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Zodiac by Ai Weiwei

Zodiac | A Graphic Memoir, by renowned artist Ai Weiwei, is an exquisitely illustrated and profoundly philosophical graphic memoir, that delves into the intricate relationship between artistic expression and intellectual freedom, using the Chinese zodiac as a thought-provoking framework. Inspired by the twelve signs of the Chinese zodiac and their associated human characteristics, Ai Weiwei masterfully interweaves ancient Chinese folklore with stories of his life, family, and career.

Raiders, Rulers and Traders by David Chaffetz

Forthcoming, July 30, 2024. In Raiders, Rulers and Traders | The Horse and The Rose of Empires, scholar of Asian history David Chaffetz tells the story of the steppe raiders, rulers, and traders who amassed power and wealth on horseback from the Bronze Age through the twentieth century. Drawing on a wealth of primary sources—in Persian, Turkish, Russian, and Chinese—Chaffetz presents a groundbreaking new view of what has been known as the “Silk Road,” and a lively history of the great horse empires that shaped civilization.

The Catalyst by Thomas R. Cech

Forthcoming, June 4, 2024. In this forthcoming book, The Catalyst: RNA and the Quest to Unlock Life’s Deepest Secrets, Thomas R. Cech recounts his own paradigm-shifting discovery that RNA can catalyze biochemical reactions, as well as his work on the “fountain of youth” telomerase, and unfolds how RNA holds the key to the intricate machinery of our cells, the critical processes of aging and disease, and the spectacular powers of breakthrough therapies from CRISPR to mRNA vaccines.

Into Siberia by Gregory Wallance

Into Siberia | George Kennen’s Epic Journey Through the Brutal, Frozen Heart of Russia by Gregory Wallance details the story of George Kennan’s discovery of the plight of exiles in Russia. This book that ranks with the greatest adventure stories, is a thrilling work of history about one man’s harrowing journey and the light it shone on some of history’s most heinous human rights abuses.

Murder in Manchuria by Scott D. Seligman

Murder in Manchuria | The True Story of a Jewish Virtuoso, Russian Fascists, a French Diplomat, and a Japanese Spy in Occupied China by Scott D. Seligman, a real-life murder mystery set in China. Part cold-case thriller and part social history, the true, tragic saga of Semyon Kaspé is told in the context of the larger, improbable story of the lives of the twenty thousand Jews who called Harbin home at the beginning of the twentieth century.

Target Tehran by Yonah Jeremy Bob and Ilan Evyatar

In Target Tehran, Authors Yonah Bob and Ilan Evyatar describe how Israel has used cyberwarfare, targeted assassinations, and sabotage of Iranian facilities to great effect, sometimes in cooperation with the United States. The remarkable story of how Israel used sabotage, assassination, cyberwar—and diplomacy—to thwart Iran’s development of nuclear weapons and, in the process, reshaped the Middle East.

The Story of Scandinavia by Stein Ringen

In The Story of Scandinavia | From the Vikings to Social Democracy, political scholar Stein Ringen’s masterful storytelling reveals the turbulent history of Denmark, Sweden, and Norway, exposing a past marked by collapse and restarts, power struggles, and the recent branding of ‘Scandinavia.’ Scandinavian history has been one of dramatic discontinuities of collapse and restarts, from the Viking Age to the Age of Perpetual War to the modern age today.

I Have No Enemies by Perry Link and Wu Dazhi

I Have No Enemies | The Life and Legacy of Liu Xiaobo by Perry Link and Wu Dazhi is a fascinating biography of Liu, a Chinese political and human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate. A powerful record of Liu’s life and times, this book also tells the story of a generation of Chinese intellectuals who sought a better way forward.

Thinking Critically in College by Louis E. Newman

Thinking Critically in College | The Essential Handbook for Student Success by Louis E. Newman is an important and helpful guide for any college student.  Professors expect students not just to absorb material, but to analyze and synthesize it, to consider multiple perspectives, to evaluate conflicting evidence, and then to apply what they’ve learned in new contexts. Newman explains how to do all this and more.