Few books on Myanmar have been written with thorough research undertaken in-country, largely due to restricted access, and many texts focus explicitly on documenting and publicizing human rights abuses. It is difficult therefore for books alone to provide a balanced introduction to the country, though the following are recommended as a useful books about Myanmar.
- The River of Lost Footsteps’, by Thant Myint U
- Between China and India’, by Thant Myint U
- The Burman’, by Shway Yoe/Sir James George Scott (written in the colonial era but still an interesting
- Fiery Dragons’, by Sean Turnell (good for volunteers in the livelihoods programme, this is a history of Burma’s banking and money lending systems)
- Burma Chronicles’, by Guy Delisle
- The Trouser People’, by Andrew Marshall
- A History of Myanmar Since Ancient Times’, by Michael Aung Thwin and
- Maitrii Aung-Thwin (takes an especially nationalist Myanmar perspective)
- Karaoke Fascism’, by Monique Skidmor
- Living Silence in Burma: Surviving under Military Rule’, by Christina Fink
Try also looking for articles on the internet authored by the following group of recent authors on Myanmar: Sean Turnell, Monique Skidman, Nic Cheesman, Ashley South, Tom Kramer.