Books on Chinese History and Culture

A Listmania! list by Crossfit Len "tokieyasu" (Arizona)
 
China: A New History, Second Enlarged Edition
1.  China: A New History, Second Enlarged Edition by John King Fairbank
The list author says:
  "A Classic book on the basics of Chinese History."
$25.81   Used & New from: $5.98
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

The Search for Modern China, 2nd Edition
2.  The Search for Modern China, 2nd Edition by Jonathan D. Spence
The list author says:
  "Spence is tough to read but considered the goto guy in the states for Chinese History."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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China: A History
3.  China: A History by John Keay
The list author says:
  "Easy to read basic history of China."
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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Lonely Planet China (Country Travel Guide)
4.  Lonely Planet China (Country Travel Guide) by Bradley Mayhew
The list author says:
  "Everything you could ever want to know about China.  The best for travel before, during and after."
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3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

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Mandate Of Heaven: In China, A New Generation Of Entrepreneurs, Dissidents, Bohemians And Technocra
5.  Mandate Of Heaven: In China, A New Generation Of Entrepreneurs, Dissidents, Bohemians And Technocra by Orville Schell
The list author says:
  "The best book I ever read on China in the 1980's.  One of those rare books when at the end you really learned a lot."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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The River at the Center of the World: A Journey Up the Yangtze, and Back in Chinese Time
6.  The River at the Center of the World: A Journey Up the Yangtze, and Back in Chinese Time by Simon Winchester
The list author says:
  "Beautiful book about the geography of the Yangtze River and within it the story of Chinese history.  A great book."
$18.99   Used & New from: $0.01
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)

China Road: A Journey into the Future of a Rising Power
7.  China Road: A Journey into the Future of a Rising Power by Rob Gifford
The list author says:
  "A book about China today.  Many books about China are outdated.  This one is up to date and talks about the China of now."
$10.53   Used & New from: $0.07
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (161 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze (P.S.)
8.  River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze (P.S.) by Peter Hessler
The list author says:
  "Not as up to date as China road but a great look at the China of now vs. the 1980's."
$12.48   Used & New from: $0.01
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (299 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

The Last Days of Old Beijing: Life in the Vanishing Backstreets of a City Transformed
9.  The Last Days of Old Beijing: Life in the Vanishing Backstreets of a City Transformed by Michael Meyer
The list author says:
  "Great book on the changes in Beijing over the last couple of years.  Again, up to date and discusses the China of now."
Used & New from: $2.85
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

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Iron and Silk
10.  Iron and Silk by Mark Salzman
The list author says:
  "Unfortunately dated but one of the best travel narratives ever written.  Funny eye opening look at the recently opened China of the early 1980's.  What a read."
$12.50   Used & New from: $0.01
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)

Confessions: An Innocent Life in Communist China
11.  Confessions: An Innocent Life in Communist China by Zhengguo Kang
The list author says:
  "Moving story of life in Communist China."
$14.36   Used & New from: $0.01
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China
12.  Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang
The list author says:
  "Classic book on the history of China through the story of 3 women."
$12.01   Used & New from: $0.01
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (748 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Life and Death in Shanghai
13.  Life and Death in Shanghai by Nien Cheng
The list author says:
  "One of the best books about the Cultural Revolution."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (209 customer reviews)

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Mao: The Unknown Story
14.  Mao: The Unknown Story by Jung Chang
The list author says:
  "Don't listen to the communists or liberals, this is the scary true story of just how bad Chairman Mao was.  A must read."
$13.19   Used & New from: $0.40
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (389 customer reviews) | 7 customer discussions

New Emperors: China...
15.  New Emperors: China... by Harrison E. Salisbury
The list author says:
  "Great on Mao and the Great Leap Forward and Industrial Revolution.  Not as good on Deng."
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4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Chinese Cinderella: The True Story of an Unwanted Daughter
16.  Chinese Cinderella: The True Story of an Unwanted Daughter by Adeline Yen Mah
The list author says:
  "Highly recommended for teenagers to learn about Chinese history and culture."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (302 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

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Red Scarf Girl: A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution
17.  Red Scarf Girl: A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution by Ji-Li Jiang
The list author says:
  "Great book for teens on the Cultural Revolution."
$8.09   Used & New from: $0.01
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (234 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Generalissimo: Chiang Kai-shek and the Struggle for Modern China (Belknap Press)
18.  The Generalissimo: Chiang Kai-shek and the Struggle for Modern China (Belknap Press) by Jay Taylor
The list author says:
  "Don't know if it is correct, but a great read and revisionist positive view of Chiang Kai Shek."
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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On The Trail of Marco Polo: Along the Silk Road By Bicycle
19.  On The Trail of Marco Polo: Along the Silk Road By Bicycle by Brady Fotheringham
The list author says:
  "Great travel narrative about the Silk Road via a great bike trip."
$11.66   Used & New from: $0.01
2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

Shadow of the Silk Road (P.S.)
20.  Shadow of the Silk Road (P.S.) by Colin Thubron
The list author says:
  "Beautifully written narrative of a Silk Road Journey."
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)

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Ultimate Journey: Retracing the Path of an Ancient Buddhist Monk Who Crossed Asia in Search of Enlightenment
21.  Ultimate Journey: Retracing the Path of an Ancient Buddhist Monk Who Crossed Asia in Search of Enlightenment by Richard Bernstein
The list author says:
  "Combination travel narrative, history of buddhism,history of China and Silk Road.  A great book."
$12.60   Used & New from: $0.01
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

1421: The Year China Discovered America
22.  1421: The Year China Discovered America by Gavin Menzies
The list author says:
  "Brilliant 1st chapter, interesting and compelling thesis...the rest of the book, not as good, but Zheng He should and needs to be looked at."
$11.10   Used & New from: $1.16
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (414 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Shen and the Treasure Fleet
23.  Shen and the Treasure Fleet by Ray Conlogue
The list author says:
  "Zheng He through a YA story.  Nice book for teens."
Used & New from: $27.72

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The Sextants of Beijing: Global Currents in Chinese History
24.  The Sextants of Beijing: Global Currents in Chinese History by Joanna Waley-Cohen
The list author says:
  "Awesome on breaking the myth of isolated China."
$13.78   Used & New from: $0.53
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

The Devil Soldier: The American Soldier of Fortune Who Became a God in China
25.  The Devil Soldier: The American Soldier of Fortune Who Became a God in China by Caleb Carr
The list author says:
  "Reads like a novel.  Look at the Taiping Rebellion and the American who helped to put it down."
$13.26   Used & New from: $0.01
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

Tai-Pan
26.  Tai-Pan by James Clavell
The list author says:
  "A history of imperialism in China and the Opium Wars through a brilliant and most entertaining novel."
$8.99   Used & New from: $0.01
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (246 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

A Great Wall: Six Presidents and China
27.  A Great Wall: Six Presidents and China by Patrick Tyler
The list author says:
  "The history of American policy towards China.  Great book."
$17.96   Used & New from: $0.01
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

Nixon and Mao: The Week That Changed the World
28.  Nixon and Mao: The Week That Changed the World by Margaret MacMillan
The list author says:
  "Highly readable look at the relationship between the PRC and the US."
$14.55   Used & New from: $2.24
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II
29.  The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II by Iris Chang
The list author says:
  "Classic look at what the Japanese did in Nanjing in 1937.  Brutal but necessary read.  RIP Iris Chang."
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (761 customer reviews) | 4 customer discussions

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The Chinese in America: A Narrative History
30.  The Chinese in America: A Narrative History by Iris Chang
The list author says:
  "Brilliant history of the Chinese in America.  Iris Chang was a great historian and people should read her books."
$15.83   Used & New from: $1.71
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

The Boxer Rebellion: The Dramatic Story of China's War on Foreigners that Shook the World in the Summer of 1900
31.  The Boxer Rebellion: The Dramatic Story of China's War on Foreigners that Shook the World in the Summer of 1900 by Diana Preston
The list author says:
  "Easy to read Western view of the Boxer Rebellion."
$12.49   Used & New from: $0.01
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)

Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World
32.  Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford
The list author says:
  "Revisionist view of the Mongol Empire."
$9.49   Used & New from: $3.73
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (384 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

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