Books I Recommend
Last updated July 28, 1998
Western Images of the Third World
Journeys: Adventure Travel in a Modern Age by David Zurick (U. of
Texas Press, 1995). "Adventure travel" and "ecotourism" contribute to
Disneyfication of the world.
Chief Seattle by Albert Furtwangler (U. of Washington Press,
1997). The 20th century uses and distortions of Chief Seattle's
famous 1887 speech.
of Shangri-La: Tibetan Buddhism and the West by Donald S. Lopez,
Jr. (U. of Chicago Press, 1998). In-depth examinations of The
Tibetan Book of the Dead, T. Lobsang Rampa's The Third
Eye, "Om mani padme hum" (including its use on the web), and
- Curators of the Buddha: The Study of Buddhism under Colonialism edited by Donald S. Lopez, Jr. (U. of Chicago Press, 1995). Includes essays on Zen (especially D.T. Suzuki) and Japanese nationalism during WWII, on Carl Jung's use of Indian images, and more.
at War by Brian Victoria (Weatherhill, 1997). The relationship of
Zen Buddhists to the Japanese state, especially during WWII.
The New Age