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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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Bradt Guide Ethiopia

Bradt Guide Ethiopia

by Philip Briggs

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 614 PAGES

A region-by-region overview of the country with brief introductory chapters on wildlife, culture and history for the traveler. Includes 65 maps and a section of color photographs. (ETP05, $26.99)

Culture Smart! Ethiopia

Culture Smart! Ethiopia

by Sarah Howard

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 168 PAGES

A concise, well-illustrated and practical guide to local customs, etiquette and culture, equally of interest to the traveler and business person. (ETP41, $9.95)

Notes from the Hyena's Belly, An Ethiopian Boyhood

Notes from the Hyena's Belly, An Ethiopian Boyhood

by Nega Mezlekia

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 351 PAGES

A memoir of childhood in Ethiopia after the downfall of Emperor Haile Selassie. Mezlekia, who was born in Jigiga in 1958, chronicles his early childhood, youthful political activism and conscription into a guerilla army. (ETP26, $18.00)

The Emperor, Downfall of an Autocrat

The Emperor, Downfall of an Autocrat

by Ryszard Kapuscinski

  • HISTORY
  • 1989
  • PAPER
  • 180 PAGES

In 1975, Kapuscinski traveled throughout Ethiopia and listened to stories about the Supreme Emperor Haile Selassie told by the servants and associates that surrounded him while Ethiopia collapsed around him. Kapuscinski transformed the interviews into a powerful narrative of the high living and unimaginable abuse within the ancient regime (ETP10, $14.95)

Ethiopia Map

Ethiopia Map

by ITMB

  • 2011
  • MAP

Color shaded relief map of Ethiopia at a scale of 1:2,000,000, featuring an inset of central Adis Ababa, and an index of place names. (ETP14, $12.00)

 
Lonely Planet Ethiopia Djibouti & Somaliland

Lonely Planet Ethiopia Djibouti & Somaliland


by Frances Linzee Gordon

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 404 PAGES

A comprehensive guide in the Lonely Planet style featuring maps, background detail on the country and culture -- and practical information for the traveler. (ETP30, $27.99)

Lonely Planet Ethiopian Amharic Phrasebook

Lonely Planet Ethiopian Amharic Phrasebook


by Tilahun Gabriel

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 276 PAGES

A handy phrasebook for Amharic basics. This guide focuses on pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler. (ETP06, $8.99)

A History of Ethiopia

A History of Ethiopia


by Harold Marcus

  • HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 300 PAGES

A challenging, in-depth survey of Africa's oldest nation, ranging from prehistory to 1991; organized chronologically, it features three chapters on the long reign of Haile Sellassie -- his rise to power and eventual overthrow. (ETP01, $31.95)

Layers of Time: A History of Ethiopia

Layers of Time: A History of Ethiopia


by Paul Henze

  • HISTORY
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 372 PAGES
  • HARD TO FIND ELSEWHERE

A concise history of Ethiopia by a U.S. government officer in Addis Ababa in the 1960s. Henze has remained involved in Ethiopian affairs as a writer, consultant and frequent visitor. (ETP21, $41.00)

The Blue Nile

The Blue Nile


by Alan Moorehead

  • HISTORY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

In this grand history of exploration and events on the great river from 1798 to 1869, Moorehead follows the course of the Blue Nile from the Ethiopian highlands through Sudan and Egypt to the Mediterranean. (EGY67, $14.99)

The Ethiopians

The Ethiopians


by Richard Pankhurst | Barbara Pankhurst

  • HISTORY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 299 PAGES

An outstanding survey of Ethiopian political history and culture from pre-history to 1991 by a leading scholar. (ETP20, $48.95)

Ancient Churches of Ethiopia, Fourth-fourteenth Centuries

Ancient Churches of Ethiopia, Fourth-fourteenth Centuries


by David W. Phillipson

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2009
  • HARD COVER
  • 230 PAGES

A gorgeously illustrated portrait of Ethiopian Christian civilization and its churches from the Aksumite period to the 13th century. (ETP42, $75.00)

Lucy, The Beginnings of Humankind

Lucy, The Beginnings of Humankind


by Maitland Armstrong Edey | Donald Johanson

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 1990
  • PAPER
  • 409 PAGES

The original, influential account of the thrilling discovery of Lucy in 1974 and the impact of the discovery on ideas about human evolution. (ATP06, $17.00)

Chameleon Days, An American Boyhood in Ethiopia

Chameleon Days, An American Boyhood in Ethiopia


by Tim Bascom

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

Bascom looks back in this absorbing memoir, winner of the Breadloaf and Bakeless Prize, at the Ethiopia of his childhood, his missionary doctor parents, siblings, friends and acquaintances, boarding school in Addis Ababa and the cabin on the slopes of Lake Bishoftu. (ETP38, $15.95)

The Sign and the Seal, The Quest for the Lost Arc of the Covenant

The Sign and the Seal, The Quest for the Lost Arc of the Covenant


by Graham Hancock

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1993
  • PAPER
  • 600 PAGES

A page-turning yarn of adventure, amazing persistence, and scholarship, which follows Hancock's 1983 visit to Axum, Ethiopia, the legendary resting place of the Ark of the Covenant. (AFR23, $17.99)

Cutting for Stone

Cutting for Stone


by Abraham Verghese

  • LITERATURE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 667 PAGES

Verghese's powerful tale of the coming-of-age of orphaned twin brothers, sons of an Indian nun and a British surgeon, moves from Addis Ababa on the brink of revolution to New York and back again. (ETP43, $15.95)

Flashman on the March

Flashman on the March


by George MacDonald Fraser

  • LITERATURE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 378 PAGES

In this 12th outing in the series, our reluctant hero finds himself at the center of General Robert Napier's Abyssinian campaign. It's another excellent opportunity to comment on the folly of the British Empire, a rollicking entertainment and painless dose of history. (ETP37, $16.00)

The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia

The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia


by Samuel Johnson | J.P. Hardy

  • LITERATURE
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 157 PAGES

Johnson drew upon the journals of a Jesuit priest to weave this ironic tale of earthly paradise in the "happy valley of Abyssinia," originally published in 1759. (ETP12, $12.95)

Birds of Africa South of the Sahara

Birds of Africa South of the Sahara


by Ian Sinclair | Peter Ryan

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 760 PAGES

This compact field guide, the first to describe and illustrate all of the birds of sub-Saharan Africa, features 359 color plates and 2,100 range maps. Especially useful for those southern African countries without their own field guides. (SAF143, $49.50)

Kingdon Pocket Guide to African Mammals

Kingdon Pocket Guide to African Mammals


by Jonathan Kingdon

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

A conveniently compact edition of Kingdon's gloriously illustrated Field Guide to African Mammals. The guide includes abbreviated information on identification, distribution, ecology and conservation status and 480 outstanding color illustrations and maps. (EAF128, $25.95)

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