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Cambodia - Suggested Reading?

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1. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

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! :)
Evelyn

2. Posted by worldwideG (Respected Member 117 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

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 3864 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

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) 10y Star this if you like it!

Great, thanks guys :)

5. Posted by gwelty (Full Member 83 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

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