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    • A Tokyo Romance

    • By: Ian Buruma
    • Narrated by: Ian Buruma
    • Length: 6 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 6

    When Ian Buruma arrived in Tokyo in 1975, Japan was little more than an idea in his mind, a fantasy of a distant land. A sensitive misfit in the world of his upper middle class youth, what he longed for wasn't so much the exotic as the raw, unfiltered humanity he had experienced in Japanese theater performances and films, witnessed in Amsterdam and Paris. 

    Regular price: $24.50

    • Inventing Japan [Modern Library Chronicles]

    • By: Ian Buruma
    • Narrated by: Nelson Runger
    • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 100
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 52
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 53

    LA Times Book Award winner and expert on the past and present Japan, Ian Buruma examines the transformation of a country. Following Japan's history from its opening to the West in 1853 to its hosting of the 1964 Olympics, Buruma focuses on how figures such as Commodore Matthew Perry, Douglas MacArthur, and Emperor Mitsushito helped shape this complex country.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent Primer on Modern Japan

    • By John Pavliga on 06-13-06

    Regular price: $23.95

    • Year Zero

    • A History of 1945
    • By: Ian Buruma
    • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
    • Length: 14 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 102
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 93
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 92

    Year Zero is a landmark reckoning with the greatdrama that ensued after war came to an end in 1945. One world had ended and anew, uncertain one was beginning. Regime change had come across Asia and all of continental Europe. It was the greatest global powervacuum in history, and out of the often vicious power struggles thatensued emerged the modern world as we know it.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great historical overview

    • By Mary on 10-14-13

    Regular price: $18.87

    • Murder in Amsterdam

    • Liberal Europe, Islam, and the Limits of Tolerance
    • By: Ian Buruma
    • Narrated by: Shaun Grindell
    • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 6

    On a cold November day in Amsterdam in 2004, the celebrated and controversial Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh was shot and killed by an Islamic extremist for making a movie that "insulted the prophet Mohammed." The murder sent shock waves across Europe and around the world. Shortly thereafter, Ian Buruma returned to his native land to investigate the event and its larger meaning as part of the great dilemma of our time.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A thoughtful, balanced book, read by a madman

    • By Robert Silva on 01-06-18

    Regular price: $24.49

    • Occidentalism

    • The West in the Eyes of Its Enemies
    • By: Avishai Margalit, Ian Buruma
    • Narrated by: Nigel Patterson
    • Length: 3 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
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    We generally understand "radical Islam" as a purely Islamic phenomenon, but Buruma and Margalit show that while the Islamic part of radical Islam certainly is, the radical part owes a primary debt of inheritance to the West. Whatever else they are, al Qaeda and its ilk are revolutionary anti-Western political movements, and Buruma and Margalit show us that the bogeyman of the West who stalks their thinking is the same one who has haunted the thoughts of many other revolutionary groups, going back to the early 19th century. 

    Regular price: $17.49

    • Their Promised Land

    • My Grandparents in Love and War
    • By: Ian Buruma
    • Narrated by: Ian Buruma
    • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9

    Winifred and Bernard inherited the high European cultural ideals and attitudes that came of being born into prosperous German-Jewish émigré families. To young Ian, who would visit from Holland every Christmas, they seemed the very essence of England, their spacious Berkshire estate the model of genteel English country life at its most pleasant and refined. It wasn't until years later that he discovered how much more there was to the story.

    Regular price: $24.47

    • The New Yorker (Sept. 18, 2006)

    • By: George Packer, John Cassidy, David Sedaris, and others
    • Narrated by: uncredited
    • Length: 2 hrs and 10 mins
    • Highlights
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 1

    "Prisoners" by George Packer; "Mind Games" by John Cassidy; "In the Waiting Room" by David Sedaris; "War and Remembrance" by Ian Buruma; "Hugger Mugger" by John Updike; "Her Debut" by Tad Friend; and "Inescapable Pasts" by David Denby.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Enjoyable!

    • By wendy on 09-08-11

    Regular price: $5.95