A listing of books that provide a good foundation for learning about the Asia Pacific region.

National Security Strategy of the United States, 2010
http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/rss_viewer/national_security_strategy.pdf

The United States in the New Asia
Council on Foreign Relations
http://www.cfr.org/asia/united-states-new-asia/p20446

China (and U.S. & China):

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

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

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

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

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

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

Taiwan: A New History
Murray A. Rubinstein, ed., M.E. Sharpe

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

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

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

History of U.S. Asia-Pacific Hegemony:

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

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

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

Japan:

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

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

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

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

Japan; A Reinterpretation
Patrick Smith, Pantheon

Okinawa: Cold War Island
Chalmers Johnson, ed,, Japan Policy Research Institute

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

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

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

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

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

Korea:

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

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

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

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

The Korean War: A History
Bruce Cumings, The Modern Library

Military Bases:

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

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

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

Pacific:

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

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

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

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

Regional:

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

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

South Asia:

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

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

Out of the Nuclear Shadow
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
Gordon Corera, Oxford University Press

 

Created Date: 
Aug 7, 2012