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  • Art of War – Sun Tzu, translated by Ralph D. Sawyer; The classic book of Chinese strategy for war and business.
  • China Hands: Nine Decades of Adventure, Espionage, and Diplomacy in Asia – James R. Lilley; A really cool personal history of a foreign famly's life and work in China over almost the entire 20th century. Lots of famous names, dates and people. An easy read.
  • China Inc. – Ted C. Fishman; quick review and preview of the largest and fastest growing economy in the history of the world.
  • Chinese Business Etiquette – Scott D. Seligman; The best book I've ever read on what it's like to "live" in the Chinese business environment! He knows the Chinese.
  • Chinese Cinderella – Adeline Yen Mah; An emotional personal history of life as a women in "modern" China.
  • Chinese Family and Kinship – Huge D.R. Baker; Academic look at Chinese family relationships and the networks they create.
  • Coming Collapse of China, The – Gordon Chang; Every reason why to never work with China - a perceptive but long winded balance to the ever present optimism about China.
  • Crucial Conversations – Kerry Patterson, et al; How to effectively handle difficult conversations and understand conflicts and concerns.
  • Flow of Gifts, The – Yunxiang Yan; Reciprocity and social networks in a Chinese Village.
  • Freakonomics – Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner. This is the economics that you never learned in college - it's interesting, entertaining, relevant and actually fun!
  • Gifts Favors and Banquets – Mayfair Mei-hui Yang; This book is the standard on Chinese relationships. An academic look at the influence of thousands of years of history on business relationships in China.
  • Good to Great – Jim Collins; What makes the best the best and how they got there.
  • Guns, Germs, and Steel – Jared Diamond; A whirlwind tour de force of world history and the evidence to destroy centuries of racist ideas. Great Book!
  • Joy Luck Club, The – Amy Tan; two generations of Chinese women in three families deal with modernity, relationships and their own history.
  • Life and Death in Shanghai – Nian Chen; a personal look at the politics and life in Communist China's cosmopolitan center.
  • New Chinese Empire, The, and what it means for the United States – Ross Terrill; Winner of the LA Times Book Prise, it clearly and with great detail explains where China is headed.
  • One Billion Customers – James McGregor; "Lessons from the front lines of doing business in China." Probably the most honest and accurate book on doing business in China.
  • Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1914 – David McCullough; A thoroughly engaging read - I couldn't put it down (and I wasn't interested in the Panama Canal in the slightest when I first picked it up).
  • Re-imagine – Tom Peters; How to turn every MBA course you ever had on it ear! Wild thoughts for wild times.
  • Seach for Modern China, The – Jonathan Spence; the best history of modern China available.
  • Thailand: Buddhist Kingdom as Modern Nation-State – Charles F. Keys; Classic academic look at the religious and political aspects of the Kingdom of Thailand.
  • The Tiananmen Papers – Zhang Liang, et al; Insider details about the Chinese government's decisions leading up to the 1989 Tiananmen massacre.
  • Wild Swans – Jung Change; very emotional and personal history of three generations of Chinese women in China during the first 30 years of the "new China".
  • World is Flat, The – Thomas Friedman; Another book on why China is going to take over the world and how the US is beating themselves. The first half is really pretty good, maybe a tad over the top, but still good. But his social policy solutions need some real work.
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