Reviews by R. Arant of Lanesville, Indiana USA

Country/Regional, Foreign Language Books, Worth A Look

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Air Force officer, former NGO staffer in Thailand and translator for the United Nations in Cambodia, with interests in the Thai, Khmer and Lao languages.

Reviews of special value to Public Intelligence (below the line)


Setting the Desert on Fire: T. E. Lawrence and Britain’s Secret War in Arabia, 1916-1918

Travels in Arabia Deserta: Selected Passages

The Battle of Algiers [DVD]

Arabian Sands: Revised Edition [Wilfred Thesiger]

Cruelty and Silence: War, Tyranny, Uprising, and the Arab World

The Future of Freedom: Illiberal Democracy at Home and Abroad

Cambodia & Vicinity

Cambodia Communism and the Vietnamese Model. Volume 1: Imitation and Independence, 1930-1975

China, Cambodia, Vietnam Triangle

Rice People [DVD]

521 The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine [DVD]

Why Did They Kill?: Cambodia in the Shadow of Genocide

A Very Short War: The Mayaguez and the Battle of Koh Tang

Sideshow, Revised Edition: Kissinger, Nixon, and the Destruction of Cambodia

The Living Mekong [Photographs]

The Flower of Isan: Songs and Music from Northeast Thailand

Angkor: Celestial Temples of the Khmer [Photographs]

The Gate [Francois Bizot]

Cambodia After the Khmer Rouge: Inside the Politics of Nation Building

First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers

Inherited Risk: Erol Flynn and Sean Flynn in Hollywood and Vietnam

My Wicked Wicked Ways [Erol & Sean Flynn, Latter Captured in Cambodia]

Cambodia 1975-1982

Anghor: The Hidden Glories [Photographs]

The Killing Fields [VHS]

The Eagle Mutiny

Propaganda, Politics, and Violence in Cambodia: Democratic Transition Under United Nations Peace-Keeping

Four Days of Mayaguez

Beyond the Killing Fields [Photographs]

Beyond the Horizon: Five Years with the Khmer Rouge

A History of Cambodia 3E

The Stones Cry Out: A Cambodian Childhood, 1975-1980

Children of Cambodia’s Killing Fields: Memoirs by Survivors

My Village at Sunset [VHS]

When Borken Glass Floats: Growing Up Under the Khmer Rouge

Last Days of Colonel Savath [VHS]

Cambodia: Report from a Stricken Land

When the War Was Over: Cambodia and The Khmer Rouge Revolution

Forty Days with the Enemy

Voices from S-21: Terror and History in Pol Pot’s Secret Prison

A Cambodian Prison Portrait, One Year in the Khmer Rouge’s S-21


The Tank Killers: A History of America’s World War II Tank Destroyer Force

Patton’s Panthers: The African-American 761st Tank Battalion In World War II

Purple Sun: An epic tale of war and redemption

An Army at Dawn: The War in Africa, 1942-1943, Volume One of the Liberation Trilogy

Great Men Lawrence of Arabia

Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia

A Prince of Our Disorder: The Life of T. E. Lawrence

The Diary Kept by T. E. Lawrence While Travelling in Arabia During 1911 (Folios Archive Library)

Lawrence of Arabia [DVD]

Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Triumph

Great Men Other

Orientations [Ronald Storrs, Military Governor of Jerusalem]

Safety Last [Col W. F. Stirling]

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

One Bullet Away: The Making of a Marine Officer

Khartoum Journal

The Life of My Choice [Wilfred Thesiger]

Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant

Reaching for Glory: Lyndon Johnson’s Secret White House Tapes, 1964-1965 [Six CD Audio]


Flags of Our Fathers

Intelligence and Counterintelligence

The Fight for the High Ground: The U.S. Army and Interrogation During Operation Iraqi Freedom, May 2003 – April 2004

Inside the Wire: A Military Intelligence Soldier’s Eyewitness Account of Life at Guantánamo

A Spy’s Journey: A CIA Memoir

The Interrogators: Inside the Secret War Against al Qaeda


Squandered Victory: The American Occupation and the Bungled Effort to Bring Democracy to Iraq

Losing Iraq: Inside the Postwar Reconstruction Fiasco

In the Company of Soldiers: A Chronicle of Combat

Iraq Road Map by ITMB


The Crisis of Islam: Holy War and Unholy Terror

Khartoum {DVD]

Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil, and Fundamentalism in Central Asia

Jihad: the Rise of Militan Islam in Central Asia


Mastering Arabic Script: A Guide to Handwriting

Arabic Practical Dictionary: Arabic-English English-Arabic


Iraq Phrasebook: The Complete Language Guide for Contemporary Iraq

English-Arabic Arabic-English Dictionary & Phasebook

Rosetta Stone Arabic Level 1 Win/Mac Personal Edition [Old Version]

Basic Stone: Arabic Explorer

The Oxford English-Arabic Dictionary of Current Usage

Fun with Arabic: Learn Arabic the Fun and Easy Way

English-Spoken Khmer Dictionary

The Arabic Alphabet: How to Read & Write It

Alif Baa: Introduction to Arabic Letters and Sounds

Cambodian System of Writing and Beginning Reader with Drills and Glossary

Lao-English Dictionary

Cambodian Literary  Readers and Glossary

English-Khmer Dictionary

Thai Basic Course Level Two w/17 Cassettes

Thai System of Writing

Thai-English Student’s Dictionary

Lao Basic Course

The Cambodian Alphabet: How to Write the Khmer Language

Cambodian System of Writing and Beginning Reader

Colloquial CambodianKhmer Basic Course Vol 2 FSI (29 audiocassettes & text)


Tragedy in Paradise: A Country Doctor at War in Laos

At War in the Shadow of Vietnam


The Good Soldier Svejk: and His Fortunes in the World War

The 9/11 Commission Report: Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States

The Right Man: The Surprise Presidency of George W. Bush, An Inside Account

Page After Page [Memoires from Southeast Asia]


Leave No Man Behind: Bill Bell and the Search for American POW/MIAs from the Vietnam War

Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers

In Retrospect: The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam

We Were Soldiers [VHS]

The Palace File

The Dust of Life: America’s Children Abandoned in Vietnam

Another Vietnam: Pictures of the War from the Other Side

Lost Years: My 1,632 Days in Vietnames Reeducation Camps

Code-Name Bright Light: The Untold Story of U.S. POW Rescue Efforts During the Vietnam War

Secret Army, Secret War: Washington’s Tragic Spy Operation in North Vietnam

The Last Battle: The Mayaguez Incident and the End of the Vietnam War

Glory Denied: The Saga of Jim Thompson, America’s Longest Held Prisoner of War

Two of the missing: A reminiscence of some friends in the war

Derailed in Unclo Ho’s Victory Garden

In the Jaws of History

Shadows and Wind: A View of Modern Vietnam

River of Time: A Memoir of Vietnam

Following Ho Chi Minh: The Memoirs of a North Vietnamese Colonel

Requiem: By the Photographers Who Died in Vietnam and Indochina

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