Lectures on Smithsonian Journeys Bangkok to Abu Dhabi April May 2017

These are books mentioned in my Smithsonian Journeys lectures on-board Regent Voyager, April 8-May 2, 2017.

Singapore Books

Russo-Japanese Books

Embassy Books

Kipling Books

Exploration and Mapping Books

Disease Books

Zheng He Books

Why We Fought Part I Books

Why We Fought Part II Books

Choke Points Books

Earhart Books

Bligh Books

Major Themes Books


Singapore in Peace and War

forgotten_armiesForgotten Armies, Christopher Bayly and Tim Harper

honourable_companyThe Honourable Company, John Keay

second_world_warThe Second World War, John Keegan

decline_and_fallDecline and Fall of the British Empire, Piers Brendon

melaka_straaitThe Singapore and Melaka Straits, Peter Borchberg

singapore_biographySingapore: A Biography, Ravinder Frost and Yu_mei Balasingamchow

hinge_of_fateThe Hinge of Fate, Winston Churchill


The Mutiny in Singapore, Sho Kuwajima

deep_northThe Narrow Road to the Deep North, Richard Flanigan


Empires in Collision:

Theodore Rex, Edmund Morris

Nicholas I, Emperor and Autocrat of  all the Russias,  Bruce Lincoln

Lords of the Horizon, Jason Goodwin 

Napoleon III, A Life, Fenton Bresler

Victoria, the Queen, Julia Baird

The Making of Modern Japan, Maurius Jansen

The Tide at Sunrise, A History of the Russo-Japanese War 1904-1905, Denis Warner and Peggy Warner

Maritime Operations in the Russo-Japanese War 1904-1905, Julian S. Corbett

A Much Recorded War, Frederic Sharf




Embassy to the Eastern Courts

empire_of_teaThe Empire of Tea, Alan MacFarlane and Iris MacFarlane

first_met_chinaWhen America First Met China, Eric Jay Dolin

splendid_exchangeA Splendid Exchange, William J. Bernstein

american_lionAmerican Lion, Jon Meacham

sea_of_glorySea of Glory, Nathaniel Philbrick

embasyEmbassy to the Eastern Courts, Andrew C.A. Jampoler



Rudyard Kipling: Bard of Empire

Decline and Fall of the British Empire 1781-1997, Piers Brendon

Indian Summer, Alex von Tunzelmann

Empire, Neil Ferguson

The Great Mutiny: India 1857, Christopher Hibbert

India, John Keay

A Circle of Sisters, Judith Flanders

Rudyard Kipling: Something of Myself, edited Thomas Pinney



European Exploration and Mapping South East Asia

fourth_partThe Fourth Part of the World, Toby Lester

emoire_cottonEmpire of Cotton, Sven Beckert

embarrassment_richesThe Embarrassment of Riches, Simon Schama

batavias_graveyardBatavia’s Graveyard, Mike Dash



Disease in History

great_mortalityThe Great Mortality, John Kelly

great_influenzaThe Great Influenza, John M. Barry

ghost_mapThe Ghost Map, Steven Johnson

fluFlu, Gina Kolata

american_plagueThe American Plague, Molly Caldwell Crosby

cholera_yearsThe Cholera Years, Charles E. Rosenberg

disease_in_historyDisease in History, Frederick F. Cartwright

epidemics in historyEpidemics in History, Sheldon Watts

The Greatest Benefit to Mankind, Roy Porter

Death in Hamburg, Richard J. Evans

The Other Slavery, Andres Resendez



The Ocean Cruises of Admiral Zheng He and China’s Navy Today

early_mappingEarly Mapping of the Pacific, Thomas Suartz

china_ruled_seaWhen China Ruled the Seas, Louise Levathes

14211421 The Year China Discovered America, Gavin Menzies

14341434, Gavin Menzies



Why We Fought: Propaganda and World War II (Part 1)

anatomy_fascismAnatomy of Fascism, Robert O. Paxton

hitlerlandHitlerland, Andrew Nagorski

guns_of_augustGuns of August, Barbara W. Tuchman

sleepwalkersThe Sleepwalkers, Christopher Clark

19131913, Charles Emmerson

hell_and_backTo Hell and Back, Ian Kershaw

russian_originsThe Russian Origins of the First World War, Sean McMeekin

ended_peaceThe War that Ended Peace, Margaret MacMillian

1914Catasrophe 1914: Europe Goes to War, Max Hastings

ottoman_end_gameThe Ottoman Endgame, Sean McMeekin

speerSpeer: Hitler’s Architect, Martin Kitchen

dietrichDietrich and Riefenstahl, Karin Wieland

high_castleThe Man in the High Castle, Phillip K. Dick

barryHell’s Foundation, Geoffrey Moorhouse



Why We Fought: Propaganda and World War II (Part II)

hell_to_pay_clipHell to Pay, D.M. Giangreco

pacific_cruciblePacific Crucible, Ian W. Toll

conquering_tideThe Conquering Tide, Ian W. Toll

stillwellStillwell and the American Experience in China 1911-45, Barbara W. Tuchman

american_ceasarAmerican Caesar, William Manchester

bankruptingBankrupting the Enemy, Edward S. Miller

midwayThe Battle of Midway, Craig L. Symonds

commandIn Command of History, David Reynolds

Japan 1941, Eri Hotta



Maritime Chokepoints and Strategic Waters
middle_seaThe Middle Sea, John Julius Norwich

great_seaThe Great Sea, David Abulafia

pathThe Path Between the Seas, David McCullough

pacificPacific, Simon Winchester

mortal_seaThe Mortal Sea, W. Jeffrey Bolster

parting_desertParting the Desert, Zachary Karabell

sea_civilizationThe Sea and Civilization, Lincoln Paine

Krakatoa, Simon Winchester

Gallipoli, Peter FitzSimons



Amelia Earhart

The Fun of It, Amelia Earhart

Last Flight, Amelia Earhart

World Flight, Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart, John Parlin

Amelia Earhart, the Mystery Solved, Marie K. Long and Elgen M. Long

Amelia Earhart, The Thrill of It, Susan Wels

Amelia Earhart’s Shoes, Thomas F. King and Randall Jacobson

Earhart Lives, Joe Klaas

The Search for Amelia Earhart, Fred Goerner



Captain Bligh and HMS Bounty

The Bounty, Caroline Alexander

Mr. Bligh’s Bad Language, Greg Dening

The Bounty Mutiny, William Bligh and Edward Christian

The Gathering Wind, Gregory A. Freeman

Lost Paradise, Kathy Marks



Major Themes in History

Collapse, Jared Diamond

Guns, Germs and Steel, Jared Diamond

Study of History, Arnold J. Toynbee

Clash of Civilizations, Remaking of World Order, Samuel Pl Huntington

The End of History and the Last Man, Francis Fukuyama