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Tombstone: The Great Chinese Famine, 1958-1962
by Yang Jisheng
Hardcover from Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Book Published: 2012-10-30
Overview at SMH
 

Ancient China and Its Enemies : The Rise of Nomadic Power in East Asian History
by Nicola Di Cosmo
(Hardcover)

Black Horse Odyssey
by David Harris
David Harris has discovered the remains of a Roman city in the heart of the Gobi desert. His interest was aroused by Horace's Odes, and by the papers of Professor Homer Hasenpflug Dubs, Professor of Chinese at Oxford University, relating to the city. Harris set out from Australia to search for Li-jien, a city built by the Romans in China 1300 years before Marco Polo entered Cathay. Harris was alone and an amateur; he neither spoke the language nor understood the Chinese way of doing things; furthermore, he had precious little money. The Chinese bureaucracy instinctively mistrusted him both as a western messenger claiming special knowledge of Chinese history and as one who wished to enter a closed military zone. Every step on the road to Li-jien surprised David Harris. It led him to priceless friends, bizarre acquaintances, a woman he loves, a massacre of innocents, and the site that has been declared a national monument.
Paperback - 284 pages 
Wakefield Press; ISBN: 1862542708
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The Boxer Rebellion : The Dramatic Story of China's War on Foreigners That Shook the World in the Summer of 1900
by Diana Preston
Listed under Boxer Rebellion

A Brief History of Chinese and Japanese Civilizations
by Conrad Schirokauer
Paperback from International Thomson Publishing
1988

The City of Light: The Hidden Journal of the Man Who Entered China Four Years Before Marco Polo
by Jacob D'Ancona, David Selbourne (Translator)
Listed under Marco Polo

Chinese Democracy After Tiananmen
by Yijiang Ding
(Paperback)

The China Democracy Movement and Tiananmen Incident: Annotated Catalog of the UCLA Archives, 1989-1993
by Jian Ding, et al
(Paperback)

Chinese Coal Industry - An Economic History
by Elspeth Thomson
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: RoutledgeCurzon; ; 1st edition 
ISBN: 0700717277

Daughter of China : A True Story of Love and Betrayal
by Meihong Xu, Larry Engelmann
Hardcover: 368 pages
John Wiley & Sons; ISBN: 0471356735; (September 7, )

Dangerous Women : Geishas, Warriors, and Grannies in Traditional China
Victoria Baldwin Cass
Explores the role of forgotten women of the Great Ming Dynasty period (1368-1644) in Chinese history.
Textbook Binding: 184 pages
Rowman & Littlefield Publishing; ISBN: 0847693953; (November 17, )

Emperor's Silent Army : Terracotta Warriors of Ancient China
by Jane O'Connor
Listed under Chinese Art

Into Tibet : The CIA's First Atomic Spy and His Secret Expedition to Lhasa
by Thomas Laird
Listed under Tibet

D is for Doufu: An Alphabet Book of Chinese Culture
by Maywan Shen Krach, Hongbin Zhang (Illustrator)
(Hardcover)

China : Ancient Culture, Modern Land (Cradles of Civilization)
by Robert E. Murowchick (Editor)
(Hardcover)
 
The Cambridge Illustrated History of China (Cambridge Illustrated Histories)
by Patricia Buckley Ebrey, Kwang-Ching Liu
To compress 8,000 years of a civilization's life into a single volume is a daunting task, but University of Illinois historian Patricia Ebrey does the job with authority and considerable flair. Writing with an eye to explaining recurring themes in Chinese history, she discusses ideas of order and statecraft, resource allocation and use, imperialism and population growth. Along the way she makes interesting asides, noting, among other things, that the Mongol conquerors of China monopolized the bamboo trade because they did not want the ethnic Chinese to make weapons, and she gives stimulating overviews of such matters as the manufacture of silk, hardwood furniture, and ceramics. Amazon.com
(Paperback)
 
Escape from China: The Long Journey from Tiananmen to Freedom
by Boli Zhang, et al
(Hardcover)
 
1421: The Year China Discovered America
by Gavin Menzies
Book Description: The incredible true story of the discovery of America before Columbus was even born.Gavin Menzies's extraordinary findings rewrite history.

On March 8, 1421, the largest fleet the world had ever seen sailed from its base in China. The ships, huge junks nearly five hundred feet long and built from the finest teak, were under the command of Emperor Zhu Di's loyal eunuch admirals. Their mission was "to proceed all the way to the end of the earth to collect tribute from the barbarians beyond the seas" and unite the whole world in Confucian harmony. Their journey would last more than two years and circle the globe. 

When they returned in October 1423, the emperor had fallen, leaving China in political and economic chaos. The great ships, now considered frivolous, were left to rot at their moorings and the records of their journeys were destroyed. Lost in China's long, self-imposed isolation that followed was the knowledge that Chinese ships had reached America seventy years before Columbus and circumnavigated the globe a century before Magellan. Also concealed were how the Chinese colonized America before the Europeans and transplanted to America, Australia, New Zealand and South America the principal economic crops that have fed and clothed the world.

Now, in a landmark historical journey, Gavin Menzies, who spent fifteen years tracing the astonishing voyages of the Chinese fleet, shares the remarkable account of his discoveries and the incontrovertible evidence to support them. His compelling narrative pulls togetherancient maps, precise navigational knowledge, astronomy and the surviving accounts of Chinese explorers and the later European navigators to prove that the Chinese had also discovered Antarctica, reached Australia three hundred and fifty years before Cook and solved the problem of longitude three hundred years ahead of the Europeans. 1421 describes the artifacts and inscribed stones left behind by the emperor's fleet, the evidence of wrecked junks along its route -- discovered in locations ranging from the middle of the Mississippi River to tributaries of the Amazon -- and the ornate votive offerings left by the Chinese sailors wherever they landed, in honor of Shao Lin, goddess of the sea.

1421: The Year China Discovered America is the story of a remarkable journey of discovery that rewrites our understanding of history. Our knowledge of world exploration as it has been commonly accepted for centuries must now be reconceived due to this classic work of historical detection.
Hardcover from William Morrow

 
A Great Wall : Six Presidents and China : An Investigative History
by Patrick Tyler
(Hardcover)

Nourish the People : The State Civilian Granary System in China, 1650-1850
by Pierre-Etienne Will, et al
(Hardcover - February 1992)

A History of Chinese Civilization
by Jacques Gernet, et al
Paperback: Cambridge Univ Pr (Pap Txt); ISBN: 0521497817; 2nd edition 

Chinese History: A Manual, Revised and Enlarged
by Endymion Wilkinson
(Paperback)

China: A Journey into Its Musical Art (Chinese Music Monograph Series)
by Sin-Yan Shen, Yuan-Yuan Lee
(Paperback)

The Inner Quarters : Marriage and the Lives of Chinese Women in the Sung Period
by Patricia Buckley Ebrey

A Flourishing Yin : Gender in China's Medical History, 960-1665
by Charlotte Furth
See also Chinese Medicine

The Lost Daughters of China: Abandoned Girls, Their Journey to America, and the Search for a Missing Past
by Karin Evans, Anchee Min
Paperback from J. P. Tarcher

 
Mao's War Against Nature : Politics and the Environment in Revolutionary China (Studies in Environment and History)
by Judith Shapiro
Marshaling the people of China in campaigns to clear land and destroy grain-hungry birds, among other things, Mao remade the landscape in just a few years, ordering imperial-scale projects such as the Three Gorges Dam. His policies led to disaster, to deforestation, air and water pollution, and ultimately famine--but some of those policies are still in force. Shapiro observes that Mao Zedong cannot be held entirely accountable for the destruction of China's land, water, and air; he had, after all, many willing deputies. Still, the political repression he put in place made resistance almost impossible--and even today, Shapiro writes in her impressive study of Mao's war on the environment, his actions have proved difficult to undo. "Until China confronts its uneasy Maoist legacy," the author concludes, "it may struggle fruitlessly to achieve a sustainable relationship with the natural world." --Gregory McNamee Amazon.com
Paperback: 320 pages
Cambridge Univ Pr (Trd); ISBN: 0521786800; (April )
 
Mao's Road to Power : Revolutionary Writings 1912-1949 : From the Jinggangshan to the Establishment of the Jiangxi Soviets July 1927-December 1930
by Tse-Tung Mao, et al
(Hardcover)

The Paradox of China's Post-Mao Reforms (Harvard Contemporary China Series, 12)
by Merle Goldman (Editor), Roderick MacFarquhar (Editor)
(Paperback)

The Legacy of Tiananmen: China in Disarray
by James A. R. Miles
(Paperback)

Journey into China's Antiquity Volume 1
by Yu Weichao (Editor), Weichao Yu
Hardcover: 271 pages
Art Media Resources Ltd; ISBN: 7505404768; 1 edition (August 1, )

Journey into China's Antiquity Volume 2
by Yu Weichao (Editor), Weichao Yu
(Hardcover)

Journey into China's Antiquity Volume 3
by Yu Weichao (Editor), Weichao Yu
(Hardcover)

The Tiananmen Square Massacre (At Issue in History)
by Kelly Barth (Editor)
(Hardcover)

The Search for Modern China
by Jonathan D. Spence
(Paperback)

Stilwell and the American Experience in China,1911-45
by Barbara W. Tuchman, introduction by John K. Fairbank
Barbara W. Tuchman won the Pulitzer Prize for Stilwell and the American Experience in China, 1911-45 in 1972. She uses the life of Joseph Stilwell, the military attache to China in 1935-39 and commander of United States forces and allied chief of staff to Chiang Kai-shek in 1942-44, to explore the history of China from the revolution of 1911 to the turmoil of World War II, when China's Nationalist government faced attack from Japanese invaders and Communist insurgents. Her story is an account of both American relations with China and the experiences of one of our men on the ground. In the cantankerous but level-headed "Vinegar Joe," Tuchman found a subject who allowed her to perform, in the words of The National Review, "one of the historian's most envied magic acts: conjoining a fine biography of a man with a fascinating epic story."  Amazon.com
Paperback - 624 pages 1 Grove pr edition (October 7, )
Grove Press; ISBN: 0802138527

Teachers of the Inner Chambers : Women and Culture in Seventeenth-Century China
by Dorothy Ko

The Tiananmen Papers : The Chinese Leadership's Decision to Use Force Against Their Own People - In Their Own Words
by Liang Zhang, et al
Published to predictable international controversy, this sensational trove of documents, chronicling events leading up to, and following, the violent quashing of student protests in Tiananmen Square in June 1989, vividly details for the first time what previously had only been surmised. Zhang Liang, the pseudonym for the high-ranking Chinese official who leaked the documents, has revived the memory less to tell the truth than in a bid to advance political reform in China, which stalled as a result of Tiananmen Square. ... The Tiananmen Papers affords a wide audience the opportunity to watch the drama unfold, blow by blow. It proves as brilliantly enthralling and explosive as a fictional thriller, allowing a rare snapshot of Chinese Communist Party factionalism in action. --David Vincent, Amazon.co.uk
Hardcover: 513 pages
Public Affairs; ISBN: 158648012X; 1st edition (January )

Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China
by Jung Chang
(Paperback - November 1992)

Mandate of Heaven: The Legacy of Tiananmen Square and the Next Generation of China's Leaders
by Orville Schell
(Paperback)
ASIN: 0684804476
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Morrison of Peking
by Cyril Pearl
ISBN 0140031731
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Massacre in Beijing : China's Struggle for Democracy
by Donald Morrison (Editor), et al
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Dream of the Walled City
by Lisa Huang Fleischman, Lisa Huang
(Hardcover)
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