “China: Market Focus.” The special guest of this year’s fair was the Chinese Communist Party’s censorship bureau. What has caused a bitter public wrangle in London is that Beijing not only chose—with the full approval of the fair itself and of the British Council—which writers to bring to the fair; it also excluded some of China’s best-known writers. Among these are two Nobel Prize winners: Gao Xingjian, China’s only Literature Prize laureate, who lives in nearby Paris, and Liu Xiaobo, the Peace Prize winner who is now serving out an eleven year prison sentence.
Until it was taken off the air last December, one of the most popular television programs in China’s Henan province, which has a population of 100 million, was “Interviews Before Execution.” The presenter was Ding Yu, a pretty young woman, always carefully dressed with colorful scarves and blouses; in each episode, she would interview on camera a condemned murderer who was about to face a firing squad or a lethal injection.
In late December, a foreign correspondent in Beijing emailed me to say that a four-page article on China I’d written for a special New Year’s edition of Newsweek had been carefully torn from each of the 731 copies of the magazine on sale in China. In over forty years of writing about China, I have been subjected to many forms of pressure. But this has never happened. Surely everything in my article is well known in Beijing, especially to the tiny number of English-reading urban people who buy Newsweek. What had I said that attracted the attention of the official shredder?
After the elder Murdoch declared how “humbled” he was by all that had happened, he told his questioners, in effect, that he’s always played a humble role in the running of his papers: he telephoned the editor of the Sunday News of the World only twice a month, each time saying, “I’m not interfering.” Having worked for four years, from 1993 to 1997, as the East Asia editor of Murdoch’s Times, I have my doubts about this. I watched our proprietor trying to blandish and spend his way into the People’s Republic, and for some years insure that his interests dictated the kinds of stories about China that appeared in his paper.
The Chinese artist Ai Weiwei’s ankle-deep heap of porcelain sunflower seeds bewitched recent visitors to London’s Tate Modern. But in early April Ai’s strong criticisms of the regime led to his disappearance somewhere in Beijing. On June 22, eighty-one days later, he reappeared at home. Not freed: reappeared, which can mean something closer house arrest. A lifeguard at my local pool in London announced to me that Ai had been freed, and I fear that is what the “Sinologists”—as the China specialists in the Foreign Office like to be called—may have told Prime Minister David Cameron before his meeting on June 27 in London with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao. They may also have mentioned that, according to the government’s official press agency, Ai “confessed his crimes”—though it should be noted no formal charge was ever brought against him.
On October 8, Liu Xiaobo became the first Chinese to receive the Nobel Peace Prize and one of only three winners ever to receive it while in prison.