A War Away

An American woman in Vietnam, 1967-1974. By Tess Johnston
Tess Johnston has spent her life seeking adventure and excitement but the pinnacle of her experiences was seven years in Vietnam, 1967-74, during the war, where she snared a job with one of the most famous (or infamous) American wartime leaders, John Paul Vann. Tess recounts stories of her Vietnam years, including her eye-witness account of the Tet Offensive, and what it was like to be one the few American women there during those harrowing years.

The Republican Party and the Rise of China

David Petriello
How an American political party helped create modern China. No man - or country - is an island, and China’s emergence over the past two centuries was not solely the product of internal actions. In this ground-breaking study, David Petriello argues that out of all of the catalyzing influences in the creation of modern China, none was more vital than the Republican Party. From the 1780s to today, the various incarnations of this American political party has worked to create the conditions that allowed for China to once again become a world power.

The Tao And Its Characteristics

James Legge
The Taoist canon, the Daodejing, has been translated many times, but the version by the great translator James Legge is one of the best, but also one of the least known. This edition includes the full text of Legge’s translation of the Lao-Tzu classic, along with the full Chinese text of the original.

Tales of Old San Francisco

Graham Earnshaw
San Fransisco is a crested jewel of the California Coast, a city which has been home to convicts and charlatans, millionaires and movie stars. The last stop on the journey West across America, or the first stop from Asia, San Fransisco managed to remain Wild long after the rest of the United States was tamed. Tales of Old San Francisco bathes the reader in the rich mysteries of the city, from the Chinatown to Haight-Ashbury, from the gold rush to earthquakes, from crooks to rock stars, beatniks to Hippies, and the Golden Gate Bridge to Alcatraz. The city’s history brims with colorful characters and extraordinary events, and this book gives all the highlights.

Science of War

Christopher MacDonald
Sun Tzu’s “Art of War” re-translated and re-considered. For more than two thousand years, strategists in China have followed a single system of military teachings. In The Science of War, Christopher MacDonald tells how those principles and teachings first crystallized into the Sun Tzu treatise and how they guide China’s military and political leaders to this day. Supported by a masterly new translation of Sun Tzu’s classic, MacDonald analyses what the application of that ancient system of thought bodes for military strategy in the region.