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BURMA. Buy these 5 items as a set for $99 including shipping, 15% off the retail price. With free shipping on anything else you order.  Buy Package

The River of Lost Footsteps, Histories of Burma

BMA51
Thant Myint-U
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
2007
388
0374531161
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$17.00

Letters from Burma

BMA49
Aung San Suu Kyi
Penguin Putnam
2010
244
0141041447
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$16.00

In Buddha's Land

BMA52
Moe Min
Orchid Press
2007
128
9745240729
HARD COVER
Religion
4/28/2016
0
0
0
0
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.
$30.00

Lonely Planet Myanmar (Burma)

BMA20
Joe Cummings, Michael Clark
Lonely Planet Publications
2017
416
1786575469
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Featuring maps, travel information and a good overview of society, culture, history and politics.
$29.99

Myanmar (Burma) Map

BMA02
Nelles
Nelles Maps
2016
1
3865745032
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
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.
$14.95

Bagan And Upper Myanmar

BMA95
Odyssey Maps
Odyssey Maps
2015
1
9622178626
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
This illustrated map/guide to Bagan features a map of the ancient city at a scale of 1:17,000. The reverse depicts Myanmar from Yangon to the Tibetan Plateau at a scale of 1:2,150,000. Each includes color photos and comprehensive notes about the region’s major sites.
$15.00

Inle Lake Map

BMA98
Odyssey Maps
Odyssey Publications
2015
1
9622178669
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
Produced through a partnership between Odyssey Maps and the Myanmar Tourism Board, this double-sided, color map-guide depicts the lake itself (1:40,000) and, on the reverse, the lake and its environs (1:150,000). Decorating the border of each map are color photographs and descriptions of sites and local culture. A great travel companion to Inle!
$15.00

Mandalay, Gateway to Myanmar Map

BMA97
Caroline Courtauld
Odyssey Maps
2014
1
9622178383
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
This double-sided map depicts Mandalay's downtown at a scale of 1:1,700 and Myanmar (north of Yangon) at a scale of 1:2,150,000. Each plan is surrounded by color photos and profiles of places of interest.
$15.00

Myanmar (Burma) Adventure Map

BMA104
National Geographic Maps - Trails Illustrated
National Geographic Maps
2015
1
1597756237
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A waterproof, tear-resistant map of Myanmar (Burma) at a scale of 1:480,000. Includes detailed elevations and the locations of natural attractions
$11.95

Myanmar Map

BMA76
Odyssey Maps
Odyssey Maps
2015
1
9622178391
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
This large format map-guide, printed on glossy paper, depicts a cutaway image of Myanmar (1:2,150,000) on one side and Yangon (1:24,000) on the reverse. Both maps feature important landmarks with text and color images.
$15.00

Lonely Planet Burmese Phrasebook

BMA36
Lonely Planet
Lonely Planet Publications
2014
224
1743214332
PAPER
Language & Phrasebooks
0
0
0
0
A palm-sized dictionary and guide to the Burmese language with common phrases for travelers.
$9.99

Odyssey Guide Myanmar

BMA16
Caroline Courtauld
Odyssey Publications
2012
312
9622176089
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
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.
$26.95

Burma, Rivers of Flavor

BMA77
Naomi Duguid
Workman Publishing Company
2012
364
1579654134
HARD COVER
Food
0
0
0
0
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.
$35.00

The Food of Myanmar, Authentic Recipes from the Land of the Golden Pagodas

BMA85
Claudia Saw Lwin Robert
Charles E. Tuttle Company
2014
118
0804844003
PAPER
Food
0
0
0
0
Over 60 delicious and healthy Burmese dishes are presented here -- classic Myanmar cuisine.
$14.95

Burma/Myanmar, What Everyone Needs to Know

BMA60
David I. Steinberg
Oxford University Press
2013
256
019998168X
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
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.
$16.95

Burma's Spring, Real Lives in Turbulent Times

BMA99
Rosalind Russell
Antique Collector's Club
2015
200
6167339554
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
Through the real-life stories of a wide variety of Burmese people, Rosalind Russell gives readers a deeper understanding of contemporary Burma and its recent political upheaval.
$15.95

Cultureshock! Myanmar, A Survival Guide to Customs and Etiquette

BMA108
Saw Myat Yin
Marshall Cavendish
2017
240
9814751391
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
Ideal for those living in, working in or simply soaking up Myanmar, this overview of culture and etiquette features history, traditions, beliefs, cuisine and leisure activities as well as hints for language-learners and business people.
$15.95

Freedom from Fear and Other Writings

BMA08
Aung San Suu Kyi, Michael Aris (Editor)
Penguin Putnam
2010
416
0140253173
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
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.
$17.00

Passage to Burma

BMA80
Scott Stulberg
Skyhorse
2015
240
1634504852
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
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.
$45.00

The Trouser People, A Story of Burma in the Shadow of the Empire

BMA28
Andrew Marshall
Counterpoint
2003
307
1582432422
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A probing, insightful travelogue. Marshall travels and interviews people in today's Burma, including refugees, rebels and villagers in the remote mountain regions.
$19.95

The World of Women: Myanmar

BMA103
Carin Salerno
Independent Publishers Group
2017
256
9622178758
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
4/1/2017
0
0
0
0
Focusing on contemporary life in Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay, Inle Lake and Ngwe Saung Beach, this report on the women of Myanmar includes history, biographies and a guide to female-owned businesses.
$24.95

Where China Meets India

BMA70
Thant Myint-U
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
2012
400
0374299072
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$18.00

Yangon Echoes, Inside Heritage Homes

BMA100
Virginia Henderson
ACC Distribution
2015
208
6167339570
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
Mixing folklore, autobiography and architectural study, this popular history delves into Yangon’s "heritage buildings" with the accounts of everyday Burmese. The informal text brings joy, tragedy, memory, politics (and much more) to historic spaces.
$35.00

Finding George Orwell in Burma

BMA40
Emma Larkin
Penguin Putnam
2006
304
0143037110
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
An American journalist fluent in Burmese, 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.
$17.00

From the Land of Green Ghosts, a Burmese Odyssey

BMA29
Pascal Khoo Thwe
HarperCollins Publishers
2003
304
0060505230
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
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.
$13.99

The Burma Chronicles

BMA58
Guy Delisle
Drawn & Quarterly
2010
272
177046025X
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
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.
$16.95

The Burma Spring

BMA93
Rena Pederson
W. W. Norton & Company
2016
336
1605989770
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Drawing on exclusive interviews that shed new light on Burma's political atmosphere, journalist Rena Pederson delivers an inspiring biography of the charismatic Aung San Suu Kyi, whose life and work served as inspiration for Burma's first steps toward democracy.
$17.95

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

BMA79
Peter Popham
Workman Publishing Company
2013
334
1615190813
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Timely, impressively researched and compassionate, this engrossing biography follows the arc of the Burmese leader from her childhood in Rangoon to becoming a symbol for the Burmese people.
$16.95

Bones Will Crow, An Anthology of Burmese Poetry

BMA90
Ko Ko Thett
Northern Illinois University Press
2013
266
0875806910
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Including the work of Burmese poets who have been exiled and imprisoned, this dual-language compendium is the first of its kind published in the United States.
$18.95

Burmese Days

BMA03
George Orwell
Harcourt Books
1989
287
0156148501
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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.
$14.95

The Glass Palace

IDA173
Amitav Ghosh
Random House
2002
474
0375758771
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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.
$17.00

The Piano Tuner

BMA31
Daniel Mason
Alfred Knopf
2003
336
1400030382
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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.
$15.95

Birds of Myanmar

BMA42
Kyaw Nyunt Lwin, Khin Ma Ma Thwin, Aung Thant (Illustrator)
University of Washington Press
2005
165
9749575687
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
A slim field guide to 350 birds of Burma, featuring 74 full-color plates, descriptive information and a comprehensive checklist.
$37.95

Southeast Asia Birds, A Folding Pocket Guide to Familiar Species

SEA90
James Kavanagh
Waterford Press
2015
1583559612
PLASTIC CARD
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
A laminated, pocket-sized reference to 140 birds common to Southeast Asian. Each is profiled with detailed illustrations and easy-to-read descriptions.
$7.95

Southeast Asia Wildlife, A Folding Pocket Guide to Familiar Animals

SEA91
James Kavanagh
Waterford Press
2015
1583559620
PLASTIC CARD
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
A laminated, pocket-sized reference to 140 birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians common to Southeast Asian. Each is profiled with detailed illustrations and easy-to-read descriptions.
$7.95

Wildlife of Southeast Asia

SEA94
Susan Myers
Princeton University Press
2016
288
0691154856
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
Designed for quick identification, this field guide covers the area's common fauna with descriptions, distribution maps and 500 color photos.
$22.95

For Kids

Buddha Stories

ASA16
Demi
Henry Holt and Company
1997
32
0805048863
HARD COVER
Religion
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
Intended for ages 4 to 8, this book tells 10 of the author's favorite "jakatas," or moral tales of the Buddha. She has sumptuously illustrated the volume in gold printed on deep, dark blue (in the tradition of an ancient Buddhist text).
$25.99

M Is for Myanmar

BMA74
Elizabeth Rush
ThingsAsian
2011
40
193415928X
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
Vignettes, poems and colorful paintings bring to life the magical country and people of Myanmar. Shwedagon Pagoda shines like a hundred crazy stars, monks meditate in a majestic monastery, a fisherman paddles with his legs. Among tales of the Golden Rock and ringing bells, Myanmar will enchant young readers--and their parents.
$12.95

Elephant Run

BMA105
Roland Smith
Hyperion
2009
318
1423104013
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Set during WWII, Elephant Run follows Nick as he is sent to live with his father on a teak plantation in a remote Burmese elephant village. However, the Japanese soon invade and Nick attempts a daring escape on the back of an elephant.
$6.99

Myanmar (Enchantment of the World)

BMA106
Wil Mara
Lightning Source
2016
144
0531232948
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
An illustrated primer to Myanmar that covers the country’s history and culture as well as its stunning landscapes. For readers ages 10 to 13.
$40.00

Bamboo People

BMA107
Mitali Perkins
2012
272
1580893295
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
A coming-of-age novel narrated by two teenage boys on opposite sides of the conflict between the Burmese government and the Karenni, one of the country’s ethnic minorities. Courageously overcoming violence and prejudice, the boys develop a close friendship.
$8.95

More Books

Lands of Charm and Cruelty, Travels in Southeast Asia

SEA04
Stan Sesser
Lightning Source
1994
306
SE
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
1
0
This wonderfully written book is a report on Southeast Asia by a talented foreign correspondent. A heart-wrenching portrait of the politics and potential of what Sesser clearly believes are some of the most fascinating places on earth. With chapters on Singapore, Laos, Cambodia, Burma and Sarawak.
$19.00

Burmese Looking Glass

BMA05
Edith Mirante
Grove Press
1994
333
0871135701
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
1
0
A moving story of resistance in the highlands by a dedicated writer with the soul of a poet and the passion of a revolutionary. Deported to Thailand in 1988, Mirante was the first westerner to march with the rebels.
$12.00

Insight Guide Myanmar (Burma)

BMA04
Insight Guides
Insight Guides
2015
344
1780055757
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
An illustrated overview of Burma with essays on history, archaeology and culture.
$25.99

The Lady: Aung San Suu Kyi

BMA14
Barbara Victor
Faber & Faber
2003
296
0571211771
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
A biography of the Nobel Prize-winning dissident Aung San Suu Kyi. This is a balanced and compelling account both of Ms. Kyi's life and of the events of the Burmese junta.
$17.00

The Making of Modern Burma

BMA21
Thant Myint-U
Cambridge University Press
2001
291
0521799147
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A well researched and balanced account of political and economic development in 19th and 20th-century Burma with a particular focus on the legacy of British colonial rule.
$41.00

Perfect Hostage, A Life of Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma’s Prisoner of Conscience

BMA55
Justin Wintle
Skyhorse
2013
464
1620876221
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
A portrait of the Burmese activist minister and non-violence advocate describes the factors that contributed to her house arrest in 1989, her work to promote non-aggressive civil resistance, and her receipt of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991.
$19.95

The Weeping Goldsmith, Discoveries in the Secret Land of Myanmar

BMA61
W. John Kress, Wade Davis (Foreword)
Abbeville Publishing Group
2009
288
0789210320
HARD COVER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
Smithsonian botanist Kress has spent the last nine years in Burma, a biological hotspot loaded with gingers -- his specialty and namesake of this vivid tale of scientific exploration, beautifully illustrated with 200 of his photographs.
$45.00

Sacred Sites of Burma

BMA64
Donald Stadtner
Antique Collector's Club
2015
348
9749863607
PAPER
Religion
0
0
0
0
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.
$35.00

Historical Walks in Yangon, A Myanmar Heritage Trust Guide Map

BMA66
Silkworm Books (Editor)
University of Washington Press
2010
1
9749511441
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
This innovative map lays out three walking tours through Yangon that guide visitors to landmarks, gardens and architectural points of interest.
$15.00

Aung San Suu Kyi and Burma's Struggle for Democracy

BMA68
Bertil Lintner
2011
200
6162150151
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
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.
$22.50

A History of Myanmar Since Ancient Times, Traditions and Transformations

BMA72
Michael A. Aung-Thwin
Reaktion Books
2013
333
1861899017
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$29.00

A History of Modern Burma

BMA81
Michael W. Charney
Cambridge University Press
2009
241
0521617588
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Bookended with the annexation of Upper Burma by the British in 1886 and the devastating cyclone that ravaged the country in 2008, this brief history focuses on events.
$30.99

Culture Smart! Myanmar

BMA83
Ki Ki May
Kuperard
2017
240
1857336976
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A concise and practical guide to local customs, etiquette and culture with a short overview of the land and people along with practical travel advice.
$15.95

A Daughter's Memoir of Burma

BMA84
Wendy Law-Yone
Columbia University Press
2014
336
0231169361
HARD COVER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Wendy Law-Yone, daughter of exiled newspaper proprietor Ed Law-Yone recreates her father's struggles to create a democratic government in Burma in the 1960s, providing insight into Burmese life and the politics that became a family affair.
$38.00

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Myanmar (Burma)

BMA86
Inc. Dorling Kindersley
DK Publishing
2016
256
1465441174
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A compact illustrated travel guide featuring bright color photography, dozens of excellent maps, background on history and culture and a region-by-region synopsis of Myanmar's attractions.
$25.00

Lost Kingdoms, Hindu-Buddhist Sculpture of Early Southeast Asia

SEA87
John Guy
Yale University Press
2014
317
030020437X
HARD COVER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
This seminal work situates first-century Southeast Asian art in a wider historical and religious context. John Guy, a curator at the Met, explains the artistic and religious heritage of Southeast Asia through scholarly essays and 360 illustrations.
$65.00

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

SEA88
Vikram Lall
Abbeville Publishing Group
2014
280
0789211947
HARD COVER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
The product of 25 years of research into Buddhist architecture, this survey 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. Gorgeously illustrated throughout with color photos and 3D renderings.
$95.00

Rough Guide to Myanmar

BMA89
Gavin Thomas
Rough Guides
2015
392
1409356612
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This in-depth guide in the series nicely balances culture and history with practical travel details.
$22.99

The Rebel of Rangoon, A Tale of Defiance and Deliverance in Burma

BMA91
Delphine Schrank
2015
320
1568584989
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
Journalist Schrank vividly depicts the inter-generational resistance forces (the same that issued brave writer-activist Aung San Suu Kyi) as they fight against an oppressive Burmese regime.
$26.99

Defiled on the Ayeyarwaddy: One Woman's Mid-Life Travel Adventures on Myanmar's Great River

BMA92
Ma Thanegi
ThingsAsian
2010
250
1934159247
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Nearing her 60s, Ma Thanegi decides to trek down the 1300-mile long Ayeyarwaddy River, hopping from boat to boat and seeking out food and conversation while vividly describing her journey through Myanmar.
$12.95

Groovy Myanmar Map

BMA94
Groovy Map Co.
Groovy Maps
2012
1
9745251763
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
An easy-to-use, laminated map/guide to Myanmar's popular cities Yangon, Mandalay and Pagan, plus helpful listings to: transportation options, cuisine, nightlife, shopping and local culture. Folded size: 4 x 8.5.
$8.95

Pocket Photo Guide to the Mammals of South-East Asia

SEA99
Charles Francis
Bloomsbury USA
2017
128
147293797X
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
With clear color photographs and brief, authoritative descriptions Bloomsbury's field guide to Southeast Asia depicts 192 of the country's most common mammals with clear color photographs and brief descriptions. The book easily slips in a pocket or daypack.
$16.00