Category Asian Culture & History

In Red Weather: Turmoil In Indonesia: A CIA Insider’s Account From The 1960s

March 7, 2021 Asian Culture & HistoryPolitics / Current Affairs

by Daniel F. Cameron
ISBN 9789814610544
215 X 150 mm
Hardback; 188 pages
Pub Date: March 2021
BIC: BM

In Red Weather is the true story of one of the major intelligence coups in modern history. Daniel F. Cameron, a young, idealistic American spy for CIA, lands in Surabaya in the 1960s, when the USSR, Communist China, and the US are vying for strategic influence in Indonesia. He soon teams up with Wim Vermeulen, a formidable maverick and former member of the WWII Dutch Resistance, who becomes the source of highly classified Soviet information. Their dangerous mission unfolds against a backdrop of seething turmoil, intrigue and betrayal that leads to the downfall of Sukarno and the bloody destruction of the six million-member Communist party. In Red Weather is the riveting espionage memoir of our time.

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Heroes, Gods and Guardians: Hilts and Keris of Indonesia: Huntington Miller Collection

February 7, 2021 Asian Culture & History

by Bruce W. Carpenter
ISBN 9789811482960
230 X 230 mm
Hardback; 160 pages
Pub Date: February 2021
BIC: JHMC

Put together over a period of twenty years, the Huntington Miller Collection of Keris and Keris Hilts is a tour de force. The emphasis here is on the sculptural aesthetic and historical importance of this unique art form from throughout Indonesia—Java, Sumatra, Borneo, Bali, Lombok, Sulawesi—and beyond. It is a story that spans centuries and the rise and fall of countless kingdoms and polities. The hilts range from minimalistic forms to the abstract to opulent royal weapons beautifully crafted to project prestige and wealth. So, too, they carry with them the aura of mystery and magic of the exotic tropical islands of Southeast Asia, which captured the imagination of foreigners even before the beginning of the Age of Spices, when the perilous journey from Europe to Indonesia took a year to complete. With a terse and informative text written by Indonesian art expert, Bruce W. Carpenter, this is a cultural and artistic voyage that delights the eye and stimulates the mind.

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Singapore A Very Short History: From Temasek To Tomorrow

October 21, 2019 ArchitectureAsian Culture & HistoryAsian Writing

By Alvin Tan
ISBN 9789811433481
198 X 129 mm
Paperback; 192 pages
Pub Date: November 2019
BIC: AMX, AMC

Singapore: A Very Short History — From Temasek to Tomorrow is a fresh, new, and highly-readable account of Singapore’s history. It is a sweeping story of discovery, abandonment, rediscovery and development of what is today one of the world’s greatest port-cities. Brief as this account may be, it incorporates all the latest research and findings about Singapore’s past, and weaves a concise yet coherent and comprehensive account of the island over the last 700 years.
Beyond familiar foundational myths and stories, this new account weaves Singapore’s story on a wide tapestry – through a cast of princes, sultans, colonial administrators, occupiers community leaders and politicians – and tells the tale of how they struggled to answer that allimportant question: How do we make this island succeed? Two recurrent themes emerge from this gripping account. First, that Singapore was an unlikely or accidental nation-state; and second, that given its vulnerability to wider regional and international forces, it survived and flourished only because it was able to constantly change and adapt to make itself useful and relevant to the world. And what of tomorrow? Will Singapore survive? This book is a hopeful response to these questions.

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The Singapore House & Residential Life 1819 – 1939 (PB)

April 5, 2019 ArchitectureAsian Culture & History

by Norman Edwards
ISBN 9789811408458
280 x 195mm
Paperback; 208 pages
Pub Date: May 2019
BIC: AMX, AMC

The Singapore House is not just a building; it is a cultural phenomenon. Culture means ordinary everyday values‹attitudes, beliefs, ideas and heritage. These apply to the cultural landscape of which the house forms a part and is particularly applicable to a fast-growing metropolis like Singapore that has changed immeasurably in recent years. Setting the scene for this newly presented edition of The Singapore House & Residential Life 1819–1939, Edwards addresses the house’s unique nature... ...

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The Romance of the Grand Tour: 100 years of Travel in South East Asia (PB)

April 5, 2019 ArchitectureAsian Culture & HistoryAsian WritingTravel

by Kennie Ting
ISBN 9789811408465
280 x 242mm
Paperback; 208 pages
Pub Date: May 2019
BIC: HBJF, WTLC, WTL

Celebrating a “golden age” of travel, this book retraces the steps of a Grand Tour of South East Asia from the turn of the 20th century to the present day. The Romance of the Grand Tour explores the living heritage of 12 exotic port cities... ....

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