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Prisoners of liberation; by W. Allyn Rickett
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An amazing account of two Americans caught by the Communists after the takeover in Beijing. The writing takes the reader on the Ricketts' thought process through their initial arrest, denial, self-criticisms, and final agreement with the Communists. ...more
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Legacy of Ashes by Tim Weiner
Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA
by Tim Weiner (Goodreads Author)
read in September, 2010
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A very complete (as much as possible, without being ten volumes) history of the CIA. The history cleared up so many foreign relations questions I'd had. This book includes the history that should be taught in American schools.

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Orientalism by Edward W. Said
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Going After Cacciato by Tim O'Brien
Going After Cacciato
by Tim O'Brien
read in April, 2010
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gave a bit of perspective into war psychology, insanity, and was a good read.
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Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
Bel Canto
by Ann Patchett
read in October, 2009
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A nice book for before bedtime, but it took me forever to get through. Didn't keep me up reading it, but a good story.
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My Stroke of Insight by Jill Bolte Taylor
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A very readable book on strokes from the perspective of a neuroscientist who has a stroke of her own, and recovers.

If you know someone who has gone through a stroke, this is an excellent book to read to know how to care for them and empathize.
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Beijing Coma by Ma Jian
Beijing Coma
by Ma Jian
read in July, 2009
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The subject matter is just plain sad, but the story is well told. Although this is a piece of fiction, it often felt like a confessional or memoir, some sort of catharsis for the author.

Depressing: a young man shot in Tiananmen, stuck in a coma throu
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The Temple of Memories by Jun Jing
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For anyone interested in collective memory/trauma or modern China dealing with its past, this is an amazing ethnography that deals with these themes. It's thick-reading; I had to reread many parts, and I still don't grasp it all. But that is my own d ...more
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