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The Mediterranean in History

The Mediterranean in History

by David Abulafia

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

A professor at Cambridge, Abulafia leads a team of eight historians in this engaging overview of the civilizations and societies affected by the great sea at the heart of Europe. Published in conjunction with the J. Paul Getty Museum, the book features 150 color and 150 black-and-white illustrations. (MED79, $29.95)

The Ancient Mediterranean

The Ancient Mediterranean

by Michael Grant

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1990
  • PAPER
  • 374 PAGES

Grant, a well-known classical scholar, provides this comprehensive history of the peoples and cultures of the Mediterranean, including Egypt, Israel, Crete, Greece, the Roman states and many others. A very well-researched account of Western history's roots. (MED10, $20.00)

Mediterranean by Cruise Ship

Mediterranean by Cruise Ship

by Anne Vipond

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES

The best-selling, compact guide, featuring excellent local maps, hundreds of color photographs, concise background information and recommended excursions for ports-of-call throughout the Mediterranean. (MED34, $21.95)

Mediterranean Explorer Map

Mediterranean Explorer Map

by Ocean Explorer Maps

  • 2006
  • MAP

This handy color map of the Mediterranean from Spain to the Black Sea and the Levant puts ancient sites and historic ports into context. With notable people, a timeline and descriptions of dozens of places. (MED89, $11.95)

 
Eyewitness Top Ten Dubrovnik & Dalmatian Coast

Eyewitness Top Ten Dubrovnik & Dalmatian Coast


by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES

This slim guide, geared for visitors on a short stay, features color photographs and maps. (BLK83, $14.00)

A Book of Mediterranean Food

A Book of Mediterranean Food


by Elizabeth David

  • FOOD
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

A classic mix of lore, literary asides, recipes and enthusiasm for the food and culture of France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece and the Middle East. Published in the gloom of post-WWII Britain, David's tribute brims with affection for the strongly flavored food of the Mediterranean. (MED71, $16.95)

City of Fortune, How Venice Ruled the Seas

City of Fortune, How Venice Ruled the Seas


by Roger Crowley

  • HISTORY
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

Crowley spins tales of three centuries of plunder and plague, imperial conquest and piracy in this riveting new history, chronicling the transformation of a tiny city of lagoon dwellers into the richest place on earth. (MED185, $18.00)

Empires of the Sea

Empires of the Sea


by Roger Crowley

  • HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

Crowley vividly reconstructs the epic clash between the Ottoman Empire and Christendom for the control of the Mediterranean -- and the soul of 16th-century Europe -- in this thrilling account of dramatic battles and brutality, rival faiths and larger-than-life personalities. (MED146, $16.00)

La Bella Figura, A Field Guide to the Italian Mind

La Bella Figura, A Field Guide to the Italian Mind


by Beppe Severgnini

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER

Italians themselves love this guide to the Italian character, which addresses their never-ending passion for beauty, disorder and high emotion. Severgnini opens the book with a snapshot of the hubbub at Malpensa Airport, then moves on to Tuscany, Rome, Naples and Sardinia. (ITL718, $15.00)

Sea of Faith

Sea of Faith


by Stephen O'Shea

  • HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

O'Shea brings a traveler's eye and a poet's touch to this gripping tale of conquest, co-existence and conflict in the medieval Mediterranean. He focuses on seven key battles between Christians and Muslims from Yamuk (AD 636) to the Siege of Malta (1565). (MED95, $17.00)

The Balkans, A Short History

The Balkans, A Short History


by Mark Mazower

  • HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 188 PAGES

With eloquence and clarity, Mazower addresses issues of geography, nationalism and nation in this indispensable survey. (BLK28, $15.00)

The Great Sea

The Great Sea


by David Abulafia

  • HISTORY
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 783 PAGES

With an eye for telling detail and anecdote, Abulafia traces the sweep of Mediterranean history from the time of Troy to the mid-19th century, populating his tale with vivid personalities. (MED179, $24.95)

The Ornament of the World, How Muslims, Jews, and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain

The Ornament of the World, How Muslims, Jews, and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain


by Maria Rosa Menocal | Harold Bloom

  • RELIGION
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

A lively, illuminating portrait of the Andalucian Kingdom, its cultural achievements and religious tolerance from the eighth century to 1492. (SPN185, $16.00)

The Rest Is Noise, Listening to the Twentieth Century

The Rest Is Noise, Listening to the Twentieth Century


by Alex Ross

  • HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 684 PAGES

With an emphasis on influential classical composers, this dazzling history of modern music travels from Vienna before the First World War to Paris in the twenties, and from Hitler's Germany and Stalin's Russia to downtown New York in the sixties and seventies, all the way up to the present. Ross, chief music critic at the New Yorker, is especially adept at describing the role of music in Europe during the first half of the century. (MUS88, $20.00)

The Siege of Malta, 1565

The Siege of Malta, 1565


by Ernle Bradford

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

An eyewitness account by humble solider Francisco Balbi di Correggio of one of the greatest-ever battles as a few men under the Knights of St. John took on a huge Turkish armada. Translated and edited with commentary by Ernie Bradford. (MLT28, $24.95)

Guide to Chamber Music


by Melvin Berger

  • MUSIC
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 480 PAGES

This collection studies the most frequently performed pieces of chamber music. (MUS29, $19.95)

A Year in the World, Journeys of a Passionate Traveler

A Year in the World, Journeys of a Passionate Traveler


by Frances Mayes

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 420 PAGES

A warm account of mostly Mediterranean travels -- Spain, Portugal, Greece, Sicily, Capri, Sardinia, the Turkish Coast, Naples, Burgundy, Scotland -- arranged by season. (TVL109, $15.00)

Balkan Ghosts, A Journey through History

Balkan Ghosts, A Journey through History


by Robert D. Kaplan

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 307 PAGES

Kaplan interweaves history, art and culture with his travels through Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Romania and Greece in this regional portrait. (BLK02, $18.00)

Sea and Sardinia

Sea and Sardinia


by D.H. Lawrence

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 211 PAGES

A marvelous account of a trip to Sardinia, evoking both the charms and travails of the then-remote island and the personality of the author. It's a pleasingly exaggerated, accessible portrait of life on the island, circa 1921. (ITL349, $16.00)

The Castle of Otranto, A Gothic Story

The Castle of Otranto, A Gothic Story


by Horace Walpole

  • LITERATURE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 176 PAGES

First published in 1764, Walpole's classic Gothic novel takes place in and around the 15th-century castle on the Adriatic. (ITL631, $8.95)

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