Conversations on Seabourn Sojourn: Singapore to Hong Kong Feb/Mar 2016

These are books mentioned in my talks on Seabourn Sojourn’s cruise to Thailand and Vietnam.

Fall of Fortress Singapore

forgotten_armiesForgotten Armies, Christopher Bayly and Tim Harper

honourable_companyThe Honourable Company, John Keay

second_world_warThe Second World War, John Keegan

decline_and_fallDecline and Fall of the British Empire, Piers Brendon

melaka_straaitThe Singapore and Melaka Straits, Peter Borchberg

singapore_biographySingapore: A Biography, Ravinder Frost and Yu_mei Balasingamchow

hinge_of_fateThe Hinge of Fate, Winston Churchill


The Mutiny in Singapore, Sho Kuwajima

deep_northThe Narrow Road to the Deep North, Richard Flanigan



Embassy to the Eastern Courts

empire_of_teaThe Empire of Tea, Alan MacFarlane and Iris MacFarlane

first_met_chinaWhen America First Met China, Eric Jay Dolin

splendid_exchangeA Splendid Exchange, William J. Bernstein

american_lionAmerican Lion, Jon Meacham

sea_of_glorySea of Glory, Nathaniel Philbrick

embasyEmbassy to the Eastern Courts, Andrew C.A. Jampoler



European Exploration and Mapping South East Asia

fourth_partThe Fourth Part of the World, Toby Lester

emoire_cottonEmpire of Cotton, Sven Beckert

embarrassment_richesThe Embarrassment of Riches, Simon Schama

batavias_graveyardBatavia’s Graveyard, Mike Dash


French Indochina and the Battle of Dien Bien Phu

street_without_joyStreet Without Joy, Bernard B. Fall

very_small_placeHell in a Very Small Place, Bernard B. Fall

vietnam_historyVietnam: A History, Stanley Karnow

angel_d_b_pThe Angel of Dien Bien Phu, Genevieve Galard

valley_of_deathValley of Death, Ted Morgan


The United States and Vietnam

best_and_brightestThe Best and the Brightest, David Halberstam

reporting_vietnam_clipReporting Vietnam, William M. Hammond

soldiers_onceWe Were Soldiers Once and Young, Lt. Gen. Harold G. Moore and Joseph L. Galloway

pentagon_papersPentagon Papers, Neil Sheehan et al