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

National Security Strategy of the United States, 2010



The United States in the New Asia

Council on Foreign Relations



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’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



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



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



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