Tienkuo: The Heavenly Kingdom

4th in Amazon’s Best Sellers in Chinese History
Oct.  2011

Amazon site for Tienkuo: The Heavenly Kingdom (digital edition $2.99)

Delighted to announce the new edition  of the revised version of my historical novelamazon high res white font NEW WHITE TITLE COVER

It was the year 1858 and three young run-aways; Jason Brandt, son of a Hong Kong missionary, his friend Wu Sek-chong and the beautiful and defiant Black Jade; set off to find the capital of the rebel Taiping Tienkuo, The Heavenly Kingdom of Great Peace. Established in 1851 by a failed civil service candidate who claimed to be the little brother of Christ, the semi-Christian Taiping Kingdom, had made a dramatic and bloody bid to overthrow the Confucian rule of the Ch’ing Dynasty.

The three young people’s search for the Heavenly Kingdom and what they eventually found among the Taipings is the central plot of this historical novel of journey and self-discovery in 19th century China. This novel was created not only to entertain but to teach about political, social and cultural life in China during the mid nineteenth century.

 comments about Tienkuo (mostly taken from Amazon’s Site)

“Exciting Book…I like it very much. The characters are believable and the cultural details about customs accurate.”

Dr. Alice Murong Pu Lin, author of Grandmother Had No Name


I’m having a blast reading Tien Kuo. It is fascinating and well written.

Ray Lum, former Asian Bibliographer at the Widener Library and Librarian for Western Languages at Harvard-Yenching Library

I enjoyed the novel immensely–it’s a fun and exciting read. 

John Rapp, Beloit College, author of “Clashing Dilemmas: Hong Rengan Issachar Roberts, and a Taiping ‘Murder’ Mystery,” Journal of Historical Biography 4 (Autumn 2008): 27-58, online at http://www.ufv.ca/jhb

I like the book…it really held my interest…I am truly impressed.

Micki S. Nevitt, Librarian, Guilderland School District, NY

“A rare treat. An engaging and historically accurate way to introduce young adults to a myriad of topics about China, including family, Confucianism, class differences, women’s roles etc.

Mel Horowitz, Catskill High School, Former President, U.S. China People’s Friendship Association


 I was captivated with this adventure from beginning to end. To add to my delight, I came away realizing that I had been given insight into an historical event, so not only was I richly entertained, but I was cleverly educated as well. What more could I ask from a book? 

Donald Samson author of Dragon Boy & The Dragon of Two Hearts


Masterfully interweaving history, culture, and characters, TIENKUO takes readers on a fascinating journey through 19th century China. It was a time of imperialism, trade, drug, and feudal wars. We are introduced to a variety of people caught in the vice of history. The adventures and love of an American missionary’s son and an alluring woman named Black Jade are the focal points, but along the way we meet soldiers and mercenaries, warlords and rogues, merchants and nobles. And we are escorted through a little-known, exotic, and compelling time and place. Students and teachers of Asian studies or Asian-American relations can especially benefit from it. History truly is made of the lives of the many small people caught in its great movements. TIENKUO gives us a delicious taste of a little known time and place and makes history come to life.

By Edward Tick Author of The Practice of Dream Healing plus War & The Soul: Healing Our Nation’s Veterans from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Amazon site for Tienkuo: The Heavenly Kingdom

(includes those all important first several chapters free)

Author’s note. I have just completed a sequel to Tienkuo: The Heavenly Kingdom. This second work,  Beyond the Heavenly Kingdom continues the story covered in the first book and focuses on the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882. It will be  available during the late spring of 2017. If you would like to be notified when it becomes available just send me an e-mail at leibos@sage.edu


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Angry Groups: Multidisciplinary Perspectives


Understanding Angry Groups

Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Their Motivations and Effects on Society

Susan C. Cloninger and Steven A. Leibo, Editors With the assistance of Mohammad   Amjad

In today’s society, we see angry groups in many forms—from animal rights and climate crisis activists to citizens opposed to allowing more immigrants  of certain ethnicities or religions into the country, militia groups frustrated by acts of domestic terrorism and legislation that limits gun ownership and the ability to carry weapons in public, and those outraged by what they see as police brutality or the unnecessary use of deadly force against people of color.



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Primary Subject: Psychology/Social Secondary Subject: Security Studies/Conflict

More than just evidence of civil unrest in society, angry groups across    history and nations often ultimately affect our politics and our government,    for better or worse, and sometimes result in injury, bloodshed, or financial costs that hit otherwise­ uninvolved taxpayers. This book demonstrates how people across our nation are involved in, affected by, or harmed by angry groups; covers historical and modern perspectives on angry groups; ands offer suggestions for predicting and influencing the expression of angry group behavior. It provides readers with an understanding of such conflicts and of their origins and dynamics that may offer insights to successful resolution,   and it identifies strategies that can reduce the suffering that comes from such  conflicts.


Presents angry group dynamics from various perspectives, ranging from individual personality to group behavior to mass social  movements

Draws expertise from diverse academic areas and presents information that will be accessible to anyone interested in history and the social and political   sciences

Connects with current societal and political issues that often receive attention in the news and popular media

Susan C. Cloninger, PhD, is professor emerita of psychology at The Sage Colleges, Troy and Albany, NY, where she taught for 36 years before retiring. She is author of Theories of Personality: Understanding Persons. Her interests  include applying psychological theories to the understanding of biography, the concept of the self, and other themes of personality­social psychology. She serves the mentally ill, formerly homeless population as a volunteer.

Steven A. Leibo, PhD, is professor of international history and politics at Russell Sage College in Troy, NY, and associate in research at Harvard University. A former Fulbright Scholar, Leibo is the author of numerous books,  including the annual text East & Southeast Asia in the World Today series, Transferring Technology to China: Prosper Giquel and the Self­ -strengthening Movement, and the historical novels Tienkuo: The Heavenly Kingdom & Beyond the Heavenly  Kingdom. He also serves as an international affairs commentator for WAMC Northeast Public Radio and holds the Sherman David Spector Chair in the Humanities at Russell Sage  College.

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Introduction                                                                                      ix

Susan C. Cloninger and Steven A. Leibo

Section 1    From the Social Sciences and the Humanities                 1

Chapter 1     The Role of Individual Differences in   Inciting

Anger and Social Action                                                      3

Donald A. Saucier, Russell J. Webster, Conor J. O’Dea, and Stuart S. Miller

Chapter 2  Attributions to Prejudice: Collective Anger

and Action                                                                    29

Stuart S. Miller, Amanda L. Martens, and Donald A. Saucier

Chapter 3            Moving Toward Extremism: Group Polarization

in the Laboratory and the World                                          53

Jarryd Willis

Chapter 4       The Anger of Women Warriors                              77

Kate Dahlstedt

Chapter 5       Warrior Rage: The Many Dimensions of

Anger in Our Military and Veterans                                      93

Kate Dahlstedt and Edward Tick

Chapter 6             “A Bad Counselor”: Anger in the Bible                                   111

David A. Salomon

Chapter 7       Anger and Conflict in Cinema                             131

Rob Edelman                                                                                                                 


Chapter 8

Anger, Connection, and Activism: Contents
Coming of Age in Harry Potter 143
Sybillyn Jennings
Section 2 From a Historical to Geopolitical Context 167
Chapter 9 Revolution, Emigration, and Anger:
Angry Exile Groups in the Aftermath of
the French and Russian Revolutions 169
Frank Jacob
Chapter 10 The Extreme Right and Neo-Nazism in
the Post-War United States 189
Ryan Shaffer
Chapter 11 Fighting “The System”: The Turner Diaries 209
Carmen Celestini
Chapter 12 The Institutionalization of Political Anger:
The Case of the Affordable Care  Act 225
Terry Weiner
Chapter 13 Anger and Political Action by
Cubans in Florida since 1959 245
Trevor Rubenzer
Chapter 14 Nixon, Latin America, and the Politics of Anger 269
Jeffry M. Cox
Chapter 15 The Greeks Know Anger: The Causes and
Consequences of the Continuing Crisis
of Capitalism in the Eurozone South 287
David L. Elliott
Chapter 16 Environmental Conflict, Collective Anger,
and Resolution: Strategies in the
Niger Delta Conflict 309
Olakunle M. Folami and Taiwo A. Olaiya
Chapter 17 Anger and Politics in Iran 333
Mohammad Amjad
Chapter 18 Burning for Independence: Anger, Violence,
and the Evolution of the Tibetan
0— Independence Movement

Jeannine Chandler


Contents                                                                                vii

Chapter 19     The Role of Anger in the Radicalization of Terrorists                                                                                                  387

Cory Davenport

Conclusion                                                                                                   403

Steven A. Leibo and Susan C. Cloninger

About the Editors and Contributors                                                 407


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