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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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Black Sea

Black Sea

by Neal Ascherson

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 306 PAGES

In this skillful regional portrait, Ascherson weaves his own travels and impressions with a fascinating account of the Black Sea's history. From ancient mythology to modern politics, he admirably never loses sight of the sea itself. (RUS46, $22.00)

Eyewitness Guide Turkey

Eyewitness Guide Turkey

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 420 PAGES

Gorgeously illustrated and filled with excellent maps, this compact book provides a thorough overview of history, traditions and sights. (TKY82, $30.00)

Turkish Reflections, A Biography of a Place

Turkish Reflections, A Biography of a Place

by Mary Lee Settle

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1991
  • PAPER
  • 253 PAGES

Settle's captivating travelogue is a richly detailed portrait of contemporary Turkey, its people, monasteries, myths, archaeological treasures and living traditions. Exemplary. (TKY08, $16.99)

Turkey Map

Turkey Map

by Freytag & Berndt

  • 2011
  • MAP

This shaded relief map includes a detailed map of Western Turkey (1:800,000) on the reverse. (TKY29, $14.95)

 
Caucasus: Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan Map

Caucasus: Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan Map


by Freytag & Berndt

  • REFERENCE
  • 2011
  • MAP

A travel map of the Caucasus at a scale 1:1,000,000. (CCS01, $14.95)

Bradt Guide Georgia

Bradt Guide Georgia


by Tim Burford

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

This convenient guide is a personal, detailed overview of Georgia. It includes coverage of the Black Sea coast, Tbilisi and other major towns, as well as information on history, culture and accommodations. (CCS03, $25.99)

Culture Smart! Turkey

Culture Smart! Turkey


by Charlotte McPherson

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 168 PAGES

History, religion, daily life, food, health and safety are all covered in this accessible pocket guide to Turkish customs, etiquette and culture. (TKY127, $9.95)

Lonely Planet Georgia, Armenia & Azerbaijan

Lonely Planet Georgia, Armenia & Azerbaijan


by John Noble

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 296 PAGES

An excellent practical guide to the Caucasus featuring a good overview of culture, history and nature, and much information on excursions and sightseeing. With 16 pages of color photographs, 40 maps and a language guide. (CCS05, $25.99)

Lonely Planet Pocket Istanbul

Lonely Planet Pocket Istanbul


by Verity Campbell

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 152 PAGES

A practical city guide to the city of Istanbul that fits in your pocket, with the top sites, the best walks, food, art, shopping, views, nightlife and more. Includes pull out city map. (TKY151, $13.99)

Lonely Planet Turkish Phrasebook

Lonely Planet Turkish Phrasebook


by Arzu Kurklu

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 259 PAGES

With essential vocabulary for the traveler. (TKY115, $8.99)

A Short History of Byzantium

A Short History of Byzantium


by John Julius Norwich

  • HISTORY
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 432 PAGES

A richly detailed and evocative history of the span of the great empire from the fourth to the 15th century, brimming with intrigue, palace revolution and treachery. (TKY18, $19.00)

A Traveller's History of Turkey

A Traveller's History of Turkey


by Richard Stoneman

  • HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 247 PAGES

An accessible, well-written overview of Turkish history from the Paleolithic to the present. (TKY13, $14.95)

Ancient Turkey, A Traveller's History

Ancient Turkey, A Traveller's History


by Seton Lloyd

  • HISTORY
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

A lively tale of cultures and conquest, from the Hittites to St. Paul, that illuminates the living past of Turkey's archaeological treasures. This classic by Professor Lloyd, first director of the British Institute of Archaeology at Ankara, is now in a 25th anniversary edition. (TKY43, $29.95)

Armenian People from Ancient to Modern Times I

Armenian People from Ancient to Modern Times I


by Richard G. Hovannisian

  • HISTORY
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

This first book in the authoritative two-volume history of Armenia, with contributions by leading experts, covers antiquity to the 14th century. (CCS57, $50.00)

Armenian People from Ancient to Modern Times, Vol. II

Armenian People from Ancient to Modern Times, Vol. II


by Richard G. Hovannisian

  • HISTORY
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 512 PAGES

This second book in the two-volume history, subtitled "Foreign Dominion to Statehood" continues from the 15th to the 20th century. (CCS58, $50.00)

Beyond the Edge of the Sea

Beyond the Edge of the Sea


by Mauricio Obregon

  • HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 132 PAGES

The adventures of Jason and the Argonauts, Ulysses and other explorers of the ancient world are recreated in this personal account of ships, navigation and geographical discovery. (MED50, $15.00)

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)

In Search of Myths and Heroes, Exploring Four Epic Legends of the World

In Search of Myths and Heroes, Exploring Four Epic Legends of the World


by Michael Wood

  • HISTORY
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

The companion book to a PBS series. Wood sets out (lucky man) in search of Shangri-La, Jason of the Golden Fleece, Queen of Sheba and King Arthur. (EXP39, $26.95)

The Black Sea, A History

The Black Sea, A History


by Charles King

  • HISTORY
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 296 PAGES

In this lively and entertaining book, which is based on extensive research in multiple languages, King investigates the myriad connections that have made the Black Sea more of a bridge than a boundary, linking religious communities, linguistic groups, empires, and later, nations and states. (EUR173, $35.00)

The Georgian Feast

The Georgian Feast


by Darra Goldstein

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 229 PAGES

Historian and food expert Goldstein explores the food, traditions and geography of Georgia, as beautiful as it is bountiful, in this savory cultural history. With illustrations by delightful 19th-century primitivist Niko Pisosmani. (CCS02, $26.95)

Turkey, What Everyone Needs to Know

Turkey, What Everyone Needs to Know


by Andrew Finkel

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 188 PAGES

From the Kurdish question to economic policy, Turkey's role in Iraq and its quest for EU membership, Finkel illuminates the past and present of this strategically important nation in lively, straightforward prose. The Istanbul-based journalist brings balance and insight to the task. (TKY230, $16.95)

Caucasus, A Journey to the Land between Christianity and Islam

Caucasus, A Journey to the Land between Christianity and Islam


by Nicholas Griffin

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

An engaging account of travels in the Caucasus in the footsteps of Imam Shamil, a Muslim who resisted the Russians in the 19th century. The book is a portrait of the people, land and issues in the region. (CCS25, $20.00)

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)

Stories I Stole, A Journey to Georgia

Stories I Stole, A Journey to Georgia


by Wendell Steavenson

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 277 PAGES

Witty, engaging and attuned to the complexities of history and ethnicity, Steavenson, a veteran journalist, spins lyrical tales of the former Soviet Republic of Georgia as it crumbles around her in the late 1990s. (CCS22, $17.95)

Ali and Nino, A Love Story

Ali and Nino, A Love Story


by Kurban Said

  • LITERATURE
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

The deeply sentimental tale, set in the years before WWI-era Baku, of an Azerbaijani Muslim boy in love with a Georgian Christian girl, originally published in 1937. (CCS26, $14.95)

Argonautica

Argonautica


by Rhodius Apollonius

  • LITERATURE
  • 2009
  • HARD COVER
  • 511 PAGES

This new edition of the first volume in the Loeb Classical Library offers a fresh translation and an improved text by William H. Rice. (MED192, $26.00)

Birds Without Wings

Birds Without Wings


by Louis De Bernieres

  • LITERATURE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 480 PAGES

De Bernieres offers sweeping historical scope, memorable characters, drama and many new vocabulary words in this stupendous novel set in Anatolia during the collapse of the Ottoman Empire. (TKY91, $16.00)

From Scythia to Camelot


by Linda Malcor | C. Scott Littleton

  • LITERATURE
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 424 PAGES

Malchor and Littleton boldy argue that the legends of King Arthur, the Knights of the Round Table and the Holy Grail are derived from folklore of ancient Sythia. (CCS56, $42.95)

Snow

Snow


by Orhan Pamuk | Maureen Freely

  • LITERATURE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

The prominent contemporary Turkish author examines the clash between East and West in this story of a snowbound village and its inhabitants in modern Turkey. (TKY93, $15.95)

Tales of Belkin and Other Prose Writings

Tales of Belkin and Other Prose Writings


by Aleksandr Sergeevich Pushkin

  • LITERATURE
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 198 PAGES

This sampling of Pushkin's short stories includes his autobiographical "A Journey to Arzrum," the tale of travels from Moscow across the Caucasus and Georgia to Turkey during the war of 1829. (RUS232, $14.00)

The Argonautika, The Story of Jason and the Quest for the Golden Fleece

The Argonautika, The Story of Jason and the Quest for the Golden Fleece


by Apollonius of Rhodes | Peter Green

  • LITERATURE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 474 PAGES

The exciting narrative of Jason and the Argonauts on their Quest for the Golden Fleece is retold in this new translation of the Argonautika. (GRE92, $31.95)

The Janissary Tree

The Janissary Tree


by Jason Goodwin

  • MYSTERY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

With beautiful descriptions of Istanbul and its palaces, this engaging and bizarre historical mystery will keep you reading. The Ottoman Empire mysteries continue with The Snake Stone (TKY156, $14.00) and The Bellini Card (TKY191, $25.00), set in 1840s Venice. (TKY125, $16.00)

The Towers of Trebizond

The Towers of Trebizond


by Rose MacAulay | Jan Morris

  • LITERATURE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 277 PAGES

Mixing high farce, archaeology, history and lively travel writing, Rose MacAulay's impossibly witty short novel is back in a new edition. Originally published in 1956, MacAulay follows the adventures of English missionaries traipsing across Turkey from Istanbul to Trabzon. (TKY15, $16.00)

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