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Myanmar: Inle Lake, Mandalay & Bagan

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Enrich your travels with reading! Here's a hand-picked list prepared for your journey in conjunction with the book experts at Longitude.

Essential Reading

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The River of Lost Footsteps, Histories of Burma

The River of Lost Footsteps, Histories of Burma

by Thant Myint-U

  • HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER

In this stimulating and important book, Myint-U (grandson of the late UN Secretary General U Thant and author of The Making of Modern Burma) uses Burmese history as a lens for understanding Myanmar today. (BMA51, $16.00)

Letters from Burma

Letters from Burma

by Aung San Suu Kyi | Heinn Htet

  • HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 244 PAGES

A collection of candid and affectionate letters on Burmese culture, daily life and politics written by the country's iconic Nobel Prize-winning human-rights leader who was held under house arrest by the military junta for many years. (BMA49, $16.00)

In Buddha's Land

In Buddha's Land

by Moe Min

  • RELIGION
  • 2007
  • HARD COVER
  • 128 PAGES

This beautiful, illustrated portrait of monuments, monasteries and rituals is both a striking visual overview of Buddhism as practiced in Burma and a splendid introduction to the country. (BMA52, $30.00)

Lonely Planet Myanmar (Burma)

Lonely Planet Myanmar (Burma)

by Joe Cummings | Michael Clark

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 424 PAGES

Featuring maps, travel information and a good overview of society, culture, history and politics. (BMA20, $29.99)

Myanmar (Burma) Map

Myanmar (Burma) Map

by Nelles

  • 2011
  • MAP

A convenient double-sided map of Burma at a scale of 1:1,500,000, with an inset of Rangoon. Two Sides. 20x31 inches. (BMA02, $13.95)

 
Historical Walks in Yangon, A Myanmar Heritage Trust Guide Map

Historical Walks in Yangon, A Myanmar Heritage Trust Guide Map


by Silkworm Books

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2010
  • MAP
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE
  • >

This innovative map lays out three walking tours through Yangon that guide visitors to landmarks, gardens and architectural points of interest. (BMA66, $15.00)

To Myanmar With Love

To Myanmar With Love


by Morgan Edwardson

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 294 PAGES

Edwardson draws on a network of fellow expats and locals for this warmly inviting guide to Burma, organized by region and theme, and featuring short essays on food, culture and attractions. (BMA73, $21.95)

A History of Myanmar Since Ancient Times, Traditions and Transformations

A History of Myanmar Since Ancient Times, Traditions and Transformations


by Michael A. Aung-Thwin

  • HISTORY
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 333 PAGES

Aung-Thwin takes us from the sacred stupas of the Bagan plains to the grand colonial-era British mansions in this tale of Burma's storied 3,000-year history and rich culture. (BMA72, $29.00)

Burma/Myanmar, What Everyone Needs to Know

Burma/Myanmar, What Everyone Needs to Know


by David I. Steinberg

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

A professor of Asian studies at Georgetown, Steinberg places the current political situation in Burma in the context of the history and culture of the nation. Second edition. (BMA60, $16.95)

Sacred Sites of Burma


by Donald Stadtner

  • RELIGION
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 300 PAGES

Stadtner focuses on the origins and evolutions of the Buddhist myths behind Burma's sacred sites, some of the most spectacular in Asia, in this beautifully illustrated portrait. (BMA64, $35.00)

What the Buddha Taught

What the Buddha Taught


by Walpola Sri Rahula

  • RELIGION
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 151 PAGES

A classic account of Theravada Buddhism by a respected monk and scholar from Sri Lanka. Provides translations from original texts with explanations for Western readers. A good foundation for any visitor to Southeast Asia. (SEA41, $14.95)

Where China Meets India

Where China Meets India


by Thant Myint-U

  • HISTORY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

Home to 60 million people and bigger than France, Burma -- as Myint-U so effectively argues -- is hardly small or politically isolated: it is the center of Asia. (BMA70, $18.00)

Burmese Looking Glass

Burmese Looking Glass


by Edith Mirante

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 333 PAGES
  • HARD TO FIND ELSEWHERE

A moving story of resistance in the highlands by a dedicated writer with the soul of a poet and the passion of a revolutionary. Deported to Thailand in 1988, Mirante was the first westerner to march with the rebels. (BMA05, $12.00)

Finding George Orwell in Burma

Finding George Orwell in Burma


by Emma Larkin

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

An American journalist fluent in Burmese, Emma Larkin (a pseudonym) masterfully interweaves her travels in the footsteps of the British colonial officer and writer with interviews and an astute, moving history of modern Burma. (BMA40, $16.00)

The Gentleman in the Parlour

The Gentleman in the Parlour


by Somerset Maugham

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 300 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

Maugham's much-loved portrait of the land and people of Burma circa 1925. (SEA05, $18.95)

Twilight over Burma, My Life as a Shan Princess

Twilight over Burma, My Life as a Shan Princess


by Inge Sargent | Bertil Lintner

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 216 PAGES

A memoir (though told in the third person) of Inge Sargent, an Austrian who in 1953 married Sao Kya Seng, the princely leader of Shan, an ethnic enclave in the hill country of northeastern Burma. A fascinating story. (BMA11, $14.95)

Under the Dragon, A Journey Through Burma

Under the Dragon, A Journey Through Burma


by Rory MacLean | William Dalrymple

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

MacLean's perceptive and heartbreaking portrait of contemporary Burma, originally published in 1999, focuses on the ordinary people he met on travels from Rangoon and Mandalay to Pagan and the Golden Triangle. (BMA56, $17.00)

Burmese Days

Burmese Days


by George Orwell

  • LITERATURE
  • 1989
  • PAPER
  • 287 PAGES

Orwell, a veteran of the colonial police force in Rangoon, writes with irony and insight in this sharp novel of politics, folly and the British. (BMA03, $14.00)

Saving Fish from Drowning

Saving Fish from Drowning


by Amy Tan

  • LITERATURE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 474 PAGES

Tan interweaves history, incident and magic in this beguiling novel of Americans on tour who disappear into the jungles of Burma. (BMA44, $15.00)

The Art of Hearing Heartbeats

The Art of Hearing Heartbeats


by Jan-Philipp Sendker

  • LITERATURE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

This sentimental bestseller, marvelously set in modern New York and Burma, traces the epic, 50-year love between a blind monk, later a successful New York lawyer with a new family who knows nothing of his past, and the Burmese woman who captured his heart all those many years ago. (BMA71, $15.95)

The Glass Palace

The Glass Palace


by Amitav Ghosh

  • LITERATURE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 474 PAGES

In this panoramic novel full of tales and anecdote, Ghosh follows the lives and fortunes of Rajkumar and his family over three eventful generations in Burma, India and Malaysia. (IDA173, $16.00)

Birds of Myanmar

Birds of Myanmar


by Kyaw Nyunt Lwin | Khin Ma Ma Thwin | Aung Thant

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 165 PAGES
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE
  • >

A slim field guide to 350 birds of Burma, featuring 74 full-color plates, descriptive information and a comprehensive checklist. (BMA42, $37.95)

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