Here is the fantastic story of the eccentric scientist who unlocked the mysteries of the Middle Kingdom. In sumptuous and illuminating detail, Simon Winchester chronicles the extraordinary story of Joseph Needham, the brilliant Cambridge scientist who turned his eccentric genius on the study of China. In 1937 Joseph Needham fell in love with a visiting Chinese student. He soon became fascinated by China, and his mistress persuaded him to travel to her home country. Thus began his undying passion for the world´s most populous nation. Needham tackled one of the great, unanswered historical questions: Why did a nation that had invented so much and had enjoyed 5,000 years of flourishing civilization fail to undergo an industrial revolution, and instead spend so many modern years mired in poverty and racked by instability and revolution? By the time he died, Needham had produced 17 immense volumes on China, marking him as the greatest one-man encyclopaedist ever. Both epic and intimate, The Man Who Loved China tells the sweeping history of China through Needham´s remarkable life. Here is an unforgettable tale by one of the world´s inimitable storytellers. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Simon Winchester. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/001638/bk_harp_001638_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A spellbinding narrative of the high-stakes mission that changed the course of America, China, and global politics - and a rich portrait of the towering, complex figure who carried it out. As World War II came to an end, General George Marshall was renowned as the architect of Allied victory. Set to retire, he instead accepted what he thought was a final mission - this time not to win a war, but to stop one. Across the Pacific, conflict between Chinese Nationalists and Communists threatened to suck in the United States and escalate into revolution. His assignment was to broker a peace, build a Chinese democracy, and prevent a Communist takeover, all while staving off World War III. In his 13 months in China, Marshall journeyed across battle-scarred landscapes, grappled with Mao Zedong and Zhou Enlai, and plotted and argued with Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek and his brilliant wife, often over card games or cocktails. The results at first seemed miraculous. But as they started to come apart, Marshall was faced with a wrenching choice. Its consequences would define the rest of his career, as the secretary of state who launched the Marshall Plan and set the standard for American leadership, and the shape of the Cold War and the US-China relationship for decades to come. It would also help spark one of the darkest turns in American civic life, as Marshall and the mission became a first prominent target of McCarthyism, and the question of ´´who lost China´´ roiled American politics. The China Mission traces this neglected turning point and forgotten interlude in a heroic career - a story of not just diplomatic wrangling and guerrilla warfare, but also intricate spycraft and charismatic personalities. Drawing on eyewitness accounts both personal and official, it offers a richly detailed, gripping, close-up, and often surprising view of the central figures of the time - from Marshall, Mao, and Chiang to Eisenhower, Truman, and MacArthu 1. Language: English. Narrator: Malcolm Hillgartner. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/011574/bk_blak_011574_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Trying to squeeze an entire history of Chinese civilization into a brief, one volume account is a formidable task, but one that has succeeded brilliantly here. Hilda Hookham has provided us with a concise story that, while not getting too entangled with personalities and cultural issues, manages to navigate the swirling passage of events that comprise over 3,000 years of Chinese political history. As a result, one is left with a singular impression of what Chinese civilization has meant, both as a cultural reality, and as a historical political force. It has been a tumultuous journey. Recurring themes repeat themselves in dynasty after dynasty: order and statecraft, resource allocation and use, imperialism and population growth, barbarian invasion and subjugation of outlying districts. Each dynasty right up to the current communist regime has followed similar paths. In this brilliant synthesis, we begin to see the patterns of stable government, the building up of infrastructure, reforms to help the peasantry, and reforms of government bureaucracy. Then comes the destabilizing influences of corruption, debauched court life, demands for greater taxation, failing infrastructure, famine, military revolt and invasions by barbarians. The peasants revolt, the military crumbles and a new dynasty takes control, with or without the support of foreign powers, depending on the period. Eventually, as in the case of the Mongols and the Manchurians, the barbarians end up as rulers. Throughout all of this turmoil, the essence of Chinese civilization has endured, sometimes, as in the case of the murderous Mao regime, at the cost of millions of lives. From Confucius and Lao-Tzu to Sun Yatsen, Chang Kaishek and Mao Zedong, Chinese civilization unfolds here in this audiobook as a comprehensible and highly enjoyable summary. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Charlton Griffin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acon/000108/bk_acon_000108_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Finally available in paperback, Ralph D. Sawyer´s incomparable study of ancient Chinese warfare.One of the most profound studies of warfare ever written, The Seven Military Classics of Ancient China presents us with an Eastern tradition of strategic thought that emphasizes outwitting one´s opponent through speed, stealth, flexibility, and a minimum of force - an approach very different from that stressed in the West, where the advantages of brute strength have overshadowed more subtle methods.Safeguarded for centuries by the ruling elites of imperial China, even in modern times, these writings have been known to only a handful of Western specialists. In this volume are seven separate essays, written between 500 B.C. and A.D. 700, that preserve the essential tenets of strategy distilled from the experience of the most brilliant warriors of ancient China. This accurate translation remedies a serious gap in Western knowledge of Asian thought. Based on the best available classical Chinese manuscripts, some only recently discovered by archaeologists, The Seven Military Classics of Ancient China is a uniquely important contribution to the world´s military literature and is essential reading for anyone interested in China´s rich cultural heritage or in the timeless principles of successful warfare strategy. 1. Language: English. Narrator: James Chen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/001564/bk_adbl_001564_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Chinese Economic miracle is happening despite, not because of, China´s 900 million peasants. They are missing from the portraits of booming Shanghai, or Beijing. Many of China´s underclass live under a feudalistic system unchanged since the 15th century.Wu Chuntao and Chen Guidi undertook a three-year survey of what had happened to the peasants in one of the poorest provinces, Anhui, asking the question: have the peasants been betrayed by the revolution undertaken in their name by Mao and his successors? The result is a brilliant narrative of life among the poor, a vivid portrait of the petty dictators that run China´s villages and counties, and the consequences of their bullying despotism on the people they administer.Told principally through four dramatic narratives, Will the Boat Sink the Water? gives voice to the unheard masses and looks beneath the gloss of the new China to find the truth about its vast population of rural poor. 1. Language: English. Narrator: James Chen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/001084/bk_adbl_001084_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This book was written from an American perspective. It was the result of the author´s own dating experiences, background, and his travel to some Asian countries, and his ongoing research. Thus, it reflects not only his knowledge and research, but also the deep-seated knowledge of brilliant and renowned experts with years of experience in their field. Are you single, divorced, or divorcing? Are you interested in learning new techniques and secrets about how to take your sex life in a new direction and to new heights? If so, Bellevue has written this unique book with you in mind. Only in this book can you read about the relatively new social phenomenon that has taken place in some quarters in the Philippines: ´´Husband switching´´. This is the only book that exposes the ´´Pawn shop Factor´´ that is used as a potent tool by Filipina con artists to siphon money out of their male pen pals. You will not find this well-kept secret story anyplace but here. This book is a must-listen because it will give you needed and sought-after information for your dating success you won´t find anywhere else. You will hear topics such as these, among others: How to connect with and seduce a Filipina successfully online and in person Some filipinas and husbands switching - a new trend and a well-kept secret Top secrets to seducing a woman into loving you Why is it necessary to find out if your Filipina girlfriend still has a boyfriend? How to be a confident and an attractive man so women will gravitate toward you How to seduce her and get her into bed What precautions does a foreign national need to take with his Filipina pen pal online? Some of the supidest mistakes most foreigners make before marrying Filipinas Is a foreigner under obligation to pay ´´dowry´´ in order to marry a Filipina? How to make a Chinese woman fall in love with you How to date and s 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jay Wohlert. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/003824/bk_acx0_003824_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Brilliant, quirky twenty-three-year-old China Mack is totally satisfied with her carefully ordered, data-driven life. A computer prodigy who landed a coveted programming job at the cutting-edge tech company Cysnet before even graduating from MIT, China is happiest when following her routine: shower before coffee, pizza only on Mondays, bedtime at ten thirty sharp. But then things start to get a little...unpredictable. First Jackson Cooper - Cysnet´s rich, gorgeous, genius CEO - assigns China to a dangerous and highly classified project for a government defense contractor. Her sixteen-year-old runaway niece suddenly arrives in town, begging to move in with China. And then there´s her sexy but oddly unsettling new neighbor, Clark... Quickly the Cysnet assignment becomes disconcerting - and then downright scary - as key staffers turn up dead. China suspects she´s being followed and isn´t sure whom she can trust. For the first time ever, she´ll have to follow her instincts, rather than logic, if she´s going to survive. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Arielle DeLisle. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/008375/bk_brll_008375_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Ai-Ming tells the story of her family in revolutionary China, from the crowded teahouses in the first days of Chairman Mao´s ascent to the events leading to the Beijing demonstrations of 1989. It is a history of revolutionary idealism, music and silence, in which three musicians - the shy and brilliant composer, Sparrow; the violin prodigy, Zhuli; and the enigmatic pianist, Kai - struggle during China´s relentless Cultural Revolution to remain loyal to one another and to the music they have devoted their lives to. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Angela Lin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/howe/003057/bk_howe_003057_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Continue the epic saga of family, love, and war. Across a century of chaos and upheaval, follow three generations of heroes who will change the face of China forever. A young boy on the run from the Communists that murdered his family must survive in the harsh Tibetan wilderness. A grandmother and leader of the underground railroad must face her dark past as a young revolutionary. A brilliant but brash colonel races to uncover a shadowy conspiracy that threatens to tear the new republic apart. When a Jasmine Revolution sweeps away the brutal Communist regime, China transforms into the world´s first AI-driven direct democracy, ushering in a golden age of peace and prosperity unlike anything ever seen in its 5000-year history. Now when an economic shock brings terrorism and ultra-nationalism roaring back, the nation´s favorite son, Colonel Ju-Long, races to uncover the traitors in his midst before his beloved country explodes into another devastating civil war. But will long-buried family secrets mean it´s already too late? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Leanne Yau. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/090088/bk_acx0_090088_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In the Man Booker prize-longlisted Five Star Billionaire Tash Aw charts the overlapping lives of migrant Malaysian workers, forging lives for themselves in sprawling Shanghai. Justin is from a family of successful property developers. Phoebe has come to China buoyed with hope, but her dreams are shattered within hours as the job she has come for seems never to have existed. Gary is a successful pop artist, but his fans and marketing machine disappear after a bar-room brawl. Yinghui has businesses that are going well but must make decisions about her life. And then there is Walter, the shadowy billionaire, ruthless and manipulative, ultimately alone in the world. In Five Star Billionaire, Tash Aw charts the weave of their journeys in the new China, counterpointing their adventures with the old life they have left behind in Malaysia. The result is a brilliant examination of the migrations that are shaping the new city experiences all over the world, and their effect on myriad individual lives. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Nick Taylor. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hcuk/001420/bk_hcuk_001420_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.