Great reading for your trip
The River of Lost Footstepsby Thant Myint U
Most excellent book from a very erudite scholar which goes into great detail about the history of Myanmar and also Asia where it relates to Myanmar. A must-read for those in diplomatic circles!
Myanmar Smilesby Sein Myo Myint, Bagan Maung Maung & Ma Ohmar
Wonderful pictorial record of Myanmar Smiling!!
Birds of Myanmarby Kyaw Nyunt Lwin and Khin Ma Ma Thwin and illustrated by Aung Thant
An absolutely beautiful book which has been missing from the World of Birds until now. Profusely illustrated.
Shwedagon: Golden Pagoda of Myanmarby Elizabeth Moore, Hansjorg Mayer, U Win Pe
Excellent Book about this most famous Pagoda and profusely illustrated
The World of Buddhismby Etienne Lamotte, Heinz Bechert (Editor), Richard F Gombrich (Editor)
One of the Best Books I've seen about Buddhism - clearly written and with lots of history about the countries cited including Myanmar (Burma) and very well illustrated.
On the Road to Mandalay - tales of Ordinary Peopleby Mya Than Tint
The late Mya Than Tint introduces thirty-four of Burma's 'ordinary people', the a-nya-ta-ra. As he travelled through Burma on literary lecture tours in the late 1980's, he encountered porters, sailors, fortune-tellers, waitresses, artists and petty criminals 'on the Road to Mandalay'.
The Glass Palaceby Amitav Ghosh
Beginning in 1885, with the British invasion of Mandalay and the capture of the Burmese king and queen, and encompassing over 100 years to modern-day India and Myanmar (Burma) Amitav Ghosh has created in The Glass Palace a monument to life in colonial central and Southeast Asia. The story follows three generations from three families, spreading its wings across the world, from Malaya to New York.
Visions from The Golden Land - Burma and the Art of Lacquerby Ralph Isaacs, T. Richard Blurton, British Museum
The British Museum, London, should be applauded for launching the first significant exhibition of Burmese art in a major European institution. The catalogue is well-researched, well-written and presents provocative questions. A pioneering section pertaining to inscriptions on Burmese lacquer is especially interesting. Furthermore, the installation in London at the museum was stunning.