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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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Eyewitness Guide Istanbul

Eyewitness Guide Istanbul

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

This superbly illustrated guide features unique cutaways, floor plans and reconstructions of major architectural sights, plus a pull-out map clearly marked with attractions and an easy-to-use street index. (TKY86, $25.00)

Frommer's Vienna Day by Day

Frommer's Vienna Day by Day

by Teresa Fisher

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 180 PAGES
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE
  • >

With hand-picked recommendations and highlights, this compact guide offers the "must see" attractions of Vienna for a shorter visit. (AST102, $13.99)

Between the Woods and the Water

Between the Woods and the Water

by Patrick Leigh Fermor

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

Fermor continues with youthful adventures in Hungary and Romania, culminating with his arrival at the Iron Gates on the Danube. (CEU31, $15.95)

Balkans & Southeast Europe Map

Balkans & Southeast Europe Map

by Freytag & Berndt

  • 2009
  • MAP

This nicely detailed European regional map (1:2,000,000) shows the route of the Danube from Budapest to the Black Sea. (EUR147, $14.95)

 
Eyewitness Guide Budapest

Eyewitness Guide Budapest


by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 274 PAGES

Featuring handy maps and solid information on culture and history in addition to a detailed overview of attractions. With hundreds of photographs. (HGR15, $25.00)

Eyewitness Guide Vienna

Eyewitness Guide Vienna


by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • FLEXI-BOUND
  • 288 PAGES

Take along this handy, compact guide featuring history, culture, color photography and excellent neighborhood maps. (AST01, $23.00)

Istanbul Eats

Istanbul Eats


by Yigal Schleifer | Ansel Mullins

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 173 PAGES

With color photographs, locator maps and a full page on each fish house, food cart or other local spot, this is a guide not only to eateries but also to the food and culture of Turkey. (TKY245, $16.95)

A History of Slovakia, The Struggle for Survival

A History of Slovakia, The Struggle for Survival


by Stanislav K. Kirschbaum

  • HISTORY
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 350 PAGES

A historian from Bratislava traces his nation's roots from the first arrival on the Danubian Plain to Slovakia's declaration of independence in 1993. A particularly solid discussion of the Communist period and the nation's relationship with the Czechs and Hungary. (EUR93, $20.00)

A Nervous Splendor, Vienna 1888-1889

A Nervous Splendor, Vienna 1888-1889


by Frederic Morton

  • HISTORY
  • 1980
  • PAPER
  • 340 PAGES

A portrait of Vienna at the end of the 19th century, this book focuses on Crown Prince Rudolph, his devastating suicide and the rich texture of gossip and daily life at the Habsburg Court. (AST16, $17.00)

Belgrade, A Cultural History

Belgrade, A Cultural History


by David Norris

  • HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

An illuminating tour of the ancient city, its many influences, traditions and culture. (BLK131, $16.95)

Budapest 1900

Budapest 1900


by John Lukacs

  • HISTORY
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 255 PAGES

Written by a distinguished historian and native son, this richly detailed portrait of the city at its zenith includes hundreds of illustrations. (HGR01, $17.00)

Bury Me Standing

Bury Me Standing


by Isabel Fonseca

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 322 PAGES

This marvelous portrait of the Roma, also known as the Gypsies, offers insight into their music, foods, religions and folk traditions and also examines their influential but complex relationship with Eastern Europe. (EUR09, $16.00)

Crescent and Star

Crescent and Star


by Stephen Kinzer

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 265 PAGES

This insightful, anecdotal report on contemporary life, culture and politics in Turkey comes from a former New York Times Istanbul bureau chief who is especially attuned to the powerful geographic position of Turkey and its multiple identities in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. (TKY64, $17.00)

Danube

Danube


by Claudio Magris

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 416 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Mixing history, personalities and literature, Magris traces the course of the Danube from its source in the heart of the Austro-Hungarian Empire through the Balkans to the Black Sea in this anything but conventional travelogue, first published in 1986. (EUR58, $17.00)

Harem, The World Behind the Veil

Harem, The World Behind the Veil


by Alev Lytle Croutier

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1991
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

A fascinating illustrated look at the culture of the Harem -- particularly the well-known quarters at Topkapi Palace in Istanbul. The author combines interviews, history and a wonderful selection of art in this intriguing book. (ARB23, $25.00)

The Danube, A Cultural History

The Danube, A Cultural History


by Andrew Beattie

  • HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

Beattie gives a comprehensive overview of the Danube's role as a vital shipping artery and a uniting thread through the region's turbulent history. (EUR370, $16.95)

The Habsburgs, Embodying Empire

The Habsburgs, Embodying Empire


by Andrew Wheatcroft

  • HISTORY
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

With skillful scholarship and engaging style, Wheatcroft reveals the history of this family of eccentric monarchs. (AST11, $17.00)

The Palgrave Concise Historical Atlas of Eastern Europe

The Palgrave Concise Historical Atlas of Eastern Europe


by Dennis Hupchick | Harold Cox

  • HISTORY
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 130 PAGES

The changing borders and complex history of Eastern Europe as told through 52 maps and accompanying essays, organized chronologically. An excellent reference, the book shows the rise of Poland, changing borders of the Ottoman Empire, Hapsburgs and fate of Yugoslavia in admirable clarity. (EUR138, $21.95)

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 give the book particular poignancy. (CEU30, $16.95)

Istanbul, Memories and the City

Istanbul, Memories and the City


by Orhan Pamuk

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

Nobel Prize-winner Pamuk writes with dazzling grace of the city of his birth, a magical place of crumbling mansions and Ottoman riches. (TKY99, $16.95)

Mozart

Mozart


by Peter Gay

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 177 PAGES

This concise, entertaining portrait delves into Mozart's complex relationship with his father, his daunting role as a child prodigy and his exploration of new musical territory. (AST43, $15.00)

On Foot to the Golden Horn

On Foot to the Golden Horn


by Jason Goodwin

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 278 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

Goodwin interweaves history, incident and reflection in this excellent portrait of Central Europe. With chapters on Cracow, Slovakia, Budapest, Transylvania, Brasov and Bulgaria. (EUR81, $17.00)

The Radetzky March

The Radetzky March


by Joseph Roth | Joachim Neugroschel

  • LITERATURE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 331 PAGES

Magnificently set against the backdrop of the twilight of the Habsburg Empire, Roth's family saga takes in the sweep of history and empire in Central Europe. The richly textured novel opens at the battle of Solferino, when young Lieutenant Trotta saves the life of the Emperor. (AST17, $16.95)

Vienna, A Traveler's Literary Companion

Vienna, A Traveler's Literary Companion


by Donald Daviau

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

Organized by neighborhood, these 15 alluring tales introduce both the city and its writers, including Arthur Schnitzler, Robert Musil, Stefan Zweig and even Franz Kafka, who had a long and complicated association with the city. (AST94, $14.95)

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