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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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Space Race, The Epic Battle Between America And the Soviet Union for Dominion of Space

Space Race, The Epic Battle Between America And the Soviet Union for Dominion of Space

by Deborah Cadbury

  • HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

Cadbury's history follows the stories of the two most important men involved in the design of the Soviet space program: the cold, authoritarian Werner von Braun and Sergei Korolev, a survivor of the Stalinist Gulag. (RUS303, $24.95)

A Traveller's History of Russia

A Traveller's History of Russia

by Peter Neville

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

An impressively compact, lively survey of Russian history from the coming of the Slavs to the collapse of the Soviet Union. (RUS47, $14.95)

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)

Eyewitness Guide Moscow

Eyewitness Guide Moscow

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 264 PAGES

This outstanding guide covers Moscow's culture, history and attractions with maps, site plans and hundreds of color photographs. (RUS164, $25.00)

Moscow Map

Moscow Map

by ITMB

  • 2011
  • MAP

A folded map of Moscow, its subway system and surrounding neighborhoods at the broad scale of 1:50,000, with a detailed map of the city center at 1:12,500. (RUS151, $11.95)

 
Berlitz Russian Phrase Book & Dictionary

Berlitz Russian Phrase Book & Dictionary


by Berlitz Pocket Guides

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

A short introduction to common Russian words and phrases, designed for the traveler. Contains more than 1,000 phrases and more than 2,000 words. (RUS107, $8.99)

Eyewitness Top Ten St. Petersburg

Eyewitness Top Ten St. Petersburg


by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES

A compact illustrated guide in the popular series, featuring favorite attractions. With handy pullout map. (RUS499, $14.00)

Flight, 100 Years of Aviation

Flight, 100 Years of Aviation


by R. G. Grant

  • REFERENCE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 452 PAGES

A sweeping compendium of a century worth of experiments in flight, this big book features engaging text, rigorous attention to detail, miniature biographies of key figures and a comprehensive history of humanity's quest to become airborne. Produced in association with the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum. (GEN491, $29.95)

Best of the National Air and Space Museum

Best of the National Air and Space Museum


by F. Robert Van Der Linden

  • HISTORY
  • 2006
  • HARD COVER
  • 208 PAGES

Fom the Challenger space shuttle and the Wright flyer to the Spirit of St. Louis and the stealth bomber, Bob Van der Linden, curator of aeronautics, has selected the most historically important, popular, and just plain impressive aircraft and spacecraft. (WDC38, $32.50)

Moscow, A Cultural History

Moscow, A Cultural History


by Caroline Brooke

  • HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

Caroline Brooke explores the birth and various stages and reinventions of Moscow, from a 12th-century fortress to invasion by Napoleon in 1812 to the rise and fall of communism. Part of the Cityscapes series. (RUS292, $26.95)

Natasha's Dance, A Cultural History of Russia

Natasha's Dance, A Cultural History of Russia


by Orlando Figes

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 768 PAGES

In this lively cultural history, Figes looks at both the great works by Russian masters and longstanding folk traditions. The title is drawn from a scene of Tolstoy's War and Peace in which a European-educated countess performs a peasant dance. (RUS180, $25.00)

Putin Mystique

Putin Mystique


by Anna Arutunyan

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 330 PAGES

In this exploration of the love-hate relationship between the Russians and their notorious leader, journalist Aruntunyan hypothesizes that Putin's power stems from the people he rules. (RUS555, $20.00)

Restless Empire, A Historical Atlas of Russia

Restless Empire, A Historical Atlas of Russia


by Ian Barnes

  • HISTORY
  • 2015
  • HARD COVER
  • 256 PAGES

British historian Barnes presents the epic sweep of Russian history, from the first Slavic migrations to the age of Putin, in this beautifully illustrated, full-color atlas. (RUS549, $35.00)

Russian History, A Very Short Introduction

Russian History, A Very Short Introduction


by Geoffrey Hosking

  • HISTORY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 154 PAGES

The noted scholar and historian Hosking ("Russia and the Russians" RUS208) covers the transformation of Russia from its pagan roots into a multi-ethnic empire in this remarkably concise shirt-pocket history. (RUS480, $11.95)

Ten Days That Shook the World

Ten Days That Shook the World


by John Reed

  • HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES

An eyewitness account of the Russian Revolution by an American journalist, a political classic that captures the spirit of those heady days of excitement and idealism before disillusion and cynicism set in. (RUS13, $14.00)

The Cold War

The Cold War


by Michael Hopkins

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

Michael Hopkins charts the story of the rise and fall of almost 50 years of global tension in this compact, illustrated history, made tangible with a packet of facsimile documents, including top-secret memos, propaganda and letters. (WAR157, $24.95)

The Heavens and the Earth, A Political History of the Space Age

The Heavens and the Earth, A Political History of the Space Age


by Walter A. McDougall

  • HISTORY
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 556 PAGES

A provocative, Pulitzer Prize-winning history of the Space Age. Walter McDougall is a professor of international relations at the University of Pennsylvania. (SCI92, $35.00)

The Man Without a Face, The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin

The Man Without a Face, The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin


by Masha Gessen

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 313 PAGES

A Russian-American journalist living in Moscow, Masha Gessen demolishes the many myths and legends surrounding Vladimir Putin and his transformation from unexceptional KGB bureaucrat to the most powerful man in Russia. No fan of the man, who she calls a "hoodlum turned iron-handed ruler," Gessen is brave -- and optimistic that his time will soon come. (RUS485, $16.00)

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)

Origins, Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution

Origins, Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution


by Neil deGrasse Tyson | Donald Goldsmith

  • SCIENCE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

A lively, illustrated primer on astrophysics and cosmology, published in conjunction with the NOVA series of the same name. (SCI94, $22.95)

Space Station IMAX

Space Station IMAX


by IMAX

  • SCIENCE
  • 2007
  • DVD

Documenting several of the earliest missions to build the ISS, this breathtaking IMAX film includes outstanding views of a Soyuz launch. (SCI308, $9.98)

Sputnik and the Soviet Space Challenge

Sputnik and the Soviet Space Challenge


by Asif A. Siddiqi

  • SCIENCE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 527 PAGES

An amazing accomplishment in the writing of space history, Siddiqi's book scratches beneath the surface of the Soviet space history to understand its methods and implications in detail. (RUS305, $34.95)

The Cosmonaut Who Couldn't Stop Smiling, The Life and Legend of Yuri Gagarin

The Cosmonaut Who Couldn't Stop Smiling, The Life and Legend of Yuri Gagarin


by Andrew L. Jenks

  • SCIENCE
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 315 PAGES

Jenks draws on newly available archival material for this thrilling account of the remarkable life of the 20th-century icon and Soviet culture of the 1960s. (RUS481, $29.95)

The Rocket Men, Vostok & Voskhod, the First Soviet Manned Spaceflights

The Rocket Men, Vostok & Voskhod, the First Soviet Manned Spaceflights


by Rex Hall

  • SCIENCE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 326 PAGES

This comprehensive account covers the spacecraft, history, design and development of the launch vehicle and the men and women who were involved in these first fledgling attempts at space. (RUS482, $44.95)

Two Sides of the Moon, Our Story of the Cold War Space Race

Two Sides of the Moon, Our Story of the Cold War Space Race


by Tom Hanks | Neil Armstrong | Alexei Leonov | David Randolph Scott

  • SCIENCE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

Astronaut David Scott and cosmonaut Alexei Leonov provide a unique perspective on the space race in this dual autobiography. (RUS302, $26.99)

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