Reviews

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Chinese democracy

Shiyu Tan reviews Mark Leonard's latest book about the different ideologies that may shape China's relationship with the West

Beijing: the city of lost history

China-based foreign correspondent Jasper Becker's latest book chronicle's Beijing's past in order to contrast it with its present

The truth about lies

Charles W. Hayford surveys three books to illustrate how the discussion of Chinese and Western perceptions of honesty has progressed over time

A stab in the back

Collection of essays from 'Secrets of the Press' gives behind-the-scenes insight into journalism profession

The irrepressible and intimate Mochtar Lubis

Diary of Indonesian newspaperman and veteran political prisoner gives younger Indonesians insight into "the untold chapters of the Soeharto years"

Eagle Awards' documentary films bring nature to life

This year's environmental-themed documentaries in annual competition held by Metro TV and In Docs may lack focus but are entertaining and are remarkable efforts by first-time directors

The threat of complacency, the hope of faith

Journalist Sadanand Dhume's new book offers insight into Indonesia's Islamic Prosperous Justice Party, while acknowledging the author's atheist point of view

Female war stories

Joyce Hoffman weaves the stories of female reporters in the Vietnam War with the history of the conflict in her book 'On Their Own'

Between Nanjing and Chongqing

Charles W. Hayford reviews Stephen MacKinnon's latest book about the indelible mark that time between the Rape of Nanjing and the retreat to Chongqing left on modern China

Is it really her own work?

New Thaksin book has cynics questioning army author Sunisa Lertpakawat's work

Celeb candidates stung by real election hero

Japanese actors stage a satire of the upper house elections in a bold move of political commentary

Sixty-two years ago today

Steven Okazaki brings the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki into the present in his new documentary about survivors

Japan in Perspective

Two books take startlingly different views on Japan, but James F. Paradise says Japan is like most other countries with its share of foibles and successes

Poetry and pain among headlines

Poet Amol Titus' new book, released in Jakarta last month, explores the pain and violence of newspaper headlines

A mighty sad movie

The heroism shown in a new film about the death of Daniel Pearl is worth celebrating, even if the film shows little compassion for Pakistan, writes Ras H. Siddiqui

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