For novelists, filmmakers, and writers of popular history, Shanghai in the years between the two world wars is irresistible.
“The reader should be prepared for an extraordinary though long and very uneven ride.”
"Dalrymple knows the scholarship well but he writes in a way that the reader goes on an enlightening and entertaining tour of the history of the British East India Company."
In this lively and capacious volume Katie Hickman sets out to show that English women in India were a much more diverse group than the popular image of the “Memsahib” would suggest, though unsurpri
It takes a skilled story teller to describe such a monumental place as India in a way that even someone unfamiliar with it will understand the places, events, and participants.
"The individual readers will question much of Crimes and Cover-Ups, agree with other parts, and think hard about the points raised."
“Seeing the Sacred in Samsara is a wonder, a one-of-a-kind collection that fought the odds over tumultuous decades to come into being.
“Mao and Maoism . . .
“While Harriett Tubman had her underground railroad, Margaret Culbertson and her successor Donaldina Cameron, daughter of a Scottish sheep farmer, had their Presbyterian Mission House at 92
“Trying to divine and react to an assertive China’s intentions and capabilities will be the critical national security challenge for the U.S. this century. . . .
Leadership and the Rise of Great Powers gives morality an explanatory role. In international politics “moral actions help [a rising power] to establish a degree of credibility . . .
“Inhuman Land is a vivid lesson of what that war entailed, conveyed with an artist’s eye, and well worth reading.”
“This is a quick and easy read yet holds one’s interest over and above the actual Top Gun program development.
“a blinding work of narrative fact that will amaze, enthrall, and, yes, cause every reader to shed tears for the residue of suffering that Chernobyl has left to all humanity.”
“Parag Khanna is right that the world is becoming more multipolar. China’s challenge to the Western world order is real. How the U.S.
Voluntary repatriation was psychological warfare. So argues this intriguing book about the Korean War.
“To say that this book is a small gem of understanding China’s history would be a major understatement.”
"All of the famous photographs of the period find reprinting in this history, as do many more less known but memorable, of an unending nation told through the lives and work of remarkable a
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“The book concludes with a stark assessment of China’s coupling of its immense economic power to the country’s long-term goals of achieving hegemony in Asia and then becoming the premier wo
“Rampage reminds us once again that man’s inhumanity to man belies the notion of human progress.
"Srinath Raghavan engagingly writes an epic narrative that gives the reader much to ponder about what might have been, and the United States' role in the world."
“Hastings has written the best one-volume history on this war in a generation . . .”
“a crisply written, compelling narrative that highlights the roles of key U.S. policymakers such as Dean Acheson, George Marshall, Louis Johnson, and George Kennan.”
For sheer noirish decadence, few cities around the globe have rivaled Shanghai between the two world wars and for a short time after.