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Buddhist & Hindu Kingdoms

Reading and Travel Guide
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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Item EXIDA387. Buy these 3 items as a set for $45 including shipping, 15% off the retail price. With free shipping on anything else you order.  Buy Package

India, A Sacred Geography

IDA634
Diana L. Eck
Crown
2013
576
0385531923
PAPER
Religion
0
0
0
0
Professor of comparative religion and Indian studies at Harvard, Diana Eck turns her interest in temples and places of pilgrimage into a celebration of the diversity of popular religious traditions in India in this richly rewarding travelogue.
$16.00

The Snow Leopard

NPL03
Peter Matthiessen
Penguin
2008
368
0143105515
PAPER
Exploration
0
1
0
0
The most perceptive, acutely observed and personal of all his books, Matthiessen's account of a five-week journey through Nepal with naturalist George Schaller combines their quest for the elusive cat with a moving introduction to Buddhism and the people and culture of the Himalayas.
$17.00

India East Map

IDA123
Nelles
Nelles Maps
2012
2
3865740367
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A regional map of eastern India, including all of Nepal, at a scale of 1:1,500,000.
$13.95

Eyewitness Guide India

IDA265
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2014
800
1465411844
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A handsome, beautifully illustrated guide to India. It features color photographs, history and plenty of background information.
$30.00

Footprint Cambodia Handbook

SEA23
Andrew Spooner
Footprint Handbooks
2015
288
1910120235
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A compact, practical guide packed with history, sightseeing information and essential travel details.
$24.99

Lonely Planet Nepal

NPL28
Lonely Planet
Lonely Planet Publications
2015
416
1743210078
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
With up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, this handy travel companion to Nepal features color maps and images, suggested itineraries and a listing of festival dates.
$29.99

A History of Cambodia

CBD27
David Chandler
Perseus
2007
312
0813343631
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$45.00

Adventures With the Buddha, A Buddhism Reader

REL12
Jeffery Paine (Editor)
W. W. Norton & Company
2005
410
0393327469
PAPER
Religion
0
0
0
0
Paine chooses nine influential 19th and 20th century western adventurers and their travels in China, Tibet, Nepal and India for this riveting tale of religion, adventure and enlightenment.
$24.95

Banaras

IDA211
Diana L. Eck
Columbia University Press
1999
448
0231114478
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
This history of the holiest and oldest of Indian cities (now known as Varanasi), the home of Shiva, encompasses many millennia of Buddhist and especially Hindu practices along the Ganges.
$35.00

Buddha

REL09
Karen Armstrong
Penguin Putnam
2004
240
0143034367
PAPER
Religion
0
0
0
0
A concise, thought-provoking biography of the Buddha in the Penguin Lives series, written by one of the foremost experts on world religions.
$16.00

Digging For The Truth: Angkor Wat: The Eighth Wonder

CBD85
Josh Bernstein
Baker & Taylor Video
2009
1422903206
DVD
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
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.
$24.98

India

IDA04
Stanley Wolpert
University of California Press
2009
281
0520260325
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Wolpert's reflections on India -- its religion and philosophy, its art, culture and politics -- make for a literate, succinct primer.
$34.95

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

REL82
Todd Thornton Lewis, Tuladhar, Laabh Ratna
State University of New York Press
2000
236
0791446123
PAPER
Religion
0
0
0
0
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.
$31.95

Raj, The Making and Unmaking of British India

IDA87
Lawrence James
St. Martin's Press
2000
544
0312263821
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
An anecdotal, engrossing mostly military history of the East India Company.
$28.99

The Life of Hinduism

IDA374
John Hawley (Editor), Vasudha Narayanan (Editor)
University of California Press
2006
337
0520249143
PAPER
Religion
0
0
0
0
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.
$34.95

The Saint of Kathmandu, and Other Tales of the Sacred in Everyday Life

REL51
Sarah Levine
Beacon Press
2009
256
0807013129
PAPER
Religion
0
0
0
0
A well-written, scholarly account of faith the world over. Anthropologist Levine's several case studies of belief explore profound questions about the role of religion in our world across cultures.
$18.00

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

CBD86
Elizabeth Becker
Hachette
1998
636
1891620002
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$25.00

World Religions Today

REL81
John L. Esposito, Darrell J. Fasching, Todd Lewis
Oxford University Press
2011
609
0199759510
PAPER
Religion
0
0
0
0
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.
$89.95

Art & Architecture of Cambodia

CBD41
Helen Ibbitson Jessup
Thames & Hudson
2004
224
050020375X
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
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.
$16.95

Indian Art

IDA185
Vidya Dehejia
Phaidon Press
1998
448
0714834963
PAPER
Art & Architecture
5/1/2010
0
0
0
0
A beautifully illustrated, very readable history of Indian art and architecture. It considers the religious and intellectual contexts of three thousand years of Indian art, including the modern era.
$29.95

Into Thin Air, A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster

HML13
Jon Krakauer
Doubleday
1999
360
0385494785
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
In this bestseller, climber and journalist Krakauer reconstructs a minute-by-minute account of what went wrong on the great mountain in 1996.
$16.00

Masterpieces of the National Museum of Cambodia

CBD64
Helen Ibbitson Jessup
Antique Collectors Club
2007
112
9995083604
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
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.
$25.00

Power Places of Kathmandu: Hindu and Buddhist Holy Sites in the Sacred Valley of Nepal

NPL12
Keith Dowman, Kevin Bubriski (Photographer)
Inner Traditions
1995
130
089281540X
HARD COVER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
This handsome book by two authorities on art and architecture documents the most significant spiritual sites along the pilgrimage route in Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur.
$39.95

Nine Lives, In Search of the Sacred in Modern India

IDA587
William Dalrymple
Alfred Knopf
2011
256
0307474461
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
From Sufi dervish and Buddhist monk to outcast and temple worshiper: nine people, nine lives, all captured by Dalrymple as he journeys throughout India in search of remarkable individuals transformed by religion. At turns bemusing, dazzling and heart-wrenching.
$16.00

So Close to Heaven, The Vanishing Buddhist Kingdoms of the Himalayas

NPL04
Barbara Crossette
Vintage Books
1996
297
0679743634
PAPER
Travel Narrative
1
1
0
0
Asia correspondent for the New York Times Crossette portrays Bhutan and neighboring Ladakh and Sikkim as strongholds of Tantric Buddhism in an increasingly homogenized world.
$16.95

The Gods Drink Whiskey

CBD46
Stephen T. Asma
HarperCollins
2006
288
0060834501
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Asma writes with verve and wit in this eye-opening account of his year-long 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.
$14.99

Arresting God in Kathmandu

NPL61
Samrat Upadhyay
Lightning Source
2001
191
0618043713
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
This collection of stories explores the nature of desire and spirituality in modern Nepali society.
$14.95

Jewel in the Crown

IDA66
Paul Scott
University of Chicago Press
1998
462
0226743403
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
The first book in Scott's addictive Raj Quartet, set in British India in 1942, is a rousing, psychologically complex tale of English colonial rule.
$20.00

Midnight's Children

IDA12
Salman Rushdie
Random House
2006
533
0812976533
PAPER
Literature
0
1
0
0
Crowned Best of the Booker in 2008, Rushdie's greatest novel is a madcap, comic take on the birth of modern India in all its splendid and unexpected manifestations.
$18.00

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

NPL84
Chitta Dhar Hridaya, Todd Lewis (Contributor), Subarna Man Tuladhar (Translator)
Oxford University Press
2009
404
019534183X
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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.
$36.95

A Photographic Guide to the Birds of India and Nepal

IDA46
B. Grewal
Ralph Curtis Publishing
1998
144
0883590344
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
A slim pocket guide to 252 of the most conspicuous birds of India and Nepal.
$15.95

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A Passage to India

IDA26
E.M. Forster
Harcourt Books
1976
362
0156711427
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Forster's enduring masterpiece of the clash between Indian and British culture tells the story of an Indian official who falls foul of his colonial masters. Centered around an ill-fated trip to the Ajanta caves, this elegant book beautifully evokes the sophistication and savagery of the British Raj.
$14.95

Nepal Map

NPL01
Nelles
Nelles Maps
2015
2
3865744826
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A double-sided map at a scale of 1:500,000, with insets of Kathmandu City and Kathmandu Valley.
$13.95

Lonely Planet India

IDA44
Tony Wheeler
Lonely Planet Publications
2015
1248
1743216769
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A comprehensive practical guide to India geared for independent travelers.
$34.99

My Journey to Lhasa

TBT26
Alexandra David-Neel
HarperCollins Publishers
2005
317
0060596554
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Dressed as a humble pilgrim and traveling under the cover of night, the indomitable 55-year-old David-Neel and her young companion climbed mountains and tricked soldiers in order to ultimately reach Tibet's forbidden capital. Originally published in 1923, this account stands as a riveting portrait of early 20th-century Tibet.
$14.99

Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism

TBT40
John Powers
National Book Network
2007
591
1559392827
PAPER
Religion
0
0
0
0
A comprehensive study of the history and philosophy behind Tibetan Buddhism, suitable for the general reader.
$32.95

The Romantics

IDA143
Pankaj Mishra
Doubleday
2001
272
0385720807
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
The story of a Brahmin youth who travels to the holy city of Benares and falls in with a motley crew of Westerners enamored of India.
$16.00

Himalaya, Personal Stories of Grandeur, Challenge and Hope on the Roof of the World

HML78
Broughton Coburn (Editor), Richard C. Blum (Editor), Erica Stone (Editor)
National Geographic
2006
256
0792261925
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
This beautifully photographed overview of the geology, history and people of the Himalayas includes contributions by several National Geographic photographers, introductions by Jimmy Carter and the Dalai Lama, and an afterward by Sir Edmund Hillary.
$35.00

Hindu Rulers, Muslim Subjects: Islam, Rights, and the History of Kashmir

IDA377
Mridu Rai
Princeton University Press
2004
335
0691116881
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A scholarly, challenging history of Kashmir from the 1846 Treaty of Amritsar, which created the princely states of Kashmir and Jammu, until the forced accession of Kashmir to to India in 1947.
$39.95