Books by Jonathan D. Spence

Released: May 1, 2010

"A thoroughly compelling message—without an ethical commitment to the value of every life, 'the very humanity of our society' is at stake."
A beautifully written memoir about the author's frustration with the transformation of the profession of medicine into the business of health care, and the unraveling of the doctor-patient bond. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 24, 2007

"A curious insider work, so self-engrossed that it neglects to impart a larger picture."
An extremely close—indeed, hermetically sealed—second-hand look inside 17th-century China. Read full book review >
TREASON BY THE BOOK by Jonathan D. Spence
Released: March 5, 2001

"A fascinating tale: like all good historical writing, this brings to life both the strangeness and the humanity of people from a previous era."
The well-made story of a treason investigation in 18th-century China, by Yale historian Spence (Mao Zedong, 1999). Read full book review >
MAO ZEDONG by Jonathan D. Spence
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"While much is left out here, this is a fine introduction to the mystery of Mao."
In this slim volume, historian of China Spence (Yale; The Chan's Great Continent: China in Western Minds, 1998, etc.) offers a biography of one of the 20th century's most enigmatic personages. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"A wonderful book. (Author tour)"
A brilliant account of seven centuries of the Western fascination with China, told by one of America's greatest, and most prolific, historians of China. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Yale historian Jonathan Spence (God's Chinese Son, 1996, etc.) and his wife, Chin (also at Yale), detail the events of the past 100 years in an accompanying text. (Random; $65.00 until 12/31/96; $75.00 thereafter; Oct.; 264 pages; ISBN 0-679-44980-9; author tour)"
These astonishing black-and-white images—more than 300, most never before seen in the West—provide a kaleidoscopic portrait of China from the late Qing dynasty through the present. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 22, 1996

"With a storyteller's flair that other scholars can only envy, Spence provides lucid context for a remarkable but unfamiliar chapter in Chinese and world history. (maps and illustrations, not seen) (Author tour)"
Absorbing perspectives on what drove the messianic leader of the Taiping uprising that convulsed China during the mid-19th century. Read full book review >
Released: June 8, 1992

"A pure pleasure cruise through the Middle Kingdom. (Photos—not seen.)"
More erudite history and eminently readable scholarship from Yale Sinologist Spence (The Search for Modern China, 1990, etc.). Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1981

By subtly interweaving the lives of a series of Chinese writers, Yale historian Spence (Emperor of China, The Death of Woman Wang) has given new meaning to the passage from Imperial to Communist China—and produced one of the more original and distinguished books of recent times. Read full book review >