Items indicated with an asterisk (*) are available in paperback.
Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi. Half of a Yellow Sun. 2006. Novel on the Nigerian civil war from the Igbo viewpoint.
*Anderson, Thomas P. Politics in Central America. 1982. Describes developments in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua.
Antony, A. Gandhi-Nehru Dynasty. 1990. On India’s most famous family.
Bhutto, Benazir. Daughter of Destiny: An Autobiography. 1989. The first female prime minister of a Muslim country writes about herself.
*Chafe, William H. The Unfinished Journey: America since World War II. 3d ed. 1995. Expanded assessment of U.S. history during the Cold War and post-Cold War eras.
*Chinodya, Shimmer. Harvest of Thorns. 1991. A dramatic and often humorous story of a young African torn between modern and traditional values.
*Cogan, Charles G. Charles de Gaulle: A Brief Biography with Documents. 1996. Readable short biography of a key French leader in the twentieth century.
“The End of Empires.” Multicultural Studies. This 48-minute video, hosted by David Frost, includes interviews with soldiers and civilians who fought for independence in African and Asian nations.
*Fanon, Frantz. Black Skin, White Masks. 1952. Influential book on liberation movements and the impact of violence and racism by a leading intellectual of Third World liberation movements. See also Wretched of the Earth. 1965. Fanon’s account of the Algerian revolution.
Fejto, F A. A History of People’s Democracies: Eastern Europe since Stalin. Trans. D. Weissart. 1973. A survey of communism in eastern Europe prior to the collapse of the Soviet system and the emergence of new states.
Gorbachev, Mikhail. Perestroika: New Thinking for Our Country and the World. 1987. The former Soviet leader explains his reform plans.
*Gruha, Ramachandra. India After Gandhi: The History of the World’s Largest Democracy. 2007. A vivid and illuminating history of post-independence India.
“Half Lives: History of the Nuclear Age.” Films for the Humanities and Sciences. A 56-minute video exploring the nuclear age with balanced discussion of key issues surrounding the arms race and nuclear energy.
*Herring, George. America’s Longest War: The U.S. and Vietnam, 1950-75. 1979. Well-written, concise, and balanced.
*Horne, Alistair. A Savage War of Peace: Algeria 1954-1962. 1977. Moving rendition of Algerian struggle for independence.
“India After Independence.” Films for the Humanities and Sciences. A short 21-minute video on India from 1947 to the assassination of Indira Gandhi.
“Jomo Kenyatta.” A 12-minute film examining Kenyatta’s leadership in Kenya. [Films for the Humanities.]
“Kim Phuo.” 1984. A 25-minute film account of a young girl’s scarring by napalm during the Vietnam war and her struggle to survive.
Kinzer, Stephen. All the Shah’s Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror. 2003. A fascinating account of U.S. intervention in Iran in 1953, its result and impact.
“The Legacy of Mao Zedong.” Insight Media. 1991. A 30-minute video that traces the impact of Mao and communism in China.
Li, Xiaobing, Allen Millett tr. and ed. Mao’s Generals Remember Korea. 2001. Eight of China’s top military leaders tell about China’s and their roles in the Korean War.
Li, Xiaobing. A History of the Modern Chinese Army. 2007. Important study of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army that brought the Chinese Communist Party to power and that sustains its rule.
Loth, Wilfried. The Division of the World 1941-1955. 1988. Scholarly critique of causes for the Cold War.
“Making Sense of the Sixties.” PBS. 1991. A six-part video series on the turbulent sixties with interviews with leading figures from the era.
McLeod, Duncan. India and Pakistan: Friends, Rivals or Enemies? 2008. This book offers new insights into Indo-Pakistani relations.
*O’Neill, William. Coming Apart. 1971. Spirited account of the United States during the turbulent 1960s.
*Patterson, Walter C. Nuclear Power. 1976. A lively account of the interconnection of the arms race and the Cold War.
Salisbury, Harrison. New Emperors: China in the Era of Mao and Deng. 1992. A masterful analysis of communist China during the last four decades.
*Student Atlas of World Politics. 1994. Contains accurate current maps and good coverage of independence movements as well as economic and environmental issues.
Szymusiak, Molyda. The Stones Cry Out: A Cambodian Childhood, 1975-1980. 1988. Evocative story of terror during Pol Pot regime.
Turley, William. The Second Indochina War: A Concise Political and Military History, ed. 2. 2008. Update of an impressive first edition, with new materials; concise, lucid.
Zhang, Xiaoning. Red Wings over the Yalu: China, the United States, and the Air War in Korea. 2002. Fascinating account of one aspect of the Korean War, many maps and photos.
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