Magazines & Books

How British helped one-legged Chinese admiral make great escape from Second World War Hong Kong

It was one of the greatest escapes of the Second World War, by more than 60 British servicemen and a one-legged Chinese admiral who slipped out of Hong Kong and broke through Japanese lines to freedom.

Russia publishes 'Comandante Fidel' memoirs

Russia's foreign minister Sergei Lavrov presented Monday a state-funded translation of the veteran Cuban leader Fidel Castro's memoirs, praising "Comandante Fidel" as a "most competent" statesman.


Autobiography of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is a sales flop

It was the book the founder of WikiLeaks said was published to 'screw' him for cash but despite huge publicity surrounding its release it has become a sales flop. Julian Assange's unauthorised autobiography came out last week but just 644 copies w...

Assange fails in bid to suppress own memoirs

Jerome Taylor The Independent 23.09.2011
Assange fails in bid to suppress own memoirs

The autobiography of Julian Assange is published today despite attempts by the WikiLeaks founder to suppress it after a bitter row with its publisher.


Book Details Dissension in Obama Economic Team

MARK LANDLER The New York Times 16.09.2011
Ron Suskind

A new book claims that President Obama’s response to the economic crisis was hampered by a White House economic staff plagued by internal rivalries, a domineering chief adviser and a Treasury secretary who dragged his feet on enforcing decisions w...

Jackie Kennedy: Martin Luther King Jr. "phony"

President John F. Kennedy openly scorned the notion of Vice President Lyndon Baines Johnson succeeding him in office, according to a book of newly-released interviews with his widow, former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy.


Spider-Man creator eyes Chinese comic fans

Stan Lee wants to see the likes of Spider-Man and the X-Men weaving between skyscrapers in Shanghai and battling enemies on the Great Wall. The comic book legend has announced a joint venture with a Hong Kong investment company that aims to roll o...

Hillary & Barack: Friends Pre-Election, Comic Book Says

It reads more like a soap opera than a comic book, with its down-and-dirty details involving two of the most powerful political figures of our time: Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.


Steve Jobs authorized biography coming in 2012

HILLEL ITALIE Yahoo! News 12.04.2011
Steve Jobs authorized biography coming in 2012

Apple CEO Steve Jobs has finally agreed to participate in a book about his life. Simon & Schuster announced Sunday that Walter Isaacson's "iSteve: The Book of Jobs" will be published in early 2012. Isaacson has been working on the long-rumored bio...

India state bans book hinting Gandhi had gay lover

A state in western India banned Pulitzer-Prize winning author Joseph Lelyveld's new book about Mahatma Gandhi on Wednesday after reviews saying it hints that the father of India's independence had a homosexual relationship.


Taschen Store Pops Up in Hong Kong

ALEX FREW MCMILLAN The New York Times 07.03.2011
Taschen Store Pops Up in Hong Kong

The book publisher Taschen, best known for coffee-table books that are big enough to serve as actual coffee tables, has opened a pop-up store in Hong Kong’s heavily trafficked Tsim Sha Tsui shopping district.

Batman's French Muslim ally angers US bloggers

Batman has battled many enemies but now has to face the anger of rightwing US bloggers furious that the comic book caped crusader has recruited a Muslim to run his crime-fighting franchise in Paris.


Assange says signed 1.1 million pounds in book deals

WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange said in an interview published Sunday he had signed deals for his autobiography worth more than one million pounds (1.2 million euros, 1.5 million dollars).

Bush Returns to Arena With Memoir in Hand

PETER WALLSTEN The Wall Street Journal 27.08.2010
Bush Returns to Arena With Memoir in Hand

George W. Bush has remained mostly out of view and silent on policy debates since leaving office 19 months ago. Now, the former president is about to step into the public arena again, at a moment when Washington is revisiting tax cuts, stem cells ...


Chinese author to publish book critical of premier

China's premier cultivates the image of a sympathetic "Grandpa Wen," but a new and unusually critical book claims he should be known as "China's Best Actor" instead.

Books on the Chinese way

David Pilling Financial Times 03.07.2010
Shoppers on Shanghai’s busy Nanjing Road pass a giant advert featuring Nicole Kidman

Books about China are coming off the printing presses faster than Guangdong factories can churn out iPads. If the world was mesmerised by China’s rise before the global financial crisis, then that fascination is all the more intense following the ...


Former China PM's Tiananmen diary on sale in US

Former Chinese prime minister Li Peng's purported diary covering events in Tiananmen Square in 1989 is being sold in Los Angeles bookstores after publication of the controversial memoirs was cancelled in Hong Kong, a report said Thursday.

China Looks Askance at a New Satiric Novel

Gady Epstein Forbes.com 06.05.2010
China Looks Askance at a New Satiric Novel

A Chinese satirical novel imagines a giddily triumphant country. The authorities are not amused.


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Laura Bush book suggests poison at German summit: report

Former first lady Laura Bush writes in her forthcoming autobiography that she and her husband George W. Bush may have been poisoned when they became ill at a summit in Germany in 2007, the New York Times reported Wednesday.