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Angkor : Cities and Temples
by Claude Jacques, et al

Angkor: Celestial Temples of the Khmer
by Jon Ortner (Photographer), et al

Angkor Wat: Time, Space, and Kingship
by Eleanor Mannikka

The Art of Southeast Asia : Cambodia Vietnam Thailand Laos Burma Java Bali (World of Art)
by Philip S. Rawson

Cambodia : Report from a Stricken Land
by Henry Kamm
Cambodia has long been regarded as one of the lost causes of U.S. foreign policy. Many view it as the unfortunate stage upon which American and Communist forces battled during the Vietnam War in a savage struggle that tore up the land and shattered the fragile populace. Starting with the overthrow of Prince Norodom Sihanouk in 1970, South East Asia correspondent and Pulitzer Prize winner Henry Kamm recalls 30 years of revolution and genocide in Cambodia. He begins with the establishment of the Khmer Rouge, detailing the vicious Communist occupation that took place between 1975 to 1979, then moves on to the Vietnamese invasion, the 1991 Paris peace settlement, and the demise of Pol Pot. Kamm pays special attention to the foreign influences that played a significant role in crippling the evolution of the Cambodian people. 

This sobering perspective on Cambodia's recent, often tragic, history explains how years of political turbulence and violence has strangled the economy and stagnated the social growth of the people to this day. Kamm intrepidly attempts to answer the questions of "why" and "how" even as he contemplates the uncertain future of the country as the new millennium approaches. Kamm writes with poise and grace, while his 30 years of experience in the region gives him unique insight into the plight of the Cambodians. Those who were moved by The Killing Fields, will find Cambodia a gripping read. --Jeremy Storey -
Paperback: 288 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.85 x 9.24 x 6.13
Publisher: Arcade Publishing; ;
ISBN: 1559705078

Cambodia : A Book for People Who Find Television Too Slow

Cambodian Architecture: Eighth to Thirteenth Centuries
by Jacques Dumarcay, Pascal Royere, Michael Smithies (Translator)
Hardcover: 121 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.00 x 10.00 x 6.50
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers;
ISBN: 9004113460

The Civilization of Angkor
by Charles Higham
Hardcover: 224 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.91 x 9.43 x 6.41
Publisher: University of California Press;
ISBN: 0520234421

Children of Cambodia's Killing Fields : Memoirs by Survivors
by Dith Pran (Compiler), Ben Kiernan (Introduction), Kim Depaul (Editor)
Dith Pran, the Cambodian photojournalist portrayed by Haing S. Ngor in The Killing Fields, compiled this collection of eyewitness accounts to the genocide perpetrated by Pol Pot's regime from 1975 to 1979. All of the survivors who recount their stories here were children when the Khmer Rouge took power, and the horrific images from a time when an estimated third of the Cambodian population died of disease, starvation, and execution remain fixed in their minds to this day. 

The bleakness of evil made commonplace permeates these testaments. "There was a man who was friends with a woman, and they had a friendly chat under a tree," one woman writes. "Pol Pot saw them and accused them of having an affair... Pol Pot tied them up on a cross and then told everyone to watch the couple being questioned and hit. The lady was pregnant and was hit until she lost the baby and died. The man was also beaten to death." As Cambodians struggle to rebuild their lives and nation, books such as this make sure that they--and we--will never forget the depths from which they have been forced to rise.
Paperback: 224 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.69 x 8.24 x 5.47
Publisher: Yale Univ Pr; ; (April )
ISBN: 0300078730

First They Killed My Father : A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers
by Loung Ung

A History of Cambodia
by David Chandler
Book Description This clear and concise volume provides a timely overview of Cambodia, a small but increasingly visible Southeast Asian nation. Hailed by the Journal of Asian Studies as an "original contribution, superior to any other existing work," the third edition of this acclaimed text has been completely revised and updated to include all-new material examining the death of Pol Pot and the collapse of the Khmer Rouge. In addition, Chandler examines the unstable but influential career of Prince Norodom...
Paperback: 296 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.68 x 9.01 x 5.91
Publisher: Westview Press; 3rd edition (March )
ISBN: 0813335116

Khmer Mythology: Secrets of Angkor
by Vittorio Roveda
Paperback: 184 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.75 x 10.00 x 7.25
Publisher: Weatherhill;
ISBN: 0834804247

Judge Rabbit and the Tree Spirit : A Folktale from Cambodia/Bilingual in English and Khmer
by Cathy Spagnoli et al.

Khmer: The Lost Empire of Cambodia
by Theirry Zephir
Paperback: 128 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.36 x 6.97 x 4.93
Publisher: Harry N Abrams; (April )
ISBN: 0810928531

A Photographic Guide to Mammals of South-East Asia : Including Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Java, Sumatra, Bali an
by Charles M. Francis

The Parrot's Beak : U.S. Operations in Cambodia
by Paul B. Morgan

The Pol Pot Regime : Race, Power, and Genocide in Cambodia Under the Khmer Rouge, 1975-79
by Ben Kiernan

Why Vietnam Invaded Cambodia : Political Culture & the Causes of War

Ruins of Angkor Cambodia in 1909
by Pierre Dieulefils

Soul Survivors: Stories of Women and Children in Cambodia
by Carol Wagner, et al

Swimming to Cambodia

Sihanouk: Prince of Light, Prince of Darkness
by Milton E. Osborne
Paperback: 304 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.82 x 9.07 x 6.18
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press;
ISBN: 0824816390

Sanctuary: The Temples of Angkor
by Steve McCurry
Book Description: Magnum photographer Steve McCurry has beautifully and evocatively photographed the temples of Angkor in Cambodia, among the world's most impressive monuments. Over one hundred of his images of the site are collected in this stunning book, which documents a magical world of carved gods, weathered masonry, tangled vegetation and orange-robed monks. Angkor was the capital of the Khmer rulers from the end of the ninth century until the mid-fifteenth. Each built a state temple at the capital, surrounded by walls, moats and embankments laid out in accordance with cosmological precepts. Designated a World Heritage site by UNESCO, the temples attract tourists, archaeologists and art historians, and are also a pilgrimage destination for Buddhist monks. McCurry first visited Angkor on assignment for National Geographic magazine, for whom he has photographed all over the world. He has made many return visits, capturing a sublime portrait of the buildings, sculpture and people of Angkor.

Winner of numerous honours, including first prize in the World Press awards and the Robert Capa Gold Medal, McCurry has previously published Portraits and South Southeast (both with Phaidon).

The photographs are accompanied by an informative introduction on the history and meaning of Angkor by John Guy, a leading authority on the cultural history of Southeast Asia. Guy is curator of Indian and Southeast Asian sculpture at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and Consultant to UNESCO on historical monuments in Southeast Asia.
Hardcover: ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.78 x 7.78 x 11.00
Publisher: Phaidon Press Inc.;
ISBN: 0714841757

The Terrible But Unfinished Story of Norodom Sihanouk, King of Cambodia
by Helene Cixous, Juliet Flower MacCannell (Translator), Judith Pike (Translator), Lollie Groth
Paperback: 233 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.63 x 8.96 x 5.98
Publisher: Univ of Nebraska Pr; (April )
ISBN: 0803263619

The Tragedy of Cambodian History
by David P. Chandler
Paperback: ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.21 x 9.18 x 6.12
Publisher: Yale Univ Pr; Reprint edition (August 1993)

When Broken Glass Floats: Growing Up Under the Khmer Rouge
by Chanrithy Him
"Chea, how come good doesn't win over evil?" young Chanrithy Him asks her sister, after the brutal Khmer Rouge have seized power in Cambodia, but before hunger makes them too weak for philosophy. Chea answers only with a proverb: When good and evil are thrown together into the river of life, first the klok or squash (representing good) will sink, and the armbaeg or broken glass (representing evil) will float. But the broken glass, Chea assures her, never floats for long: "When good appears to lose, it is an opportunity for one to be patient, and become like God." 

Before this proverb could come true, Chanrithy had to watch her mother, father, and five of her brothers and sisters die, murdered by the Khmer Rouge or fatally weakened by malnutrition, disease, and overwork. Now living in Oregon, where she studies posttraumatic stress disorder among Cambodian survivors, Chanrithy has written a first-person account of the killing fields that's remarkable for both its unflinching honesty and its refusal to despair. In wrenchingly immediate prose, she describes atrocities the rest of the world might prefer to ignore: her sick yet still breathing mother, thrown along with corpses into a well; a pregnant woman beaten to death with a spade, the baby struggling inside her; a sister impossibly swollen with edema, her starving body leaking fluid from the webbing between her toes. 

The mind retreats from horrors like these--and yet what emerges most strongly from this memoir is the triumph of life. Chanrithy is determined to honor her pledge to the dying Chea, to study medicine so she can help others live. When Broken Glass Floats accomplishes the same goal in a different way. "As a survivor, I want to be worthy of the suffering that I endured," Chanrithy writes; by giving such eloquent voice to her dead, she has proven herself more than worthy of her suffering--and theirs. --Chloe Byrne -
Paperback: 330 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.79 x 8.21 x 5.51
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Company; (April )
ISBN: 0393322106

When the War Was over : Cambodia and the Khmer Rouge Revolution
by Elizabeth Becker
Elizabeth Becker's When the War Was Over: Cambodia and the Khmer Rouge Revolution is a heart-rending history of modern Cambodia--a state whose people have, in the last 30 years, endured war, political upheaval, international betrayal, and genocide. Beginning with the Khmer Rouge overthrow of the U.S.-backed Lon Nol regime in 1975, Becker examines the historical patterns of violence and authority within Cambodian culture that made the Khmer Rouge's slaughter of close to 2 million people possible. 

Becker integrates interviews with Cambodian leaders and ordinary citizens with a penetrating analysis of the politics of the cold war and humanitarianism. For example, she follows the story of Mey Komphot, a banker, who, like millions of others, was displaced from his life in Phnom Penh and marched to a labor camp. She also explores how the United States, as well as many states within the United Nations, refused to acknowledge the forced departures and the killing in order to appease China's hunger for punishing Vietnam's 1978 invasion of Cambodia. By contrasting the concerns of states with those of people, Becker shows how the international order has repeatedly betrayed the people of Cambodia. When the War Was Over is more than just an authoritative account of the Cambodian Revolution; Becker's trenchant portrait of the dynamics of power and human suffering serves as a warning about how diplomatic imperatives can blunt the United Nations' ability to preserve human rights and life. --James Highfill -
Paperback: 520 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.65 x 8.20 x 5.57
Publisher: PublicAffairs; ; (November )
ISBN: 1891620002

Dance in Cambodia (Images of Asia)
by Toni Samantha Phim, Ashley Thompson
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