Saturday, December 30, 2017

A journey's end

A few minutes ago, I finished Jawaharlal Nehru's The Discovery of India,  and completed my Discovery of Asia series, or challenge, for 2017.   My goal was to read two books per month on Asian history or culture, primarily Indian and Chinese,  and despite being three months behind in the late fall, I made it!   I'll post comments for Nehru's work in the coming week, and still owe myself a proper summary for This Brave New World.   I'm not finished learning about Asia, however; this was just a breaking of the ground, an establishment of a foundation I can build on later.  I already have some future reads in mind.  For now, however,  it's time to relax with coffee and a piece by Ravi Shankar, "The Discovery of India".

Land of the Tiger: A Natural History of the Indian Subcontinent,  Valmik Thapar

General History
India in the Global Community, P. Paramundi Karan
The Silk Road: Two Thousand Years in the Heart of Asia, Frances Wood
Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World, Jack Weatherford
Japan: A Cultural History, Henri Stierlin
India: A New History, StanleyWolbert
Midnight's Furies: The Deadly Legacy of India's Partition,  Nisid Hajari
The Tragedy of Liberation: The Chinese Revolution, Frank Dikotter
The Wonder That Was India,  Arthur Llewellyn Basham
Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of WW2, John Dower
Heart of the Dragon, PBS
The Emperor Far Away: Travels at the Edge of China,  David Eimer
A History of China, Wolfram Eberhard
The Discovery of India, Jawaharlal Nehru

Asia in the age of Globalism
This Brave New World:  India, China, and the United States, Anja Manuel (Review Pending)
In Spite of the Gods: The Rise of India, Edward Luce
China Road, Rob Gifford
China: An Introduction, Lucien Pye
The Elephant and the Dragon: What India and China's Rise Means, Robyn Meredith
China Wakes: The Struggle for the Soul of a Rising PowerNicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
Korea Reborn Ministry of Patriots
Dragon Rising: An Inside Look at China Today,  Jasper Becker
Country Driving: A Journey through China from Farm to Factory, Peter Hessler
Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China, Leslie Chang


  1. Impressive as always........... [looks impressed].

    1. I didn't think I'd make it! That's why Nov and Dec were so China-heavy..I had to put everything else aside. Next year's theme won't be as intense.


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