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The Malay Archipelago (Periplus Classics)
The Malay Archipelago (Periplus Classics)
by Alfred Russel Wallace
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andlt;bandgt;This is one the first and most important books about 18th century Malaysia and covers a wide array of topics from Malaysian culture and history to nature and wildlife. It is essential reading for anyone interested in Malaysia.andlt;/bandgt... (read more)

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The Art of Not Being Governed: An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast Asia (Yale Agrarian Studies)
The Art of Not Being Governed: An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast Asia (Yale Agrarian Studies)
by James C. Scott
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For two thousand years the disparate groups that now reside in Zomia (a mountainous region the size of Europe that consists of portions of seven Asian countries) have fled the projects of the organized state societies that surround them—slavery,... (read more)

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The River of Lost Footsteps: A Personal History of Burma
The River of Lost Footsteps: A Personal History of Burma
by Thant Myint U
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The author tells the story of modern Burma, in part through a telling of his own family's history, in an interwoven narrative that is by turns lyrical, dramatic, and appalling.... (read more)

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Finding George Orwell in Burma
Finding George Orwell in Burma
by Emma Larkin
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A fascinating political travelogue that traces the life and work of George Orwell in Southeast Asia Over the years the American writer Emma Larkin has spent traveling in Burma, also known as Myanmar, she's come to know all too well the many ways this... (read more)

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Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America's Vietnam
Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America's Vietnam
by Fredrik Logevall
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The struggle for Vietnam occupies a central place in the history of the twentieth century. Fought over a period of three decades, the conflict drew in all the world’s powers and saw two of them — first France, then the United States &mdash... (read more)

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Dispatches
Dispatches
by Michael Herr
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“The best book I have ever read on men and war in our time.” —John le Carré“In the great line of Crane, Orwell, and Hemingway . . . Herr reaches an excruciating level of intensity . . . He seems to have brought to... (read more)

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Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883
Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883
by Simon Winchester
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Krakatoa is the eloquent narrative of the cataclysmic destruction in 1883 of the volcanic island of the same name. Killing nearly 40,000 people (mostly from the resultant tsunamis), this violent eruption was "the most violent explosion ever recorded and... (read more)

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Powers of Exclusion (11 Edition)
Powers of Exclusion (11 Edition)
by Hall
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Hall (political science, Wilfrid Laurier U., Canada), Hirsch (human geography, U. of Sydney, Australia), and Li (anthropology, U. of Toronto, Canada) explore changes in rural land relations in southeast Asia by focusing on the question of exclusion as... (read more)

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Uncensored War : the Media and Vietnam (89 Edition)
Uncensored War : the Media and Vietnam (89 Edition)
by Daniel C. Hallin
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Daniel C. Hallin is Professor of Communication at the University fo California, Los Angeles.... (read more)

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Imagining Vietnam and America: The Making of Postcolonial Vietnam, 1919-1950 (New Cold War History)
Imagining Vietnam and America: The Making of Postcolonial Vietnam, 1919-1950 (New Cold War History)
by Mark Bradley
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A pioneering effort. Reviews in American History Recommended reading for any serious student of culture, diplomacy, intellectual history, and the making of the postcolonial world. Journal of Military History Splendid book. Choice Bradley's effort to... (read more)

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Philippines : a Singular and a Plural Place (4TH 00 Edition)
Philippines : a Singular and a Plural Place (4TH 00 Edition)
by David Joel Steinberg
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A unified nation with a single people, the Philippines is also a highly fragmented, plural society. Divided between uplander and lowlander, rich and poor, Christian and Muslim, between those of one ethnic, linguistic, and geographic region and those of... (read more)

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When the War Was Over : Cambodia and the Khmer Rouge Revolution (98 Edition)
When the War Was Over : Cambodia and the Khmer Rouge Revolution (98 Edition)
by Elizabeth Becker
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Award-winning journalist Elizabeth Becker started covering Cambodia in 1973 for The Washington Post, when the country was perceived as little more than a footnote to the Vietnam War. Then, with the rise of the Khmer Rouge in 1975 came the closing of the... (read more)

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Freedom from Fear
Freedom from Fear
by Aung San Suu Kyi
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Aung San Suu Kyi’s collected writings—edited by her late husband, who the ruling military junta prevented from visiting Burma as he was dying of cancer—reflects her greatest hopes and fears for her fellow Burmese people, and her concern... (read more)

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Hoover Essays #6: Courage Under Fire: Testing Epictetus's Doctrines in a Laboratory of Human Behavior
Hoover Essays #6: Courage Under Fire: Testing Epictetus's Doctrines in a Laboratory of Human Behavior
by James B. Stockdale
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When physical disability from combat wounds brought about Jim Stockdale's early retirement from military life, he had the distinction of being the only three-star officer in the history of the navy to wear both aviator wings and the Congressional Medal... (read more)

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Vietnam: A History
Vietnam: A History
by Stanley Karnow
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"The most comprehensive, up-to-date, and balanced account we have."—Boston Globe. "Superb, balanced in interpretation... immensely readable and full of new and interesting detail."—George Herring, Univ. of Kentucky.... (read more)

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Force Recon Diary, 1969
Force Recon Diary, 1969
by Bruce H. Norton
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The riveting, true-to-life account of survival, heroism and death in the elite Marine 3d Force Recon unit, one of one two Marine units to receive the Valorous Unit Citation during the Vietnam War. Doc Norton, leader of 3d Force Recon, recounts his team's... (read more)

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Survival in the Killing Fields (87 Edition)
Survival in the Killing Fields (87 Edition)
by Ngor Haing
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Nothing has shaped my life as much as surviving the Pol Pot regime. I am a survivor of the Cambodian holocaust. That's who I am," says Haing Ngor. And in his memoir, Survival in the Killing Fields, he tells the gripping and frequently terrifying story of... (read more)

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First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers
First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers
by Loung Ung
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One of seven children of a high-ranking government official, Loung Ung lived a privileged life in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh until the age of five. Then, in April 1975, Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge army stormed into the city, forcing Ung's family to... (read more)

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Inventing Vietnam: The United States and State Building, 1954-1968
Inventing Vietnam: The United States and State Building, 1954-1968
by James M. Carter
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This book considers the Vietnam war in light of U.S. foreign policy in Vietnam, concluding that the war was a direct result of failed state-building efforts. This U.S. nation building project began in the mid-1950s with the ambitious goal of creating a... (read more)

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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
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Aung San Suu Kyi — Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, longtime prisoner of conscience, and voice of nonviolent dissent in oppressed Burma — has had a dramatic change of fortune since her release from house arrest in November 2010. Elected to Burma's... (read more)

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