Best Chinese History Books

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1. The Art Of War

Author: by Sun Tzu
Filiquarian
English
68 pages

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Note: The chapters in the book are not in order and it is intentional. This edition approved by the Holden-Crowther Organisation for Asian Studies.


2. The Madman's Library: The Strangest Books, Manuscripts and Other Literary Curiosities from History

Author: by Edward Brooke-Hitching
English
256 pages
179720730X

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This fascinating and bizarre collection compiles the most unusual, obscure books from the far reaches of the human imagination throughout history. From the author of the critically acclaimed bestsellers The Phantom Atlas and The Sky Atlas comes a unique and beautifully illustrated journey through the history of literature.

The Madman’s Library delves into its darkest territories to hunt down the oddest books and manuscripts ever written, uncovering the intriguing stories behind their creation. From the Qur’an written in the blood of Saddam Hussein, to the gorgeously decorated fifteenth-century lawsuit filed by the Devil against Jesus, to the most enormous book ever created, The Madman’s Library features many long forgotten, eccentric, and extraordinary volumes gathered from around the world.

Books written in blood and books that kill, books of the insane and books that hoaxed the globe, books invisible to the naked eye and books so long they could destroy the Universe, books worn into battle and books of code and cypher whose secrets remain undiscovered.


3. Unrestricted Warfare: China's Master Plan to Destroy America

Author: by Qiao Liang
Echo Point Books & Media
English
212 pages

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A sobering and fascinating study on war in the modern era, Unrestricted Warfare carefully explores strategies that militarily and politically disadvantaged nations might take in order to successfully attack a geopolitical super-power like the United States. American military doctrine is typically led by technology; a new class of weapon or vehicle is developed, which allows or encourages an adjustment in strategy.

Military strategists Qiao Liang and Wang Xiangsui argue that this dynamic is a crucial weakness in the American military, and that this blind spot with regard to alternative forms warfare could be effectively exploited by enemies. Unrestricted Warfare concerns the many ways in which this might occur, and, in turn, suggests what the United States might do to defend itself.

The traditional mentality that offensive action is limited to military action is no longer adequate given the range of contemporary threats and the rising costs-both in dollars and lives lost-of traditional warfare. Instead, Liang and Xiangsui suggest the significance of alternatives to direct military confrontation, including international policy, economic warfare, attacks on digital infrastructure and networks, and terrorism.


4. Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

Author: by Jack Weatherford
Crown
English
312 pages

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New York Times Bestseller The startling true history of how one extraordinary man from a remote cornerof the world created an empire that led the world into the modern age. The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in twenty-five years than the Romans did in four hundred.

In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization. Vastly more progressive than his European or Asian counterparts, Genghis Khan abolished torture, granted universal religious freedom, and smashed feudal systems of aristocratic privilege.

From the story of his rise through the tribal culture to the explosion of civilization that the Mongol Empire unleashed, this brilliant work of revisionist history is nothing less than the epic story of how the modern world was made.


5. The Art Of War: Complete Text of Sun Tzu's Classics, Military Strategy History, Ancient Chinese Military Strategist (Deluxe Collection Edition, #1)

Author: by Sun Tzu
B092L6YZ1P
English
137 pages

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Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak. Sun Tzu, The Art of WarThis is a complete edition which also contains Preface, Introduction, appreciations of Sun Tzu, Apologies for war and Bibliography. Don’t be fooled by other versions as they are incomplete and are 50 page Bullet Points Pamphlets.

This edition was translated by Lionel Giles, first published in 1910. The Art of War is an ancient Chinese military treatise dating from the Late Spring and Autumn Period (roughly 5th century BC). The work, which is attributed to the ancient Chinese military strategist Sun Tzu is composed of 13 chapters.

Each one is devoted to a different set of skills related to warfare and how it applies to military strategy and tactics. For almost 1,500 years it was the lead text in an anthology that was formalized as the Seven Military Classics by Emperor Shenzong of Song in 1080.

The Art of War remains the most influential strategy text in East Asian warfare and has influenced both Eastern and Western military thinking, business tactics, legal strategy, lifestyles and beyond. The book contained a detailed explanation and analysis of the Chinese military, from weapons and strategy to rank and discipline.


6. Stilwell and the American Experience in China: 1911-1945

Author: by Barbara W. Tuchman
B00KUQITNE
Random House
January 24, 2017

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Barbara W.Tuchman won her second Pulitzer Prize for this nonfiction masterpiecean authoritative work of history that recounts the birth of modern China through the eyes of one extraordinary American.General Joseph W. Stilwell was a man who loved China deeply and knew its people as few Americans ever have.Barbara W.

Tuchman’s groundbreaking narrative follows Stilwell from the time he arrived in China during the Revolution of 1911, through his tours of duty in Peking and Tientsin in the 1920s and ’30s, to his return as theater commander in World War II, when the Nationalist government faced attack from both Japanese invaders and Communist insurgents.

Peopled by warlords, ambassadors, and missionaries, this classic biography of the cantankerous but level-headed Vinegar Joe sparkles with Tuchman’s genius for animating the people who shaped history. Praise for Stilwell and the American Experience in China Tuchman’s best book … So large in scope, so crammed with information, so clear in exposition, so assured in tone that one is tempted to say it is not a book but an education.


7. The Last Kings of Shanghai: The Rival Jewish Dynasties That Helped Create Modern China

Author: by Jonathan Kaufman
English
384 pages
0735224439

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“In vivid detail…Examines the little-known history of two extraordinary dynasties.”-The Boston Globe”Not just a brilliant, well-researched, and highly readable book about China’s past, it also reveals the contingencies and ironic twists of fate in China’s modern history.”-LA Review of BooksAn epic, multigenerational story of two rival dynasties who flourished in Shanghai and Hong Kong as twentieth-century China surged into the modern era, from the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalistThe Sassoons and the Kadoories stood astride Chinese business and politics for more than one hundred seventy-five years, profiting from the Opium Wars; surviving Japanese occupation; courting Chiang Kai-shek; and nearly losing everything as the Communists swept into power.

Jonathan Kaufman tells the remarkable history of how these families ignited an economic boom and opened China to the world, but remained blind to the country’s deep inequality and to the political turmoil on their doorsteps. In a story stretching from Baghdad to Hong Kong to Shanghai to London, Kaufman enters the lives and minds of these ambitious men and women to forge a tale of opium smuggling, family rivalry, political intrigue, and survival.


8. Hundred-Year Marathon

Author: by Michael Pillsbury
Griffin
English
350 pages

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One of the U.S.Government’s leading China experts reveals the hidden strategy fueling that country’s rise and how Americans have been seduced into helping China overtake us as the world’s leading superpower. For more than forty years, the United States has played an indispensable role helping the Chinese government build a booming economy, develop its scientific and military capabilities, and take its place on the world stage, in the belief that China’s rise will bring us cooperation, diplomacy, and free trade.

But what if the “China Dream” is to replace us, just as America replaced the British Empire, without firing a shot? Based on interviews with Chinese defectors and newly declassified, previously undisclosed national security documents, The Hundred-Year Marathon reveals China’s secret strategy to supplant the United States as the world’s dominant power, and to do so by 2049, the one-hundredth anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic.

Michael Pillsbury, a fluent Mandarin speaker who has served in senior national security positions in the U.S. Government since the days of Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger, draws on his decades of contact with the “hawks” in China’s military and intelligence agencies and translates their documents, speeches, and books to show how the teachings of traditional Chinese statecraft underpin their actions.


9. The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II

Author: by Iris Chang
Basic Books
English
360 pages

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The New York Times bestselling account of one of history’s most brutal – and forgotten – massacres, when the Japanese army destroyed China’s capital city on the eve of World War II In December 1937, one of the most horrific atrocities in the long annals of wartime barbarity occurred.

The Japanese army swept into the ancient city of Nanking (what was then the capital of China), and within weeks, more than 300,000 Chinese civilians and soldiers were systematically raped, tortured, and murdered. In this seminal work, Iris Chang, whose own grandparents barely escaped the massacre, tells this history from three perspectives: that of the Japanese soldiers, that of the Chinese, and that of a group of Westerners who refused to abandon the city and created a safety zone, which saved almost 300,000 Chinese.

Drawing on extensive interviews with survivors and documents brought to light for the first time, Iris Chang’s classic book is the definitive history of this horrifying episode.”Chang vividly, methodically, records what happened, piecing together the abundant eyewitness reports into an undeniable tapestry of horror.” – Adam Hochschild, Salon

10. The History of the Ancient World: From the Earliest Accounts to the Fall of Rome

Author: by Susan Wise Bauer
English
896 pages
039305974X

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A lively and engaging narrative history showing the common threads in the cultures that gave birth to our own. This is the first volume in a bold new series that tells the stories of all peoples, connecting historical events from Europe to the Middle East to the far coast of China, while still giving weight to the characteristics of each country.

Susan Wise Bauer provides both sweeping scope and vivid attention to the individual lives that give flesh to abstract assertions about human history. Dozens of maps provide a clear geography of great events, while timelines give the reader an ongoing sense of the passage of years and cultural interconnection.

This old-fashioned narrative history employs the methods of history from beneathliterature, epic traditions, private letters and accountsto connect kings and leaders with the lives of those they ruled. The result is an engrossing tapestry of human behavior from which we may draw conclusions about the direction of world events and the causes behind them.

11. The Essence and Applications of Taijiquan

Author: by Chengfu Yang
B008GMZQ8K
September 4, 2012
English

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Martial arts master Yang Chengfu’s seminal work on the techniques and applications of Yang-style taijiquannow available to Western practitioners for the first time The publication in 1934 of Yang Chengfu’s book, The Essence and Applications of Taijiquan (Taijiquan Tiyong Quanshu) marked a milestone in the modern evolution of the art of taijiquan.

Using what is best-termed demonstration narrative, the author presents form postures and suggested applications from his own perspective, as he performed them. This methodology renders Yang Chengfu’s direct, hands-on teaching of the art with such immediacy and liveliness that the reader experiences the master’s teaching much as his students did.

This English translation finally makes Yang Chengfu’s classic work available to taijiquan enthusiasts in the West. It includes notes and commentary that clarify the author’s frequent classical and literary turns of phrase and elucidate the philosophical and political underpinnings that shape the text.

12. Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea

Author: by Barbara Demick
Random House
English
336 pages

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An eye-opening account of life inside North Koreaa closed world of increasing global importancehailed as a tour de force of meticulous reporting (The New York Review of Books) NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FINALIST In this landmark addition to the literature of totalitarianism, award-winning journalist Barbara Demick follows the lives of six North Korean citizens over fifteen yearsa chaotic period that saw the death of Kim Il-sung, the rise to power of his son Kim Jong-il (the father of Kim Jong-un), and a devastating famine that killed one-fifth of the population.

Demick brings to life what it means to be living under the most repressive regime todayan Orwellian world that is by choice not connected to the Internet, where displays of affection are punished, informants are rewarded, and an offhand remark can send a person to the gulag for life.

She takes us deep inside the country, beyond the reach of government censors, and through meticulous and sensitive reporting we see her subjects fall in love, raise families, nurture ambitions, and struggle for survival. One by one, we witness their profound, life-altering disillusionment with the government and their realization that, rather than providing them with lives of abundance, their country has betrayed them.

13. Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides's Trap?

Author: by Graham Allison
Mariner Books
English
400 pages

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A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR | SHORT-LISTED FOR THE 2018 LIONEL GELBER PRIZE | NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY: FINANCIAL TIMES * THE TIMES (LONDON) * AMAZON Allison is one of the keenest observers of international affairs around.

JOE BIDEN, former vice president of the United States China and the United States are heading toward a war neither wants. The reason is Thucydides’s Trap: when a rising power threatens to displace a ruling one, violence is the likeliest result.

Over the past five hundred years, these conditions have occurred sixteen times; war broke out in twelve. Today, as an unstoppable China approaches an immovable America, and both Xi Jinping and Donald Trump promise to make their countries great again, the seventeenth case looks grim.

A trade conflict, cyberattack, Korean crisis, or accident at sea could easily spark a major war. In Destined for War, eminent Harvard scholar Graham Allison masterfully blends history and current events to explain the timeless machinery of Thucydides’s Trapand to explore the painful steps that might prevent disaster today.

14. China's Civilian Army: The Making of Wolf Warrior Diplomacy

Author: by Peter Martin
Oxford University Press
English
320 pages

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The untold story of China’s rise as a global superpower, chronicled through the diplomatic shock troops that connect Beijing to the world. China’s Civilian Army charts China’s transformation from an isolated and impoverished communist state to a global superpower from the perspective of those on the front line: China’s diplomats.

They give a rare perspective on the greatest geopolitical drama of the last half century. In the early days of the People’s Republic, diplomats were highly-disciplined, committed communists who feared revealing any weakness to the threatening capitalist world. Remarkably, the model that revolutionary leader Zhou Enlai established continues to this day despite the massive changes thecountry has undergone in recent decades.

Little is known or understood about the inner workings of the Chinese government as the country bursts onto the world stage, as the world’s second largest economy and an emerging military superpower. China’s Diplomats embody its battle between insecurity and self-confidence, internally andexternally.

15. Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China

Author: by Jung Chang
Simon & Schuster
English
538 pages

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The story of three generations in twentieth-century China that blends the intimacy of memoir and the panoramic sweep of eyewitness historya bestselling classic in thirty languages with more than ten million copies sold around the world, now with a new introduction from the author.

An engrossing record of Mao’s impact on China, an unusual window on the female experience in the modern world, and an inspiring tale of courage and love, Jung Chang describes the extraordinary lives and experiences of her family members: her grandmother, a warlord’s concubine; her mother’s struggles as a young idealistic Communist; and her parents’ experience as members of the Communist elite and their ordeal during the Cultural Revolution.

Chang was a Red Guard briefly at the age of fourteen, then worked as a peasant, a barefoot doctor, a steelworker, and an electrician. As the story of each generation unfolds, Chang captures in gripping, movingand ultimately upliftingdetail the cycles of violent drama visited on her own family and millions of others caught in the whirlwind of history.