John Bryan Starr
A Yale professor’s essential primer on the history, politics and economy of China. A succinct and refreshingly forthright best-selling guide, this third edition brings us right up to date with events in the rapidly evolving nation.
Wild Swans, Three Daughters of China
In this riveting tale of three generations spanning the end of Old China, Mao’s regime and the Japanese occupation, Chang chronicles the enormous changes in China since 1929.
The River at the Center of the World
With ease and grace, Winchester writes about the character of the Yangtze and the people and places along its banks. An absorbing portrait of the great river that flows through the heart of China.
Eyewitness Guide China
This hefty illustrated guide to sites, attractions and places throughout China features excellent maps and hundreds of color photographs and site diagrams.
China Adventure Map
A double-sided, full-color map of China, at a useful scale of 1:4,375,000, which shows roads and cities. Printed on tear- and water-resistant paper.
Richard Perry Hayman
Yangzi River Map
Double-sided, this full-color map guide features photos and ten maps showing the Yangzi from the Himalayas to the East China Sea.
Culture Smart! China
This is a handy guide to local customs, etiquette and culture.
Odyssey Guide Xi’an, Shaanxi & the Terracotta Army
With color photographs, insightful essays on culture and history, site plans and places of interest in and around China’s ancient capital.
Geremie R. Barme, Mary Beard (Editor)
The Forbidden City
A compact, elegant volume in Harvard’s excellent Wonders of the World series, this pocket history illuminates the culture, mystique, architecture and politics of imperial Beijing. Fittingly, the book opens with Mao’s symbolic address from the Gate of Heavenly Peace.
Before the Deluge, The Vanishing World of the Yangtze’s Three Gorges
A vivid portrait of the Three Gorges region of the Upper Yangtze River, by the director of the Asia Center at Harvard. Chetham offers a personal, detailed glimpse into the daily life along the river, its spectacular natural beauty and checkered history, including recent efforts to tame it.
Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth and Faith in the New China
Longtime Beijing correspondent for The New Yorker Osnos considers China’s modern struggle: the conflict between a growing need for individualism and the Communist Party’s fight for conformity.
The Great Wall, China Against the World, 1000 BC – 2000 AD
The Who, Why and Wherefore of the Great Wall, this marvelous history demolishes myths (no, the wall is not a continuous structure of great antiquity, as much of it was built in the 1600s) with fresh insight and wit.
The People’s Republic of Amnesia, The Legacy of Tiananmen Square
NPR China correspondent Lim evaluates the impact of the Tiananmen Square Massacre through the interwoven stories of eight individuals involved in and shaped by the events of June 4th, 1989.
The Terracotta Army of the First Emperor of China
A beautiful introduction to the extraordinary tomb of Qin Shi Huangdi, First Emperor of China, this concise visual overview features richly colored illustrations and photographs accompanied by detailed captions.
Yale sinologist, writer and historian Spence tracks the life of the architect of the People’s Republic from his provincial upbringing to his savage three-decade rule.
River Town, Two Years on the Yangtze
Hessler’s compelling, personal story of life as a Peace Corps volunteer in Fuling, where foreigners are a curiosity, explores the culture, traditions and ideas of an isolated world.
A Single Pebble
A haunting novel by the Pulitzer Prize-winner. Hersey writes, with deceptive simplicity, of an American engineer looking for a dam site on the Yangtze. Think Hemingway on the Yangtze.
Kirk Denton (Editor)
China, A Traveler’s Literary Companion
An introduction both to China’s finest modern writers and its diverse cultures, concerns and landscapes, organized geographically.
Five Star Billionaire
The celebrated Malaysian author brings his characters together in gritty, glamorous and very cosmopolitan 21st-century Shanghai to wheel and deal and make their fortunes. A harrowing piece of contemporary literature.
The Valley of Amazement
Moving between the glittering world of courtesans in turn-of-the-century Shanghai, a remote Chinese village and the rough-hewn streets of nineteenth-century San Francisco, bestselling author Amy Tan’s long-awaited epic novel maps the lives of women connected by blood and history.
The Way of the Panda
Nicholls, whose previous book was on the Galapagos tortoise, here turns to the panda as a powerful political and cultural symbol for modern China as well as for conservation.
This compact introduction to birds, mammals, reptiles, insects and plants found from the Tibetan plateau to the deserts, tropical forests and mountains includes 200 color photographs.