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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.

Essential Reading

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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)

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)

Eyewitness Guide Istanbul

Eyewitness Guide Istanbul

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 280 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)

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)

 
Bradt Guide Ukraine

Bradt Guide Ukraine


by Andrew Evans

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 440 PAGES

This guide in the popular British series features comprehensive practical information and provides a short section on the country's history and culture. With over 30 maps. (UKR12, $26.99)

1453, The Holy War For Constantinople and the Clash of Islam and the West

1453, The Holy War For Constantinople and the Clash of Islam and the West


by Roger Crowley

  • HISTORY
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

In this well-paced history, Crowley recounts the dramatic events leading up to and surrounding the fall of Constantinople to the Ottoman Turks. (TKY114, $16.00)

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)

Borderland, A Journey through the History of Ukraine

Borderland, A Journey through the History of Ukraine


by Anna Reid

  • HISTORY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

Reid, the former Kiev correspondent for The Economist, combines first-person reports, interviews and history in this vivid portrait of the region and its people. With chapters on Kiev and Odessa (RUS84, $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)

Crimea: The Great Crimean War, 1854-1856

Crimea: The Great Crimean War, 1854-1856


by Trevor Royle

  • HISTORY
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 564 PAGES

A well-researched military and diplomatic history of the Crimean War. Thorough and detailed yet readable, Royle's battlefield descriptions are especially well-done. (CCS33, $35.00)

Lords of the Horizons

Lords of the Horizons


by Jason Goodwin

  • HISTORY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 351 PAGES

Goodwin artfully combines his modern travels with scholarship, history and reflection, capturing the outrageous personalities, events and vagaries of the 600-year-old Ottoman Empire. (TKY44, $18.00)

Odessa, A History, 1794-1914

Odessa, A History, 1794-1914


by Patricia Herlihy

  • HISTORY
  • 1991
  • PAPER
  • 432 PAGES

Herlihy contrasts Odessa's rapid development as a cosmopolitan, polyglot port city with the growing tension within its society in the years leading up to WWI in this lively scholarly history. (UKR18, $29.95)

Reason Why, The Story of the Fatal Charge of the Light Brigade

Reason Why, The Story of the Fatal Charge of the Light Brigade


by Cecil Woodham-Smith

  • HISTORY
  • 1991
  • PAPER
  • 286 PAGES

A classic history of the famous military disaster in Crimea, with interwoven biographies of the two incompetent aristocrats at the heart of the failure. (CCS36, $17.00)

The Ancient Olympics, A History

The Ancient Olympics, A History


by Nigel Spivey

  • HISTORY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

A colorful look at the ancient Olympic games as they really were--brutal, fierce and deadly. Spivey, a wonderful popular writer and classicist at Cambridge, offers a vivid history of Greek athletic contests, not just the Olympian but also the Pythian at Delphi, Isthmian at Corinth and Nemean at Argos. (GRE206, $19.99)

The Silk Road, A Very Short Introduction

The Silk Road, A Very Short Introduction


by James A. Millward

  • HISTORY
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 168 PAGES

Millward's pocket history highlights the important exchanges of goods, ideas and spiritualities that traveled the Silk Road, the Mediterranean's link to Persia, India and China. (CAS212, $11.95)

The Ukrainians, Unexpected Nation

The Ukrainians, Unexpected Nation


by Andrew Wilson

  • HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 380 PAGES

An outstanding guide to modern identity, politics and history in Ukraine, highly recommended for an understanding of the geopolitics of the region and, especially, uneasy relations with mother Russia. (RUS125, $19.00)

Yalta, The Price of Peace

Yalta, The Price of Peace


by Serhii Plokhy

  • HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

Harvard historian Plokhy puts readers in the room with Churchill, Stalin and Roosevelt over those tumultuous eight days in February, 1945. (WAR141, $18.00)

The Greeks Overseas, The Early Colonies and Trade

The Greeks Overseas, The Early Colonies and Trade


by John Boardman

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

An authoritative, illustrated survey of Greek civilization throughout the Mediterranean, revised and updated for this fourth edition. (GRE150, $25.95)

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)

Shadow of the Silk Road

Shadow of the Silk Road


by Colin Thubron

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 363 PAGES

Thubron returns to Central Asia in this lyrical, erudite account of a 7,000-mile trek across Asia, visiting archaeological sites, people and cities from Xi'an and Dunhuang to Samarkand, Bukhara, Afghanistan and Iran. (CAS133, $15.99)

The Portable Chekhov


by Avrahm Yarmolinsky | Anton Chekhov

  • LITERATURE
  • 1987
  • PAPER
  • 634 PAGES

A collection of short stories by Anton Chekhov. (RUS99, $20.00)

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)

The Voyage of Argo

The Voyage of Argo


by Apollonius of Rhodes | Emil V. Rieu

  • LITERATURE
  • 1977
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

The story of the voyage of Jason and the Argonauts on their quest for the Golden Fleece along the coast of the Black Sea. (GRE91, $15.00)

Noah's Flood, The New Scientific Discoveries about the Event That Changed History

Noah's Flood, The New Scientific Discoveries about the Event That Changed History


by William Ryan | Walter Pitman

  • SCIENCE
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

Yes, there was a flood! So report the scientist-authors in this vivid account of the geology of the Black Sea. They draw on biblical history, marine geology, archaeology and mythology to demonstrate that the Black Sea was breached by the Mediterranean 7,600 years ago. (BLK42, $19.99)

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