Amaury de Riencourt (born 12 June 1918 in Orléans, France; died 13 January 2005 at Bellevue, Switzerland) was a writer, historian, an expert on Southeast Asia, Indian scholar, sinologist, tibetologist and Americanist.
Amaury de Riencourt was born in Orléans into a family of the French nobility which dates back at least to the 12th century. He graduated from the Sorbonne in Paris and held a Master's degree from the University of Algiers.
de Riencourt served in the French Navy during the earlier part of the Second World War (1939–40).
In 1947, he visited Tibet, staying in Lhasa, where he remained for five months. He met the Dalai Lama, who declared that the country was governed in all areas as an independent nation, adding that the orders of his government were obeyed across the country.
De Riencourt's magnum opus was probably The Coming Caesars , which explores the ethnic and ideological roots of America, Europe and Russia, comparing also classical times with the contemporary world (19th-20th centuries). He also wrote a number of other books (all written in English), including The American Empire; Lost World: Tibet; The Eye of Shiva; The Soul of China; The Soul of India; Woman and Power in History; Sex and Power in History; Roof of the World: Tibet, and an autobiography entitled A Child of the Century.
- Amaury de Riencourt
- (in English) K. Natwar Singh, Forgotten Prophet, Outlook India
- Amaury de Riencourt, India and Pakistan in the Shadow of Afghanistan, 1982/83, Foreign Affairs
- Alain Joly, Amaury de Riencourt
- Jamyang Norbu, Black Annals: Goldstein & The Negation Of Tibetan History (Part I), Shadow of Tibet, 19 juillet 2008
- The Political Philosophy of His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama, Selected Speeches and Writings, 1998, Édité par A.A. Shiromany, Tibetan Parliamentary and Policy Research Centre, dalaï-lama, lettre au Secrétaire général de l'ONU datée du 9 septembre 1959.