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Atlantic

Atlantic

by Simon Winchester

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 475 PAGES

The subtitle tells it all -- Winchester squeezes "Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms, and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories" into the covers of this latest entertaining and digressive tale. (OCE156, $15.99)

Around Cape Horn

Around Cape Horn

by Irving Johnson

  • EXPLORATION
  • 1986
  • DVD

Captain Irving Johnson memorably narrates this documentary of his 1929 voyage as a young man aboard the Peking, featuring a remarkable sequence about the ship rounding the Horn in a storm. (PAT68, $29.95)

 
Buenos Aires Map

Buenos Aires Map


by Borch Maps

  • 2006
  • MAP

A laminated street map of Buenos Aires and surroundings at a scale of 1:15,000. (ARG38, $8.95)

Burkina Faso Map

Burkina Faso Map


by ITMB

  • MAP

A colorful traveler's map of the country at a scale of 1:1,000,000. (WAF101, $14.18)

Rio de Janeiro Map

Rio de Janeiro Map


by National Geographic

  • 2011
  • MAP

With an index, inset maps and points of interest. (BZL25, $7.95)

Bradt Guide Burkina Faso

Bradt Guide Burkina Faso


by Katrina Manson | James Knight

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

A practical guide in the popular Bradt series, noted for publishing informative, insightful travel guides to remote and little-visited destinations. (WAF92, $25.99)

Fodor's Rio de Janeiro 25 Best

Fodor's Rio de Janeiro 25 Best


by Fodor's Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 176 PAGES

This slim guide, with handy full-color maps, has everything you need to know for a short visit to the city, including recommended sightseeing, restaurants, hotels and shops. (BZL103, $12.99)

Gran Cocina Latina, The Food of Latin America

Gran Cocina Latina, The Food of Latin America


by Maricel E. Presilla

  • FOOD
  • 2012
  • HARD COVER
  • 864 PAGES

A student of medieval Spanish history (she has a doctorate) and owner two restaurants in Hoboken, Presilla introduces the cuisines of Cuba, Mexico, Ecuador, Brazil, and other countries in this sumptuous overview of food and food traditions. (SAM177, $45.00)

A History of South Africa

A History of South Africa


by Leonard Thompson

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 512 PAGES

A succinct history of South Africa, especially strong on early Africans and European colonization. (SAF101, $20.00)

Bossa Nova, The Story of the Brazilian Music That Seduced the World

Bossa Nova, The Story of the Brazilian Music That Seduced the World


by Ruy Castro

  • HISTORY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 372 PAGES

Journalist Ruy Castro interviewed everyone who had anything to do with Bossa Nova for this animated history, capturing not only the personalities of pioneers like Antonio Carlos Jobim and Joao Gilberto but also the spirit of Rio de Janeiro in the 1960s. (BZL47, $17.95)

Buenos Aires, A Cultural History

Buenos Aires, A Cultural History


by Jason Wilson

  • HISTORY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 249 PAGES

An exhilarating, erudite guide to Buenos Aires as it has been portrayed by writers, poets and thinkers, with a street map and detailed neighborhood descriptions. (ARG21, $15.00)

Empires in World History, Power and the Politics of Difference

Empires in World History, Power and the Politics of Difference


by Jane Burbank | Frederick Cooper

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

Beginning with ancient Rome and China and continuing across Asia, Europe, the Americas and Africa, Burbank and Cooper examine the rise and fall of diverse empires. (WAR150, $25.95)

Estancias: The Great Houses and Ranches of Argentina

Estancias: The Great Houses and Ranches of Argentina


by Maria Saenz Quesada | Xavier Verstraeten

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1992
  • HARD COVER
  • 200 PAGES

Two dozen magnificent country estates are detailed in this sumptuously illustrated volume, featuring 200 color photographs and a cultural and social history by Maria Saenz Quesada. (ARG62, $75.00)

Liberators, Latin America's Struggle for Independence 1810-1830

Liberators, Latin America's Struggle for Independence 1810-1830


by Robert Harvey

  • HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 561 PAGES

Focused on the heroism and derring-do of seven legendary men, Harvey tells the story of Simon Bolivar, General Jose de San Martin and other greats in the fight for independence. (SAM35, $18.95)

Looking For History, Dispatches From Latin America

Looking For History, Dispatches From Latin America


by Alma Guillermoprieto

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 303 PAGES

A beautifully written, incisive collection of essays on contemporary Argentina, Colombia, Cuba, Peru and Mexico. (SAM60, $16.95)

Nicaragua, Living in the Shadow of the Eagle

Nicaragua, Living in the Shadow of the Eagle


by Thomas Walker

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

The fifth edition of Walker's invaluable portrait of the country, focusing on U.S. influence since the Somoza era and the Sandinista Revolution. (CAM122, $36.95)

Oceans of Wine, Madeira and the Emergence of American Trade and Taste

Oceans of Wine, Madeira and the Emergence of American Trade and Taste


by David Hancock

  • HISTORY
  • 2009
  • HARD COVER
  • 632 PAGES

Hancock's unexpectedly engrossing book explores the culture of wine in Madeira and trade in 18th-century America. (PGL86, $55.00)

Tango: the Dance, the Song, the Story

Tango: the Dance, the Song, the Story


by Simon Collier

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 208 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

A spirited, illustrated tribute to the tango, the now-elegant dance born in the brothels among the working class of 19th-century Buenos Aires. (ARG14, $29.95)

The Atlantic World, A History, 1400-1888

The Atlantic World, A History, 1400-1888


by Donald R. Wright | Kris Lane | Jane Landers | Alison Games | Douglas R. Egerton

  • HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 530 PAGES

Authored by five leading scholars, this scholarly, illustrated survey considers the dynamic relationships of Africa, Europe and the Americas over nearly 500 years of history. (OCE185, $49.95)

The Race to the New World, Christopher Columbus, John Cabot, and a Lost History of Discovery

The Race to the New World, Christopher Columbus, John Cabot, and a Lost History of Discovery


by Douglas Hunter

  • RELIGION
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

Hunter reveals the interconnected lives of Columbus and fellow Italian explorer-for-hire, Cabot, and the European experience of the New World. (ATL40, $17.00)

Trans-Saharan Africa in World History

Trans-Saharan Africa in World History


by Ralph A. Austen

  • HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 176 PAGES

Austen traces the growth, impact and legacy of the 1,000 years of camel caravan traffic in North Africa that brought gold, slaves and other commodities northward and sent both manufactured goods and Mediterranean culture southward into the Sudan. (NAF72, $19.95)

Over the Edge of the World, Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation of the World

Over the Edge of the World, Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation of the World


by Laurence Bergreen

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 458 PAGES

This uncommonly well written biography brings to life the complex, difficult 16th-century Portuguese captain and his discoveries. Bergreen follows the great navigator from his origins in Seville and on his voyages to the Americas, and through the Pacific. (WLD44, $16.99)

Rounding the Horn

Rounding the Horn


by Dallas Murphy

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 358 PAGES

A sailor at heart, Dallas Murphy gets himself down to Ushuaia, embarks a sturdy vessel and heads out to experience the wind and weather of Tierra del Fuego. In his informative account, Dallas interweaves plenty of history, a little rather naive politics and the story of his own adventures. (PAT65, $18.00)

Voyage of the Beagle

Voyage of the Beagle


by Charles Darwin

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 468 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER
  • FAVORITE

The wide-eyed tale of a young man on a five-year voyage that changed his life -- and our way of thinking about the world. First published in 1839, it's still a marvelous introduction to the wildlife, nature and allure of South America. (GPS02, $12.95)

Voyaging, Southward from the Strait of Magellan

Voyaging, Southward from the Strait of Magellan


by Rockwell Kent

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 208 PAGES

An illustrated account of Rockwell's foolhardy voyage with a madman through magnificent Tierra del Fuego in a jury-rigged lifeboat. Both the text and striking woodcut illustrations communicate this dangerous landscape's dynamic character. (CHI29, $19.95)

100 Journeys for the Spirit

100 Journeys for the Spirit


by Pico Iyer

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2010
  • HARD COVER
  • 240 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

Pico Iyer, Jan Morris, Paul Theroux, Alexander McCall Smith and Michael Ondaatje all contribute to this beautifully illustrated, hand-picked selection of temples, cathedrals and monasteries, parks and other soulful places. (TVL516, $29.95)

Burton Holmes Early Travel Photography

Burton Holmes Early Travel Photography


by Genoa Caldwell

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2010
  • HARD COVER
  • 288 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

From the boulevards of Paris to the pyramids of Egypt, China's Great Wall and bustling Marrakech, Burton Holmes was there at the turn of the 20th century, turning these hand-tinted lantern slides into iconic images. (TVL116, $29.95)

Don't Look Behind You!

Don't Look Behind You!


by Peter Allison

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

Subtitled A Safari Guide's Encounters with Ravenous Lions, Stampeding Elephants, and Lovesick Rhinos, this sequel to Allison's Whatever You Do, Don't Run includes more harrowing, hilarious adventures throughout Botswana, South Africa, Namibia and Mozambique. (SAF252, $16.95)

Evita, The Real Life of Eva Peron

Evita, The Real Life of Eva Peron


by Nicholas Fraser

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 222 PAGES

Separating fact from myth, Fraser traces Evita's life from her humble origins to her place as a revered cult figure, also exploring Peronism and Argentine politics of the 1930s and 1940s. (ARG03, $15.95)

Long Walk to Freedom

Long Walk to Freedom


by Nelson Mandela

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 640 PAGES

An unpretentious tale of an extraordinary life, Mandela's autobiography is essential reading for an understanding of South Africa. His grace and his love for his country shine throughout. (SAF15, $18.00)

My Traitor's Heart

My Traitor's Heart


by Rian Malan

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 425 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Afrikaner journalist Malan recounts his journey back to his homeland just before the collapse of apartheid. He grapples with the black and white heart of South Africa, drawing on the 300-year history of his family in Africa and legends of the Zulu nation, in this beautifully written and brutally honest story of return. (SAF19, $15.00)

Sacred Places of a Lifetime

Sacred Places of a Lifetime


by National Geographic Society

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2008
  • HARD COVER
  • 400 PAGES

Lake Atitlan, Devil's Tower, Tikal, Stonehenge, Temple Mount and Angkor Wat are included in this expansively photographed survey of 500 of the world's mountains, monuments, temples and other places with the power to transform. (TVL458, $40.00)

The Art of Travel

The Art of Travel


by Alain de Botton

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

A digressive riff on desire, happiness and how best to experience travel by the Proust scholar and philosopher Alain de Botton who asks: "What is the point of traveling?" (TVL13, $16.00)

The Jaguar Smile, A Nicaraguan Journey

The Jaguar Smile, A Nicaraguan Journey


by Salman Rushdie

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 160 PAGES

Rushdie's account of visit to the country at the height of the Contra war goes underneath the headlines. It's a cultural portrait -- simple, straightforward and "Written with a novelist's eye for irony," wrote the New York Times. (CAM43, $14.00)

Three Weeks With My Brother

Three Weeks With My Brother


by Micah Sparks | Nicholas Sparks

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES

This remarkable account of family, friendship and travel takes as its point of departure a three-week around the world odyssey by private jet. (TVL34, $15.00)

Night Flight

Night Flight


by Antoine de Saint Exupery

  • LITERATURE
  • 1986
  • PAPER
  • 87 PAGES

Saint Exupery captures the thrill and mystery of early flight in this tale of a pilot alone in a storm over the Andes en route to Buenos Aires. (PAT09, $12.00)

The Wine-Dark Sea

The Wine-Dark Sea


by Patrick O'Brian

  • LITERATURE
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 261 PAGES

The 16th in the series, in pursuit from the South Pacific around the Cape of Good Hope to South America. (SAM59, $15.95)

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