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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.

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The Eaves of Heaven, A Life in Three Wars

The Eaves of Heaven, A Life in Three Wars

by Andrew X. Pham

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

Pham recounts the story of his father's life during the French occupation, Japanese invasion and the American War, weaving such momentous events with anecdotes from his childhood and details of family, friends, food and daily life. (VNM120, $16.00)

Southeast Asia, A Concise History

Southeast Asia, A Concise History

by Mary Somers Heidhues

  • HISTORY
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 192 PAGES
  • COMING IN DECEMBER

A highly readable, illustrated history of Southeast Asia, covering politics, economics, society and culture. With 131 black-and-white illustrations and 11 maps. (SEA26, $19.95)

The Quiet American

The Quiet American

by Graham Greene

  • LITERATURE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 180 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

A classic, this is the most famous Western work of fiction on Vietnam. Greene writes of a love triangle between a war correspondent, his Vietnamese consort and an optimistic young American during the last days of French rule. (VNM08, $16.00)

Vietnam Map

Vietnam Map

by ITMB

  • 2011
  • MAP

A sturdy, double-sided map of Vietnam, at a good scale (1:1,000,000), including Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh and the Hue region. With index. (VNM05, $12.95)

 
Hong Kong Map

Hong Kong Map


by Nelles

  • MAP

A detailed, colorful folded map of Hong Kong, scale 1:22,500. (HKG15, $13.95)

Culture Smart! Hong Kong

Culture Smart! Hong Kong


by Clare Vickers

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 168 PAGES

A concise, well-illustrated and practical guide to local customs, etiquette and culture. (HKG24, $9.95)

Culture Smart! Singapore

Culture Smart! Singapore


by Angela Milligan

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 168 PAGES

A concise, no-nonsense guide to local customs, etiquette and culture with a short overview of the land and people. (SGP16, $9.95)

Culture Smart! Vietnam

Culture Smart! Vietnam


by Geoffrey Murray

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 168 PAGES

Take along this concise, well-illustrated and practical guide to local customs, etiquette and culture. (VNM87, $9.95)

Insight Guide Vietnam

Insight Guide Vietnam


by Insight Guides | Scott Rutherford

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

A highly recommended guide to history, culture and popular destinations, featuring essays, informative maps and photographs. (VNM02, $24.99)

Lonely Planet Vietnam

Lonely Planet Vietnam


by Lonely Planet

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 512 PAGES

This comprehensive practical guide includes local and regional color maps, a section of photographs and chapters on history, culture and attractions. (VNM126, $27.99)

Lonely Planet Vietnamese Phrasebook

Lonely Planet Vietnamese Phrasebook


by Nguyen Xuanthu

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 284 PAGES

A handy palm-sized guide to pronunciation, grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler. (VNM20, $8.99)

Vietnamese, A Language Map

Vietnamese, A Language Map


by Kristine K. Kershul

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 2002
  • PLASTIC CARD

This durable, foldout card gives easy phonetic pronunciation for several hundred of the most commonly-needed words and phrases. (VNM82, $7.95)

A Tiger in the Kitchen

A Tiger in the Kitchen


by Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan

  • FOOD
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 296 PAGES

In this thoughtful and delightful tale of culinary homecoming, Tan, a freelance writer in New York, attempts to recreate the dishes of her native Singapore during one Lunar Calendar year. (SGP24, $14.99)

Communion, A Culinary Journey Through Vietnam

Communion, A Culinary Journey Through Vietnam


by Kim Fay

  • FOOD
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 293 PAGES

Fay recounts in savory detail a five-week journey with two friends from Hanoi to Saigon in search of the traditions, rituals and pleasures of food from local markets and street foods to haute cuisine. (VNM147, $19.95)

A Pocket Guide to Vietnam, 1962

A Pocket Guide to Vietnam, 1962


by Bodleian Library

  • HISTORY
  • 2012
  • HARD COVER
  • 88 PAGES

With the Vietnam war in full swing, the American Department of Defense prepared this book as a crash couse in Vietnamese culture for the young men and women who would be fighting and living with the Vietnamese people. Republished by the Bodleian Library with original illustrations, this compact guide serves as a timeless tour through the cultural, social, politcal and military history of Vietnam. (VNM153, $10.00)

Fire in the Lake

Fire in the Lake


by Frances FitzGerald

  • HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 496 PAGES

A classic historical, political and cultural portrait of the Vietnam War, seen through the eyes of the Vietnamese. Winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award, FitzGerald, a staff writer at the New Yorker and a reporter in Vietnam, presents a vivid image of a revolution and a clear-sighted case for why the U.S offensive was doomed from the start. (VNM12, $18.99)

Hong Kong

Hong Kong


by Jan Morris

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

A wonderful portrait of Hong Kong by one of our favorite travel writers. Morris enumerates the many personal pleasures of the city, deftly interweaving reportage, history and culture. (HKG02, $17.00)

Hong Kong, A Cultural History

Hong Kong, A Cultural History


by Michael Ingham

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

Beneath the surface of Hong Kong's cliched self-image as Pearl of the Orient and Shopping Paradise, Michael Ingham reveals a city rich in history, myth, and cultural diversity. (HKG29, $19.99)

Shadows and Wind

Shadows and Wind


by Robert Templer

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 398 PAGES

A British journalist based in Vietnam, Templer cuts through myth and legend to offer a lively, opinionated portrait of contemporary Vietnam. (VNM43, $17.00)

Understanding Vietnam

Understanding Vietnam


by Neil Jamieson

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 428 PAGES

Jamieson's ambitious primer addresses politics, social history, village life, structural renewal, literature and the arts, illuminating the Vietnamese worldview with insight and depth. It's a terrific introduction to Vietnam. (VNM01, $31.95)

Vietnam Now, A Reporter Returns

Vietnam Now, A Reporter Returns


by David Lamb

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

An insightful portrait of contemporary Vietnam by a Los Angeles Times foreign correspondent and National Geographic writer. Lamb interweaves stories of Vietnam today with his own experiences and memories as a young reporter for UPI during the war. (VNM47, $17.00)

Vietnam, Rising Dragon

Vietnam, Rising Dragon


by Bill Hayton

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

The veteran BBC newsman covers the tangled politics, rapidly changing economy, culture, history and people of Vietnam with great insight in this timely portrait of a nation in transition. (VNM134, $24.00)

Vietnam Journeys

Vietnam Journeys


by Charles Fields

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 224 PAGES

Photographer and traveler Charles Fields portrays the cultures and landscapes of Vietnam from the World Heritage Site of Hue and the Phung Hiep floating market to its forests and coastline in stunning color photographs. (VNM138, $50.00)

Catfish and Mandala, A Two-Wheeled Voyage Through the Landscape and Memory of Vietnam

Catfish and Mandala, A Two-Wheeled Voyage Through the Landscape and Memory of Vietnam


by Andrew X. Pham

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 344 PAGES

Much more than the story of a road trip, this book combines the author's family history with his many and often-gritty adventures by bicycle through foreign lands including Mexico, Japan and, notably, Vietnam. (VNM50, $17.00)

Dispatches

Dispatches


by Michael Herr

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2009
  • HARD COVER
  • 296 PAGES

Robert Stone introduces this Everyman's Library edition of Herr's impressionistic, troubling memoir of his time as a war correspondent in Vietnam, called by the New York Times the best book yet to be written about the war. (VNM03, $24.00)

The River's Tale, A Year on the Mekong

The River's Tale, A Year on the Mekong


by Edward Gargan

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

A personal, probing chronicle of a 3,000-mile journey on the river from its source in China through Tibet, Burma, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia to the Mekong Delta in Vietnam. (SEA33, $16.95)

The Sacred Willow, Four Generations in the Life of a Vietnamese Family

The Sacred Willow, Four Generations in the Life of a Vietnamese Family


by Duong Van Mai Elliott

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 506 PAGES

This vivid family saga, beginning with the author's great-grandfather, captures the momentous history of Vietnam over the last 100 years. (VNM39, $24.99)

A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain

A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain


by Robert Olen Butler

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 249 PAGES

Winner of the 1993 Pulitzer Prize, this collection of 15 short stories captures the spirit of Vietnam through a juxtaposition of American and Vietnamese perspectives and settings. (VNM21, $14.00)

King Rat

King Rat


by James Clavell

  • LITERATURE
  • 1962
  • PAPER
  • 479 PAGES

The first in Clavell's acclaimed Asia series, this book describes the life of a POW in Japanese-occupied Singapore during World War II, richly evocative of its setting (ASA03, $8.99)

Kowloon Tong, A Novel of Hong Kong

Kowloon Tong, A Novel of Hong Kong


by Paul Theroux

  • LITERATURE
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 248 PAGES

With its strong sense of place and contemporary setting in Hong Kong at a time of transition, this fast-paced novel is an illuminating and imaginative look at the city. (HKG12, $15.95)

Paradise of the Blind

Paradise of the Blind


by Duong Thu Huong

  • LITERATURE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 270 PAGES

Duong Thu Huong's popular novel captures the live of three women in an extended family -- and the struggle for economic well being in the throes of failed land reform in the 1980s. (VNM30, $14.99)

The Singapore Grip

The Singapore Grip


by JG Farrell

  • LITERATURE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 572 PAGES

One of a trio of remarkable historical novels by J.G. Farrell, its centerpiece is the Japanese invasion of British-ruled Singapore. Ranging all over the colony from the slums to posh clubs and cricket fields, it's an evocative portrait of the colonial city in peace and war. (SGP13, $17.95)

The Sorrow of War, A Novel of North Vietnam

The Sorrow of War, A Novel of North Vietnam


by Bao Ninh

  • LITERATURE
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 213 PAGES

A powerful novel by a former North Vietnamese soldier, this short book captures the appalling conditions of war, alternating vivid scenes from the front lines with flashbacks from the protagonist's rural youth. (VNM07, $16.00)

The Things They Carried

The Things They Carried


by Tim O'Brien

  • LITERATURE
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 246 PAGES

National Book Award-winner O'Brien captures the daily life of a soldier in Vietnam in this loosely structured, powerful collection of stories. (VNM32, $14.95)

Vietnam, A Traveler's Literary Companion

Vietnam, A Traveler's Literary Companion


by John Balaban | Nguyen Qui Duc

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 239 PAGES

From rainforest to city, these 17 stories from Vietnam's finest writers explore its landscapes, myths and changing traditions. (VNM04, $14.95)

Birds of Southeast Asia

Birds of Southeast Asia


by Craig Robson

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

This authoritative, masterfully illustrated guide, featuring 140 color plates covering 1,270 species throughout the region, also includes Malaysia, Burma, Borneo and Indonesia. (SEA49, $37.50)

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