As China reclaims its position as a world power, Imperial
Twilight looks back to tell the story of the country's last age
of ascendance and how it came to an end in the nineteenth-century
When Britain launched its first war on China in 1839, pushed into
hostilities by profiteering drug merchants and free-trade
interests, it sealed the fate of what had long been seen as the
most prosperous and powerful empire in Asia, if not the world.
A gripping narrative of the Truman Administration's response to the
fall of Nationalist China and the triumph of Mao Zedong's Communist
forces in 1949--an extraordinary political revolution that
continues to shape East Asian politics to this day.
From the former New York Times Asia correspondent and
author of China's Second Continent, an incisive
investigation of China's ideological development as it becomes an
ever more aggressive player in regional and global
For many years after its reform and opening in 1978, China
maintained an attitude of false modesty about its ambitions.
A journalist travels throughout mainland China and Taiwan in
search of his family’s hidden treasure and comes to
understand his ancestry as he never has before.
In 1938, when the Japanese arrived in Huan Hsu’s
great-great-grandfather Liu’s Yangtze River hometown of
Xingang, Liu was forced to bury his valuables, including a vast
collection of prized antique porcelain, and undertake a
decades-long trek that would splinter the family over thousands of
Empress Dowager Cixi (1835–1908) is the most important woman
in Chinese history. She ruled China for decades and brought a
medieval empire into the modern age.
At the age of sixteen, in a nationwide selection for royal
consorts, Cixi was chosen as one of the emperor’s numerous
“Bamboo is flexible, bending with the wind but never
breaking, capable of adapting to any circumstance. It suggests
resilience, meaning that we have the ability to bounce back even
from the most difficult times. . . . Your ability to thrive
depends, in the end, on your attitude to your life
In the last days of old Peking, where anything goes, can a
murderer escape justice.
Peking in 1937 is a heady mix of privilege and scandal, opulence
and opium dens, rumors and superstition. The Japanese are
encircling the city, and the discovery of Pamela Werner's body
sends a shiver through already nervous Peking.
"Fascinating, shrewd . . . The book deftly traces the rhythms
and patterns of Chinese history." —Michiko Kakutani, The
New York Times
In this sweeping and insightful history, Henry
Kissinger turns for the first time at book length to a country he
has known intimately for decades and whose modern relations with
the West he helped shape.
On the evening of March 17, 1959, as the people of Tibet braced for
a violent power grab by Chinese occupiers—one that would
forever wipe out any vestige of national sovereignty—the
twenty-four-year-old Dalai Lama, Tibet’s political and
spiritual leader, contemplated the impossible.
“Ever since the spectacular success of Chang’s Wild
Swans we have waited impatiently for her to complete with her
husband this monumental study of China’s most notorious
modern leader. The expectation has been that she would rewrite
modern Chinese history.
Born in rural China in 1893, Mao Zedong led his country through "a
long-drawn-out adventure in upheaval." In the process, he became
one of the monumental figures of the twentieth century. He died in
1976, just as China was entering a détente with the United