Wednesday, September 30, 2009

New Title: Realising Safe and Secure Seas for All

Select Books is pleased to announce the publication of our latest title Realising Safe and Secure Seas for All: International Maritime Security Conference 2009.

This title is co-published with the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies and the Republic of Singapore Navy.

is a compilation of the proceedings arising from the inaugural International Maritime Security Conference 2009 held on 13-14 May 2009 in Singapore. The conference was organised by the Republic of Singapore Navy and the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies and was held concurrently with the 7th IMDEX Asia 2009.

The conference sought to promote global maritime safety and security and to update maritime practitioners on the latest cooperative efforts and technological developments in the maritime domain. It brought together senior maritime defence officers, maritime security enforcement agencies, think tanks, researchers, academia, policy makers, maritime and port authorities, shipping practitioners, shipping lawyers, technology companies, maritime service providers, classification societies, maritime training institutes, security training providers, security system and equipment vendors from the Asia-Pacific and beyond to participate in the exchange of knowledge and experience. In particular senior naval officers and officials from Australia, China, France, India, Italy, Japan, Singapore, the United Kingdom, the United States and the International Maritime Organisation presented at the conference.

Contributors to this volume,
which is edited by Joshua Ho, include Carlyle Thayer, Geoffrey Till, Ito Yoshiaki and Robert Willard.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009


Selections is our monthly catalogue of new titles. It lists new titles that we have recently stocked in our retail store, with details on authors, country of publication, binding, number of pages, year of publication and ISBN, as well as the corresponding annotations.

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Selections 96
will be published soon. Here, I have selected three interesting titles from it:

  • The Buddhist World Of Southeast Asia by Donald Swearer. This book offers a synthesis and empathetic interpretation of the many facets of Buddhism in Southeast Asia with a particular focus on Thailand. The author focuses his study of Theravada Buddhism in Southeast Asia as a dynamic, complex system of thought and practice embedded in the respective cultures, societies, and histories of Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, and Sri Lanka. The book analyses three distinct but interrelated aspects of this system. The first is the popular tradition, in terms of life models personified in traditional myths and legends, rites of passage, festival celebrations, and ritual occasions. The second is Buddhism and the state, in terms of the paradigmatic influence of Asoka on conceptions of Buddhist kingship, the symbiotic relationship between Southeast Asian kingship and sacred cosmology, the Buddha as cosmocrator, and the rise of charismatic Buddhist political leaders in the postcolonial period. The third is modern transformations of Buddhism, in terms of the changing roles of the monk and laity, modern reform movements, the role of women, and Buddhism and the West. This second edition of The Buddhist World of Southeast Asia includes numerous additions and changes throughout, particularly developments that have occurred within the Buddhist world of Southeast Asia since 1995. The bibliography and notes have also been updated and expanded.
  • The Golden Triangle: Inside Southeast Asia's Drug Trade by Chin Ko-lin. The Golden Triangle provides a lively portrait of a region in constant transition, a place where political development is intimately linked to the vagaries of the global market in illicit drugs. Ko-lin Chin explains the nature of opium growing, heroin and methamphetamine production, drug sales, and drug use. He also shows how government officials who live in these areas view themselves not as drug kingpins, but as people who are carrying the responsibility for local economic development on their shoulders.
  • A Tour Of Qufu: The Hometown Of Confucius by Yang Zhaoming. Confucius, whose Chinese name is Kong Qiu, is a celebrated ancient Chinese thinker, political figure, educator and founder of Confucianism. His teachings and philosophy, preserved in the Analects of Confucius, have not only served as the foundation of much of subsequent Chinese speculation on an ideal man and government, but also deeply influenced Korean, Japanese and Vietnamese life and thought. Qufu, the birthplace of Confucius, has become a major destination for cultural tourism. Kong Temple, the Kong residence and Kong forest in particular present a fine exhibition of China's temples and its ancient scholarly life, its gardens and its tombs. A beautifully illustrated guide, this book takes the reader on an evocative cultural tour through captivating temples, palaces and gardens.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

"No Comments and Don't Quote Me"

Select Books is pleased to be appointed as the exclusive distributor for Write Editions. Write Editions is a new imprint established by Mr. Tan Chin Kar.

The first book under this imprint, “No Comments and Don’t Quote Me”, was launched on 9 Sep 09 at Harry's Bar, Boay Quay.

“No Comments and Don’t Quote Me” is by Quak Hiang Whai, a veteran journalist and a former news editor of Business Times. He has worked in print and television media with news conglomerate Singapore Press Holdings, spending six years heading the Hong Kong bureau for Business Times covering the Greater China region. Hiang Whai left journalism after 17 years to join Singapore’s United Overseas Bank Group as head of group communications and investor relations divisions.

In this delightful book filled with unpublished media stories and useful practical tips, Hiang Whai serves up some of the most spectacular media crises, fiascos and lessons culled from his two decades of media experience. He also shares some of the positive impressions of astute political and corporate leaders who have shown the way in taming the media tiger. Through colourful anecdotes, Hiang Whai offers his media management philosophy and methods to both media managers and their bosses on how they can better organise themselves and manage their media relations.

At a practical level, the book deals with a wide spectrum of key media topics such as contact building, story pitching, press conferences, difficult stories, crisis management, public speaking, press interviews, photo opportunity, error correction and television appearances.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Indonesia Rising

Carool Kersten has written an interesting post on Indonesia Rising: Islam, Democracy and the Rise of Indonesia as a Major Power on his blog "Critical Muslims".

Carool states that he believes that "Nasir Tamara's assertive position also forms parts of another more regional phenomenon: the growing self-confidence displayed by Southeast Asian Muslims."

Friday, September 4, 2009

Book Launch: Indonesia Rising

The book launch for Indonesia Rising: Islam, Democracy and the Rise of Indonesia as a Major Power by Dr. Nasir Tamara was held at the National Library on 27 August 2009.

The Guests of Honour were Mr. Zainal Abidin Rasheed, Senior Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, and His Excellency Mr. Wardana, Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to Singapore, and both spoke at the event about the book.

There was also a lively panel discussion on recent developments in Indonesia with Nasir Tamara and Vedi Hadiz, moderated by Sree Kumar, with active participation from the floor.