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Antiquities of Jordan

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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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Petra, The Rose-Red City

Petra, The Rose-Red City

by Christian Auge | Jean-Marie Dentzer

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE
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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 fourth-century BC, conquered by the Romans and overrun by the Crusaders. (JRD13, $15.95)

Married to a Bedouin

Married to a Bedouin

by Marguerite Van Geldermalsen

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 279 PAGES

"Where you staying?" the Bedouin asked. "Why you not stay with me tonight -- in my cave?" Thus begins the fascinating odyssey of a young nurse from New Zealand who would marry and raise her family among the community of 100 Bedouin families living in the ancient city of Petra. (JRD35, $16.95)

Jordan Map

Jordan Map

by Cartographia

  • MAP

A folded, colorful map of Jordan at a scale of 1:700,000. (JRD18, $12.00)

Rough Guide Jordan

Rough Guide Jordan

by Matthew Teller

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 432 PAGES

An enormously informative and well-written guide, including a 50-page section on Petra. Teller's no-nonsense voice rings true throughout the book, both in the concise historical information for each site and in his gentle encouragement to get off the beaten path. (JRD10, $24.99)

 
Arabic, a Language Map

Arabic, a Language Map


by Kristine K. Kershul

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 2003
  • PLASTIC CARD

This durable, foldout card gives easy phonetic pronunciation for several hundred of the most commonly-needed words and phrases. (ARB70, $8.95)

National Geographic Atlas of the Middle East

National Geographic Atlas of the Middle East


by

  • REFERENCE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES

These maps graphically illustrate the history, politics, people and resources of the Middle East. With 40 photographs and 80 maps, including a two-page spread on each of the 16 nations. (MDE71, $21.95)

Spectrum Guide to Jordan

Spectrum Guide to Jordan


by Camerapix

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 347 PAGES

This handsome guidebook features in-depth essays and hundreds of color photographs introducing the culture, history and archaeology of Jordan. With travel information, maps, wildlife checklists and information on politics and the economy. (JRD09, $22.95)

A History of Jordan

A History of Jordan


by Philip Robins

  • HISTORY
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 243 PAGES

An informative, brief history of Jordan and its monarchy from the 1920s to the present by a professor of politics at Oxford. Robins was previously a Jordan-based correspondent for the BBC and The Guardian. (JRD17, $33.99)

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 Mohammad to present-day challenges. The best short introduction to the subject. (ISL15, $15.95)

Islam, The Straight Path

Islam, The Straight Path


by John L. Esposito

  • RELIGION
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

A well-written survey of the faith, practice and beliefs of Islam. Its balanced tone and content are intended for an undergraduate audience, yet it also functions as an excellent overview for the general reader. (MDE22, $57.95)

Lawrence in Arabia

Lawrence in Arabia


by Scott Anderson

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 624 PAGES

The four spies and adventurers who star in this captivating account -- the British T.E. Lawrence, the German archaeologist Curt Prufer, the American oil agent William Yale and the Zionist agronomist and spy Aaron Aaronsohn -- played an outsized role in the making of the modern Middle East. A veteran war correspondent, Anderson brings a flair for storytelling, impressive research and on-the-ground knowledge of the region to this eye-opening tale of T.E. Lawrence and his role in the secret Great Game to control the Middle East. (ARB155, $17.95)

Live from Jordan, Letters Home from My Journey through the Middle East


by Benjamin Orbach

  • HISTORY
  • 2007
  • HARD COVER
  • 304 PAGES

Orbach's down-to-earth, eyewitness report of daily life, attitudes and politics in Jordan. (JRD25, $22.00)

Roman Arabia

Roman Arabia


by G.W. Bowersock

  • HISTORY
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

A remarkable history of the Romans in the Arab world. For the traveler with scholarly inclinations, this lucid book provides essential background to the Roman archaeological sites in the Middle East. (MDE12, $29.00)

Eothen

Eothen


by Alexander William Kinglake

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 242 PAGES

Originally published in 1844, this sly account of journeys throughout the Middle East and Asia Minor, including Constantinople, Smyrna, Cairo, Damascus and Petra, takes the form and tone of a letter to a good friend: conversational, ironic, hugely funny and personal. (MDE24, $21.00)

Lawrence of Arabia


by Liddell Hart

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1989
  • PAPER
  • 405 PAGES

A lively biography of T. E. Lawrence (a.k.a. Lawrence of Arabia), long the standard. With 17 photos and 10 maps. (JRD07, $18.95)

Seven Pillars of Wisdom, A Triumph

Seven Pillars of Wisdom, A Triumph


by T.E. Lawrence

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1991
  • PAPER
  • 672 PAGES

The monumental story of Lawrence of Arabia, as colorful and long as the famous movie it inspired. Some of the action is set around Wadi Rum in Jordan. (MDE20, $21.00)

The Language of Baklava

The Language of Baklava


by Diana Abu-Jaber

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 330 PAGES

In this evocative culinary memoir, the Jordanian-American novelist recalls growing up with her gregarious, homesick Jordanian father, who cooked to remember the place he came from and to pass that connection to his children. With one recipe per chapter. (JRD22, $15.95)

Walking the Bible, A Journey by Land through the Five Books of Moses

Walking the Bible, A Journey by Land through the Five Books of Moses


by Bruce Feiler

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 416 PAGES

An account of a 10,000-mile trek through the Biblical lands of the Middle East in the company of an Israeli archaeologist. It's part travelogue, part pilgrimage, and part quest for religious meaning. (MDE50, $14.99)

Appointment with Death

Appointment with Death


by Agatha Christie

  • MYSTERY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

Hercule Poirot steps into the story when an American tourist on a grand tour of the Holy Land is found murdered in Petra. (JRD02, $12.99)

Mrs. Pollifax, Innocent Tourist

Mrs. Pollifax, Innocent Tourist


by Dorothy Gilman

  • MYSTERY
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

Mrs. Pollifax must smuggle a manuscript out of Jordan, a document that encodes the shocking truth of Saddam Hussein's reign. (JRD32, $7.99)

Women of Sand and Myrrh

Women of Sand and Myrrh


by Hanan Al-Shaykh

  • LITERATURE
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 280 PAGES

Four women in an unnamed Arab country struggle for personal autonomy in this novel by a Lebanese author known for her beautiful and explicit prose. (MDE196, $15.95)

In a Desert Land, Photographs of Israel, Egypt and Jordan

In a Desert Land, Photographs of Israel, Egypt and Jordan


by Neil Folberg

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1998
  • HARD COVER
  • 204 PAGES

A stunning collection of photographs of the desert Middle East, including the Sinai, Petra and Jerusalem. (JRD06, $49.95)

Birds of the Middle East

Birds of the Middle East


by Richard Porter | Simon Aspinall

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

An outstanding guide to 700 species of the birds in the region from the Arabian peninsula to Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Israel, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Turkey and Cyprus. Second edition. (MDE17, $39.95)

Fishwatcher's Field Guide Red Sea

Fishwatcher's Field Guide Red Sea


by Jerry Greenberg

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • PLASTIC CARD

This double-sided plastic card shows 64 of the most commonly encountered reef fish of the Red Sea in full-color illustrations, convenient for the boat or beach. (DIV13, $7.50)

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