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Suggested Reading


Lonely Planet Myanmar (Burma) by Simon Richmond

Explore the vast, ancient ruins of Bagan, voyage up myriad waterways by riverboat, relax at a remote teahouse or sample fresh seafood beside white-sand beaches. Let this considered and responsible guide show you the adventure of a lifetime, while at the same time showing you how your travel experience best benefits the local people.


Burmese Days: A Novel – George Orwell

Orwell draws on his years of experience in India to tell this story of the waning days of British imperialism. A handful of Englishmen living in a settlement in Burma congregate in the European Club, drink whiskey, and argue over an impending order to admit a token Asian.


The Piano Tuner by Daniel Mason

“Daniel Mason has woven together an elegant and unusually engrossing story, one that offers the reader the best possible journey–into a world that no longer exists. Rich, atmospheric, and evocative of the sights, smells and textures of 19th century Burma.


Blood, Dreams and Gold: The Changing Face of Burma by Richard Cockett

The best single-volume analysis of Burma, its checkered history, and its attempts to reform. Cockett’s enlightening history, from the colonial era on, explains how Burma descended into decades of civil war and authoritarian government. Taking advantage of the opening up of the country since 2011


Almost Englishmen: Baghdadi Jews in British Burma by Ruth Cernea

Beautiful, lush Burma has provided a hospitable home for Jews since the first settlers arrived from Iraq, the Middle East, and India about 1840.  Almost Englishmen: Baghdadi Jews in British Burma tells the story of this happy life, shaped by loyalty to Jewish tradition as well as by the pervasive influence of British culture.


Sacred Sites of Burma  by Donald M. Stadtner

The book demonstrates how sacred sites can emerge with remarkable frequency in our own time with only those that possess myths catching the imagination of the Buddhist faithful having any chance of long term survival. Sacred Sites of Burma is an essential read for anyone interested in the development of Buddhism in its many aspects, be they its art, archaeology, history or belief.


Day break in Myanmar by Francis Wade

Myanmar in Southeast Asia is one of the least known places in the world, due to the military dictatorship that has isolated the country for the past sixty years. Now that the government is making the transition to democracy, the veil is slowly lifting, as are travel and economic sanctions. In Daybreak in Myanmar these images of a place once frozen in time are unique and timely.


The Glass Palace: A Novel by Amitav Ghosh

Set in Burma during the British invasion of 1885, this masterly novel by Amitav Ghosh tells the story of Rajkumar, a poor boy lifted on the tides of political and social chaos, who goes on to create an empire in the Burmese teak forest. When soldiers force the royal family out of the Glass Palace and into exile, Rajkumar befriends Dolly, a young woman in the court of the Burmese Queen, whose love will shape his life.


Finding George Orwell in Burma by Emma Larkin

In one of the most intrepid travelogues in recent memory, Emma Larkin tells of the year she spent traveling through Burma, using as a compass the life and work of George Orwell, whom many of Burma’s underground teahouse intellectuals call simply “the Prophet.”


The River of Lost Footsteps: A Personal History of Burma by Thant Myint-U

What do we really know about Burma and its history? And what can Burma’s past tell us about its present and even its future? Now Thant Myint-U tells the story of modern Burma, and the story of his own family, in an interwoven narrative that is by turns lyrical, dramatic, and deeply affecting.


Golden Earth: Travels in Burma by Norman Lewis

The classic, mesmerizing account of the people and country of Burma as recorded by the author during a visit shortly after independence in 1951.


The Trouser People: A Story of Burma in the Shadow of the Empire by Andrew Marshall

Andrew Marshall’s historical travelogue is a thrilling tale of two adventures in Burma. The first, undertaken over 100 years ago by the dauntless Victorian adventurer Sir George Scott, who helped establish British colonial rule; and the second, by the author himself, as he retraces the indomitable Scott’s journey into the heart of Burma.


From the Land of Green Ghosts: A Burmese Odyssey by Pascal Khoo Thwe

In 1988, Dr. John Casey, a professor visiting Burma, meets a waiter in Mandalay with a passion for the works of James Joyce, and the encounter changes both their lives.

Within months of his meeting with Dr. Casey, Pascal’s world lay in ruins. From the Land of Green Ghosts unforgettably evokes the realities of life in modern-day Burma and one man’s long journey to freedom despite almost unimaginable odds.