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

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


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’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


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: 
Aug 7, 2012