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The Caucasus, An Introduction

The Caucasus, An Introduction

by Thomas De Waal

  • HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

A timely, readable portrait of the Caucasus by an experienced journalist working in the region. With historical background, insight into energy production and an analysis of struggles for independence. (CCS48, $18.95)

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)

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)

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)

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)

 
Culture Smart! Georgia

Culture Smart! Georgia


by Natia Abramia

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 168 PAGES

Natia Abramia guides you through the past and present-day realities of her motherland, explaining what makes people tick, how they live and feel and how to get along with them. (CCS62, $9.95)

Walking in the Caucasus, Georgia

Walking in the Caucasus, Georgia


by Peter Nasmyth

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • OUT OF PRINT

This walking guide to the Caucasus, with an emphasis on the flora and fauna, covers the remarkable geographical diversity of Georgia. (CCS30, $25.00)

A Little War That Shook the World: Georgia, Russia, and the Future of the West

A Little War That Shook the World: Georgia, Russia, and the Future of the West


by Ronald D. Asmus

  • HISTORY
  • 2010
  • HARD COVER
  • 254 PAGES

Clinton's Assistant Deputy of State, Ronald Asmus, analyzes the events leading up to the August 2008 war between Russia and Georgia. (CCS55, $30.00)

Georgia, In the Mountains of Poetry

Georgia, In the Mountains of Poetry


by Peter Nasmyth

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 306 PAGES

A cultural portrait of the Republic of Georgia by a British journalist who has traveled extensively in the region. In its third edition, it's the best book on post-Soviet Georgia, with 170 black-and-white photographs and illustrations (CCS10, $58.95)

The Ghost of Freedom, A Modern History of the Caucasus

The Ghost of Freedom, A Modern History of the Caucasus


by Charles King

  • HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

A professor at Georgetown, King reveals the imperial ambitions, larger-than-life personalities and romance of this strategic region. (CCS39, $19.95)

The Making of the Georgian Nation


by Ronald Grigor Suny

  • HISTORY
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 418 PAGES

The first comprehensive treatment of Georgian history, from the first millennium B.C. through the 20th century. (CCS32, $24.95)

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)

Highlanders, A Journey to the Caucasus in Quest of Memory

Highlanders, A Journey to the Caucasus in Quest of Memory


by Yo'av Karny

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 436 PAGES

In this astute portrait of a complex region in the wake of the Soviet Union dissolution, an Israeli journalist travels into the Caucasus to uncover what fuels the conflicts that divide the region's many ethnic and religious communities. (CCS20, $32.00)

The Orientalist, Solving the Mystery of a Strange and Dangerous Life

The Orientalist, Solving the Mystery of a Strange and Dangerous Life


by Tom Reiss

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 286 PAGES

A storyteller of the first order, Reiss weaves a wonderful tapestry of information about the cultures and religions in the Caucasus with this wonderful tale of the remarkable life of Lev Nussimbaum -- a fabulist, interpreter of cultures, novelist and rogue who reinvented himself as Kurban Said. (CCS27, $17.00)

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 Baku in the years before WWI, of an Azerbaijani Muslim boy in love with a Georgian Christian girl, originally published in 1937. (CCS26, $14.95)

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 Literature of Georgia, A History

The Literature of Georgia, A History


by Donald Rayfield

  • LITERATURE
  • 1999
  • HARD COVER
  • 320 PAGES

A sweeping history of Georgia's diverse 1,500-year literary tradition. (CCS35, $190.00)

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