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The Tragedy of Liberation

The Tragedy of Liberation: A History of the Chinese Revolution 1945-1957 © 2013  Frank Dikotter 400 pages Readers who approach Frank Dikotter’s histories of Maoist China (The Tragedy of Liberation, Mao’s Great Famine, and The Cultural Revolution) should brace themselves … Continue reading

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Consent of the Networked

Consent of the Networked; The Worldwide Struggle for Internet Freedom© 2012 Rebeca MacKinnon352 pages A couple of weeks ago I read Who Controls the Internet, which covered in part nation-states’ role in reasserting national boundaries in cyberspace. Consent of the … Continue reading

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Confront and Conceal

Confront and Conceal: Obama’s Secret Wars and Surprising Use of Power496 pages© 2012 David E. Sanger Barack Obama may have been the only Nobel Peace Prize winner in history to order lethal force used on a regular basis, but things … Continue reading

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The Elephant and the Dragon

The Elephant and the Dragon: The Rise of India and China and What It Means for All of Us© 2007  Robyn Meredith272 pages For most of the 20th century, Europe and the United States enjoyed an outsided influence on global … Continue reading

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China: An Introduction

China: An Introduction© 1984 Lucian W. Pye400 pages Lucien Pye was born in China and later returned there to advise the US government. China: An Introduction is written in that spirit, being a review of the making of Communist China and … Continue reading

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China Road

China Road: A Journey into the Future of a Rising Power© 2007 Rob Gifford352 pages National Road 312 spans the breadth of China, connecting its sparsely settled and scarcely developed rural interior with the port city of Shanghai,  the largest … Continue reading

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Trade, ancient and modern: from China to the Sharing Economy

Two micro-reviews for you…one on The Silk Road: Two Thousand Years in the Heart of Asia, the other on Mesh: Why the Future of Business is Sharing. The Silk Road consists of several chapters in central-Asian history, with generous photographs … Continue reading

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The Big Necessity

The Big Necessity: the Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why it Matters© 2008, 2014 Rose George238 pages In its initial publication, The Big Necessity may have been an eye-opening look into how many human beings still suffer for want … Continue reading

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The Chinese in America

The Chinese in America: A Narrative History© 2003 Iris Chang558 pages Like most Americans, my earliest notion of the Chinese in America is an association with the Transcontinental railroad. As it happened, their story begins before that, with the California … Continue reading

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Glimpses of World History

Glimpses of World History© 1942 Jawaharlal Nehru1192 pages In 1930,  a man who would later become the first prime minister of India was thrown in jail for a period of two years. There, removed from his family and regretful that … Continue reading

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