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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)

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)

Eyewitness Guide Vietnam and Angkor Wat

Eyewitness Guide Vietnam and Angkor Wat

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

Featuring innovative site diagrams, local maps and hundreds of color photographs, this handy companion introduces the culture, history and attractions of Vietnam. (VNM102, $25.00)

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)

 
Groovy Hong Kong Map

Groovy Hong Kong Map


by Groovy Map Co.

  • 2012
  • MAP

An easy-to-use, laminated map/guide to Hong Kong. Includes map and insets of the greater Hong Kong area, with outlying islands, Central and Kowloon, Soho and Lan Kwai Fong. The reverse has helpful listings: transportation options, cuisine, nightlife, shopping and local culture. Folded size: 4 x 8.5 inches. (CHN786, $8.95)

Groovy Vietnam Map

Groovy Vietnam Map


by Groovy Map Co.

  • 2012
  • MAP

An easy-to-use map/guide to Vietnam. Includes maps and insets of Greater Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh's downtown, Hanoi's downtown and Chinatown, plus helpful local listings. Folded size: 4 x 8.5 inches. (VNM178, $8.95)

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)

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)

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)

Eating Viet Nam, Dispatches from a Blue Plastic Table

Eating Viet Nam, Dispatches from a Blue Plastic Table


by Graham Holliday | Anthony Bourdain

  • FOOD
  • 2015
  • HARD COVER
  • 352 PAGES
  • COMING IN MARCH

While living in Vietnam, native Englishman Holliday penned this gastronomic adventure which takes him from fancy dining tables to streetside vendors and everywhere in between. A genuine adventure through Vietnamese cuisine. (VNM177, $26.99)

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)

A Traveller's History of Southeast Asia

A Traveller's History of Southeast Asia


by J.M. Barwise | Nicholas J. White

  • HISTORY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES
  • COMING IN MARCH

A compact history of the region, including the Khmer and the various ancient kingdoms that produced Borobudur, Angkor and other architectural marvels. (SEA36, $14.95)

Asia's Cauldron, The South China Sea and the End of a Stable Pacific

Asia's Cauldron, The South China Sea and the End of a Stable Pacific


by Robert D. Kaplan

  • HISTORY
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

Vividly analyzing the nations where the Western Pacific meets the Indian Ocean, Robert Kaplan explains why this area of the world is an important and turbulent region that we should all be watching. (ASA94, $17.00)

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, $20.95)

Patriots, The Vietnam War Remembered From All Sides

Patriots, The Vietnam War Remembered From All Sides


by Christian G. Appy

  • HISTORY
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 574 PAGES

A vivid oral history spanning the history of the Vietnam conflict and a diversity of views. (VNM129, $20.00)

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)

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)

Ho

Ho


by David Halberstam

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 118 PAGES

The historian explores the life and times of Ho Chi Minh and his fight for Vietnamese independence in this brief sketch, originally published in 1987. (VNM167, $18.95)

The Cat from Hue, A Vietnam Story

The Cat from Hue, A Vietnam Story


by John Laurence

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 864 PAGES

Journalist John Laurence's detailed and haunting account of Vietnam War combines his first hand experiences as a correspondent with a historical overview of the war. The cat in the title is Meo, a Vietnamese stray he adopted along the way. (VNM67, $21.99)

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 and 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, $15.00)

Fragrant Harbor

Fragrant Harbor


by John Lanchester

  • LITERATURE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

Lanchester, in this satisfying novel of Hong Kong, spins an atmospheric tale of the city in the 1930s and 1940s bracketed by a parallell tale of business dealings, power and greed in the 1990s. (CHN266, $15.00)

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 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, $15.95)

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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