Suggested Reading List
Author: Dawn Rooney
Description: A site plan and pocket guide to the city of Angkor at a scale of 1:40,000.
Angkor, Heart of an Asian Empire
Author: Bruno Dagens
Description: An excellent guide to the site, this shirt-pocket encyclopedia of discovery features hundreds of color photographs, illustrations and maps.
Asia West Pacific Map
Author: HEMA Maps
Description: This full-color world region map, with bathymetric tinting, covers the Western Pacific from India and Japan to Indonesia, Micronesia, Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea at a scale of 1:15,650,000.
Birds of East Asia: China, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, and Russia
Author: Mark Brazil
Description: Brazil's comprehensive guide, featuring 234 color plates, includes Japan, Taiwan and the islands along with the adjacent areas of Asia from Kamchatka to Korea.
Eyewitness Guide Japan
Author: Eyewitness Guides
Description: Dazzling illustrations, architectural cutaways and color photographs, along with useful local maps, give this guide to Japan's many attractions a distinct edge.
Author: John Hersey
Description: Never sensational, this 1946 classic by the Pulitzer Prize-winning Hersey puts a human face on the unthinkable. Hersey explores the tragedy through interviews with residents, scientists and politicians.
Hot Sour Salty Sweet, A Culinary Journey Through Southeast Asia
Author: Jeffrey Alford, Naomi Duguid
Description: From Salsas to Street Foods, Noodles to Desserts, dishes from different cuisines within Southeast Asia appear side by side in this magnificently illustrated cookbook and cultural guide to the mighty Mekong and the foods of the region from Southern China to Burma, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.
Insight Guide Philippines
Author: Bill Williams (Editor)
Description: A volume in the award-winning Insight series, this guide is noted for its wonderful photography, superb production and informative short essays. It is a thoroughly illustrated, comprehensive guide to the history, culture and nature of the Philippines.
Author: Periplus Maps
Description: This convenient map covers the island nation at a scale of 1:2,000,000, with insets of the major cities.
Japan, Its History and Culture
Author: W. Scott Morton
Description: An introduction to Japanese history, people and culture from ancient origins to contemporary society. With selections from Japanese literature and arts, anecdotes and illustrations.
Lonely Planet Bangkok
Author: Andrew Burke
Description: This comprehensive, practical guide includes a good overview of history and attractions, dozens of color maps, and even a section on Thai language.
Philippines Illustrated Map
Author: Odyssey Maps
Description: Featuring dozens of color photographs and a second map showing cultural and historical highlights, this excellent map and guide shows the island nation at a scale of 1:1,950,000.
Playing With Water: A Passion and Solitude on a Philippine Island
Author: James Hamilton-Paterson
Description: In this altogether wonderful memoir, Hamilton-Paterson writes with unusual warmth of his time among the villagers -- and under the water -- on a small Filipino island.
Southeast Asia, A Concise History
Author: Mary Somers Heidhues
Description: A highly readable, illustrated history of Southeast Asia, covering politics, economics, society and culture. With 131 black-and-white illustrations and 11 maps.
Taiwan, A New History
Author: Murray A. Rubinstein (Editor)
Description: This scholarly history of Taiwan by diverse contributors covers the economy, culture, politics and development of Taiwan from ancient time to modern nation.
The Inland Sea
Author: Donald Richie
Description: Richie's masterpiece, more than a travel account, is a beautiful reflection on all things Japanese by one of its most acute observers.
The Malay Archipelago
Author: Alfred Russel Wallace
Description: A contemporary of Darwin, the great British naturalist describes his wanderings throughout Borneo, Java, Bali, Lombok, the Moluccas, New Guinea and remote islands from 1854 to 1862 in this classic of natural history and travel.
The Mekong, Turbulent Past, Uncertain Future
Author: Milton Osborne
Description: A cultural history of the great river from prehistory to European exploration, colonial tensions and modern challenges. It's an engaging introduction to the history of Southeast Asia.
Vanishing Treasures of the Philippine Rain Forest
Author: Jacinto Regalado, Jr., Lawrence Heaney
Description: A richly illustrated account of the diversity, wildlife and threats to the rain forest of the Philippines.
Wild Asia, Spirit of a Continent
Author: Mark Brazil, Art Wolfe (Photographer)
Description: Organized by bioregion, this lavishly illustrated survey covers plants, animals, habitats and landscapes from the Himalayas to India, Indonesia, Korea, Japan and the Russian Far East.
Wild Borneo, The Wildlife and Scenery of Sabah, Sarawak, Brunei and Kalimantan
Author: Nick Garbutt, Cede Prudente, David Attenborough (Photographer)
Description: This beautiful oversized book of 250 color photographs and accompanying essays on Borneo's habitats, wildlife, history and conservation (including a chapter on the Heart of Borneo project), published in association with the World Wildlife Fund, is an excellent overview of the natural history of the island.