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The Khmers (History and Treasures of an Ancient Civilization) Hardcover – January 15, 2008


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Stefano Vecchia is the editor-in-chief of the magazine Popoli. Previously, he was head of Asia News, the first Italian agency dedicated to information about Asian Countries and peoples.
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  • Series: History and Treasures of an Ancient Civilization
  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: White Star; First Edition edition (January 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8854403113
  • ISBN-13: 978-8854403116
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 0.9 x 12.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,367,618 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Michael Gunther on March 28, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This large-format book showcases color photographs of Khmer temples and statues. It touches on many of the well-known, and some of the lesser-known, Khmer monuments at Angkor and elsewhere, although it seldom goes into much detail. The book is organized chronologically, beginning with Funan and Chenla, and ending with the decline of the Khmer empire after the death of Jayavarman VII in 1215. The accompanying text is written at a "National Geographic" level of understanding: a pleasant, and generally reliable, introduction to the Khmer and their cultural legacy.

While a book like this is no match for the classic works by such authors as Michael Coe ("Angkor And The Khmer Civilization") or Freeman & Jacques ("Ancient Angkor"), it is attractive enough to earn a place on the coffee-tables of people who would enjoy an undemanding look at this truly fascinating ancient civilization.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Devleeschouwer Guy on September 3, 2008
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The Khmer: History and treasures of Ancient Civilization has a promessing title but is limited to restricted and general information on a few traditionel Khmer temples. Although some photo's are particularly beautiful the accompanying text is of a rather poor quality, the more the author makes several statements lacking a firm scientific basis. This book has certainly (to European standards)not the quality one might expect from such publications. Jean Laur, Michael Freeman, Claude Jacques, Dawn Rooney have much better and complete publications on this subject.Angkor: An Illustrated Guide to the MonumentsAngkor: Cambodia's Wondrous Khmer Temples, Fifth Edition (Odyssey Illustrated Guide)Angkor and the Khmer Civilization (Ancient Peoples and Places)Angkor: Celestial Temples of the KhmerAngkor Cities and Temples
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By Sam on September 2, 2012
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Definitely a great coffee -table book. It matches our decor and when guests come over, they can't help but open it. It's not meant for a detailed reading about Angkor. I am Khmer and have been to Angkor Wat so it cool when I can have a conversion about my trips to Cambodia :).
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