Recycling is more than just a blue and green bin in your pantry, says journalist Adam Minter – it’s a global trade with centuries of history that stretches from American scrapyards to Chinese e-waste recycling villages
The writer and historian selects five Western perspectives of the East, including a novel of colonial India, a travelogue of disappearing Japan, and the collection of essays that lifted the veil on Mao's China.
Wendy Law-Yone says the same blend of megalomania and mysticism inherent in Burmese despots and witnessed in 17th-century Burma, that dynastic lunacy with delusions of divinity, is still in florid evidence today
The journalist, writer and academic describes Japan after the Second World War – a place he describes as rich in complexity, absurdity, benevolence and darkness. Five must read books on Japan
The decorated Vietnam veteran says the war will be with him till he dies. He chooses the best books on the Vietnam War, exploring its moral ambiguities, the warrior mentality, the humanity of "the enemy", and more.