Maggie Nelson is a poet, critic and the author of five books of non-fiction. Her books include the hybrid cult classic Bluets and The Argonauts (winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award), as well as four poetry collections. In 2016 she was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship. She currently lives in Los Angeles. Claudia Rankine is the author of five books, including the bestselling Citizen: An American Lyric. A chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, she is the winner of many prizes including a 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award and a 2016 MacArthur Fellowship. She is an adjunct professor of English and African-American Studies at Yale University. Denise Riley is a critically acclaimed writer of both philosophy and poetry. She is currently Professor of the History of Ideas and of Poetry at UEA. Her latest collection is Say Something Back (2016), for which she won the Roehampton Poetry Prize. She lives in London.
Jonathan Fenby has edited the Observer, the South China Morning Post and Reuters World Service as well as holding senior positions at the Economist, Independent and Guardian. His books include Generalissimo: Chiang Kai-Shek and the China He Lost, Dealing with the Dragon: A Year in the New Hong Kong, The General: Charles de Gaulle and the France He Saved, The History of Modern France andTiger Head, Snake Tails: China Today, How It Got There and Where It is Heading. He is currently Managing Partner and China Director of the analytical service Trusted Sources. He was a made a Commander of the British Empire in 2000 for services to journalism and is a knight of both the Legion d´honneur and the French Order of Merit.
WINNER OF THE AMERICAN HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION´S JOHN K. FAIRBANK PRIZE SHORTLISTED FOR THE CUNDHILL HISTORY PRIZE 2017 ´This is the finest single-volume history of Vietnam in English. It challenges myths, and raises questions about the socialist republic´s political future´ Guardian ´Powerful and compelling. Vietnam will be of growing importance in the twenty-first-century world, particularly as China and the US rethink their roles in Asia. Christopher Goscha´s book is a brilliant account of that country´s history.´ - Rana Mitter ´A vigorous, eye-opening account of a country of great importance to the world, past and future´ - Kirkus Reviews Over the centuries the Vietnamese have beenboth colonizers themselves and the victims of colonization by others. Their country expanded, shrunk, split and sometimes disappeared, often under circumstances far beyond their control. Despite these often overwhelming pressures, Vietnam has survived as one of Asia´s most striking and complex cultures. As more and more visitors come to this extraordinary country, there has been for some years a need for a major history - a book which allows the outsider to understand the many layers left by earlier emperors, rebels, priests and colonizers. Christopher Goscha´s new work amply fills this role. Drawing on a lifetime of thinking about Indo-China, he has created a narrative which is consistently seen from ´inside´ Vietnam but never loses sight of the connections to the ´outside´. As wave after wave of invaders - whether Chinese, French, Japanese or American - have been ultimately expelled, we see the terrible cost to the Vietnamese themselves. Vietnam´s role in one of the Cold War´s longest conflicts has meant that its past has been endlessly abused for propaganda purposes and it is perhaps only now that the events which created the modern state can be seen from a truly historical perspective. Christopher Goscha draws on the latest research and discoveries in Vietnamese, French and English. His book is a major achievement, describing both the grand narrative of Vietnam´s story but also the byways, curiosities, differences, cultures and peoples that have done so much over the centuries to define the many versions of Vietnam.
Russia´s recent past has encompassed revolution, civil war, mass terror and two world wars, and the country is still undergoing huge change. This book discusses Russia´s unresolved economic and social difficulties and its determination to regain its leading role on the world stage.
*FULLY REVISED AND UPDATED* Whether it was Churchill rousing the British to take up arms or the dream of Martin Luther King, Fidel Castro inspiring the Cuban revolution or Barack Obama on Selma and the meaning of America, speeches have profoundly influenced the way we see ourselves and society. Gathered here are some of the most extraordinary and memorable speeches of the last century - from Lenin to Reagan, Thatcher to Malala. Some are well known, others less so, but all helped form the world we now inhabit.