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Turkey And Greece: A Sailing Odyssey

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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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The Colossus of Maroussi

The Colossus of Maroussi

by Henry Miller

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 223 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Miller captures the spirit and warmth of the resilient Greek people in this inspired tale of a wartime journey from Athens to Crete, Corfu and Delphi with his friend Lawrence Durrell. (GRE05, $14.95)

Ancient Greece: Art, Architecture, and History

Ancient Greece: Art, Architecture, and History

by Marina Belozerskaya | Kenneth Lapatin

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

This lively illustrated guide covers the architecture, painting and sculpture of Ancient Greece from the third millennium to the end of the Hellenistic period. With 282 color and 28 black-and-white illustrations. (GRE194, $19.95)

The Lycian Shore

The Lycian Shore

by Freya Stark

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 216 PAGES

The Lycian coast and hinterlands are thoroughly explored in this reprint of a classic account of a 1950s journey by the stalwart Freya Stark, one of our heroines -- and features in our Essential Reading for the Turquiose Coast. Heading south from Smyrna, Stark explores rock tombs of Xanthus, shores of the Dalyan River, Hellenic cities of Termessos and Pirge and other sites along the Aegean. (TKY249, $17.00)

National Geographic Istanbul and Western Turkey

National Geographic Istanbul and Western Turkey

by Tristan Rutherford

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

Abundantly illustrated with a focus on maps and sightseeing, this compact guide includes 50 pages on Cappadocia, the Turquoise Coast and other popular destinations. (TKY234, $22.95)

Greece Adventure Map

Greece Adventure Map

by Michelin Travel Publications

  • 2011
  • MAP

A double-sided map of mainland Greece and the islands at a scale of 1:710,000. (GRE65, $11.95)

 
Culture Smart! Turkey

Culture Smart! Turkey


by Charlotte McPherson

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 168 PAGES

Take along this pocket guide to local customs, etiquette and culture. (TKY127, $9.95)

Eyewitness Guide Greek Islands

Eyewitness Guide Greek Islands


by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 408 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER

Color photography, excellent local maps and an island-by-island synopsis of attractions make this book the one to carry with you. Includes a chapter on Athens. (GRE37, $28.00)

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)

Eyewitness Top Ten Athens

Eyewitness Top Ten Athens


by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 160 PAGES

A compact illustrated guide in the popular series, featuring favorite attractions, events, restaurants, shops and excursions in Athens. (GRE219, $14.00)

Insight Select Istanbul

Insight Select Istanbul


by Insight Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 192 PAGES

Suggested walks, out-of-the-way shops and the latest rooftop restaurants are all included in this discerning pocket guide. (TKY241, $15.00)

The Foods of the Greek Islands, Cooking and Culture at the Crossroads of the Mediterranean

The Foods of the Greek Islands, Cooking and Culture at the Crossroads of the Mediterranean


by Aglaia Kremezi

  • FOOD
  • 2000
  • HARD COVER
  • 320 PAGES

Kremezi spent eight years collecting the recipes in this cookbook. Filled with lively histories of the islands, cultural asides and stunning photographs, the book is perfect for anyone interested in Greek island life. (GRE120, $40.00)

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)

A Traveller's History of Greece

A Traveller's History of Greece


by Timothy Boatswain | Colin Nicolson

  • HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 344 PAGES

A nicely written survey from prehistory through the 1990s: wide-ranging, accessible and necessarily condensed. (GRE55, $14.95)

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)

Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea, Why the Greeks Matter

Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea, Why the Greeks Matter


by Thomas Cahill

  • HISTORY
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

Cahill brings to life ancient Greek society and civilization through the lives and words of politicians, playwrights, a poet, a philosopher and an artist in this eloquent and absorbing tribute. (GRE182, $17.00)

The World of the Ancient Greeks

The World of the Ancient Greeks


by John Camp | Elizabeth Fisher

  • HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

Featuring hundreds of illustrations and invitingly short chapters on topics from the first Greeks to the Heroic Age and classical Athens. With modern color photographs of great Greek cities from Athens and Delphi to Knossos, Ephesus, Pergamum and Priene. (GRE365, $24.95)

Beneath the Seven Seas, Adventures With The Institute of Nautical Archaeology


by Geo Bass

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2005
  • HARD COVER
  • 256 PAGES

This collection of first-hand accounts by underwater archaeologists includes 350 color illustrations and is a nice companion for visits to the Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology in Turkey. (TKY238, $39.95)

St. Paul's Ephesus, Texts and Archaeology

St. Paul's Ephesus, Texts and Archaeology


by Jerome Murphy O'Connor

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 289 PAGES

Jerome Murphy-O'Connor transports us back to the ancient city of Ephesus during its heyday, including contemporary accounts from Roman to biblical times and featuring a guided walk through the city as a center of Paul's teachings. (TKY226, $29.95)

The Oracle, Ancient Delphi and the Science Behind Its Lost Secrets

The Oracle, Ancient Delphi and the Science Behind Its Lost Secrets


by William J. Broad

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

A gripping modern-day detective story about the scientific quest to understand the Oracle of Delphi. (GRE329, $17.00)

Underwater Archaeology, Exploring the World Beneath the Sea

Underwater Archaeology, Exploring the World Beneath the Sea


by Jean-Yves Blot | Alexandra Campbell

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 175 PAGES

An illustrated pocket encyclopedia of discover, this book presents the science and art of underwater archaeology, including a history of exploration, methods, artifacts, key shipwrecks and other underwater sites. (OCE39, $15.95)

Dinner with Persephone

Dinner with Persephone


by Patricia Storace

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 398 PAGES

The pleasures and complexities of contemporary Greece, marvelously described by an American poet spending a year there. Storace intertwines her own perceptions with the history of the country and the influence of pop culture on the classical landscape. (GRE28, $18.00)

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)

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)

An Evil Eye

An Evil Eye


by Jason Goodwin

  • MYSTERY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

Back from Venice, investigator Yashim is drawn into the mysterious and dangerous intrigues of the sultan's seraglio at Topkapi Palace in the fourth novel of the Edgar Award-winning author's internationally-acclaimed Ottoman Empire Series. (TKY240, $15.00)

Greece, A Traveler's Literary Companion

Greece, A Traveler's Literary Companion


by Artemis Leontis

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

In this terrific anthology, 24 modern Greek writers offer a flavor of their nation, its culture and people, beautiful landscapes and rich history. (GRE190, $14.95)

Mythology

Mythology


by Edith Hamilton

  • LITERATURE
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 497 PAGES

The classic introduction to Greek and Roman mythology. From the Olympians to the Trojan War, Hamilton presents the myths and adventure stories of the ancient world. With 50 line drawings. (GRE82, $14.99)

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 Odyssey

The Odyssey


by Homer | Robert Fagles

  • LITERATURE
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 541 PAGES

The blind bard's epic in a translation celebrated for its clarity and expressiveness. Take is along for a voyage in Homeric lands and waters. (GRE45, $18.00)

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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