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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Sheathing the Sword: The Demilitarization of Post War Japan

Merion and Susie Harries, MacMillan

 

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: 
Jul 29, 2011