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Journey through Vietnam

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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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Vietnam Now, A Reporter Returns

VNM47
David Lamb
Hachette
2003
288
1586481835
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
An insightful portrait of contemporary Vietnam by a Los Angeles Times foreign correspondent and National Geographic writer. Lamb interweaves stories of Vietnam today with his own experiences and memories as a young reporter for UPI during the war.
$17.00

Vietnam, A Traveler's Literary Companion

VNM04
John Balaban, Nguyen Qui Duc
Whereabouts Press
1996
239
1883513022
PAPER
Anthology
0
0
0
0
From rainforest to city, these 17 stories from Vietnam's finest writers explore its landscapes, myths and changing traditions.
$14.95

Eyewitness Guide Vietnam and Angkor Wat

VNM102
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2017
304
1465457143
PAPER
Guidebook
1/17/2017
0
0
0
0
Featuring innovative site diagrams, local maps and hundreds of color photographs, this handy companion introduces the culture, history and attractions of Vietnam.
$25.00

Vietnam Map

VNM05
ITMB
ITMB
2011
2
1553414632
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A sturdy, double-sided map of Vietnam, at a good scale (1:1,000,000), including Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh and the Hue region. With index.
$12.95

Culture Smart! Vietnam

VNM87
Geoffrey Murray
Kuperard
2016
168
1857338340
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Take along this concise, well-illustrated and practical guide to local customs, etiquette and culture.
$11.99

Lonely Planet Vietnamese Phrasebook

VNM20
Nguyen Xuanthu
Lonely Planet Publications
2016
256
1786571099
PAPER
Language & Phrasebooks
0
0
0
0
A handy palm-sized guide to pronunciation, grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler.
$9.99

Eating Viet Nam

VNM177
Graham Holliday, Anthony Bourdain (Foreword)
Ecco Press
2015
320
0062293060
PAPER
Food
0
0
0
0
While living in Vietnam, native Englishman Holliday penned this gastronomic tour that takes him from fancy dining tables to streetside vendors and everywhere in between. A genuine adventure through Vietnamese cuisine.
$15.99

Descending Dragon, Rising Tiger, A History of Vietnam

VNM171
Peter D. Sharrock, Vu Hong Lien
University of Chicago Press
2014
272
1780233647
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
This first English-language account of Vietnam’s often neglected, understudied history takes us through 10,000 years of outsiders, invaders and technological innovation.
$45.00

Embers of War, The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America's Vietnam

VNM161
Fredrik Logevall
Random House
2014
864
0375756477
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, this bold history traces the four-decade build-up to the Vietnam War as the French disengaged from the country and American forces were deployed in full.
$22.00

Fire in the Lake

VNM12
Frances FitzGerald
Back Bay Books
2002
496
0316159190
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A classic historical, political and cultural portrait of the Vietnam War, seen through the eyes of the Vietnamese. Winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award, FitzGerald, a staff writer at the New Yorker and a reporter in Vietnam, presents a vivid image of a revolution and a clear-sighted case for why the U.S offensive was doomed from the start.
$19.00

The Life We Were Given, Operation Babylift, International Adoption, and the Children of War in Vietnam

VNM183
Dana Sachs
Beacon Press
2011
258
0807001244
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
This popular history of Operation Babylift focuses on the heartbreaking stories of the children flown out of Vietnam, their adoptive American families and the parents that some children left behind. Sachs covers their experiences from the quagmire of wartime Vietnam through the kids' lives 35 years onward.
$20.00

Understanding Vietnam

VNM01
Neil Jamieson
University of California Press
1995
428
0520201574
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
Jamieson's ambitious primer addresses politics, social history, village life, structural renewal, literature and the arts, revealing the Vietnamese worldview with insight and depth. It's a terrific introduction to Vietnam.
$31.95

Vietnam, Rising Dragon

VNM134
Bill Hayton
Yale University Press
2011
272
030017814X
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
The veteran BBC newsman covers the tangled politics, rapidly changing economy, culture, history and people of Vietnam with great insight in this timely portrait of a nation in transition.
$24.00

Vietnam: A New History

VNM191
Christopher Goscha
Perseus
2016
592
0465094368
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
Telling the story of contemporary Vietnam solely from the perspective of the Vietnamese, Goscha explains how Vietnamese expansion and foreign invasion have kept the nation in a state of unrest for the last 200 years.
$35.00

Angkor, Heart of an Asian Empire

CBD01
Bruno Dagens
Thames & Hudson UK
1995
191
0810928019
PAPER
Archaeology
0
0
0
0
An excellent guide to the site, this shirt-pocket encyclopedia of discovery features hundreds of color photographs, illustrations and maps.
$15.95

Catfish and Mandala, A Two-Wheeled Voyage Through the Landscape and Memory of Vietnam

VNM50
Andrew X. Pham
Picador USA
2000
344
0312267177
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Much more than the story of a road trip, this book combines the author's family history with his many and often-gritty adventures by bicycle through foreign lands including Mexico, Japan and, notably, Vietnam.
$18.00

Ho

VNM167
David Halberstam
Rowman & Littlefield
2007
118
0742559939
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
The historian explores the life and times of Ho Chi Minh and his fight for Vietnamese independence in this brief sketch, originally published in 1987.
$23.00

The Cat from Hue, A Vietnam Story

VNM67
John Laurence
Hachette
2002
864
1586481606
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Journalist John Laurence's detailed and haunting account of Vietnam War combines his first hand experiences as a correspondent with a historical overview of the war. The cat in the title is Meo, a Vietnamese stray he adopted along the way.
$24.99

The Eaves of Heaven, A Life in Three Wars

VNM120
Andrew X. Pham
Crown
2009
320
0307381218
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Pham recounts the story of his father's life during the French occupation, Japanese invasion and the American War, weaving such momentous events with anecdotes from his childhood and details of family, friends, food and daily life.
$16.00

The River's Tale, A Year on the Mekong

SEA33
Edward Gargan
Vintage Books
2003
352
0375705597
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
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.
$16.95

A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain

VNM21
Robert Olen Butler
Grove Press
2001
249
0802137989
PAPER
Anthology
0
0
0
0
Winner of the 1993 Pulitzer Prize, this collection of 15 short stories captures the spirit of Vietnam through a juxtaposition of American and Vietnamese perspectives and settings.
$16.00

The Coroner's Lunch

LAO21
Colin Cotterill
Soho Press
2015
304
1616956496
PAPER
Mystery
0
0
0
0
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.
$9.99

The Other Side of Heaven, Postwar Fiction by Vietnamese and American Writers

VNM42
Truong Vu (Editor), Le M. Khue (Editor), Wayne Karlin (Editor)
Curbstone Press
1995
420
1880684314
PAPER
Anthology
0
0
0
0
An anthology of fiction, with contributions from both sides of the experience of the Vietnam War.
$19.95

The Quiet American

VNM08
Graham Greene
Penguin
2004
180
0143039024
PAPER
Literature
0
1
0
0
A classic, this is the most famous Western work of fiction on Vietnam. Greene writes of a love triangle between a war correspondent, his Vietnamese consort and an optimistic young American during the last days of French rule.
$17.00

The Things They Carried

VNM32
Tim O'Brien
Mariner Books
2009
246
0618706410
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
National Book Award-winner O'Brien captures the daily life of a soldier in Vietnam in this loosely structured, powerful collection of stories.
$15.99

Birds of Southeast Asia

SEA49
Craig Robson
Princeton University Press
2005
304
0691124353
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
This authoritative, masterfully illustrated guide, featuring 140 color plates covering 1,270 species throughout the region, includes Malaysia, Burma, Borneo and Indonesia.
$37.50

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

More Books

Dispatches

VNM03
Michael Herr
Everyman's Library
2009
296
0679735259
HARD COVER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Herr’s impressionistic memoir of his time as a war correspondent in Vietnam is a modern classic, and not for the faint of heart. Drawing high praise from the New York Times, the Washington Post and many others, it’s been called the best book ever written
$25.00

Vietnam, A History

VNM10
Stanley Karnow
Penguin Putnam
1997
768
0140265473
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
This blockbuster book by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author is history at its best: masterfully researched, well written and comprehensive.
$24.00

The Sacred Willow, Four Generations in the Life of a Vietnamese Family

VNM39
Duong Van Mai Elliott
Oxford University Press
2000
506
0195137876
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
This vivid family saga, beginning with the author's great-grandfather, captures the momentous history of Vietnam over the last 100 years.
$24.99

Shadows and Wind

VNM43
Robert Templer
Penguin Putnam
1999
398
0140285970
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
A British journalist based in Vietnam, Templer cuts through myth and legend to offer a lively, opinionated portrait of contemporary Vietnam.
$17.00

Two Cakes Fit for a King, Folktales from Vietnam

VNM119
Nguye Nguyen (Editor)
University of Hawaii Press
2003
128
082482668X
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
These 10 illustrated popular folktales, passed down through oral tradition, illuminate Vietnamese culture, tradition and history.
$22.00

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

Water Buffalo Days, Growing Up in Vietnam

VNM51
Huynh Quang Nhuong
HarperCollins
1999
128
0064462110
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
As a child in pre-war rural Vietnam, the author relied on his water buffalo, named Tank, for protection, income and companionship. This spare memoir tells Tank's story -- and the family's -- up to the first signs of war. Ages 9-12.
$5.99

Children of the Dragon, Selected Tales from Vietnam

VNM53
Trina Schart Hyman (Illustrator), Sherry Garland
Pelican Publishing Company
2012
32
1455617091
HARD COVER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Six beautifully illustrated Vietnamese legends. This collection records the stories that have been passed down for generations including the pourquoi tale of how the tiger got its stripes and the myth of Vietnam's creation.
$16.99

Goodbye, Vietnam

VNM54
Gloria Whelan
Random House
1993
135
067982376X
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
A story of hope, home and family in war-torn Vietnam. 13-year-old Mai must flee her home and embark on a dangerous journey to Hong Kong when the Vietnamese government threatens to arrest her grandmother. Ages 9-12.
$6.99

10,000 Days of Thunder: A History of the Vietnam War

VNM90
Philip Caputo
Atheneum
2005
128
0689862318
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
An excellent illustrated history of the Vietnam War from its origins to its lasting effects. Vietnam veteran Philip Caputo describes the politics surrounding the conflict, the major battles and the key figures, providing a lucent and informative introduction for young adults.
$25.99

Countries of the World Vietnam

VNM118
Jen Green
2008
64
1426302029
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
A detailed introduction for ages 9-11 that covers Vietnamese culture, history, economy, geography and tropical monsoon climate.
$27.90