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Books on Laos

Posted by kelseyg on 9/1/2010 at 07:15

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!

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Posted by somtam2000 on 9/1/2010 at 09:30 admin

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

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Posted by christay2009 on 9/1/2010 at 18:05

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.

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Posted by kelseyg on 1/2/2010 at 03:30

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!

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