Suggested literature on China (and the US & China), the US Asia-Pacific Hegemony, Japan, Korea, Military Bases, The Pacific, Regional Dynamics, and South Asia.  Includes articles, novels, films, history, and analysis.

China (and U.S. & China)

About Face: A History of America’s Curious Relationship with China from Nixon to Clinton (book)
James Mann, Alfred A. Knopf

Across the Strait: Mainland China, Taiwan and the 1995-1996 Crisis (book)
Suisheng Zhao, ed., Routledge

China Rising: Peace, Power, and Order in East Asia (book)
David C. Kang, Columbia University Press

China’s Water Warriors: Citizen Action and Policy Change (book)
Andrew Mertha, Cornell University Press

Governing China: From Revolution through Reform (book)
Kenneth Lieberthal, W.W. Norton & Co Inc

Oracle Bones: A Journey Between China’s Past and Present (book)
Peter Hessler, HarperCollins

Orphans of the Cold War: America and the Tibetan Struggle for Survival (book)
John Kenneth Knaus, Public Affairs Press

The Party: The Secret World of China’s Communist Rulers (book)
Richard McGregor, HarperCollins Publishers

Popular Protest in China (book)
Kevin J. O’Brien, Harvard University Press

Power and Restraint: A Shared Vision for the U.S.-China Relationship (book)
Richard Rosecrance & Gu Guoliang eds., Public Affairs Press

The Search for Modern China (book)
Jonathan D. Spence, W.W. Norton & Co.

Taiwan: A New History (book)
MurrayA. Rubinstein, ed., M.E. Sharpe

Tangled Titans: The United States and China (book)
David Shambaugh, Rowman and Littlefield

Virtual Tibet: Searching for Shangri-la from the Himalayas to Hollywood (book)
Orville Schell, Metropolitan Books

Wealth into Power: The Communist Party’s Embrace of China’s Private Sector (book)
Bruce Dickson, Cambridge University Press

History of U.S. Asia-Pacific Hegemony

American Lake: Nuclear Peril in the Pacific (book)
Peter Hayes, Lyuba Zarsky, Walden Bello, Penguin Press

Empire and the Bomb: How the US Uses Nuclear Weapons to Dominate the World (book)
Joseph Gerson, Pluto Press

The Sorrows of Empire: Militarism, Secrecy and the End of the Republic (book)
Chalmers Johnson, Metropolitan Books


The Clash: U.S.-Japanese Relations Throughout History (book)
Walter LaFeber, W.W. Norton, Ltd

The Enigma of Japanese Power: People and Politics in a Stateless Nation (book)
Karel van Wolferen, Alfred A. Knopf

Islands of Discontent: Okinawan Responses to Japanese and American Power (book)
Laura Hein & Mark Selden, eds., Rowman & Littlefield

Japan in War & Peace: Selected Essays (book)
John W. Dower, The New Press

Japan; A Reinterpretation (book)
Patrick Smith, Pantheon

Okinawa: Cold War Island (book)
Chalmers Johnson, ed., Japan Policy Research Institute

Okinawa: The History of an Island People (book)
George H. Kerr, Tuttle Press

Partnership: The United States and Japan: 1951-2001 (book)
Akira Iriye & Robert A. Wampler eds., Kodansha

Racing the Enemy: Stalin, Truman and the Surrender of Japan (book)
Tsuyoshi Hasegawa, Harvard University Press

Resistant Islands: Okinawa Confronts Japan and the United States (book)
Gavan McCormack & Satoko Oka Norimatsu, Rowman and Littlefield

Sheathing the Sword: The Demilitarization of Post War Japan (book)
Merion and Susie Harries, MacMillan


Korea’s Place in the Sun: A Modern History (book)
Bruce Cumings, W.W. Norton, Ltd.

Meltdown: The Inside Story of the North Korean Nuclear Crisis (book)
Ike Chinoy,St. Martin’s Press

Negotiating on the Edge: North Koren Negotiating Behavior (book)
Scott Snyder, United States Institute of Peace Press

North Korea, South Korea: U.S. Policy at a Time of Crisis (book)
John Feffer, Seven Stories Press

The Korean War: A History (book)
Bruce Cumings, The Modern Library

Military Bases

 The Bases of Empire: The Global Struggle Against Military Bases (book)
Catherine Lutz, Pluto Press

Island of Shame: The Secret History of the U.S. Military Base on Diego Garcia (book)
David Vine, Princeton University Press

The Sun Never Sets…Confronting the Network of U.S. Foreign Military Bases (book)
Joseph Gerson & Bruce Birchard, eds., South End Press


From a Native Daughter: Colonialism & Sovereignty in Hawai’i (book)
Haunani-Kay Trask, University of Hawai’i Press

Militarized Currents: Toward a Decolonized Future in Asia and the Pacific (book)
Setsu Shigematu & Keith L. Camacho, University of Minnesota Press

The Philippines: Land of Broken Promises (book)
James B. Good no, Zed Press

The Philippines Reader (book)
Daniel B. Schiremer & Stephen R. Shalom, eds, South End Press

Regional Dynamics

China and Japan in the Global Setting (book)
Akira Iriye, Harvard University Press

The Perils of Proximity: China-Japan Security Relations (book)
Richard Bush, Brookings Institute Press

South Asia

Democracy and Authoritarianism in South Asia (book)
Ayesha Jalal, Cambridge University Press

India’s Nuclear Bomb: The Impact on Global Proliferation (book)
George Perkovich, University of California Press

Out of the Nuclear Shadow (book)
Smitu Kothari and Zia Mian, eds, Zed Books

Shopping For Bombs: Nuclear Proliferation, Global Insecurity, and the Rise and Fall of the A.Q. Khan Network (book)
Gordon Corera, Oxford University Press

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