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The Encyclopedia of Classic Cars, A Celebration of the Motor Car from 1945 to 1985

The Encyclopedia of Classic Cars, A Celebration of the Motor Car from 1945 to 1985

by Martin Buckley

  • REFERENCE
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

This comprehensive guide to classic cars highlights the most important models produced from 1945 to 1985, with 900 photographs and informative text. (TVL580, $18.99)

Culture Smart! Belgium

Culture Smart! Belgium

by Mandy Macdonald

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 168 PAGES

A concise, well-illustrated and practical guide to local customs, etiquette and culture. (BLG26, $9.95)

Eyewitness Guide Belgium and Luxembourg

Eyewitness Guide Belgium and Luxembourg

by Inc. Dorling Kindersley

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

Another gem in the Eyewitness series, this superb guide is handsome, convenient and up-to-date; it's the guide to carry. Featuring color photography, dozens of excellent local maps and a region-by-region synopsis of the country's attractions. (BLG41, $25.00)

Germany, Benelux, Austria, Czech Republic Map

Germany, Benelux, Austria, Czech Republic Map

by Michelin Travel Publications

  • 2012
  • MAP

This handy map shows road and river routes from Amsterdam and Berlin to Prague, Vienna, Munich and Salzburg at a scale of 1:1,000,000. (EUR100, $12.95)

 
Fodor's Amsterdam & the Netherlands

Fodor's Amsterdam & the Netherlands


by Fodors

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 464 PAGES

The up-to-date Fodor's guide features invaluable recommendations on where to stay and eat and what to do throughout the Netherlands. Compact and portable, it's ideal for either a weekend trip or an extended visit. (NTH105, $21.99)

Good Beer Guide Belgium

Good Beer Guide Belgium


by Joe Strange | Tim Webb

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES
  • COMING IN OCTOBER

The seventh edition of Webb's invaluable guide to breweries, beers and bars. (BLG40, $24.95)

Xenophobe's Guide to the Belgians

Xenophobe's Guide to the Belgians


by Antony Mason

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 92 PAGES

This irreverent pocket guide to cultural awareness is both insightful and entertaining. (BLG48, $7.95)

The World Atlas of Beer

The World Atlas of Beer


by Tim Webb

  • FOOD
  • 2012
  • HARD COVER
  • 256 PAGES

Tim Webb (Good Beer Guide Belgium) and Steve Beaumont (worldofbeer.com) collaborated on this celebration of beer and beer-producing regions. Not just an artfully illustrated guide to this delightful beverage -- its origins, brewing methods and technologies -- the over-sized hard cover book (it would look good on your coffee table) also profiles 500 great beers. It's on our holiday list! (WLD235, $30.00)

Germania, In Wayward Pursuit of the Germans and Their History

Germania, In Wayward Pursuit of the Germans and Their History


by Simon Winder

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 480 PAGES

Winder's witty, entertaining and opinionated portrait of German culture is both an illuminating history and a wonderfully digressive exploration of the powerful and often confounding nation. (GER270, $20.00)

Grand Prix Century, The First 100 Years of the World's Most Glamorous and Dangerous Sport

Grand Prix Century, The First 100 Years of the World's Most Glamorous and Dangerous Sport


by Christopher Hilton

  • SPORT
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 496 PAGES

A thrilling celebration of the first century of Grand Prix motor racing, beginning with the introductory race in June 1906 and leading up to present day technology, this book will engage both fans of the sport and general readers. (TVL579, $17.95)

Grand Prix Racers, Portraits of Speed

Grand Prix Racers, Portraits of Speed


by Bernard Cahier

  • SPORT
  • 2008
  • HARD COVER
  • 221 PAGES

This illustrated look at Formula One features black-and-white photographs from celebrated Grand Prix photographers, father and son Bernard and Paul-Henri Cahier, who reveal the humanity of racing through shots of legendary moments and racers. (TVL578, $40.00)

The German Way

The German Way


by Hyde Flippo

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 138 PAGES

This clever A-to-Z guide to quirks, attitudes, behavior and customs is a terrific resource for travelers seeking insight into why the Germans, Austrians and Swiss do what they do. (GER12, $18.00)

The Life of the Automobile

The Life of the Automobile


by Steven Parissien

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 432 PAGES

In this fresh look at the car industry's 130-year-history, Parissien discusses how the automobile profoundly influenced the modern day more than any other invention, while highlighting key individuals, iconic models and significant events. (TVL577, $27.99)

The People's Car, A Global History of the Volkswagen Beetle

The People's Car, A Global History of the Volkswagen Beetle


by Bernhard Rieger

  • HISTORY
  • 2013
  • HARD COVER
  • 406 PAGES

Rieger engagingly discusses the iconic car, commissioned by Hitler and designed by Ferdinand Porsche, in terms of social, political and cultural importance in this chronicle. (TVL576, $28.95)

The Undutchables

The Undutchables


by Colin White

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 308 PAGES

A laugh-out-loud, irreverent guide to Dutch character and habits, including how to drink coffee and why you shouldn't even think about haggling over prices. (NTH12, $16.00)

A Time of Gifts

A Time of Gifts


by Patrick Leigh Fermor

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER

Fermor effortlessly interweaves anecdote, history and culture in this exuberant account of a walk from Holland, up the Rhine and down the Danube, through Germany, Prague and Austria in 1933. Written not in the moment, but 40 years later, the accumulation of time and experience gives the book particular poignancy. (CEU30, $16.95)

Neither Here Nor There, Travels in Europe

Neither Here Nor There, Travels in Europe


by Bill Bryson

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 254 PAGES

Bryson deploys his famously cranky humor in this romp through European capitals. He's great fun to read and insightful on quirks of character. (EUR25, $14.99)

The Professor

The Professor


by Charlotte Bronte

  • LITERATURE
  • 1989
  • PAPER
  • 316 PAGES

Bronte's first novel, published posthumously, is based on her experiences with Emily as a language student in Brussels in 1842. (BLG27, $12.00)

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