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Books on Laos

  • kelseyg

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    Hi all!

    I'm heading to Cambodia and Laos in a month and want to find some political/historical books on the two countries. I've found some great suggestions on this forum for Cambodia, but can anyone recommend a book on Laos? I'm less interested in memoirs and more interested in academic sorts of books. Thanks!

    #1 Posted: 9/1/2010 - 07:15

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  • somtam2000

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    A history of Laos by Martin Stuart-Fox is just about the best history text I've read on the country.

    A Short History of Laos by Grant Evans is ok, but I think Stuart-Fox is better.

    Both of these are available on Amazon:
    A history of Laos by Martin Stuart-Fox
    A Short History of Laos by Grant Evans

    Cheers

    #2 Posted: 9/1/2010 - 09:30

  • christay2009

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    I just bought the Stuart-Fox book. It looks good, nicely written.

    If you want something abit more personable then check out ANT EGG SOUP by NATACHA DU PONT DE BIE. A good, humerous read about her travels in Laos for about 6 months. It is largely based around food though so if you're not much of a 'foodie' might not be as good.

    #3 Posted: 9/1/2010 - 18:05

  • kelseyg

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    I'm working my way through Stuart-Fox's History of Laos and I have Ant Egg Soup for my next book. Thanks for your suggestions!

    #4 Posted: 1/2/2010 - 03:30

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