A Mosque in Munich examines how the roots of radical Islam were planted in Europe during the early days of the Cold War, building on structures and ways of dealing with Islam that Nazi bureaucrats pioneered. The argument is based on original material culled from a dozen archives in Europe and North America, as well as scores of interviews.
Wild Grass: Three Stories of Change in Modern China (Pantheon, 2004) looks at how China's authoritarian government is struggling keep up with the pressures for change from a rapidly modernizing society, where levels of education and prosperity are rising every day. The book looks at this big-picture idea through the lives of three ordinary people: a rural lawyer, a big-city urban activist, and a small-town housewife.
A collection of essays by journalists and academics, including Peter Hessler, Leslie T. Chang, James Millward, Jeffrey Prescott and many others. I contributed the first chapter, about a strange Daoist priest who I thought was a fraud, until I began to believe.