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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 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)

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)

Lonely Planet Cambodia

Lonely Planet Cambodia

by Lonely Planet

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

A comprehensive practical guide to Cambodia in the hallmark Lonely Planet style featuring maps, a handful of photographs, and a good overview of culture, history and nature. (CBD04, $27.99)

Cambodia Map

Cambodia Map

by Gecko Maps

  • 2005
  • MAP

A full color map of Cambodia (1:750,000), featuring useful inset maps of Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Angkor on the reverse. (CBD17, $18.95)

 
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)

National Geographic Cambodia

National Geographic Cambodia


by Trevor Ranges

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 319 PAGES

An abundantly illustrated guide to the country, with essays on history and culture and color maps. (CBD68, $25.95)

To Cambodia With Love

To Cambodia With Love


by Andy Brouwer

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 238 PAGES

In this insightful guide, Brouwer presents 50 writers on the history, culture and attractions of Cambodia, including Khmer specialist Dawn Rooney (Odyssey Guide Angkor) and memoirist Loung Ung (First They Killed My Father). (CBD71, $21.95)

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)

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
  • OUT OF PRINT

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)

Cambodia After the Khmer Rouge, Inside the Politics of Nation Building

Cambodia After the Khmer Rouge, Inside the Politics of Nation Building


by Evan R. Gottesman

  • HISTORY
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 454 PAGES

Gottesman, deputy director of the ABA Cambodia Law and Democracy Project in the 1990s, traces the far-ranging impact of the Khmer regime from its ouster in 1979 to the signing of the peace accord in 1991. (CBD55, $42.00)

Cambodia's Curse, The Modern History of a Troubled Land

Cambodia's Curse, The Modern History of a Troubled Land


by Joel Brinkley

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 416 PAGES

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Joel Brinkley returns to Cambodia a generation after the fall of the Khmer Rouge regime to report on the country's continuing struggle to recover from its past. (CBD70, $17.99)

Phnom Penh, A Cultural History

Phnom Penh, A Cultural History


by Milton Osborne

  • HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

As a one-time resident of Phnom Penh and an authority on Southeast Asia, Milton Osborne provides a colorful account of the troubled history and appealing culture of Cambodia's capital city. (CBD58, $17.95)

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)

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


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)

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)

Brother Number One, A Political Biography of Pol Pot


by David Chandler

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 264 PAGES

The definitive history of the Pol Pot era by the author of the History of Cambodia. (CBD23, $43.75)

First They Killed My Father, A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers

First They Killed My Father, A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers


by Loung Ung

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

An eye-opening eyewitness account of the atrocities suffered by millions of Cambodians from the perspective of a young girl who survived the reign of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge. (CBD13, $15.99)

Golden Bones, An Extraordinary Journey from Hell in Cambodia to a New Life in America

Golden Bones, An Extraordinary Journey from Hell in Cambodia to a New Life in America


by Sichan Siv

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

Siv shows determination and hope in this gripping memoir of his family and idyllic childhood in Pochentong, terrors of the Khmer Rouge and escape to freedom in America. (CBD62, $16.99)

The Gate

The Gate


by Francois Bizot

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

A French ethnologist married to a Khmer woman, Bizot tells of his time in Cambodia during the rise and terror of the Khmer Rouge. (SEA48, $16.00)

The Road of Lost Innocence

The Road of Lost Innocence


by Somaly Mam

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 205 PAGES

Sold into servitude by her grandfather, Mam recounts the experiences of her early life, her awakening as an activist and her work to rescue thousands of women and children in Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam and Laos. (CBD65, $15.00)

The King's Last Song, A Novel

The King's Last Song, A Novel


by Geoff Ryman

  • LITERATURE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 432 PAGES

Ryman interweaves the story of a modern day archaeologist with the tale of 12th-century King Jayavarman VII in this sweeping historical novel. (CBD67, $16.00)

Soul of the Tiger, Searching for Nature's Answers in Southeast Asia

Soul of the Tiger, Searching for Nature's Answers in Southeast Asia


by Jeffrey A. McNeely | Paul Spencer Sochaczewski

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 432 PAGES

A meditation on the role of animals and nature in the societies of Southeast Asia. With dark humor, the authors wax philosophical about conservation issues throughout the region. (SEA02, $18.99)

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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