Reading a historical account of China that starts off from the "Taiping Rebellion" (a Christian kingdom of Heaven around mid 1800s) to post Second Sino Japanese war written by a Japanese scholar and translated in Taiwan.
It certainly offers a good perspective and the Taiwan translation fills in the parts that China translators skipped.
Highly appreciate the tip! I will check these two out. I became interested after reading Dr. Paul Freedman's books on the era. Such a bloodthirsty time period in Western Civ. I bet a TV miniseries of this era would make "Game of Thrones" seem like "Alice in Wonderland".