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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)

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)

A History of Scandinavia: Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland

A History of Scandinavia: Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland

by T.K Derry

  • HISTORY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 447 PAGES

Scandinavia from prehistory to the present with chapters on the Viking and Lutheran kingdoms, medieval times, monarchies, the World Wars and modern period, emphasizing the common cultural, political and social backgrounds. (SCN03, $25.00)

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)

 
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)

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)

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! Estonia

Culture Smart! Estonia


by Clare Thomson

  • 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. (BLT30, $9.95)

Culture Smart! Lithuania

Culture Smart! Lithuania


by Lara Belonogoff

  • 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. (BLT31, $9.95)

Eyewitness Travel Guide Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania

Eyewitness Travel Guide Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania


by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 432 PAGES

This compact, profusely illustrated travel guide features bright color photography, dozens of maps and a region-by-region synopsis. With a 50-page section on where to stay and eat. (BLT35, $28.00)

Footprint Tallinn

Footprint Tallinn


by Clare Thomson

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

Nuts-and-bolts information, plus an overview of history and culture, geared for the independent traveler. (BLT27, $12.95)

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)

Lonely Planet Baltic Phrasebook

Lonely Planet Baltic Phrasebook


by Paul Jokubaitis | Jana Teteris | Lisa Trei

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 284 PAGES

Learn the basics of Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian with this handy guide. (BLT10, $8.99)

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)

Crusader Castles of the Teutonic Knights, The Stone Castles of Latvia and Estonia

Crusader Castles of the Teutonic Knights, The Stone Castles of Latvia and Estonia


by Stephen Turnbull

  • HISTORY
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 64 PAGES

A heavily illustrated and brief history of the medieval crusader castles of the Livonian Order (1185-1560) of Teutonic Knights in present-day Estonia and Latvia, with contemporary photos. (BLT19, $18.95)

Helsinki, A Cultural and Literary History

Helsinki, A Cultural and Literary History


by Neil Kent

  • HISTORY
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 247 PAGES

A literary guide to Helsinki, its history and culture, organized into three sections: city of architects and engineers; city of music and arts; and city of hospitality. With maps and black-and-white illustrations. (SCN33, $15.00)

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)

Lenin's Tomb

Lenin's Tomb


by David Remnick

  • HISTORY
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 588 PAGES

A gripping eyewitness tale of the collapse of the Soviet Union. Remnick, the Washington Post reporter on the scene, combines fine historical scholarship with great storytelling. (RUS07, $18.00)

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

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)

The Haunted Land, Facing Europe's Ghosts After Communism

The Haunted Land, Facing Europe's Ghosts After Communism


by Tina Rosenberg

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 437 PAGES

In this groundbreaking book, a journalist reports on how the newly democratized people of East Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic have confronted the horrors of their former governments. (EUR54, $17.95)

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 Northern Wars: War, State and Society in Northeastern Europe, 1558-1721

The Northern Wars: War, State and Society in Northeastern Europe, 1558-1721


by Robert I. Frost

  • HISTORY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 401 PAGES

A scholarly, detailed history of the struggle over Estonia, Livonia and control of the Nordic-Baltic region during the 16th-18th centuries, a highly militarized period in the region's history. (BLT15, $76.33)

The Singing Revolution

The Singing Revolution


by James & Maureen Tusty

  • HISTORY
  • 2009
  • DVD

Alive with images of Estonia's beauty, history and interviews, this powerful film focuses on the role of song in Estonia's independence. (BLT36, $26.95)

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)

St. Petersburg, Architecture of the Tsars

St. Petersburg, Architecture of the Tsars


by Dmitri Shvidkovsky | Alexander Orloff

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 1996
  • HARD COVER
  • 360 PAGES

This definitive book presents Baroque masterpieces of Peter the Great, Neoclassic confections of Catherine the Great and Art Nouveau glitter of Nicholas II in splendid color photographs. (RUS152, $95.00)

The Cathedral Builders of the Middle Ages

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)

The Hermitage, Masterpieces

The Hermitage, Masterpieces


by Scala Masterpieces

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 157 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

This slim book, featuring color illustrations of hundreds of important works, is an excellent guide to European paintings at the Hermitage. (RUS90, $29.95)

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)

A Woman in Amber

A Woman in Amber


by Agate Nesaule

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 280 PAGES

In this American Book Award-winning memoir, Nesaule recounts the horrors she witnessed and experienced as a young girl during World War II in Latvia. A gripping testimony of survival. (RUS30, $16.00)

Neither Here Nor There, Travels in Europe

Neither Here Nor There, Travels in Europe


by Bill Bryson

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 254 PAGES

Bryson deploys his famously cranky humor in this romp through European capitals. He's great fun to read and insightful on quirks of character. (EUR25, $14.99)

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)

Buddenbrooks, the Decline of a Family

Buddenbrooks, the Decline of a Family


by Thomas Mann

  • LITERATURE
  • 1994
  • HARD COVER
  • 784 PAGES

Mann's masterpiece about the decline of a German family at the end of the 19th century. (GER22, $26.00)

Coup de Grace

Coup de Grace


by Marguerite Yourcenar

  • LITERATURE
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 151 PAGES

A novel set against the backdrop of the Latvian War of Independence in the aftermath of WWI. (BLT26, $16.00)

Crime and Punishment

Crime and Punishment


by Fyodor Dostoyevsky | Richard Pevear | Larissa Volokhonsky

  • LITERATURE
  • 1993
  • PAPER
  • 564 PAGES

An excellent recent translation of Dostoyevsky's harrowing psychological thriller, from the acclaimed husband and wife team of Pevear and Volokhonsky. (RUS369, $17.95)

D'Aulaires' Book of Norse Myths

D'Aulaires' Book of Norse Myths


by Edgar D'Aulaire | Ingri D'Aulaire

  • LITERATURE
  • 2005
  • HARD COVER
  • 160 PAGES
  • FAMILY

The D'Aulaireses vividly recreate the characters and Norse landscapes of Odin the All-father, Thor the Thunder-god, Loki, Bragi and the Valkyries in this beautifully illustrated volume. For the whole family. (SCN35, $24.95)

Norwegian Folk Tales

Norwegian Folk Tales


by Peter Asbjornsen

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 1982
  • PAPER
  • 188 PAGES

This rich collection of stories, interpreted by a leading scholar on ancient traditions and tales, will delight both adults and children. (NOR06, $15.95)

Poland

Poland


by James Michener

  • LITERATURE
  • 1990
  • PAPER
  • 616 PAGES

In his epic style, Michener presents the sweep of Polish history from the earliest days to 1983 in this massively researched novel. (PLD02, $7.99)

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 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 Collected Tales of Nikolai Gogol

The Collected Tales of Nikolai Gogol


by Nikolai Gogol | Richard Pevear | Larissa Volokhonsky

  • LITERATURE
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 465 PAGES

An anthology of Gogol's surreal short fiction, including his Petersburg Tales and Ukrainian Tales, in a new translation by the acclaimed husband and wife team of Pevear and Volokhonsky. (RUS368, $17.00)

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 Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo


by Stieg Larsson

  • MYSTERY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 480 PAGES

Larsson combines murder mystery, family saga, love story and financial intrigue into a complex and atmospheric novel set in Stockholm and the snowy landscapes of northern Sweden. (SWE54, $15.95)

The Letter of Marque

The Letter of Marque


by Patrick O'Brian

  • LITERATURE
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 284 PAGES

The 12th (and perhaps the most satisfying) of O'Brian's series combines the personal and geopolitical as Aubrey comes to Maturin's rescue in the Baltics. (ATL20, $15.95)

The Stories of Hans Christian Andersen

The Stories of Hans Christian Andersen


by Hans Christian Andersen | Diana Crone Frank | Jeffrey Frank

  • LITERATURE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 293 PAGES
  • FAMILY

A newly refurbished collection of 22 tales, adroitly retranslated by Diana and Jeffrey Frank and with the original illustrations. (DMK27, $23.95)

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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