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Lonely Planet Great Journeys

Lonely Planet Great Journeys

by Lonely Planet Publications

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

Cleverly organized by type of travel (rail, overland, walks and pilgrimages), this enticing photo book covers the sweep of ancient trade routes, modern treks and iconic places, each with color photographs, travel tips and, we were pleased to see, armchair reading. (TVL536, $24.99)

Rapa Nui, Island of Memory

Rapa Nui, Island of Memory

by Georgia Lee

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 212 PAGES

Full of anecdote and incident, Lee's lively memoir of fieldwork on Rapa Nui celebrates the people and life on the island since the 1980s. (EIL20, $25.00)

Petra, The Rose-Red City

Petra, The Rose-Red City

by Christian Auge | Jean-Marie Dentzer

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

Jam-packed with color illustrations, archival material, maps and site plans, this shirt-pocket encyclopedia includes a detailed overview of individual buildings and sectors within the desert city that was occupied by the Nabataeans from the 4th-century BC, conquered by the Romans and overrun by the Crusaders. (JRD13, $15.95)

The Incas

The Incas

by Carmen Bernard

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 192 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER

Featuring archival drawings and photographs, a chronology and chapters on Atahualpa, the Conquistadors and Hiram Bingham, this handy book (previously published as People of the Sun) illuminates the daily life, monuments and history of the Incas. (AND03, $14.95)

Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal

by Giles Tillotson | Mary Beard

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 190 PAGES

An enlightening pocket guide to the myth, meaning and legends of the celebrated tomb, "the queen of architecture." (IDA528, $14.95)

Aboriginal Australians

Aboriginal Australians

by Stephen Muecke

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 127 PAGES

A lively shirt-pocket encyclopedia, illustrating the culture, history and art of the Aborigines. (AUS230, $15.95)

Angkor Map

Angkor Map

by Dawn Rooney

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2007
  • PAPER

A site plan and pocket guide to the city of Angkor at a scale of 1:40,000. (CBD16, $12.95)

 
Archaeological Map of Machu Picchu

Archaeological Map of Machu Picchu


by Wright Water Engineers

  • 2008
  • MAP

Ken Wright's foldout color site plan shows the monuments, topography and physical features of the Inca sanctuary with exquisite clarity. (PRU23, $6.95)

Atlas of World History

Atlas of World History


by Patric O'Brien

  • REFERENCE
  • 2010
  • HARD COVER
  • 312 PAGES

This fully revised second edition traces religions, populations, languages, trade, people and places from the first civilizations of Mesopotamia to the 21st century in hundreds of charts and maps, color illustrations and essays. (REF32, $49.95)

Bradt Safari Guide Northern Tanzania

Bradt Safari Guide Northern Tanzania


by Chris McIntyre | Philip Briggs

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 430 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER

A compact, practical overview of the history, wildlife and attractions of the Serengeti and surrounding parks, including Zanzibar. (EAF143, $24.99)

Eyewitness Guide Delhi, Agra and Jaipur

Eyewitness Guide Delhi, Agra and Jaipur


by Anuradha Chaturvedi

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

With chapters on Taj Mahal, Amber Fort Palace, Keoladeo Ghana National Park, Red Fort and dozens of other highlights for the traveler, this compact, gorgeously illustrated guide to Delhi and its environs features 900 color photographs, maps and site plans. (IDA151, $25.00)

Eyewitness Guide Vietnam and Angkor Wat

Eyewitness Guide Vietnam and Angkor Wat


by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 312 PAGES

Featuring innovative site diagrams, local maps and hundreds of color photographs, this handy companion introduces the culture, history and attractions of Vietnam. (VNM102, $25.00)

Journeys of a Lifetime

Journeys of a Lifetime


by National Geographic Society

  • REFERENCE
  • 2007
  • HARD COVER
  • 400 PAGES

The savvy editors of National Geographic present 500 favorite, once-in-a-lifetime voyages, treks and trips in this lavish compendium. The stately procession of photographs, maps and essays don't just draw you in, they would make any tourist office proud. (TVL129, $40.00)

Make the Most of Your Time on Earth, 1000 Ultimate Travel Experiences

Make the Most of Your Time on Earth, 1000 Ultimate Travel Experiences


by Rough Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 608 PAGES

The well-traveled editors at Rough Guides assembled this sumptuously illustrated, savvy roundup of not-to-be-missed activities, festivals, food, experiences and worldwide adventures. (WLD100, $30.00)

National Geographic Australia

National Geographic Australia


by Roff Smith

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

A thoroughly illustrated travel guide by National Geographic expert and adventurer Roff Smith, who has written extensively about his travels in Australia. (AUS132, $27.95)

National Geographic Concise Atlas of the World

National Geographic Concise Atlas of the World


by National Geographic Society

  • REFERENCE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 160 PAGES

With 450 maps, illustrations, photos and satellite images, this compact atlas includes features on population, climate, economy and environment. (MAP27, $26.95)

National Geographic India

National Geographic India


by Louise Nicholson

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

Veteran guidebook author Louise Nicholson teamed up with National Geographic photographers for this profusely illustrated travel guide. (IDA208, $27.95)

Odyssey Guide Angkor

Odyssey Guide Angkor


by Dawn Rooney

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 496 PAGES

The sixth edition of Rooney's indispensable guide to Khmer culture and history. Includes monuments, temple plans, color photographs and practical information about Siem Reap. (CBD05, $27.95)

The Pocket World Atlas

The Pocket World Atlas


by Oxford Univ. Press

  • REFERENCE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 160 PAGES

You can't go wrong with this inexpensive pocket atlas, which includes city plans, country maps, gazetteer, index, time zones and basic statistical information on countries worldwide. (GEN104, $16.95)

Collapse, How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed

Collapse, How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed


by Jared Diamond

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 575 PAGES

Diamond tackles nothing less than the history and fate of civilization in this compelling book in which he offers case studies, present and past, of societies that work and societies that do not, devoting 100 carefully reasoned pages, for example, to the fate of the Norse settlements in Greenland (climatic change, Inuit) and another big section on Easter Island (deforestation, hubris). This revised edition includes a new afterword. (GEN324, $19.00)

Coming of Age in Samoa

Coming of Age in Samoa


by Margaret Mead

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 223 PAGES

A much-debated ethnographic classic, well worth reading for its evocation of life in American Samoa in the 1920s. (PAC12, $14.99)

Conquest of the Incas

Conquest of the Incas


by John Hemming

  • HISTORY
  • 1970
  • PAPER
  • 641 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

This classic prize-winning history of the Inca struggle against the Spanish invasion weaves wide-ranging, scholarly material into a gripping narrative. (AND04, $25.00)

Guns, Germs and Steel

Guns, Germs and Steel


by Jared Diamond

  • HISTORY
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 480 PAGES

An expert on Papua New Guinea, Diamond looks at geography, environment, economics and disease in this provocative, Pulitzer Prize-winning survey of human history and ecology. (GEN86, $18.95)

In Spite of the Gods

In Spite of the Gods


by Edward Luce

  • HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 346 PAGES

Luce tackles the challenges and reality of the world's largest democracy with insight and balance in this portrait of a nation in transition. (IDA349, $16.95)

India

India


by Stanley Wolpert

  • HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 281 PAGES

Wolpert's reflections on India -- its religion and philosophy, its art, culture and politics -- make for a wonderfully literate, succinct primer. (IDA04, $29.95)

Islam, A Short History

Islam, A Short History


by Karen Armstrong

  • HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 230 PAGES

Armstrong brings authority and experience to this vivid, clear-headed survey of the history and impact of Islam, from the birth of Muhammad to present-day challenges. The best short introduction to the subject. (ISL15, $15.95)

Living in Morocco

Living in Morocco


by Stoeltie, Barbara and Rene

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 280 PAGES

From exquisite rugs and textiles to vibrant mosaics, courtyards and homes, this gorgeous photographic collection celebrates the beauty and allure of Morocco's architecture, with a particular focus on interiors. (MRC71, $29.99)

Southeast Asia, An Introductory History

Southeast Asia, An Introductory History


by Milton Osborne

  • HISTORY
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

In the 11th edition of this classic, Osborne (The Mekong) traces social, political and economic change in the region since the 18th century. (SEA73, $26.95)

The Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Civilizations

The Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Civilizations


by John Haywood | Simon Hall

  • HISTORY
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

A slim, informative history of ancient civilizations tracing the development of cultures in Mesopotamia and the Near East, China and India, Egypt and Africa, Greece and Rome, Peru and Mexico through excellent color maps. With color photographs, illustrations and succinct accompanying text. (WLD71, $22.00)

The Reef, A Passionate History: the Great Barrier Reef from Captain Cook to Climate Change

The Reef, A Passionate History: the Great Barrier Reef from Captain Cook to Climate Change


by Iain McCalman

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 352 PAGES

McCalman, a historian at the University of Sydney, brings to life the explorers and scientists, beachcombers, divers, indigenous peoples and castaways who first experienced the Great Barrier Reef. (AUS277, $27.00)

The Songlines

The Songlines


by Bruce Chatwin

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Rory Stewart provides the introduction to this 25th anniversary edition of Bruce Chatwin's celebrated travelogue. Chatwin transforms a journey through the Outback into an exhilarating, semi-fictional meditation on our place in the world. (AUS01, $16.00)

Art of the Andes, from Chavin to Inca

Art of the Andes, from Chavin to Inca


by Rebecca Stone-Miller

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

This authoritative and concise illustrated survey of Andean art and architecture covers not only Machu Picchu and additional Inca monuments, but also Chan Chan, Nasca and other archaeological sites and cultures. (PRU05, $21.95)

Lost City of the Incas

Lost City of the Incas


by Hiram Bingham

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 286 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER
  • FAVORITE

This first-rate adventure story by the man who brought Machu Picchu to the attention of the world 100 years ago is not just a gripping tale of exploration and archaeology, it also sets the scene for any visitor to the site. (AND05, $12.99)

Stone Offerings

Stone Offerings


by Mike Torrey

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2009
  • HARD COVER
  • 143 PAGES

Torrey captures the dramatic setting, solitude and intricate construction of the Inca site of Machu Picchu in 100 striking color photographs taken over a few days at summer and winter solstice. (AND76, $40.00)

Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal


by M.C. Joshi | Jean-Louis Nou | Amina Okada

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 1993
  • HARD COVER
  • 231 PAGES

This lavish portrait features 158 full-color photographs (including four magnificent foldout panels) by the extraordinary Jean-Louis Nou. With grand exterior views, filigreed inscriptions and bejeweled floral mosaics. (IDA108, $75.00)

Taj Mahal, Passion and Genius at the Heart of the Moghul Empire

Taj Mahal, Passion and Genius at the Heart of the Moghul Empire


by Diana Preston | Michael Preston

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 317 PAGES

A vivid narrative history of the creation of the Taj Mahal, a memorial created by Moghul emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved wife. (IDA340, $16.95)

The Great Pyramids

The Great Pyramids


by Jean-Pierre Corteggiani

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES

The newest addition to the acclaimed Discoveries series, this lavishly illustrated pocket encyclopedia illuminates the archaeology, history and splendor of Giza, last of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. (EGY221, $12.95)

World Heritage Sites

World Heritage Sites


by UNESCO Publishing

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 872 PAGES
  • NEW

How many have you visited? This beautifully illustrated compendium, just revised, includes color photographs, a map and succinct description of each of the 936 archaeological sites, monuments, cities or parks inscribed by UNESCO from 1978 to 2012. (CON53, $29.95)

A Dragon Apparent, Travels in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam

A Dragon Apparent, Travels in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam


by Norman Lewis

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 358 PAGES
  • FAVORITE
  • HARD TO FIND ELSEWHERE

A classic account of travels and adventure during the last years of French Indochina, strong on atmosphere with wonderfully detailed descriptions of local cultures and archaeological treasures. First published in 1951. (SEA40, $33.95)

Blue Latitudes, Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before

Blue Latitudes, Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before


by Tony Horwitz

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 480 PAGES

Sailing on a replica of Endeavour, Horwitz mixes history, fun and adventure in this hilarious recap of Cook's daring voyages around the world. (EXP31, $18.00)

Dreams of Trespass, Tales of a Harem Girlhood

Dreams of Trespass, Tales of a Harem Girlhood


by Fatima Mernissi

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 242 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

This captivating memoir by one of Morocco's most outspoken women opens, "I was born in a harem in 1940 in Fez, a ninth-century Moroccan city." Mernissi captures not only the spirit of the place, but also the hierarchy and decorum of a Muslim family compound. (MRC10, $17.00)

In a Sunburned Country

In a Sunburned Country


by Bill Bryson

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 335 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

The intrepid, ever-resourceful Bryson revels in Australia's eccentric characters, dangerous flora and fauna and other oddities in this wildly funny, effortlessly informative travelogue. (AUS83, $15.99)

The Caliph's House, A Year in Casablanca

The Caliph's House, A Year in Casablanca


by Tahir Shah

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 343 PAGES

A great storyteller, of Afghan descent and English-raised, Shah leads us through Moroccan society and culture with deft portraits of ordinary neighbors and craftsmen as he and his wife transform a crumbling palace in old Casablanca. (MRC66, $16.00)

The Travel Book, A Journey Through Every Country in the World

The Travel Book, A Journey Through Every Country in the World


by Lonely Planet Publications

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2010
  • HARD COVER
  • 448 PAGES

Bigger and better than ever (the second edition of the best-selling original), we can't keep our hands off this celebration of the world. Each country, no matter how big or small, gets a colorful double-page spread in this glossy A-to-Z of travel from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. (WLD193, $50.00)

The Worlds of a Maasai Warrior

The Worlds of a Maasai Warrior


by Ole Saitoti

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1988
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

Bridging several worlds with tremendous grace, Saitoti looks back on his life among the Maasai, both as spokesperson for his tribe and as one of the first Maasai safari guides. (EAF29, $27.95)

Green Hills of Africa

Green Hills of Africa


by Ernest Hemingway

  • LITERATURE
  • 1935
  • PAPER
  • 295 PAGES

Hemingway paints the true story of his ramblings on safari in this classic, exquisitely written tale of hunting around Lake Manyara, which includes some of the best writing on the land itself and original pencil drawings. (EAF25, $16.00)

Midnight's Children

Midnight's Children


by Salman Rushdie

  • LITERATURE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 533 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Crowned Best of the Booker in 2008, Rushdie's greatest novel is a madcap, comic take on the birth of modern India in all its splendid and unexpected manifestations. (IDA12, $16.00)

The Quiet American

The Quiet American


by Graham Greene

  • LITERATURE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 180 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

A classic, this is the most famous Western work of fiction on Vietnam. Greene writes of a love triangle between a war correspondent, his Vietnamese consort and an optimistic young American during the last days of French rule. (VNM08, $16.00)

A Reef in Time

A Reef in Time


by J. E. N. Veron

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

Veron draws on a lifetime of experience to present a fascinating geological history of the world's most famous coral reef, and also a plea for its protection against the dangers of global climate change. (AUS190, $22.00)

Africa, The Serengeti

Africa, The Serengeti


by George Casey

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1994
  • DVD

James Earl Jones narrates this dazzling 40-minute IMAX documentary of the migration of wildebeest in the Serengeti and Masai Mara. (EAF120, $19.99)

Classic Africa

Classic Africa


by Michael Poliza

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2010
  • HARD COVER
  • 320 PAGES

Printed and beautifully bound in Italy, Michael Poliza's exquisite new book showcases the wildlife of Africa -- each elephant, zebra, lion or rhino photographed alone or in a group against the African plains. The photographs, taken over a decade, have been rendered in rich sepia, not only recalling safaris of yore but also adding to their distinctive beauty. With full-age photos printed on uncoated, heavyweight vellum, bound in textured suede-like cloth. (AFR279, $125.00)

Serengeti, The Eternal Beginning

Serengeti, The Eternal Beginning


by Boyd Norton

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 288 PAGES

Featuring 250 exquisite color photographs alongside Norton's firsthand accounts of travels in Serengeti National Park, Kenya's Masai Mara and Ngorongoro over a decades-long career. (EAF378, $35.00)

The Snorkeller's Guide to the Coral Reef, From the Red Sea to the Pacific Ocean

The Snorkeller's Guide to the Coral Reef, From the Red Sea to the Pacific Ocean


by Paddy Ryan

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 184 PAGES

A bestseller, this take-along guide covers coral reefs, fish, invertebrates and plants of the Indo-Pacific and includes 200 color photographs. (DIV18, $21.99)

Birds of Peru

Birds of Peru


by Tom Schulenberg | Dan Stotz | John O'Neill | Dan Lane

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 668 PAGES

Gorgeously illustrated, this authoritative guide covers nearly 20 percent of the world's birds. (PRU55, $45.00)

Fishwatcher's Field Guide, Great Barrier Reef

Fishwatcher's Field Guide, Great Barrier Reef


by Idaz Greenberg

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • PLASTIC CARD

A double-sided, laminated card covering the reef fish of Australia, Papua New Guinea and the tropical Pacific. (DIV41, $7.50)

The Safari Companion

The Safari Companion


by Richard Estes

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 459 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER

An invaluable encyclopedic guide to Africa's mammals by a noted scientist, this perennial bestseller includes black-and-white drawings, an overview of each animal group and in-depth information. Written with the typical safari-goer in mind. (AFR06, $30.00)

Wildlife of East Africa

Wildlife of East Africa


by Martin B. Withers

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER

This take-along guide to 475 common species of birds, mammals, reptiles, insects, trees and flowers of East Africa features full-color photographs with detailed descriptions on facing pages. (EAF108, $19.95)

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