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Greek Islands & the Turquoise Coast

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Enrich your travels with reading! Here's a hand-picked list prepared for your journey in conjunction with the book experts at Longitude.

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The Lycian Shore

The Lycian Shore

by Freya Stark

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 216 PAGES

The Lycian coast and hinterlands are thoroughly explored in this reprint of a classic account of a 1950s journey by the stalwart Freya Stark, one of our heroines -- and features in our Essential Reading for the Turquiose Coast. Heading south from Smyrna, Stark explores rock tombs of Xanthus, shores of the Dalyan River, Hellenic cities of Termessos and Pirge and other sites along the Aegean. (TKY249, $17.00)

The Search for Ancient Greece

The Search for Ancient Greece

by Roland Etienne | Francoise Etienne

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 175 PAGES

Lavishly illustrated, this pocket encyclopedia covers the archaeology and meaning of ancient Greece -- quite an accomplishment for such a slim book. (GRE01, $15.95)

Ancient Turkey, A Traveller's History

Ancient Turkey, A Traveller's History

by Seton Lloyd

  • HISTORY
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

A lively tale of cultures and conquest, from the Hittites to St. Paul, that illuminates the living past of Turkey's archaeological treasures. This classic by Professor Lloyd, first director of the British Institute of Archaeology at Ankara, is now in a 25th anniversary edition. (TKY43, $29.95)

National Geographic Istanbul and Western Turkey

National Geographic Istanbul and Western Turkey

by Tristan Rutherford

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

Abundantly illustrated with a focus on maps and sightseeing, this compact guide includes 50 pages on Cappadocia, the Turquoise Coast and other popular destinations. (TKY234, $22.95)

Turkish Coast Adventure Map

Turkish Coast Adventure Map

by National Geographic Society

  • 2012
  • MAP

This handy map (1:760,000), perfect for anyone sailing the Turquoise Coast, shows the western Turkey from Istanbul to Antalya and beyond. (TKY103, $11.95)

 
Greece Map

Greece Map


by Michelin

  • 2011
  • MAP

A colorful shaded map of Greece, the Greek Islands and the western coast of Turkey at a scale of 1:800,000. (GRE24, $12.95)

Eyewitness Guide Greek Islands

Eyewitness Guide Greek Islands


by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 408 PAGES

Color photography, excellent local maps and an island-by-island synopsis of attractions make this book the one to carry with you. Includes a chapter on Athens. (GRE37, $28.00)

The Western Shores of Turkey, Discovering the Aegean and Mediterranean Coasts

The Western Shores of Turkey, Discovering the Aegean and Mediterranean Coasts


by John Freely

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 403 PAGES

An excellent overview of the ancient sites of the Turkish coast from Istanbul to Gallipoli to Antioch, Pergamum, Ephesus and Halicarnassus. (TKY07, $26.00)

The Foods of the Greek Islands, Cooking and Culture at the Crossroads of the Mediterranean

The Foods of the Greek Islands, Cooking and Culture at the Crossroads of the Mediterranean


by Aglaia Kremezi

  • FOOD
  • 2000
  • HARD COVER
  • 320 PAGES

Kremezi spent eight years collecting the recipes in this cookbook. Filled with lively histories of the islands, cultural asides and stunning photographs, the book is perfect for anyone interested in Greek island life. (GRE120, $40.00)

A Short History of Byzantium

A Short History of Byzantium


by John Julius Norwich

  • HISTORY
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 432 PAGES

A richly detailed and evocative history of the span of the great empire from the fourth to the 15th century, brimming with intrigue, palace revolution and treachery. (TKY18, $19.00)

A Traveller's History of Turkey

A Traveller's History of Turkey


by Richard Stoneman

  • HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 247 PAGES

An accessible, well-written overview of Turkish history from the Paleolithic to the present. (TKY13, $14.95)

Crescent and Star

Crescent and Star


by Stephen Kinzer

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 265 PAGES

This insightful, anecdotal report on contemporary life, culture and politics in Turkey comes from a former New York Times Istanbul bureau chief who is especially attuned to the powerful geographic position of Turkey and its multiple identities in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. (TKY64, $17.00)

Templars: The Dramatic History of the Knights Templar, The Most Powerful Military Order of the Crusades

Templars: The Dramatic History of the Knights Templar, The Most Powerful Military Order of the Crusades


by Piers Paul Read

  • HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 350 PAGES

A history of the Knights Templar from their formation immediately following the First Crusade to their forced disbandment under the jealous auspices of Pope Clement V and King Philip IV of France. (EUR192, $16.99)

Beneath the Seven Seas, Adventures With The Institute of Nautical Archaeology


by Geo Bass

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2005
  • HARD COVER
  • 256 PAGES

This collection of first-hand accounts by underwater archaeologists includes 350 color illustrations and is a nice companion for visits to the Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology in Turkey. (TKY238, $39.95)

Byzantium, From Antiquity to the Renaissance

Byzantium, From Antiquity to the Renaissance


by Thomas F. Mathews

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 176 PAGES

This definitive introduction to Byzantine art, which includes over 100 color plates, puts the empire's artistic development into historical context, showing how it provided an essential bridge between classical and renaissance Europe. (TKY235, $22.00)

The Art and Architecture of Ottoman Istanbul

The Art and Architecture of Ottoman Istanbul


by Richard Yeomans

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2012
  • HARD COVER
  • 260 PAGES

An erudite and fully illustrated overview of Istanbul's Ottoman artistic heritage, tracing the city's evolving art and architectural styles from the conqueror's arrival in the fifteenth century to the collapse of Ottoman rule at the close of the First World War. (TKY266, $75.00)

Meander: East to West, Indirectly, Along a Turkish River

Meander: East to West, Indirectly, Along a Turkish River


by Jeremy Seal

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

Jeremy Seal sets out in a kayak across the Anatolian plateau to explore, mixing history, travel and incisive commentary on Turkey today in his third book on the country. He is, ahem, digressive, though that is part of the charm of this engrossing travelogue. (TKY258, $18.00)

South from Ephesus

South from Ephesus


by Brian Sewell

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

The sharp-tongued, often petulant but marvelously witty British art critic travels from Ephesus to archaeological sites along the Turkish Aegean to Priene, Miletus, Bodrum and beyond in this reprint of his quirky 1988 classic. (TKY275, $18.00)

The Colossus of Maroussi

The Colossus of Maroussi


by Henry Miller

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 223 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Miller captures the spirit and warmth of the resilient Greek people in this inspired tale of a wartime journey from Athens to Crete, Corfu and Delphi with his friend Lawrence Durrell. (GRE05, $14.95)

The Magic of Turkey, A Guide to the Turkish Coast

The Magic of Turkey, A Guide to the Turkish Coast


by Alfredo Giacon

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 192 PAGES

This spirited account of an Italian couple's two-year voyage covers the bays, anchorages, ancient sites and allure of the coast from Izmir to Bodrum, Fethiye and Antalya. (TKY225, $19.95)

Turkish Reflections, A Biography of a Place

Turkish Reflections, A Biography of a Place


by Mary Lee Settle

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1991
  • PAPER
  • 253 PAGES

Settle's captivating travelogue is a richly detailed portrait of contemporary Turkey, its people, monasteries, myths, archaeological treasures and living traditions. Exemplary. (TKY08, $16.99)

The Magus

The Magus


by John Fowles

  • LITERATURE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 672 PAGES

The bestselling tale of a teacher from England who settles on a Greek island and befriends its wealthy owner, only to find himself caught up in a frightening test of his own sanity. (GRE131, $17.00)

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