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The German Way

The German Way

by Hyde Flippo

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 138 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER

This clever A-to-Z guide to quirks, attitudes, behavior and customs is a terrific resource for travelers seeking insight into why the Germans, Austrians and Swiss do what they do. (GER12, $18.00)

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)

A Time of Gifts

A Time of Gifts

by Patrick Leigh Fermor

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER

Fermor effortlessly interweaves anecdote, history and culture in this exuberant account of a walk from Holland, up the Rhine and down the Danube, through Germany, Prague and Austria in 1933. Written not in the moment, but 40 years later, the accumulation of time and experience gives the book particular poignancy. (CEU30, $16.95)

Fodor's Amsterdam's 25 Best

Fodor's Amsterdam's 25 Best

by Fodor's

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 96 PAGES

This slim guide to essential highlights includes an excellent map of the city center and can easily be slipped in your pocket. (NTH16, $13.99)

Eyewitness Guide Germany

Eyewitness Guide Germany

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 584 PAGES

Featuring color photography, excellent local maps and a region-by-region synopsis of the country's attractions. (GER133, $30.00)

Germany, Benelux, Austria, Czech Republic Map

Germany, Benelux, Austria, Czech Republic Map

by Michelin Travel Publications

  • 2012
  • MAP

This handy map shows road and river routes from Amsterdam and Berlin to Prague, Vienna, Munich and Salzburg at a scale of 1:1,000,000. (EUR100, $12.95)

 
Amsterdam Map

Amsterdam Map


by Borch Maps

  • 2011
  • MAP

A laminated, folded map of the city center, at a scale of 1:11,000. (NTH36, $8.95)

Insight Guide Switzerland

Insight Guide Switzerland


by Insight Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES

This handsome guide gives a profusely illustrated overview of Switzerland, featuring concise essays by well-regarded authors on history, politics and culture, as well as hundreds of photos and maps and other practical information. (SWZ15, $24.99)

Wallpaper City Guide Strasbourg

Wallpaper City Guide Strasbourg


by Wallpaper City Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES

This pocket guide highlights all that is stylish about the French city that hosts Europe's parliament. (FRA07, $9.95)

Prost! The Story of German Beer

Prost! The Story of German Beer


by Horst D. Dornbusch

  • FOOD
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 160 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

The Munich-based aficionado weaves history and culture with the marvels and mysteries of German beer in this brief, authoritative guide. (GER99, $14.95)

All Along the Rhine: Recipes, Wine and Lore from Germany, France, Switzerland, Austria, Liechtenstein and Holland

All Along the Rhine: Recipes, Wine and Lore from Germany, France, Switzerland, Austria, Liechtenstein and Holland


by Kay Shaw Nelson

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 211 PAGES

A tribute to the Rhine Valley, its history, culture and especially its food in 130 authentic recipes. (GER111, $14.95)

Amsterdam, A History of the World's Most Liberal City

Amsterdam, A History of the World's Most Liberal City


by Russell Shorto

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES

Russell Shorto opens this delightful ode to an adopted city with his daily journey, by bike of course, through his neighborhood to drop off his toddler son. He spins a tale of a diverse city wrestled collectively from the sea, its coffee shops, canals, personalities and politics, with panache. (NTH143, $16.95)

Basel in the Age of Burckhardt

Basel in the Age of Burckhardt


by Lionel Gossman

  • HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 622 PAGES

In this scholarly, engaging history Gossman looks at the 19th century independent city-republic of Basel through the lens of four of its key figures -- sociologist Johann Jacob Bachofen, historian Jacob Burckhardt, philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche and his colleague and neighbor, theologian Franz Overbeck. (SWZ57, $35.00)

Germania, In Wayward Pursuit of the Germans and Their History

Germania, In Wayward Pursuit of the Germans and Their History


by Simon Winder

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 480 PAGES

Winder's witty, entertaining and opinionated portrait of German culture is both an illuminating history and a wonderfully digressive exploration of the powerful and often confounding nation. (GER270, $20.00)

La Place de la Concorde Suisse

La Place de la Concorde Suisse


by John McPhee

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 150 PAGES

McPhee deploys his usual insight and wonderful prose on the phenomenon of the Switzerland army to present an irreverent portrait of Switzerland and the Swiss mindset. (SWZ14, $16.00)

Slow Train to Switzerland, One Tour, Two Trips, 150 Years -- and a World of Change Apart

Slow Train to Switzerland, One Tour, Two Trips, 150 Years -- and a World of Change Apart


by Diccon Bewes

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 320 PAGES

Bestselling author Diccon Bewes (Swiss Watching SWZ73) follows in the footsteps of an 1863 tour group who traveled from London to Lucerne, Switzerland. In his trademark breezy, intelligent prose, Bewes traces how tourism and time have caused a sea of change in Switzerland. (SWZ80, $29.95)

The Bridge At Remagen

The Bridge At Remagen


by Ken Hechler

  • HISTORY
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

One of Harry S. Truman's personal favorite books on World War II offers a play-by-play account that captures this strategically important Allied victory with stunning detail and engaging narration. (WAR186, $7.99)

The Burgermeister's Daughter, Scandal in a Sixteenth-Century German Town

The Burgermeister's Daughter, Scandal in a Sixteenth-Century German Town


by Steven Ozment

  • HISTORY
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

Meticulously researched and absorbing, this narrative by a Harvard historian traces the legal battle of the daughter of a well-to-do family who was thrown out of her home and disinherited in 1525. (GER25, $13.99)

The Habsburgs, Dynasty, Culture and Politics

The Habsburgs, Dynasty, Culture and Politics


by Paula Sutter Fichtner

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 288 PAGES

A concise history of the 600-year Habsburg Empire, essential for those interested in European history. Fichtner reveals how the dynasty used propaganda, political maneuvering and public performance to maintain enduring control over an array of cultures and ethnicities. (CEU51, $39.00)

The Rhine, Culture and Landscape at the Heart of Europe

The Rhine, Culture and Landscape at the Heart of Europe


by Roland Recht

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2001
  • HARD COVER
  • 360 PAGES

This beautifully illustrated, oversized survey of the history, geography and culture of the Rhine shows cities, villages and sights along the river from its source in the Alps to the North Sea. (GER120, $75.00)

The Rhine: An Eco-Biography, 1815-2000

The Rhine: An Eco-Biography, 1815-2000


by Mark Cioc | William Cronon

  • HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 263 PAGES

A scholarly, well-researched environmental history of the Rhine, particularly its role in European economic and national history over the last 200 years. (GER130, $24.95)

The Undutchables

The Undutchables


by Colin White

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 308 PAGES

A laugh-out-loud, irreverent guide to Dutch character and habits, including how to drink coffee and why you shouldn't even think about haggling over prices. (NTH12, $16.00)

Tulipomania

Tulipomania


by Mike Dash

  • HISTORY
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

The story of the world's most coveted flower and the extraordinary passion it aroused, this vivid history traces the story of the tulip from its origins on the Turkish steppes to status as an absurdly desired object in Europe and its key role in the financial follies of 17th-century Holland. (NTH30, $13.95)

Why Switzerland?

Why Switzerland?


by Jonathan Steinberg

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 300 PAGES

A masterly overview of the idiosyncrasies of Switzerland, its history, language, politics and identity as a naysayer at the center of Europe. (SWZ04, $39.99)

The Gothic Enterprise, A Guide to Understanding the Medieval Cathedral

The Gothic Enterprise, A Guide to Understanding the Medieval Cathedral


by Robert A. Scott

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 294 PAGES

An enthusiast, Scott delves into the history, design, architecture and wonder of Europe's medieval cathedrals and great Abbey churches. (EUR190, $26.95)

A Tramp Abroad

A Tramp Abroad


by Mark Twain | David Eggers | Kerry Driscoll

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

Written 11 years after Innocents Abroad, this is Twain's second foray into European travel. Filled with his characteristic wit and humorous observations, it documents his journeys through Germany, Switzerland, France and Italy. Now with an introduction by Dave Eggers. (EUR78, $16.00)

Coming Out Swiss, In Search of Heidi, Chocolate and My Other Life

Coming Out Swiss, In Search of Heidi, Chocolate and My Other Life


by Anne Herrmann

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 264 PAGES

Part memoir, part history, part travelogue, Anne Hermann's passionate celebration of what it means to be Swiss intertwines personal revelation with cultural fact. (SWZ82, $26.95)

The Improbable Voyage

The Improbable Voyage


by Tristan Jones

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 332 PAGES

Jones, an inveterate Welsh sailor, adventurer and storyteller, channels Eastern Europe circa 1985 in his tale of a tough voyage along the Rhine and Danube to the Black Sea. (EUR156, $16.50)

The Blue Flower

The Blue Flower


by Penelope Fitzgerald

  • LITERATURE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 225 PAGES

Set in the Age of Goethe, this exquisitely written short novel is a fictional account of the life of the Romantic poet Novalis. It paints a vivid picture of German intellectual and mercantile life in the late 1700s. (GER21, $13.95)

Tulip Fever

Tulip Fever


by Deborah Moggach

  • LITERATURE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 281 PAGES

In this surprise bestseller, set in 1630s Amsterdam, a man contracts the talented painter Jan Van Loos to paint a portrait of him and his beautiful wife, Sophia. A vivid drama unfolds as a mutual attraction develops between Van Loos and Sophia. (NTH31, $15.00)

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