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Cambodia - Suggested Reading?

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1. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 9y

Just wondering if anyone has some good suggestions for reading material for Asia in general, but Cambodia in particular.

Ive started reading a book at the moment called "In the Naga's Wake" - all about an Australian guy who navigated the Mekong from its source right to the South China sea. Im almost sorry I didnt save it for when I'm in SE Asia. :)
So, i'd some suggestions for good books to bring along on my trip.

Thanks! :)

2. Posted by worldwideG (Respected Member 117 posts) 9y

For good accounts of the khymer rouge period you could try "first they killed my father" by a cambodian woman called oung (i think) who was a child during the regime and "the pol pot regime" by prof ben kiernan. both are available to buy in cambodia for a few dollars. have a great time in cambodia, pete

3. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3715 posts) 9y

I read 'Daughter of the killing fields' by Theary C Seng, before I went to Cambodia and found it a good insight into the Khmer Rouge years. Lonely Planet provides a useful historical summary of the country in its Cambodia/South East Asia guides.

If you are going to Vietnam, 'Catfish and Mandala' by Andrew X. Pham is an excellent read about a Vietnamese ex-pat (now living in America) who returns to his native Vietnam and cycles the country.

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 28, 2007, at 1:43 AM by bex76 ]

4. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 9y

Great, thanks guys :)

5. Posted by gwelty (Full Member 83 posts) 9y

Philip Short's book, "Pol Pot," is incredible. That is a book that you don't want to put down once you start.