Tag Archive: asia

American Odd: “The Rise of the Fourth Reich: The Secret Societies That Threaten to Take Over America,” by Jim Marrs

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Jim Marrs takes us on a wild ride into secret societies, Nazi wonder weapons, and why the Council of Foreign Relations is responsible for every bad thing ever.

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Hunting with Eagles: In the Realm of the Mongolian Kazakhs by Palani Mohan @ NYJB

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“Hunting with Eagles” by Palani Mohan offers a rare glimpse into a vanishing way of life captured by a photojournalist nomad.

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CCLaP Fridays: A Kingdom in Crisis, by Andrew MacGregor Marshall

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This week I review “A Kingdom in Crisis,” by Andrew MacGregor Marshall, a fearless expose of Thailand’s corrupt politics and looming succession crisis.

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CCLaP Fridays: Singapore Noir, edited by Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan

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This week I review “Singapore Noir,” edited by Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan, about the dreamers, desperation, and bad decisions that make up the noir genre in a city with no crime. This is good crime fiction, lah.

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On the Noodle Road, by Jen Lin-Liu @ NYJB

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At the New York Journal of Books, I review On the Noodle Road, by Jen Lin-Liu, which is “. . . a fascinating exploration of some lesser-known corners of the Asian continent and a portrait of a marriage under extreme circumstances . . .”

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CCLaP Fridays: The Cage, by Gordon Weiss

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This week at CCLaP, Karl Wolff reviews “The Cage” by Gordon Weiss, a former UN worker who writes about the human rights disaster of Sri Lanka in its battle with the Tamil Tigers.

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Years of Renewal (1999) by Henry Kissinger

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The final volume of Kissinger’s memoirs details his tenure in the Ford Administration, along with my analysis on our current foreign policy situation and what conservatism has become.

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A Cultural History of the Chinese Language, by Sharron Gu

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A Cultural History of the Chinese Language by Sharron Gu attempts to provide a means for non-specialists to approach Chinese, not from the technical and scientific discipline of linguistics, but from the discipline of literary history.

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80sSFF: Apocalypse Now (1979) and Apocalypse Now Redux (2001)

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The first part in a series dedicated to examining the science fiction and fantasy films from 1979 to 1989.  The series will investigate whether these films possess certain ineffable qualities missing from today’s… Continue reading

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Hav by Jan Morris

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Hav by the Welsh travel writer Jan Morris is a very Borgesian work, bringing to mind the Argentinean writer’s love for mirrors and labyrinths.  There is even a character named Dr. Borge and… Continue reading

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