Presents the history of the Soviet Union, focusing on the rise and fall of communism and how the country's changing government affected global politics. 951 LAI Laird, Thomas. The Story of Tibet: Conversations with the Dalai Lama. New York: Grove Press, 2006.
Journalist Thomas Laird offers insight into the life and teachings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, sharing his interviews with the Dalai Lama and what he learned about the history of Tibet. 951 PRE Preston, Diana. The Boxer Rebellion: the Dramatic Story of China's War on Foreigners that Shook the World in the Summer of 1900. New York: Berkley Books, 2001.
Chronicles the events that occurred during the two-month siege of eleven foreign ministries in Peking and the foreign community of Tientsin during the summer of 1900. 951.04 LAW Lawson, Don. The Long March: Red China under Chairman Mao. New York: Crowell, 1983.
An account of the Communist victory in China, the rise to power of Mao Tsetung, and the Long March undertaken by the Red Army in 1934. 951.04 BYR Byrne, Paul J. The Chinese Revolution: the Triumph of Communism. Minneapolis: Compass Point, 2007.
Profiles the events of the post-World War Two Chinese Revolution through first-hand accounts, quotes from participants, diagrams, photographs, and timelines. 951.04 SNO Snow, Helen Foster. My China Years: a Memoir. New York: Morrow, 1984.
Helen Foster Snow tells of her marriage to brilliant American correspondent Edgar Snow, their home in Peking, and her life in China at a time of civil dissension as the Communists rose to power. 951.05 LAN Langley, Andrew. Tiananmen Square: Massacre Crushes China's Democracy Movement. Minneapolis: Compass Point Books, 2009.
Documents the 1989 pro-democracy demonstrations in Beijing'sTiananmen Square, describing the events that led to the protest and the aftermath. 951.05 LAN Langley, Andrew. The Cultural Revolution: Years of Chaos in China. Minneapolis: Compass Point, 2008.
Describes the events and major figures of the Cultural Revolution in China. 951.904 FIT Fitzgerald, Brian. The Korean War: America's Forgotten War. Minneapolis: Compass Point Books, 2006.
Chronicles the history of the Korean War, discussing the invasion of South Korea by communist North Korean troops in 1950, the response by the United States, the conduct of the conflict, and the armistice of 1953. 955 SAT Satrapi, Marjane. Persepolis. New York: Pantheon Books, 2003.
Contains black-and-white comic strip images in which the author shares the story of her life in Tehran, Iran, where she lived from ages six to fourteen while the country came under control of the Islamic regime.
955.05 WIL Willett, Edward. The Iran-Iraq War. New York: Rosen Pub, 2004.
Examines the history behind the longest war of the twentieth century, which raged between Iran and Iraq in the 1980s, and looks at its ongoing ramifications. 956 KOR Kort, Michael. The handbook of the Middle East. Minneapolis: Twenty-First Century Books, 2008.
Examines the history and political state of sixteen nations that make up the Middle East including a chronology of events from ancient times to 2001, Islamic fundamentalism, and the Arab-Israeli conflict. 956.04 BRO Broyles, Matthew. The Six-Day War. New York: Rosen Pub, 2004.
Examines the history behind the 1967 war between Israel and its surrounding Arab neighbors, Egypt, Syria, and Jordan, plus biographical notes on important figures and a look at the effects of this war. 956.04 FIS Fiscus, James W. The Suez Crisis. New York: Rosen, 2004.
Examines the history behind Egypt's push for control of the Suez Canal and the battle waged against Britain, France, and Israel, and includes biographical notes on leaders and a look at the effects of the crisis. 956.04 HAM Hampton, Wilborn. War in the Middle East: Black September and the Yom Kippur War: a Reporter's Story. Cambridge: Candlewick Press, 2007.
News correspondent Wilborn Hampton relates his experiences covering two civil wars in the Middle East and discusses the important issues that have plagued the region for decades. 956.04 HAY Hayhurst, Chris. Israel's War of Independence. New York: Rosen, 2004.
Examines the history behind Israel's mid-twentieth century battle for independence amid the surrounding Arab nations, plus biographical notes on important figures and a look at the effects of this war. 956.04 ROS Rosenberg, Aaron. The Yom Kippur War. New York: Rosen Pub, 2004.
Examines the history behind the 1973 war between Israel and its Arab neighbors, Egypt and Syria (backed by Iraq, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia), plus biographical notes on important figures and a look at the effects of this war. 956.05 ALR Al-Rawi, Rosina-Fawzia B. Midnight Tales: a Woman's Journey through the Middle East. Northampton: Olive Branch Press, 2006.
Rosina-Fawzia Al-Rawi recounts the experiences she had while traveling throughout the Middle East and shares the poetry the region inspired her to write. 956.05 HID Hider, James. The Spiders of Allah: Travels of an Unbeliever on the Frontline of Holy War. New York: St. Martin's Griffin, 2009.
James Hider, a war correspondent for London's "Times," describes what it was like to live in Jerusalem, travel around the Middle East, and his views on the Iraq War; and also discusses the religious fanaticism that motivates participants in the war. 956.704 IRA Iraq Uncensored: Perspectives. Golden: Fulcrum, 2009.
Contains essays that provide a variety of perspectives on the causes and conduct of the U.S.-led war in Iraq, the war and instruments of national power, the department of defense at war, and lessons learned; featuring comments from military and congressional leaders, academics, religious thinkers, members of the media, and others. 956.704 PER The Persian Gulf War. Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2011.
Collects nineteen essays that provide background information, varying perspectives, and personal narratives about the Persian Gulf War, discussing its causes, how Saddam Hussein prepared for the war, the decision of the United States to attack, whether or not it was justifiable, Israel's role in the U.S. effort, women in combat, and more. 956.7044 MUR Murdico, Suzanne J. The Gulf War. New York: Rosen, 2004.
Examines events surrounding the 1991 war between Iraq and a worldwide coalition of forces, plus biographical notes on important figures and a look at the effects of this war. 956.7044 RIV Riverbend. Baghdad Burning: Girl Blog from Iraq. New York: Feminist Press at CUNY, 2005.
Collects the August 2003-September 2004 Web log--or "blog"--entries of a young Iraqi woman, who presents an eyewitness civilian account of the U.S.-Iraq War's impact on her country, discussing her family life, the war's effect on women's lives, and such events as the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal. 956.94 ARO Aronson, Marc. Unsettled: the Problem of Loving Israel. New York: Atheneum, 2008.
Traces the history of Israel from the start of the Zionist movement through the creation of the state of Israel in 1948 to the current political, social, and religious struggles that plague the region at the start of the twenty-first century. 956.95 GRO Grossman, David. The Yellow Wind. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1988.
An account of the author's three month journey on the West Bank of the Jordan River and his awareness of the moral dilemmas inherent in the Palestinian predicament. 956.95 WIN Wingate, Katherine. The Intifadas. New York: Rosen, 2004.
Examines the history behind the Intifadas, Palestinian uprisings that were triggered by a traffic accident in 1987, died down, were begun anew in 2000, and are ongoing. 958.104 GUI Guibert, Emmanuel. The Photographer. New York: First Second, 2009.
A graphic novel and photo journal that follows reporter Didier Lefevre on a dangerous journey through Afghanistan with the Doctors Without Borders mission. 959.604 SHO Short, Philip. Pol Pot: Anatomy of a Nightmare. New York: Henry Holt, 2005.
Chronicles the life of Pol Pot, focusing on the years he spent as ruler of Cambodia and describing his efforts to exterminate any Cambodians who held onto old beliefs and ideas that went against Pol Pot's vision of an egalitarian utopia. 959.704 AND Anderson, Dale. The Tet Offensive: Turning Point of the Vietnam War. Minneapolis: Compass Point Books, 2006.
Text and photographs describe the January 1968 Tet Offensive where the army of North Vietnam and Communist rebels attacked cities, towns, and military bases in South Vietnam including the U.S. Embassy. 962.404 BIX Bixler, Mark. The Lost Boys of Sudan: an American Story of the Refugee Experience. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2006.
Presents an account of four Sudanese refugees, resettled in Atlanta, Georgia, and describes their plight as they leave their war ravaged homeland and attempt to make a new life in America. 968.06 MAN Mandela, Nelson. Let Freedom Reign: the Words of Nelson Mandela. Northampton: Interlink Books, 2010.
Presents extracts from speeches given by Nelson Mandela, who became South Africa first president elected in a fully representative democratic election. 968.4 WEL Weltig, Matthew Scott. The Aftermath of the Anglo-Zulu War. Minneapolis: Twenty-First Century, 2009.
Reviews events that led up to the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879 in southeastern Africa, and discusses the aftermath of the conflict between the Zulu nation and the British and the increasing restrictions on the Zulu people which evolved into the apartheid state of modern South Africa. FIC ACH Achebe, Chinua. Arrow of God. New York: Anchor Books, 1989.
Tells of Nigeria in the 1920s when age-old tribal customs came into conflict with the ways of westernization. FIC ACH Achebe, Chinua. No Longer at Ease. New York: Anchor Books, 1994.
Obi Okonkwo feels separated from his African roots because of his education, and he is forced to choose between his culture's traditional values and the demands of his social class. FIC ALL Allende, Isabel. Forest of the Pygmies. New York: HarperCollins, 2005.
Eighteen-year-old Alexander Cold and his grandmother travel to Africa on an elephant-led safari, but discover a corrupt world of poaching and slavery. FIC ALL Allende, Isabel. Kingdom of the Golden Dragon. New York: HarperTrophy, 2005.
Sixteen-year-old Alexander Cold accompanies his grandmother, a writer for a geography magazine, to the remote Forbidden Kingdom in the Himalayas to help locate a sacred statue of a golden dragon before it is stolen by a greedy outsider.
FIC ANT Antieau, Kim. Broken Moon. New York: Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2007.
When her little brother is kidnapped and taken from Pakistan to race camels in the desert, eighteen-year-old Nadira overcomes her own past abuse and, dressed as a boy and armed with knowledge of the powerful storytelling of the legendary Scheherazade, is determined to find and rescue him. FIC AUS Austen, Jane. Pride and Prejudice. Pleasantville: Readers Digest Association, Inc., 1984.
The story of the reluctant attraction between young, vivacious, strong-willed Elizabeth Bennet and the handsome, rich, arrogant Mr. Darcy. FIC AUS Austen, Jane. Sense and Sensibility. Ann Arbor: Borders Classics, 2004.
Tells of the Dashwood sisters, sensible Elinor and passionate Marianne, whose chances at marriage seem doomed by their family's sudden loss of fortune. FIC BAG Bagdasarian, Adam. Forgotten Fire. New York: Dell Laurel-leaf, 2002.
The story of how Vahan Kenderian survived the Turkish massacre of the Armenians in 1915. FIC BAL Ballard, J. G. Empire of the Sun: a novel. New York: Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, 2005.
Jim, an eleven-year-old British schoolboy living in Shanghai in 1941, must learn to survive on his own when he is separated from his parents and sent to a Japanese prison camp. FIC BAN Banks, Lynne Reid. Broken Bridge. New York: Morrow Junior Books, 1994.
The murder of fourteen-year-old Glen Shelby, soon after his arrival in Israel to visit his father's family, has a dramatic effect on the lives of his relatives, the other members of their kibbutz, and the Arabs responsible for his death. FIC BEL Bell, William. Forbidden City: a novel. New York: Bantam Doubleday Dell, 1996.
Seventeen-year-old Alex joined his father, a cameraman for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, in China in 1989. As outsiders they faced a time of upheaval as political demonstrations began in Tian An Men Square. FIC BEN Benchley, Nathaniel. Bright Candles: a Novel of the Danish Resistance. New York: Harper Row, 1974.
The experiences of a sixteen-year-old Danish boy during the German occupation of his country in World War II. FIC BEN Bennett, Veronica. Cassandra’s Sister: Growing Up Jane Austen. Cambridge: Candlewick Press, 2007.
Presents a fictionalized story of Jane Austen, who is inspired to eventually write the masterpieces "Pride and Prejudice" and "Sense and Sensibility" after her worldly cousin Eliza pays an unexpected visit. FIC BON Bondoux, Anne-Laure. The Killer's Tears. New York: Delacorte Press, 2006.
A young boy, Paolo, and the man who murdered his parents, Angel, gradually become like father and son as they live and work together on the remote Chilean farm where Paolo was born. FIC BRA Bray, Libba. A Great and Terrible Beauty. New York: Delacorte Press, 2005.
After the suspicious death of her mother in 1895, sixteen-year-old Gemma returns to England, after many years in India, to attend a finishing school where she becomes aware of her magical powers and ability to see into the spirit world. FIC BRA Bray, Libba. Rebel Angels. New York: Delacorte, 2005.
Gemma and her friends from the Spence Academy return to the realms to defeat her foe, Circe, and to bind the magic that has been released. FIC BRA Bray, Libba. The Sweet Far Thing. New York: Delacorte, 2007.
At Spence Academy, sixteen-year-old Gemma Doyle continues preparing for her London debut while struggling to determine how best to use magic to resolve a power struggle in the enchanted world of the realms, and to protect her own world and loved ones. FIC BRO Brooks, Martha. Queen of Hearts. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 2011.
Shortly after her first kiss but before her sixteenth birthday in December, 1941, Marie Claire and her younger brother and sister are sent to a tuberculosis sanatorium near their Manitoba farm.
FIC BUC Buck, Pearl S. The Good Earth. New York: Washington Square Press, 1994.
The story of a Chinese peasant and his passionate, dogged accumulation of land during famine, drought, and revolution. FIC BUS Busfield, Andrea. Born Under a Million Shadows: a novel. New York: Holt, 2010.
Fawad, an optimistic Afghan boy living in Kabul, loses his father, brother, and sister to the Taliban regime, but when his mother is hired as a housekeeper for a charismatic Western woman, Fawad is exposed to endless curiosities, though another calamity may cost Fawad his faith in his country. FIC CAR Carter, Anne. The Shepherd's Granddaughter. Toronto: Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press, 2008.
Amani's lifelong dream to be a shepherd like her beloved grandfather, Seedo, is devastated to discover the Israelis are going to build a settlement on the family homestead in Palestine, and while her uncle and brother prepare to take a militant stance, help comes from unexpected quarters. FIC CHE Chevalier, Tracy. Falling Angels. New York: Plume, 2002.
The changing social climate in England, spurred by the death of Queen Victoria in 1901, is reflected in the lives of Maude Coleman and Lavinia Waterhouse, two young girls of different classes who meet and become fast friends while their families are visiting adjoining funeral plots. FIC CHO Chotjewitz, David. Daniel Half Human and the Good Nazi. New York: Atheneum, 2004.
In 1933, best friends Daniel and Armin admire Hitler, but as anti-Semitism buoys Hitler to power, Daniel learns he is half Jewish, threatening the friendship even as life in their beloved Hamburg, Germany, is becoming nightmarish. Also details Daniel and Armin's reunion in 1945 in interspersed chapters. FIC CHO Choi, Sook Nyul. Year of Impossible Goodbyes. New York: Bantam Doubleday Dell, 1993.
A young Korean girl survives the oppressive Japanese and Russian occupation of North Korea during the 1940s, to later escape to freedom in South Korea. FIC CIS Cisneros, Sandra. Caramelo, or, Puro Cuento: a novel. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2002.
Celaya "Lala" Reyes, traveling from Chicago to Mexico City each summer, draws together stories of her Mexican-American family of shawl-makers, including her papa and Awful Grandmother. FIC CLA Clavell, James. James Clavell's Tai-Pan: a Novel of Hong Kong. New York: Dell, 1986.
Dirk Struan vows to make the island of Hong Kong, the most powerful land in British power, and he will stop at nothing to reach his goal. FIC CLI Clinton, Cathryn. A Stone in My Hand. Cambridge: Candlewick Press, 2002.
Eleven-year-old Malaak and her family are touched by the violence in Gaza between Jews and Palestinians when first her father disappears and then her older brother is drawn to the Islamic Jihad. FIC COE Coetzee, J. M. Age of Iron. New York: Penguin Books, 1998.
Mrs. Curren, a dying professor in Cape Town, South Africa has been insulated from the brutality of apartheid but now is forced to come to terms with the iron-hearted rage that the system has wrought. FIC COM Combres, Elisabeth. Broken Memory: a novel of Rwanda. Berkeley: Groundwood Books, 2009.
Five-year-old Emma witnesses the brutal murder of her mother during the 1994 genocide massacres in Rwanda and seeks shelter with an aging Hutu woman; but years later when war ends, Emma's fears continue to haunt her as she finds the courage to begin her healing. FIC CON Conrad, Joseph. Heart of Darkness. New York: Pocket Books, 2004.
An English trading company sends a sea captain to find a renegade trader who has become mad with greed and power over the natives in the Congo. FIC COO Cooney, Caroline B. Diamonds in the Shadow. New York: Delacorte Press, 2007.
While his mother and father help a family of African refugees, Jared learns that the people he counts on for doing good deeds are not always praiseworthy and is faced with a decision which may have implications for all.
FIC COO Cooper, Michelle. A Brief History of Montmaray. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2009.
On her sixteenth birthday in 1936, Sophia begins a diary of life in a fictional island country off the coast of Spain, where she is among the last descendants of an impoverished royal family trying to hold their nation together on the eve of the second World War. FIC COU Couloumbis, Audrey. War Games: a novel based on a true story. New York: Random House, 2009.
What were once just boys' games become matters of life and death as Petros and his older brother Zola each wonder if, like their resistance-fighter cousin, they too can make a difference in a Nazi-occupied Greece. FIC COU Courtenay, Bryce. The Power of One. New York: Ballantine Books, 1996.
Story of Peekay, an English boy, living in South Africa during World War II whose dream is to become a winner. FIC CRA Craig, Colleen. Afrika. Toronto: Tundra Books, 2008.
Thirteen-year-old Kim learns the truth about her father and her mother's homeland after visiting South Africa, where she meets relatives and other children her age and witnesses the Truth and Reconciliation Hearings. FIC CRE Crew, Linda. Children of the River. New York: Bantam Doubleday Dell, 1991.
Having fled Cambodia four years earlier to escape the Khmer Rouge army, seventeen-year-old Sundara is torn between remaining faithful to her own people and adjusting to life in her Oregon high school as a "regular" American. FIC DAL Dallal, Shaw J. Scattered Like Seeds: a novel. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 1998.
Years after being exiled to the United States, Thafer Allam returns to his native country of Palestine, where he tries to reconcile his past with his future. FIC DAV Davis, Lindsey. The Silver Pigs: a novel. New York: Crown Publishers, 1989.
Marcus Falco, a private detective in ancient Rome, hopes to upgrade his social life when a senator asks him to uncover a plot against his niece. Instead, he finds treachery and conspiracy at the highest levels. FIC DEB De Bernieres, Louis. Corelli's Mandolin. New York: Vintage International, 1994.
Life changes on the Greek island of Cephalonia as Axis forces invade during World War II, and beautiful Pelagia finds that she must choose between Mandras, a fisherman who joins the resistance and Corelli, a captain with the communist Italian troops. FIC DIC Dickens, Charles. The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club. Naples: Trident Press International, 2000.
These are the comic misadventures of Mr. Samuel Pickwick and the fellow members of the Pickwick Club as they meet some of the most colorful characters in English fiction. FIC DIS Disher, Garry. The Divine Wind: a Love Story. New York: A.A. Levine, 2002.
On the eve of World War II, Hart, an Australian boy and Mitsy, a Japanese-Australian girl, fall in love but are driven apart. FIC DOG Dogar, Sharon. Annexed. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2010.
A fictional account of life with Anne Frank hidden in the secret annex from Peter's point-of-view, following as he becomes closer with Anne, begins to question his own religion, and is forced to suppress his own desires to join the fight. FIC DON Donnelly, Jennifer.