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Southeast Asia, An Introductory History

Southeast Asia, An Introductory History

by Milton Osborne

  • HISTORY
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

In the 11th edition of this classic, Osborne (The Mekong) traces social, political and economic change in the region since the 18th century. (SEA73, $26.95)

The Mekong, Turbulent Past, Uncertain Future

The Mekong, Turbulent Past, Uncertain Future

by Milton Osborne

  • HISTORY
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

A cultural history of the great river from prehistory to European exploration, colonial tensions and modern challenges. It's an engaging introduction to the history of Southeast Asia. (SEA28, $16.00)

Lonely Planet Laos

Lonely Planet Laos

by Justine Vaisutis | Andrew Burke

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

This practical guide to Laos by Lonely Planet features maps, a 60-page overview of culture, history and nature and plenty of information on excursions, accommodations and sightseeing. (LAO02, $27.99)

Laos Map

Laos Map

by Periplus Maps

  • MAP

A traveler's map of Laos, with topographical relief at a scale 1:200,000. Prepared by the World Mapping Project. (LAO11, $9.00)

 
Mekong River Map

Mekong River Map


by Odyssey Maps

  • 2012
  • MAP

This color map-guide shows the course of the Mekong from mountains to the sea on one side and a detailed map of Laos on the reverse. (LAO28, $14.95)

Insight Guide Laos & Cambodia

Insight Guide Laos & Cambodia


by Insight Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER

This beautiful guide features wonderful photographs and essays prepared by experts on Laos and Cambodia's attractions, history, culture and nature. (SEA44, $24.99)

Lonely Planet Lao Phrasebook

Lonely Planet Lao Phrasebook


by Lonely Planet

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

This handy pocket phrasebook includes pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary. (LAO25, $9.99)

A History of Laos

A History of Laos


by Martin Stuart-Fox

  • HISTORY
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

A comprehensive, scholarly history of the country, focusing on the modern period and emergence of Laos as a contemporary nation state. With chapters on the early kingdoms and French Laos. (LAO06, $45.00)

Shooting at the Moon, The Story of America's Clandestine War in Laos

Shooting at the Moon, The Story of America's Clandestine War in Laos


by Roger Warner

  • HISTORY
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 436 PAGES

Soldiers, diplomats, Hmong villagers and CIA strategists are all depicted fully in this engrossing, well-reported history of the secret war in Laos. (LAO05, $24.95)

The Last Unicorn, A Search for One of Earth's Rarest Creatures

The Last Unicorn, A Search for One of Earth's Rarest Creatures


by William Debuys

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2015
  • HARD COVER
  • 368 PAGES
  • COMING IN MARCH

A simply-written, tender travelogue about a scientist's search for a rare, newly discovered animal in the mountain forests of Laos: the saola. (SEA89, $27.00)

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down


by Anne Fadiman

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

American Scholar editor Fadiman gracefully documents the encounter between two worldviews in an intimate portrait of a Hmong refugee family in California. (VNM31, $15.00)

Tragic Mountains: The Hmong, the Americans, and the Secret Wars for Laos, 1942-1992

Tragic Mountains: The Hmong, the Americans, and the Secret Wars for Laos, 1942-1992


by Jane Hamilton-Merritt

  • HISTORY
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 608 PAGES

A portrait of the Hmong, their role in America's clandestine war in Laos during the Vietnam era and their persecution and plight in Laos since being abandoned by America in 1975. (LAO12, $35.00)

Arts of Southeast Asia

Arts of Southeast Asia


by Fiona Kerlogue

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

A handsome guide to the art, architecture, textiles and crafts of Southeast Asia. (SEA45, $16.95)

River Road to China, The Search for the Source of the Mekong, 1866-73

River Road to China, The Search for the Source of the Mekong, 1866-73


by Milton Osborne

  • EXPLORATION
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 247 PAGES

An excellent modern account of a 19th-century French expedition 4,000 miles from Vietnam and Cambodia into unknown regions of China in search of the source of the Mekong. (SEA29, $16.95)

The Golden Lands, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand & Vietnam

The Golden Lands, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand & Vietnam


by Vikram Lall

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 280 PAGES

The product of 25 years of research into Buddhist architecture, this survey by Vikram Lall takes us from the monastic complexes of India to the dzongs of Bhutan, inside the wats of Southeast Asia and through the simple wooden shrines of Japan. Lall celebrates the architectural innovations and spiritual significance of each inspired style. Gorgeously illustrated throughout with color photography and 3-D renderings. (SEA88, $95.00)

A Dragon Apparent, Travels in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam

A Dragon Apparent, Travels in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam


by Norman Lewis

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 358 PAGES
  • FAVORITE
  • HARD TO FIND ELSEWHERE

A classic account of travels and adventure during the last years of French Indochina, strong on atmosphere with wonderfully detailed descriptions of local cultures and archaeological treasures. First published in 1951. (SEA40, $33.95)

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)

Collected Short Stories, Volume 4

Collected Short Stories, Volume 4


by W. Somerset Maugham

  • LITERATURE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 464 PAGES

Maugham can evoke turn-of-the-century colonial Asia like no other. This collection of stories features many set in Malaysia, Borneo and other Southeast Asian locales, including the well-known tale "The Letter." (SEA01, $18.00)

Curse of the Pogo Stick

Curse of the Pogo Stick


by Colin Cotterill

  • LITERATURE
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

A pogo stick brings a curse on a Hmong village (which our hero, the septuagenarian national coroner Dr. Siri, is improbably asked to remove) in this thrilling fifth quirky mystery set in Laos. (LAO18, $14.00)

The Coroner's Lunch

The Coroner's Lunch


by Colin Cotterill

  • MYSTERY
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

The first in Colin Cotterill's wonderful Dr. Siri Paiboun mystery series follows the septuagenarian national coroner of Laos as he navigates both the criminal underworld of communist Laos and the spiritual world of his ancestors. (LAO21, $15.95)

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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