You may have heard about Luo Guan Zhong's Romance of the Three Kingdoms or watched movies based on this classic which is part history and part fiction. You may have also tried reading the original work. Chances are, you gave up after a couple of chapters. The subplots are too complex, not to mention the dizzying numbers of names and characters.
In his version of Three Kingdoms, Chan Joon Yee put in great effort to write a unique and vastly more readable version of this monumental saga. This book and others in the series will give you valuable insights into the plots, tricks, battles, palace drama and colourful characters that lived during this chaotic period in China's history.
The 10-year power struggle between regional governors and warlords finally saw two emerging winners. With Cao Cao occupying a territory south of the Yellow River and with Yuan Shao in the north, a battle for supremacy between these two childhood friends became inevitable. This would go down in history as the Battle of Guan Du. How did Cao Cao emerge victorious in spite of being greatly outnumbered. This is one of the important lessons that the Three Kingdoms saga has for us.
A fortuitous meeting with Master Shui Jing brought his attention to Sleeping Dragon and Rising Phoenix. Shui Jing was confident that Liu Bei would be successful if either one of them came under his employment. He found Sleeping Dragon, but then, Cao Cao attacked.
Hopelessly outnumbered, Liu Bei seemed doomed. Would his Sleeping Dragon in the form of Zhuge Liang save him?
This is the defining moment in the Three Kingdoms saga for there would be no three kingdoms without the Battle of Red Cliff.
Cao Cao became the unstoppable winner in the struggle for power after defeating Yuan Shao at Guan Du and taking over Jingzhou without a fight. The entire northern and central region came under Cao Cao’s whip.
Seething with greed, Cao Cao then moved his forces along the bank of the Yangzi River, ready to attack Sun Quan’s territory of Dongwu in the Southeast. Greatly outnumbered, scholars and administrators in Dongwu urged Sun Quan to surrender. Dongwu advisor Lu Su and Admiral Zhou Yu decided to defend their territory by joining forces with Liu Bei and Liu Qi, son of the late Liu Biao.
With the minds of Zhou Yu, Lu Su, Huang Gai, Zhuge Liang and Pang Tong put together, an elaborate plot that could win this seemingly hopeless battle was hatched.
Until the age of five, Loung Ung lived in Phnom Penh, one of seven children of a high-ranking government official. She was a precocious child who loved the open city markets, fried crickets, chicken fights, and sassing her parents. While her beautiful mother worried that Loung was a troublemaker—that she stomped around like a thirsty cow—her beloved father knew Loung was a clever girl.
When Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge army stormed into Phnom Penh in April 1975, Ung’s family fled their home and moved from village to village to hide their identity, their education, their former life of privilege. Eventually, the family dispersed in order to survive. Loung trained as a child soldier in a work camp for orphans, while other siblings were sent to labor camps. As the Vietnamese penetrated Cambodia, destroying the Khmer Rouge, Loung and her surviving siblings were slowly reunited.
Bolstered by the shocking bravery of one brother, the courage and sacrifices of the rest of her family—and sustained by her sister’s gentle kindness amid brutality—Loung forged on to create for herself a courageous new life. Harrowing yet hopeful, insightful and compelling, this story is truly unforgettable.
Dereliction Of Duty is a stunning analysis of how and why the United States became involved in an all-out and disastrous war in Southeast Asia. Fully and convincingly researched, based on transcripts and personal accounts of crucial meetings, confrontations and decisions, it is the only book that fully re-creates what happened and why. McMaster pinpoints the policies and decisions that got the United States into the morass and reveals who made these decisions and the motives behind them, disproving the published theories of other historians and excuses of the participants.
A page-turning narrative, Dereliction Of Duty focuses on a fascinating cast of characters: President Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara, General Maxwell Taylor, McGeorge Bundy and other top aides who deliberately deceived the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the U.S. Congress and the American public.
McMaster’s only book, Dereliction of Duty is an explosive and authoritative new look at the controversy concerning the United States involvement in Vietnam.
Written by author of Spellbound in Chiangmai and Understanding Thailand's Money Culture, this book takes you on a journey from fascination to infatuation, then to realization and finally disillusionment - stages that many foreigners go through when they decide to settle down in the Land of Smiles after seeing all the good things about it.
Chapters in the book include:
Low Cost Of Living
Thai Hospitality & Tolerance
The Tough and the Geek
Reality - Complacency
Reality – How Calm Are They?
Reality - Education
Reality – Belief in Miracles
Reality – The Price of Reputation
The Real Thai Values
Reality – Do You Know Your Rank?
Reality – the Gods Themselves
The Problem With Mai Pen Rai
Mai Pen Rai In Reverse
Farang Remain Farang
Honesty & Rule of Law
It Gets Even More Absurd
The Truth – Distaff Attractions
Stage One – Infatuation
Why Thai Women?
Stage Two - Discovery
How The Good Girls Do It
Stage Three - Denial Or Compromise
Sneaky & Superficial
Under the new leadership of Li Jue and Guo Si who used to be Dong Zhuo’s generals, Emperor Han Xiandi was advised to return to the former capital of Loyang in order to avoid the marauding warlords and wayward generals. Throughout the arduous trek, living like beggars, they endured harassment and attacks from other opportunistic generals. Desperate and helpless when they arrived at a dilapidated Loyang, the Emperor sought protection from one man who could still be loyal to the throne – Cao Cao.
Having left the scene after being crushed by Dong Zhuo, Cao Cao had quietly developed his own territory and built a sizable army in Xuchang. Safe in Xuchang, Emperor Han Xiandi had his first good meal in many months. Those who harassed the emperor were swiftly eliminated. Would Cao Cao be a saviour of the ailing Han Dynasty? Or would he turn into the new Dong Zhuo?