Than Shwe: Unmasking Burma’s Tyrant by Benedict Rogers, with a foreword by Václav Havel
Everything Is Broken: A Tale of Catastrophe in Burma by Emma Larkin
The Corpse Walker: Real-Life Stories, China from the Bottom Up by Liao Yiwu, translated from the Chinese with an introduction by Wen Huang, and with a foreword by Philip Gourevitch
The Dynamics of Violence in Central Africa by René Lemarchand
The Congo Wars: Conflict, Myth and Reality by Thomas Turner
Officially, I had come to Burma--ruled by one of the world's most opaque and repressive regimes--to teach a one-month documentary photography course to local photojournalists. But it was the only country in Southeast Asia I had never managed to visit and I was very eager to explore the place for myself.