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The Baltic

The Baltic

by Alan Palmer

  • HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

Palmer chronicles the Baltic region from the Viking era and Byzantine Empire through wars, uprisings and other political conflicts of the 20th century and on to modern times, where he finds a group of nations poised to emerge as some of Europe's most vital democracies. In addition to the prolific British historian's considerable learning, he provides some rather entertaining anecdotes. (BLT22, $19.95)

Eyewitness Guide St. Petersburg

Eyewitness Guide St. Petersburg

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 264 PAGES

With excellent local maps and site plans, this outstanding visual guide introduces the culture, history and attractions of St. Petersburg. (RUS87, $25.00)

Northern Europe by Cruise Ship

Northern Europe by Cruise Ship

by Anne Vipond

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES

This excellent guide to cruises and ports from Scandinavia and the Baltic to the British Isles, Paris, Amsterdam and Berlin includes city maps, excursions, color photographs and a pull-out map of Northern Europe. (EUR364, $21.95)

Baltic Sea States Map

Baltic Sea States Map

by Freytag & Berndt

  • 2008
  • MAP

This detailed (1:800,000), double-sided map covers the entire Baltic region from Copenhagen across to Gdansk, St. Petersburg, Oslo and Stockholm. (BLT38, $14.95)

 
Copenhagen Map

Copenhagen Map


by Borch Maps

  • 2006
  • MAP

A handy laminated street map of Copenhagen in full color at a scale of 1:11,000. (DMK14, $9.95)

Northern Europe Scandinavia Map

Northern Europe Scandinavia Map


by Freytag & Berndt

  • 2007
  • MAP

A colorful shaded relief map showing the Baltic region from Copenhagen to St. Petersburg and Hammerfest at a scale of 1:2,000,000. (EUR19, $14.95)

Oslo/Bergen Map

Oslo/Bergen Map


by ITMB

  • 2006
  • MAP

A walking map of Oslo and Bergen at a scale of 1:10,000. (NOR44, $8.95)

Stockholm Map

Stockholm Map


by ITMB

  • MAP

A convenient, detailed map of Stockholm and surroundings at a scale of 1:12,000. (SWE33, $8.95)

Tallinn & Eesti Map

Tallinn & Eesti Map


by ITMB

  • 2006
  • MAP

A city map of historic Tallinn at a walking scale of 1:8,000 with a map of Estonia on the reverse. (BLT23, $12.95)

Bradt City Guide Riga

Bradt City Guide Riga


by Stephen Baister

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

A small guide to the history, culture and attractions of the Latvian city in the authoritative Bradt series. (BLK111, $13.99)

Bradt Guide Baltic Cities

Bradt Guide Baltic Cities


by Neil Taylor

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 298 PAGES

This second, expanded edition includes Tallinn, Riga, Vilnius, Kaliningrad as well as Tartu, Liepaja, Kaunas and Klaipeda. (BLT12, $25.99)

Culture Smart! Russia

Culture Smart! Russia


by Anna King

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 168 PAGES

A concise, no-nonsense guide to local customs, etiquette and culture with a short overview of the land and people along with practical travel advice. (RUS361, $9.95)

Frommer's Stockholm Day by Day

Frommer's Stockholm Day by Day


by Mary Anne Evans

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER

A compact shirt pocket guide, ideal for a short visit, featuring remarkably good suggestions for everything from food, hotels and neighborhoods to shopping. With a separate foldout map. (SWE56, $13.99)

Insight Guide Norway

Insight Guide Norway


by Insight Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 391 PAGES

Featuring concise essays on natural history, politics and culture, hundreds of photos and maps, and some limited practical information. (NOR03, $23.95)

Literary St. Petersburg, A Guide to the City and Its Writers

Literary St. Petersburg, A Guide to the City and Its Writers


by Elaine Blaire

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 137 PAGES

Blaire shows St. Petersburg through the words, museums and haunts of 15 writers, including Pushkin, Gogol, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky and Nabokov. (RUS406, $16.95)

Lonely Planet Copenhagen Encounter

Lonely Planet Copenhagen Encounter


by Lonely Planet Publications

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 192 PAGES

This lively shirt pocket guide to the city is jammed with personal recommendations, photographs and a pull-out map. (DMK35, $12.99)

A Concise History of the Baltic States


by Andrejs Plakans

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 472 PAGES

Plakans traces the history of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania from ninth-century tribal beginnings to the present status as three thriving and separate nation states, focusing particularly on the region's complex 20th-century history, culminating in the reestablishment of national sovereignty. (BLT50, $28.99)

Bloodlands, Europe Between Hitler and Stalin


by Timothy Snyder

  • HISTORY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 524 PAGES

The prize-winning Yale historian recasts the history of modern Europe around its central catastrophe: the 14 million people killed by totalitarian regimes in the lands between Hitler and Stalin between 1933 and 1945, covering Germany and the Ukraine, Poland, Belarus, the Baltics, and western Russia. (EUR399, $19.99)

Full Steam Ahead, A Golden Age of Cruises

Full Steam Ahead, A Golden Age of Cruises


by Boris Danzer-kantof

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 192 PAGES

With photographs, archival reprints and firsthand accounts, this coffee-table history of cruising focuses on the freedom and romance of cruise vessels in their golden age. (TVL589, $44.95)

Land of the Firebird, The Beauty of Old Russia

Land of the Firebird, The Beauty of Old Russia


by Suzanne Massie

  • HISTORY
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 496 PAGES
  • HARD TO FIND ELSEWHERE

Massie traces both minuscule details and larger movements in pre-revolutionary Russian art, literature and daily life in this affectionate overview of 19th-century palaces, courts and culture. (RUS21, $35.00)

Medieval Scandinavia

Medieval Scandinavia


by Birgit and Peter Sawyer

  • HISTORY
  • 1993
  • PAPER
  • 265 PAGES

Experts in the Viking Age and a Nordic medievalist respectively, Peter and Birgit Sawyer trace the history of Scandinavia and the Baltic from the Viking Age to the early 16th century in meticulous, scholarly detail. (SCN79, $24.00)

Penguin Historical Atlas of the Vikings

Penguin Historical Atlas of the Vikings


by John Haywood

  • HISTORY
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

The history of the Vikings told through a series of innovative maps and excellent photographs. This book traces the routes of the ninth-century Viking merchants and explorers throughout Europe and onto the New World. (VIK02, $22.00)

Sunlight at Midnight: St. Petersburg and the Rise of Modern Russia

Sunlight at Midnight: St. Petersburg and the Rise of Modern Russia


by W. Bruce Lincoln

  • HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 432 PAGES

A wonderfully written, informative portrait of St. Petersburg, focusing on the city's development in the 18th and 19th centuries as Russia's "window on the West." Highly recommended for travelers with an interest in the character and significance of the city and its monuments. (RUS128, $19.95)

Teutonic Knight

Teutonic Knight


by David Nicolle

  • HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 64 PAGES

This slim history of the Teutonic Knights (1190-1561) includes an excellent overview of towers, castles and settlements from this period scattered throughout the Baltic. With paintings of the knights and their daily life in the region. (BLT39, $18.95)

The Baltic Revolution

The Baltic Revolution


by Anatol Lieven

  • HISTORY
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 454 PAGES

A Latvian correspondent for the London Times, Lieven weaves history, interviews and analysis into a vivid cultural portrait of post-Glasnost Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. (BLT02, $47.00)

The New Penguin Atlas of Medieval History

The New Penguin Atlas of Medieval History


by Colin McEvedy

  • HISTORY
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 112 PAGES

McEvedy deftly sketches the culture, history and society of medieval Europe in this slim historical atlas. (EUR240, $16.00)

The Northern Crusades

The Northern Crusades


by Eric Christiansen

  • HISTORY
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

The wilder-than-fiction story of the 13th to 15th century conquest and conversion of the pagan tribes of the Baltic coasts by knights of the Teutonic Order. (BLT14, $17.00)

The Vikings, Lords of the Seas

The Vikings, Lords of the Seas


by Yves Cohat

  • HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 175 PAGES

An indispensable reference that fits in your pocket, this slim volume is packed with maps, archival photographs and illustrations. (VIK01, $15.95)

Cathedrals and Castles, The Cathedral Builders of the Middle Ages

Cathedrals and Castles, The Cathedral Builders of the Middle Ages


by Alain Erlande-Brandenburg

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 175 PAGES

This pocket-size encyclopedia of the art, architecture and culture of the Middle Ages features hundreds of drawings, color illustrations and a brief chronology. (MED07, $15.95)

Notes from the Pianist's Bench

Notes from the Pianist's Bench


by Boris Berman

  • MUSIC
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

A fascinating take on piano technique and interpretation by the internationally known pianist and teacher. (MUS89, $23.00)

We Die Alone

We Die Alone


by David Howarth

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 208 PAGES

Howarth's riveting account of determination and valor in Nazi-occupied Norway follows Jan Baalrud's extraordinary escape by ski across the Lyngen Alps. (NOR14, $16.95)

Among the Russians

Among the Russians


by Colin Thubron

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

The marvelous account of a 10,000-mile journey by car from St. Petersburg and the Baltic States south to Georgia and Armenia in 1981. A gifted writer and intrepid traveler, Thubron grapples with the complexities of Russian identity in this lyrical book. (RUS106, $14.00)

Catherine the Great

Catherine the Great


by Robert K. Massie

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 625 PAGES

Eager readers of Massie's Nicholas and Alexandria or the Pulitzer Prize-winning Peter the Great will not be disappointed by this latest, an old-fashioned tale of politics, power and 18th-century Europe, drawing effectively from the ambitious Catherine's own memoirs. (RUS470, $20.00)

Peter the Great, His Life and World

Peter the Great, His Life and World


by Robert Massie

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 914 PAGES

In this Pulitzer Prize-winning biography, Massie portrays the giant of history who transformed Russia from backwater tsardom into a major empire. (RUS48, $21.00)

Racundra's First Cruise

Racundra's First Cruise


by Arthur Ransome

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2006
  • HARD COVER
  • 255 PAGES

A new edition of Ransome's delightful 1923 account of the eventful maiden voyage of his 30-foot ketch, Racundra, built for the Baltic, with the original maps, photographs and annotations. (BLT41, $32.95)

Speak, Memory

Speak, Memory


by Vladimir Nabokov

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1989
  • PAPER
  • 316 PAGES

Nabokov's richly imagined memoir wonderfully evokes cultural life among the well-to-do in turn-of-the-century St. Petersburg. Nabokov called his childhood home, now a museum off St Isaac's Square, "the only house in the world." (RUS28, $16.00)

Russian Short Stories

Russian Short Stories


by Robert Chandler

  • LITERATURE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 396 PAGES

This fine collection of tales captures the sweep and soul of Russian literature, including works by Pushkin, Gogol, Dostoevsky, Chekhov and Tolstoy along with lesser-known greats. (RUS288, $18.00)

Set Sail for Murder

Set Sail for Murder


by Carolyn Hart

  • MYSTERY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 311 PAGES

Retired newspaper reporter Henrietta O' Dwyer Collins, Henrie O to her friends, joins her dear old friend Jimmy Lennox on a Baltic cruise in this seventh installment in the cozy series. (BLT42, $6.99)

Stockholm, City of My Dreams

Stockholm, City of My Dreams


by Pers Anders Fogelstrom

  • LITERATURE
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 332 PAGES
  • HARD TO FIND ELSEWHERE

Young Henning Nilsson arrives in Stockholm on the eve of the Industrial Revolution, eager for success, love and a fully experienced life in this Swedish classic of historical realist fiction, happily now available in an English translation. (SWE22, $21.95)

The Call of the Toad


by Gunter Grass

  • LITERATURE
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 248 PAGES

A powerful, satiric novel set in Gdansk. (PLD23, $15.95)

The Christening

The Christening


by Denise Neuhaus

  • LITERATURE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 296 PAGES

This accomplished novel, set against a backdrop of the last days of the Soviet Union, follows three Estonian women in Tallinn and Stockholm. (BLT25, $16.95)

The Dogs of Riga

The Dogs of Riga


by Henning Mankell

  • MYSTERY
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

Swedish detective Kurt Wallander travels from Ystad to Latvia on the shadowy trail of a grisly murder in this second book, steeped in Baltic ambiance. (BLT24, $15.00)

The Winter Queen

The Winter Queen


by Boris Akunin | Andrew Bromfield

  • LITERATURE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 249 PAGES

Akunin sets a suspected murder among the glitterati of late 19th-century Moscow in this first book in the series of clever detective novels starring the rascal Erast Fandorin, wildly popular in Russia. (RUS210, $15.00)

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