wOrlD HIstOry: Asia & Africa
Jonathan D. Spence
a Penguin Lives biograPhy
“a fine introduction to the mystery of mao.”—Kirkus
Reviews. “Spence is the best known and most talented
historian of China writing in english today...displaying an
inventive ability to derive both meaning and narrative from
episodes of Chinese history that are little known in the
West.”—Los Angeles Times.
Penguin • 208 pp. • 978-0-14-303772-9 • $13.00
Michael J. Durant, with Steven Hartov
in the CoMPany of heroes
Introduction by Mark Bowden
the u.S army helicopter pilot captured in Somalia (who
was an integral part of the story chronicled in Black Hawk
Down), tells the story of his involvement in the events of
october 1993. 16 pp. b/w photos.
nAl • 384 pp. • 978-0-451-21060-9 • $14.00
the gate of heavenLy PeaCe
The Chinese and Their Revolution, 1895-1980
“Spence has broadened our perspectives and given greater
depth to our visions of Chinese life.”—lucien W. pye, China
Penguin • 528 pp. • 978-0-14-006279-3 • $18.00
“a beautiful, hopeful novel about one woman’s return to
war-ravaged mogadishu.”—Time. “a literary vision both
broad and deep, the vision of an exile and a patriot.”—The
New York Times Book Review.
Penguin • 432 pp. • 978-0-14-311298-3 • $15.00
a New York Times notable Book
treason by the book “a savory, fascinating, memorable story of absolute rule...not Links
only reveals a great deal about China’s turbulent past but also “It is a looking-glass world that the Somalian novelist
suggests where some of the more durable reflexes of China’s nuruddin farah takes us through in his novel about his coun-
current leadershavetheirroots.”—richard Bernstein, The New try’s long chaos of atrocity and clan warfare.”—The New
York Times. draws on archived transcripts to create a superb York Times Book Review. B/w illustrations throughout.
Penguin • 352 pp. • 978-0-14-303484-1 • $15.00
account of a plot against an 18th-century Chinese emperor. Winner of the Hurst/Wright legacy award in fiction; a Washington
Penguin • 320 pp. • 978-0-14-200041-0 • $16.00 Post Best Book of the year
a New York Times notable Book
“Startling...passionate. farah’s masterpiece.”—The New
York Times Book Review.
Penguin • 272 pp. • 0-14-029643-3 • $15.00
aMeriCan shogun: General MacArthur,
Emperor Hirohito, and the Drama of Modern Japan
“a dual biography of the american general and the seCrets
Japanese emperor, whose wartime confrontation and “Set amid the further chaos of Somalia’s civil war...its vary-
eventual reconciliation shaped the future history of u.S.- ing voices, parables, proverbs and dreams depict a starving
Japanese relations.”— The Chronicle of Higher Education. nation that sells its soul to superpowers to survive.”—San
Overlook • 496 pp. • 978-1-58567-891-4 • $18.95 Francisco Chronicle.
Penguin • 304 pp. • 0-14-028045-6 • $14.00
Winner of the 1998 neustadt International prize for literature
also available: Gifts 978-0-14-029642-6
Tahar Ben Jelloun
this bLinding absenCe of Light
Translated by Linda Coverdale
the internationally renowned author tells the story of the
desert concentration camps of King Hassan II of morocco.
“In this deeply moving novel, Jelloun has chosen imagina-
tion as the response to inhumanity—the art of writing as
the ultimate liberation.” —L’Express.
Penguin • 208 pp. • 0-14-303572-5 • $14.00
Winner of the ImpaC dublin literary award
sCribbLing the Cat
Travels with an African Soldier
“a demon-haunted tour of Zimbabwe and mozambique in the
company of an ex-soldier.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review).
“Searing, at times intoxicating....[fuller’s] rousing portrayals of
the african landscape and the people and creatures that in-
habit it...rise to the level of lyricism.”—The Washington Post.
Penguin • 240 pp. • 978-0-14-303501-5 • $15.00
bLaCk ha Wk do Wn: A Story of Modern War
“ranks among the best books ever written about infantry
combat.”—Bob Shacochis. a brilliant account of the sus-
tained firefight involving american troops on october 3,
1993 in the heart of mogadishu, Somalia.
Penguin • 400 pp. • 978-0-14-028850-6 • $13.95
a national Book award finalist
also available: Killing Pablo 978-0-14-200095-3
J shades of differenCe
Mac Maharaj and the Struggle for South Africa
Foreword by Nelson Mandela
“a collaborative biography, bringing together the author’s
analysis and maharaj’s own reflections, transcribed from
hours of interviews. the result is exactly what o’malley set
out to achieve: ‘a portrait of mac and of South africa.’ It is a
striking success.”—The New York Times Book Review.
Penguin • 672 pp. • 978-0-14-023224-0 • $18.00
John Carlin J PLaying the eneMy Paul Rusesabagina, with Tom Zoellner Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a NationJ an ordinary Man: An Autobiography
an inspiring account of one of the greatest charm offensives in the remarkable life story of the man whose heroism and
history—mandela’s decade-long campaign to unite his country, humanity inspired the film Hotel Rwanda. “Weaves his
beginning in a jail cell and ending with a rugby tournament. country’s history with his personal history into a rich nar-
Penguin Press • 304 pp. • 978-1-59420-174-5 • $24.95 rative that attempts to explain the unexplainable.”—The
Available August 2008 Boston Globe. 8 pp. b/w photos.
Penguin • 224 pp. • 978-0-14-303860-3 • $14.00
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