Suggested Reading List
A Dragon Apparent, Travels in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam
Author: Norman Lewis
Description: A classic account of travels and adventure during the last years of French Indochina, strong on atmosphere and including wonderfully detailed descriptions of local cultures and archaeological treasures. First published in 1951.
A History of Cambodia
Author: David Chandler
Description: 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.
Author: Dawn Rooney
Description: A site plan and pocket guide to the city of Angkor at a scale of 1:40,000.
Birds of Southeast Asia
Author: Craig Robson
Description: This authoritative, masterfully illustrated guide, featuring 140 color plates covering 1,270 species throughout the region, also includes Malaysia, Burma, Borneo and Indonesia.
Author: Gecko Maps
Description: A full color map of Cambodia (1:750,000), featuring useful inset maps of Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Angkor on the reverse.
Cambodia's Curse, The Modern History of a Troubled Land
Author: Joel Brinkley
Description: Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Joel Brinkley returns to Cambodia a generation after the fall of the Khmer Rouge regime to report on the country's continuing struggle to recover from its past.
Collected Short Stories, Volume 4
Author: W. Somerset Maugham
Description: Maugham can evoke turn-of-the-century colonial Asia like no other. This collection of stories features many set in Malaysia, Borneo and other southeast Asian locales, including the well-known tale "The Letter."
First They Killed My Father, A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers
Author: Loung Ung
Description: An eye-opening eyewitness account of the atrocities suffered by millions of Cambodians from the perspective of a young girl who survived the reign of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge.
Khmer, The Lost Empire of Cambodia
Author: Thierry Zephir
Description: Stunningly compact, this profusely illustrated history of the Khmer, its art, architecture and archaeology, is a splendid introduction to monuments of Angkor.
Masterpieces of the National Museum of Cambodia
Author: Helen Ibbitson Jessup
Description: 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.
Odyssey Guide Angkor
Author: Dawn Rooney
Description: The sixth edition of Rooney's indispensable guide to Khmer culture and history. Includes monuments, temple plans, color photographs and practical information about Siem Reap.
Phnom Penh, A Cultural History
Author: Milton Osborne
Description: As a one-time resident of Phnom Penh and an authority on Southeast Asia, Milton Osborne provides a colorful account of the troubled history and appealing culture of Cambodia's capital city.
The Gods Drink Whiskey
Author: Stephen T. Asma
Description: Asma writes with verve and wit in this eye-opening account of his yearlong 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.
The King's Last Song, A Novel
Author: Geoff Ryman
Description: Ryman interweaves the story of a modern day archaeologist with the tale of 12th-century King Jayavarman VII in this sweeping historical novel.
The River's Tale, A Year on the Mekong
Author: Edward Gargan
Description: A personal, probing chronicle of a 3,000 mile journey on the river from its source in China through Tibet, Burma, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia to the Mekong Delta in Vietnam.
To Cambodia With Love
Author: Andy Brouwer
Description: In this insightful guide, Brouwer presents 50 writers on the history, culture and attractions of Cambodia, including Khmer specialist Dawn Rooney (Odyssey Guide Angkor) and memoirist Loung Ung (First They Killed My Father).