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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)

Odyssey Guide Myanmar

Odyssey Guide Myanmar

by Caroline Courtauld

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 312 PAGES

Refreshingly direct and engaging, Caroline Courtauld covers Burma's culture, long history and religion with grace in this richly illustrated guide with fine color maps. (BMA16, $26.95)

Odyssey Guide Angkor

Odyssey Guide Angkor

by Dawn Rooney

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 496 PAGES

The sixth edition of Rooney's indispensable guide to Khmer culture and history. Includes monuments, temple plans, color photographs and practical information about Siem Reap. (CBD05, $27.95)

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. 20 x 31 inches. (BMA02, $13.95)

 
Ancient Pagan

Ancient Pagan


by Donald Stadtner | Michael Freeman

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 286 PAGES

An authoritative guide to the art and culture of the ancient Buddhist city on the Irrawaddy, organized by temple group and featuring 250 color photographs, site plans and maps. (BMA43, $25.00)

Footprint Cambodia Handbook

Footprint Cambodia Handbook


by Andrew Spooner

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

A compact, practical guide packed with history, sightseeing information and essential travel details. (SEA23, $24.95)

Lonely Planet Burmese Phrasebook

Lonely Planet Burmese Phrasebook


by Lonely Planet

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

A palm-sized dictionary and guide to the Burmese language with common phrases for travelers. (BMA36, $9.99)

Burma, Rivers of Flavor

Burma, Rivers of Flavor


by Naomi Duguid

  • FOOD
  • 2012
  • HARD COVER
  • 364 PAGES

A culinary adventurer, Duguid presents the food, local markets, people and culture of Burma in this exceedingly informative (not to mention beautiful) cookbook and cultural guide. The 125 recipes are interspersed with tales and photographs from her many travels in the region. (BMA77, $35.00)

A History of Cambodia

A History of Cambodia


by David Chandler

  • HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 312 PAGES

An excellent, scholarly history from early civilization through the rise of Angkor, French colonial period, Vietnamization of Cambodia, Khmer Rouge and Coup de Force of 1997. (CBD27, $40.00)

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)

Digging For The Truth: Angkor Wat: The Eighth Wonder


by Josh Bernstein

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2009
  • DVD

Host Hunter Ellis travels deep into the Cambodian jungle to explore the magnificent stone temple complex Angkor Wat built in the early twelfth century. The program was originally produced as an episode of the History Channel's Digging for the Truth in 2007 and features Damian Evans. (CBD85, $24.98)

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)

Letters from Burma

Letters from Burma


by Aung San Suu Kyi

  • HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 244 PAGES

A collection of about 50 candid and moving mini-essays 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)

Passage to Burma

Passage to Burma


by Scott Stulberg

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2013
  • HARD COVER
  • 240 PAGES
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

Scott Stulberg presents the teak and bamboo forests, temples and especially the people of Burma in hundreds of full-page color photographs in this illustrated journey. (BMA80, $45.00)

Popular Buddhist Texts from Nepal, Narratives and Rituals of Newar Buddhism

Popular Buddhist Texts from Nepal, Narratives and Rituals of Newar Buddhism


by Todd Thornton Lewis | Tuladhar, Laabh Ratna

  • RELIGION
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 236 PAGES

This scholarly work demonstrates how ritual texts and narratives have influenced the religious culture of the Newars of Kathmandu, the last surviving South Asian Mahayana Buddhist society. (REL82, $29.95)

The Life of Hinduism

The Life of Hinduism


by John Hawley | Vasudha Narayanan

  • RELIGION
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 337 PAGES

A series of essays that present Hinduism as a vibrant and vital religion, with emphasis on the multifaceted world of Hindu worship and the identity issues of Hindus faced with globalization. (IDA374, $31.95)

When the War Was Over: Cambodia and the Khmer Rouge Revolution

When the War Was Over: Cambodia and the Khmer Rouge Revolution


by Elizabeth Becker

  • HISTORY
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 636 PAGES

One of the best and most comprehensive reports on the rise and fall of the Khmer Rouge, the brutal regime that killed a quarter of the Cambodian population in just four years. Includes a chapter on modern Cambodia. (CBD86, $25.00)

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)

World Religions Today

World Religions Today


by John L. Esposito | Darrell J. Fasching | Todd Lewis

  • RELIGION
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 609 PAGES

A scholarly examination of the significance of religion in contemporary life and culture, this volume explores several major traditions including Judaism, Islam, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, East Asian Religions, indigenous religions and new religions, connecting contemporary religions to classical belief systems. (REL81, $89.95)

Angkor, Celestial Temples of the Khmer Empire

Angkor, Celestial Temples of the Khmer Empire


by John Sanday

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2002
  • HARD COVER
  • 288 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

Handsomely produced and packaged in a slipcover, this portfolio of 240 striking color photographs by the accomplished Joe Ortner includes accompanying essays on the architecture, history and meaning of Angkor. (CBD31, $95.00)

Art & Architecture of Cambodia

Art & Architecture of Cambodia


by Helen Ibbitson Jessup

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

Jessup includes not just Angkor Wat and Banteay Srei but also lesser-known recent discoveries in the surrounding jungle in this illustrated overview in the World of Art series. (CBD41, $16.95)

Masterpieces of the National Museum of Cambodia

Masterpieces of the National Museum of Cambodia


by Helen Ibbitson Jessup

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 112 PAGES

A collection of 80 of Cambodia's sculptural treasures, with extended, multilingual captions for each work as well as a historical preface, a chronology and bibliography. Photographs are in full color. (CBD64, $25.00)

Sanctuary, The Temples of Angkor

Sanctuary, The Temples of Angkor


by Steve McCurry

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

A selection of 100 stunning color photographs of the monks and the monuments of Angkor, the extraordinary carvings and the forest surrounding the temples by a popular Magnum photographer. (CBD28, $35.00)

Temples of Cambodia, The Heart of Angkor

Temples of Cambodia, The Heart of Angkor


by Helen Ibbitson Jessup

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

Jessup provides the accompanying essays to this oversized portfolio of dazzling color images by Barry Brukoff, who has photographed the monuments of Cambodia since 1963. (CBD73, $65.00)

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)

From the Land of Green Ghosts, a Burmese Odyssey

From the Land of Green Ghosts, a Burmese Odyssey


by Pascal Khoo Thwe

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

The young Burmese author, a member of a remote hill-tribe in the Shan hills, captures the traditions and challenges of the Padaung people in this astonishing memoir. (BMA29, $13.99)

The Gods Drink Whiskey

The Gods Drink Whiskey


by Stephen T. Asma

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

Asma writes with verve and wit in this eye-opening account of his yearlong stint teaching at the Buddhist Institute in Phnom Penh. His account is both an overview of Theravada Buddhism and a down-to-earth portrait of contemporary Cambodia. (CBD46, $14.99)

The Lady and the Peacock, The Life of Aung San Suu Kyi

The Lady and the Peacock, The Life of Aung San Suu Kyi


by Peter Popham

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 334 PAGES

Peter Popham's timely biography follows the arc of Suu Kyi's life from her childhood in Rangoon, formative years in India and Oxford, marriage to Michael Aris and her return to Burma, where she has become a potent symbol for the Burmese people. The British journalist doesn't dodge from Suu Kyi's moral decision to remain in Burma, even as her husband was dying in 1999, and her children Alexander and Kim remained behind in Britain. (BMA79, $16.95)

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)

Sugata Saurabha an Epic Poem from Nepal on the Life of the Buddha

Sugata Saurabha an Epic Poem from Nepal on the Life of the Buddha


by Chitta Dhar Hridaya | Todd Lewis | Subarna Man Tuladhar

  • LITERATURE
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 404 PAGES

Sugata Saurabha is an epic poem, first published in 1947 in the Nepalese language, Newari, that retells the story of the Buddha's life with compelling artistry and nuance while communicating his basic teachings with simplicity and clarity. This rendering will appeal to scholars of Buddhism for its humanizing view of the Buddha while offering an introduction to his life and teachings. (NPL84, $36.95)

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 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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