Taschen's new structure sequence brings a different standpoint to global structure, highlighting architectural tendencies by way of kingdom. each one booklet good points 15 to twenty architects - from the firmly validated to the up-and-coming - with the point of interest on how they've got contributed to very fresh structure within the selected country. Entries contain touch details and brief biographies as well as copiously illustrated descriptions of the architects' or enterprises' most vital fresh tasks. Crossing the globe from state to state, this new sequence celebrates the richly hued architectural character of every kingdom featured. Architects/firms incorporated are: Hitoshi Abe, Tadao Ando, Jun Aoki, Shigeru Ban, Masaki Endoh, Shuhei Endo, Hiroshi Hara, Arata Isozaki, Toyo Ito, Waro Kishi, Kengo Kuma, Fumihiko Maki, Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa/SANAA, Yoshio Taniguchi, Tezuka Architects, Makoto Sei Watanabe, and Makoto Yokomizo.

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By Amy Tan

“A rollicking, adventure-filled tale . . . packed [with] the human potential for love.”
–USA Today

“A beautifully achieved, good-hearted farce that's half romance and half secret . . . With Tan’s many skills on demonstrate, it’s her idiosyncratic wit and sly observations . . . that make this publication natural pleasure.”
–San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco paintings customer Bibi Chen has deliberate a trip of the senses alongside the famed Burma street for 11 fortunate neighbors. yet after her mysterious loss of life, Bibi watches aghast from her ghostly perch because the tourists veer off her itinerary and embark on a path paved with cultural gaffes and tribal curses, Buddhist illusions and romantic wants. On Christmas morning, the travelers cruise throughout a misty lake and disappear.

With picaresque characters and spell binding imagery, Saving Fish from Drowning offers us a voice as idiosyncratic, sharp, and affectionate because the moms of the enjoyment good fortune membership. Bibi is the observant eye of human nature–the witness of fine intentions and undesirable results, of determined souls and people who desire to shop them. finally, Tan takes her readers to that position of their personal middle the place desire is found.

“Amy Tan is between our nice storytellers.”
–The manhattan instances booklet Review

“Amy Tan has created a virtually magical experience that, web page by means of web page, turns into a metaphor for human relationships.”
–Isabel Allende

“With humor, ruthlessness, and wild mind's eye, Tan has reaped [a] amazing story of human longings and (of direction) their consequences.”
–Elle

“A ebook that’s effortless to learn and difficult to forget.”
–Newsweek

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By Valerie Hansen

The Silk street is as iconic in international background because the Colossus of Rhodes or the Suez Canal. yet what was once it, precisely? It evokes a hazy photograph of a caravan of camels weighted down with silk on a dusty wilderness music, attaining from China to Rome. the truth used to be different--and way more interesting--as printed during this new history.

In The Silk Road, Valerie Hansen describes the extraordinary archeological unearths that revolutionize our knowing of those alternate routes. for hundreds of years, key files remained hidden--sometimes intentionally buried through bureaucrats for secure maintaining. however the sands of the Taklamakan barren region have printed attention-grabbing fabric, occasionally preserved through illiterate locals who recycled professional files to make insoles for footwear or clothing for the lifeless. Hansen explores seven oases alongside the line, from Xi'an to Samarkand, the place retailers, envoys, pilgrims, and tourists jumbled together cosmopolitan groups, tolerant of religions from Buddhism to Zoroastrianism. there has been no unmarried, non-stop street, yet a sequence of markets that traded among east and west. China and the Roman Empire had little or no direct alternate. China's major companions have been the peoples of modern day Iran, whose tombs in China display a lot approximately their Zoroastrian ideals. Silk was once now not crucial reliable at the highway; paper, invented in China prior to Julius Caesar was once born, had an even bigger impression in Europe, whereas metals, spices, and glass have been simply as very important as silk. possibly most important of all used to be the road's transmission of principles, applied sciences, and inventive motifs.

The Silk Road is an interesting tale of archeological discovery, cultural transmission, and the complicated chains throughout valuable Asia and China.

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By John Geoghegan

The riveting real tale of Japan's best mystery plan to alter the process global warfare II utilizing a squadron of immense submarines a iteration sooner than their time
 
In 1941, the architects of Japan's sneak assault on Pearl Harbor deliberate a daring follow-up: a in all likelihood devastating air raid—this time against New York urban and Washington, DC. The classified Japanese program required developing a squadron of best mystery submarines—the Sen-toku or I-400 class—designed as underwater plane vendors, every one built with 3 Aichi M6A1 assault bombers painted to seem like U.S. airplane. The bombers, referred to as Seiran (which interprets as “storm from a transparent sky”), have been tucked in an important, water-tight hanger at the sub’s deck. The subs' project was once to trip greater than midway around the globe, floor at the U.S. coast, and release their lethal air assault. this whole operation was once unknown to U.S. intelligence. And the superb factor is how shut the japanese got here to pulling it off.

John Geoghegan’s meticulous study, together with first-person bills from the I-401 crew and the U.S. shooting party, creates a desirable portrait of the Sen-toku's determined push into Allied waters and the U.S. Navy's dramatic pursuit, masterfully illuminating a previously forgotten tale of the Pacific warfare.

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By Pearl S. Buck

A Nobel laureate’s gripping ancient novel concerning the eastern invasion of Nanking
Farmer Liang Tan is familiar with just a quiet, conventional lifestyles in his distant chinese language farming group. whilst information filters in that jap forces are invading the rustic, he and his fellow villagers think that in the event that they behave decently to the japanese infantrymen, the civilians may stay undisturbed. They’re in for a surprise, because the attackers lay waste to the rustic and set up a puppet govt designed to systematically perform jap pursuits. In reaction, the chinese language farmers and their households shape a resistance—which not just includes grave threat, but in addition breaks their vow of nonviolence, major them to wonder whether they’re any assorted than their enemy.
 
Later tailored right into a movie that includes Katharine Hepburn, Dragon Seed is a superb and unflinching examine the horrors of war.
 
This e-book positive factors an illustrated biography of Pearl S. greenback together with infrequent photographs from the author’s estate.

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By Stephen Turnbull

Over the centuries, naval kinfolk among Japan and Korea seem to have alternated among peaceable exchange and outright hostility. notwithstanding, this impact might be deceptive, as a lot of what handed for mercantile job used to be in truth carried out by means of eastern pirate fleets, who pillaged the coasts of Korea and China in a lasting culture that culminated within the maximum pirate raid of all: Hideyoshi's invasion of Korea in 1592. This used to be the clash that concerned Ming China and nearly dragged in Siam. It additionally resulted in Korea constructing East Asia's most renowned warship: the mythical turtle send, that's defined for the 1st time in complete technical aspect during this booklet.

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By John Burdett

A mystery with angle to spare, Bangkok 8 is a gorgeous, razor-edged, usually darkly hilarious novel set in a single of the world’s such a lot unique cities.

Witnessed by way of a throng of gaping spectators, a charismatic Marine sergeant is murdered less than a Bangkok bridge inside of a bolted-shut Mercedes Benz. one of the witnesses are the single law enforcement officials within the urban now not at the take, yet inside moments one is murdered and his accomplice, Sonchai Jitpleecheep—a religious Buddhist and the son of a Thai bar woman and a long-gone Vietnam conflict G.I.—is hell-bent on wreaking revenge. On a vigilante project to seize his partner’s assassin, Sonchai is begrudgingly paired with a stunning FBI agent named Jones and captures her center within the method. In a urban fueled by way of illicit medicinal drugs and endless corruption, prostitution and invaluable artwork, Sonchai’s quest for vengeance takes him right into a international even more sinister than he can have ever imagined.

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By Stephen M. Walt

Revolution inside of a kingdom nearly continuously results in severe safeguard pageant among states, and sometimes to battle. In Revolution and War, Stephen M. Walt explains why this can be so, and indicates how the chance of conflicts attributable to family upheaval can be diminished sooner or later. In doing so, he explores one of many easy questions of diplomacy: What are the connections among household politics and international policy?

Walt starts off by way of exposing the failings in latest theories in regards to the courting among revolution and warfare. Drawing at the theoretical literature approximately revolution and the realist point of view on overseas politics, he argues that revolutions reason wars through changing the stability of threats among a progressive country and its opponents. every one country sees the opposite as either a looming threat and a weak adversary, making conflict appear either helpful and attractive.

Walt lines the dynamics of this argument via targeted stories of the French, Russian, and Iranian revolutions, and during briefer remedy of the yankee, Mexican, Turkish, and chinese language instances. He additionally considers the event of the Soviet Union, whose innovative transformation ended in clash in the former Soviet empire yet no longer with the skin international. an enormous refinement of realist techniques to overseas politics, this e-book unites the learn of revolution with scholarship at the factors of war.

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By Liz Williams

When a soul is going lacking, an occult detective ventures into Hell to retrieve it
When the fourteen-year-old daughter of Singapore Three’s so much famous industrialist dies of anorexia, her mom and dad think that Pearl’s affliction has come to an finish. yet someplace alongside the right way to the Celestial seashores, Pearl’s soul is waylaid, lured by means of an unknown strength to the gates of Hell. to save lots of their daughter from everlasting banishment, they arrive to Detective Inspector Wei Chen, whose jurisdiction lies among this global and the next.
A round-faced cop who's as critical as his beat is unusual, Chen has a demon for a spouse and a convenience with the supernatural that almost all mortals can't fit. yet discovering Pearl Tang will take him additional into the abyss than ever before—to a mystifying position the place he'll need to cooperate with a demonic detective if he desires to live on. It’s effortless, Chen will locate, to get into Hell. The difficult half is getting out.


Snake Agent
is the 1st of the 5 Detective Inspector Chen Novels, which proceed with The Demon and town and Precious Dragon. 

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