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SMITHSONIAN JOURNEYS

The Historic Towns & Sites of the Chesapeake Bay

READING AND TRAVEL GUIDE

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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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Baltimore, Annapolis & the Chesapeake Bay

Baltimore, Annapolis & the Chesapeake Bay

by Allison Blake

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 317 PAGES

An intimate guidebook to the Bay, lovingly written by a local newspaper reporter. The book covers sites all along the eastern and western shores of the bay, with lots of history and practical information. (USE17, $19.95)

Beautiful Swimmers: Watermen, Crabs & the Chesapeake Bay

Beautiful Swimmers: Watermen, Crabs & the Chesapeake Bay

by William Warner

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

A lovingly written history of the blue crab, enriched with local color and a vivid overview of the Chesapeake Bay, its ecosystem, history and future. (USS14, $15.00)

Life in the Chesapeake Bay

Life in the Chesapeake Bay

by Alice Jane Lippson | Robert L. Lippson

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 324 PAGES

This combination field guide and ecological primer on the Chesapeake Bay is a comprehensive guide to local plants and animals which describes the wetlands habitat in which they live. (USS17, $29.00)

Mid-Atlantic States Map

Mid-Atlantic States Map

by Mad Maps

  • MAP

A regional map of the Mid-Atlantic states and the Chesapeake Bay (USS08, $10.95)

 
Eyewitness Guide Philadelphia & the Pennsylvania Dutch Country

Eyewitness Guide Philadelphia & the Pennsylvania Dutch Country


by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 208 PAGES

Gorgeously illustrated and with excellent maps, this compact book is a handsome overview of the history, traditions, cultures and sights of Philadelphia and surrounding areas. (USE369, $23.00)

Moon Handbook Virginia, Including Washington D.C.

Moon Handbook Virginia, Including Washington D.C.


by Katie Githens

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 350 PAGES

This compact guidebook covers Virginia and the Capital region. It combines text on history, culture and nature with practical information for travelers, and it features plenty of photographs, maps and illustrations. (USE321, $17.99)

Africans in America, America's Journey through Slavery

Africans in America, America's Journey through Slavery


by Charles Johnson | Patricia Smith | WBGH Series Research Team

  • HISTORY
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 512 PAGES

A powerful collaborative effort that paints a vivid picture of the history of slavery in America and celebrates the brave Africans who managed to preserve their heritage as they endured so many hardships. (USS53, $38.95)

Founding Brothers, The Revolutionary Generation

Founding Brothers, The Revolutionary Generation


by Joseph J. Ellis

  • HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

A riveting tale of Washington, Madison, Hamilton and especially of Jefferson and Adams. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, it's a fascinating glimpse into the early days of our country. (USE244, $15.95)

Philadelphia, A 300-Year History

Philadelphia, A 300-Year History


by Russell F. Weigley | Edward Wolf | Nicholas B. Wainwright | Joseph E. Illick | Thomas Wendel

  • HISTORY
  • 1982
  • HARD COVER
  • 751 PAGES

A comprehensive history of Philadelphia that examines the city's political, artistic, physical and social development. (USE98, $35.00)

The Americans, the Colonial Experience

The Americans, the Colonial Experience


by Daniel Boorstin

  • HISTORY
  • 1964
  • PAPER
  • 434 PAGES

Winner of the Bancroft Prize, this wide-ranging portrait of colonial America looks to the origins of the American character and its institutions. (USA05, $17.95)

The Civil War, An Illustrated History

The Civil War, An Illustrated History


by Geoffrey C. Ward | Ken Burns

  • HISTORY
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

An illustrated, comprehensive social history of the Civil War by the now-famous team of Ward and Burns. With 500 photographs and maps, extensive text and original essays by contributing experts. (USS27, $29.95)

The First Salute, A View of the American Revolution

The First Salute, A View of the American Revolution


by Barbara Tuchman

  • HISTORY
  • 1989
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES

Pulitzer-prize winning author's analysis of the American Revolution, focusing on the European politics surrounding the war, and the conflicts between the British and Dutch navy. Much of the action takes place in the Caribbean, the author providing a fascinating account of the role of St. Eustatius (the "Golden Rock") in the American Revolution. (USA04, $18.00)

The Transformation of Virginia 1740-1790

The Transformation of Virginia 1740-1790


by Rhys Isaac

  • HISTORY
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 504 PAGES

In this Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Isaac analyzes Virginia's social history during the tumultuous years between 1740-1790. (USE78, $32.50)

Chesapeake

Chesapeake


by James Michener

  • LITERATURE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 880 PAGES

Michener works his usual magic, this time on the Chesapeake Bay, telling the history of the region through the story of a colorful family. (USS15, $17.00)

National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America

National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America


by Jon Dunn

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 576 PAGES

This guide is the veteran's choice for birding anywhere in the United States. Practical to use in the field, it has maps, illustrations and descriptions of the birds on facing pages. (FG09, $27.95)

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