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  • Tao Te Ching

    Tao Te Ching

    Genre: History,Literature,Philosophy,Asia
    Author: Lao Tzu
    Duration: 01:30:00

    Like many other philosophical writings, the Tao Te Ching is a timeless Chinese treasure. The ancient writings are credited to Lao Tzu, although some believe them to be authored by a number of persons writing under the Lao Tzu pen name. Nevertheless, this abridged audio version gives the listene ... [ more ]

  • 1434: The Year a Magnificent Chinese Fleet Sailed to Italy and Ignited the Renaissance

    1434: The Year a Magnificent Chinese Fleet Sailed to Italy and Ignited the Renaissance

    Genre: History,European,Asia
    Author: Gavin Menzies
    Duration: 09:55:00

    The brilliance of the Renaissance laid the foundation of the modern world. Textbooks tell us that it came about as a result of a rediscovery of the ideas and ideals of classical Greece and Rome. But now bestselling historian Gavin Menzies makes the startling argument that in the year 1434, China, th ... [ more ]

  • Midnight in Peking: How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old China

    Midnight in Peking: How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old China

    Genre: History,Asia
    Author: Paul French
    Duration: 08:16:00

    In the last days of old Peking, where anything goes, can a murderer escape justice? Peking in 1937 is a heady mix of privilege and scandal, opulence and opium dens, rumors and superstition. The Japanese are encircling the city, and the discovery of Pamela Werner's body sends a shiver through al ... [ more ]

  • Asia's Cauldron: The South China Sea and the End of a Stable Pacific

    Asia's Cauldron: The South China Sea and the End of a Stable Pacific

    Genre: History,Politics,Asia,Political Science
    Author: Robert D. Kaplan
    Duration: 08:22:00

    From Robert D. Kaplan, named one of the world's Top 100 Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine, comes a penetrating look at the volatile region that will dominate the future of geopolitical conflict. Over the last decade, the center of world power has been quietly shifting from Europe to As ... [ more ]

  • India: A Portrait

    India: A Portrait

    Genre: History,Asia
    Author: Patrick French
    Duration: 17:15:10

    A monumental biography of the subcontinent from the award-winning author of The World Is What It Is: The Authorized Biography of V. S. Naipaul. Second only to China in the magnitude of its economic miracle and second to none in its potential to shape the new century, India is fast undergoing ... [ more ]

  • Rising Sun: The Decline and Fall of the Japanese Empire, 1936–1945

    Rising Sun: The Decline and Fall of the Japanese Empire, 1936–1945

    Genre: History,Asia
    Author: John Toland
    Duration: 41:13:00

    This Pulitzer Prize–winning history of World War II chronicles the dramatic rise and fall of the Japanese empire, from the invasion of Manchuria and China to the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Told from the Japanese perspective, The Rising Sun is, in the author’s words, “a factual saga of ... [ more ]

  • In a Rocket Made of Ice: Among the Children of Wat Opot

    In a Rocket Made of Ice: Among the Children of Wat Opot

    Genre: Travel,Asia
    Author: Gail Gutradt
    Duration: 12:09:00

    A beautifully told, inspiring true story of one woman's volunteer experiences at an orphanage in rural Cambodia-a book that embodies the belief that love, compassion, and generosity of spirit can overcome even the most fearsome of obstacles. Gail Gutradt was at a crossroads in her life when she le ... [ more ]

  • Kim Jong-Il Production: The Extraordinary True Story of a Kidnapped Filmmaker, His Star Actress, and a Young Dictator's Rise to Power

    Kim Jong-Il Production: The Extraordinary True Story of a Kidnapped Filmmaker, His Star Actress, and a Young Dictator's Rise to Power

    Genre: History,Asia
    Author: Paul Fischer
    Duration: 12:29:00

    Before becoming the world’s most notorious dictator, Kim Jong-Il ran North Korea’s Ministry for Propaganda and its film studios. Conceiving every movie made, he acted as producer and screenwriter. Despite this control, he was underwhelmed by the available talent and took drastic steps, ordering the ... [ more ]

  • Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom: China, the West, and the Epic Story of the Taiping Civil War

    Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom: China, the West, and the Epic Story of the Taiping Civil War

    Genre: History,Asia
    Author: Stephen R. Platt
    Duration: 17:35:00

    Stephen R. Platt is widely respected for his incisive nonfiction, particularly in regard to his knowledge and understanding of China. With Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom, Platt details the absorbing narrative of the Taiping Rebellion, which resulted in the loss of 20 million lives. Occurring in the ... [ more ]

  • Guadalcanal Diary: 2nd Edition

    Guadalcanal Diary: 2nd Edition

    Genre: History,Asia,Military
    Author: Richard Tregaskis
    Duration: 09:00:23

    This celebrated classic gives a soldier's-eye-view of the Guadalcanal battles; crucial to World War II, the war that continues to fascinate us all. Unlike some of those on Guadalcanal in the fall of 1942, Richard Tregaskis volunteered to be there. One of only two on-location news correspondents, ... [ more ]

  • Last River

    Last River

    Genre: NonFiction,Travel,Asia,Survival
    Author: Todd Balf
    Duration: 06:00:00

    The Last River: The Tragic Race for Shangri-la is a breathtaking account of the ill-fated October 1998 expedition of an American whitewater kayaking team who traveled deep into the Tsangpo Gorge in Tibet to run the Yarlung Tsangpo, known in paddling circles as the Everest of rivers. For Wick Walker ... [ more ]

  • India - Culture Smart!

    India - Culture Smart!

    Genre: Travel,Asia,Guidebooks & Tours
    Author: Becky Stephen
    Duration: 04:46:58

    India is in transition. Since the publication of Culture Smart's first guide to India in 2003, it has been transformed from a developing, third-world country into the world's fastest growing economy. This completely new and up-to-date volume by American author Becky Stephen is unrivalled. It highlig ... [ more ]

  • Street Without Joy: The French Debacle In Indochina

    Street Without Joy: The French Debacle In Indochina

    Genre: History,European,Asia
    Author: Bernard B. Fall
    Duration: 13:12:37

    Journalist Bernard B. Fall describes the brutality and frustrations of the Indochina War, the savage eight-year conflict in which French forces suffered a staggering defeat at the hands of Communist-led Vietnamese nationalists. In this classic account of the French war in Indochina, Bernard B. ... [ more ]

  • China’s Long March: 6,000 Miles of Danger

    China’s Long March: 6,000 Miles of Danger

    Genre: History,Asia
    Author: Jean Fritz
    Duration: 03:11:00

    From award-winning children’s author Jean Fritz comes the incredible true account of the Long March, a six-thousand-mile journey across China In 1986, Jean Fritz went to China and talked to survivors of the Long March. It is from their recollections and her own broad, personal knowledge of Chin ... [ more ]

  • Infamy: The Shocking Story of the Japanese American Internment in World War II

    Infamy: The Shocking Story of the Japanese American Internment in World War II

    Genre: History,Asia
    Author: Richard Reeves
    Duration: 10:13:00

    Bestselling author Richard Reeves provides an authoritative account of the internment of more than 120,000 Japanese-Americans and Japanese aliens during World War II Less than three months after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor and inflamed the nation, President Roosevelt signed an executive order declarin ... [ more ]

  • Art of War

    Art of War

    Genre: History,Literature,Asia,Military,Classics
    Author: Sun Tzu
    Duration: 01:22:00

    Written in China over two thousand years ago, The Art of War provides the first known attempt to formulate a rational basis for the planning and conduct of military operations. This complete reading of the classic text by Sun Tzu brings to life the timeless strategic principles of the ancient a ... [ more ]

  • China Road: A Journey into the Future of a Rising Power

    China Road: A Journey into the Future of a Rising Power

    Genre: History,Asia
    Author: Rob Gifford
    Duration: 10:37:00

    Based on his successful National Public Radio series, Gifford's book draws on twenty years of first-hand observation of this rapidly transforming country. On his journey, he takes the listener through China's past and present while he tries to make sense of this complex nation's potential future. ... [ more ]

  • Great Soul

    Great Soul

    Genre: History,World,Asia
    Author: Joseph Lelyveld
    Duration: 16:48:00

    A highly original, stirring book on Mahatma Gandhi that deepens our sense of his achievements and disappointments—his success in seizing India's imagination and shaping its independence struggle as a mass movement, his recognition late in life that few of his followers paid more than lip service to ... [ more ]

  • Inventing Japan: 1853-1964

    Inventing Japan: 1853-1964

    Genre: History,Asia
    Author: Ian Buruma
    Duration: 06:42:00

    LA Times Book Award winner and expert on the past and present Japan, Ian Buruma examines the transformation of a country. Following Japan's history from its opening to the West in 1853 to its hosting of the 1964 Olympics, Buruma focuses on how figures such as Commodore Matthew Perry, Douglas MacA ... [ more ]

  • People's Dynasty: Culture and Society in Modern China

    People's Dynasty: Culture and Society in Modern China

    Genre: History,Asia
    Author: Robert J Shepherd
    Duration: 07:10:00

    The state-directed opening of the Chinese economy in 1979 led to a number of radical transformations within Chinese society, but Western understanding of these changes is often limited by erroneous assumptions. Offering a clear picture of the vast economic and social forces of modern-day China, Prof ... [ more ]