I'm trying to locate a decent book on Vietnamese history, excluding (or at least not focused on) the Vietnam War. (Nothing against the war, but it's the sole focus of almost everything I can find, but I don't really need that info for what I'm looking for.)
This is proving to be amazingly difficult. So far, the only book I've found that looks even halfway decent is a pretty flimsy overview of the history of all the countries in Southeast Asia.
A good collection of legends written for the adult-level reader would be nice, too.
About all I need is informative, reasonably complete, obtainable, and (of course) written in English. (I suppose I could find something more easily if I read Vietnamese.)