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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)

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)

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)

Fodor's Bangkok's 25 Best

Fodor's Bangkok's 25 Best

by Sylvie Franquet | Anthony Sattin

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES

This slim guide to Bangkok includes an excellent pullout map of the center of the city along with essential information on its highlights. (TLD40, $11.99)

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)

 
Bangkok Map

Bangkok Map


by Borch Maps

  • 2006
  • MAP

A handy laminated, folded walking map of Bangkok at a scale of 1:14,000. (TLD70, $8.95)

Historical Walks in Yangon, A Myanmar Heritage Trust Guide Map

Historical Walks in Yangon, A Myanmar Heritage Trust Guide Map


by Silkworm Books

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2010
  • MAP
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

This innovative map lays out three walking tours through Yangon that guide visitors to landmarks, gardens and architectural points of interest. (BMA66, $15.00)

Myanmar & the Greater Mekong Map Guide

Myanmar & the Greater Mekong Map Guide


by Odyssey Maps

  • 2012
  • MAP

This map-guide shows both the Greater Mekong, including Yunnan, Burma, Laos, Cambodia and Thailand, with a more detailed map of Myanmar on the reverse. (BMA76, $14.95)

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)

Culture Smart! Thailand

Culture Smart! Thailand


by Roger Jones

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 168 PAGES

A concise, no-nonsense guide to local customs, etiquette and culture with practical travel advice and a short overview of the land and people. (TLD79, $9.95)

Lonely Planet Burmese Phrasebook

Lonely Planet Burmese Phrasebook


by Lonely Planet

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES
  • COMING IN NOVEMBER

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

Lonely Planet Myanmar (Burma)

Lonely Planet Myanmar (Burma)


by Joe Cummings | Michael Clark

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 424 PAGES

Featuring maps, travel information and a good overview of society, culture, history and politics. (BMA20, $29.99)

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 Myanmar Since Ancient Times, Traditions and Transformations

A History of Myanmar Since Ancient Times, Traditions and Transformations


by Michael A. Aung-Thwin

  • HISTORY
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 333 PAGES

Aung-Thwin takes us from the sacred stupas of the Bagan plains to the grand colonial-era British mansions in this tale of Burma's storied 3,000-year history and rich culture. (BMA72, $29.00)

Bangkok, A Cultural History

Bangkok, A Cultural History


by Maryvelma O'Neil

  • HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

O'Neil illuminates a city rich in art, history, royal ceremony and tradition in this engaging portrait. (TLD87, $17.95)

Freedom from Fear and Other Writings

Freedom from Fear and Other Writings


by Aung San Suu Kyi | Michael Aris

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 416 PAGES

This collection of speeches, letters and interviews by and about Burma's Nobel Prize-winning human rights leader, edited by her late husband and with forewords by Vaclav Havel and Desmond Tutu, provides essential background to her role in Burmese politics and the situation of the country today. (BMA08, $17.00)

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)

Sacred Sites of Burma


by Donald Stadtner

  • RELIGION
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 300 PAGES

Stadtner focuses on the origins and evolutions of the Buddhist myths behind Burma's sacred sites, some of the most spectacular in Asia, in this beautifully illustrated portrait. (BMA64, $35.00)

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)

What the Buddha Taught

What the Buddha Taught


by Walpola Sri Rahula

  • RELIGION
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 151 PAGES

A classic account of Theravada Buddhism by a respected monk and scholar from Sri Lanka. Provides translations from original texts with explanations for Western readers. A good foundation for any visitor to Southeast Asia. (SEA41, $14.95)

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)

Aung San Suu Kyi and Burma's Struggle for Democracy


by Bertil Lintner

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 200 PAGES

A veteran journalist in the region, Lentil traces the history and impact of Burma's pro-democracy movement from 1988 alongside the life of its leader. (BMA68, $25.00)

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 Burma Chronicles

The Burma Chronicles


by Guy Delisle

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

Posted to Burma with his Doctors Without Borders wife and young son, Delisle captures the absurdities, challenges and routines of everyday life in Burma in bold black-and-white panels in this droll graphic travelogue, his third. (BMA58, $16.95)

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)

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)

The Piano Tuner

The Piano Tuner


by Daniel Mason

  • LITERATURE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

In this transporting first novel, a mild-mannered tradesman is seduced by late Victorian Burma. Mason's complex, absorbing tale dives into the world of 19th-century colonial Burma, its traditions, trappings, personalities and politics. (BMA31, $14.95)

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