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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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India

India

by Stanley Wolpert

  • HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 281 PAGES

Wolpert's reflections on India -- its religion and philosophy, its art, culture and politics -- make for a literate, succinct primer. (IDA04, $29.95)

Petra, The Rose-Red City

Petra, The Rose-Red City

by Christian Auge | Jean-Marie Dentzer

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

Jam-packed with color illustrations, archival material, maps and site plans, this shirt-pocket encyclopedia includes a detailed overview of individual buildings and sectors within the desert city that was occupied by the Nabataeans from the fourth-century BC, conquered by the Romans and overrun by the Crusaders. (JRD13, $15.95)

A Year in Marrakesh

A Year in Marrakesh

by Peter Mayne

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 190 PAGES

This brilliantly entertaining, insightful classic account of Marrakesh captures the rhythm and spirit of life in the alleyways of the Medina in the 1950s. (MRC55, $35.00)

Gorillas in the Mist

Gorillas in the Mist

by Dian Fossey

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 326 PAGES

Fossey's highly personal, detailed account of the ecology and behavior of the mountain gorilla of Virunga based on her 13 years among "the greatest of the great apes." (UGD05, $15.95)

Fishwatcher's Field Guide Indian Ocean

Fishwatcher's Field Guide Indian Ocean

by Idaz Greenberg

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • PLASTIC CARD

A double-sided card illustrating 70 fishes of Seychelles, Maldives and neighboring islands. (FG17, $7.50)

 
Maldives Map

Maldives Map


by Globetrotter

  • 2002
  • MAP

A map covering the whole island chain at a scale of 1:500,000. It includes an inset map of Male and some travel information. (AFR56, $8.95)

Rwanda/Burundi Map

Rwanda/Burundi Map


by ITMB

  • 2007
  • MAP

A detailed, folded map of Rwanda and Burundi. (CAF27, $12.95)

Bradt Guide Maldives

Bradt Guide Maldives


by Royston Ellis

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

A personal, comprehensive guide to the Maldives, its history, culture, nature and reefs -- ideal for culturally and environmentally aware travelers. Third edition. (IDA296, $25.99)

Bradt Guide Rwanda

Bradt Guide Rwanda


by Janice Booth | Philip Briggs

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

Part of the British series, this practical, detailed travel guide to Rwanda focuses on nature (especially gorillas), history and culture (CAF25, $27.99)

Culture Smart! India

Culture Smart! India


by Becky Stephen

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 168 PAGES

A concise, well-illustrated guide to both social and business customs in India. (IDA298, $9.95)

Eyewitness Top Ten London

Eyewitness Top Ten London


by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 192 PAGES
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

A handy pocket guide, featuring favorite attractions, events, restaurants, shops and excursions. (GRB97, $14.00)

Eyewitness Top Ten Marrakech

Eyewitness Top Ten Marrakech


by Andrew Humphreys

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES

A compact, illustrated guide in the popular series, featuring favorite attractions. With handy pullout map. (MRC140, $14.00)

The Pocket World Atlas

The Pocket World Atlas


by Oxford Univ. Press

  • REFERENCE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 160 PAGES

You can't go wrong with this inexpensive pocket atlas, which includes city plans, country maps, gazetteer, index, time zones and basic statistical information on countries worldwide. (GEN104, $16.95)

Trekking in the Moroccan Atlas

Trekking in the Moroccan Atlas


by Richard Knight

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

A compact, practical guide to the High Atlas region in central Morocco, including route guides, maps and a section on flora and fauna. (MRC33, $22.95)

Mangoes & Curry Leaves, Culinary Travels Through the Great Subcontinent

Mangoes & Curry Leaves, Culinary Travels Through the Great Subcontinent


by Jeffrey Alford | Naomi Duguid

  • FOOD
  • 2005
  • HARD COVER
  • 416 PAGES

In this latest book the roving, food-loving authors (Hot Sour Salty Sweet, Item SEA80) travel the seven countries of the Indian Subcontinent: Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and the Maldives, collecting not only 200 recipes but also engaging tales of the people, history and adventures. With color photographs of food and places throughout. (IDA320, $45.00)

A History of Jordan

A History of Jordan


by Philip Robins

  • HISTORY
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 243 PAGES

An informative, brief history of Jordan and its monarchy from the 1920s to the present by a professor of politics at Oxford. Robins was previously a Jordan-based correspondent for the BBC and The Guardian. (JRD17, $33.99)

Mountain Gorillas

Mountain Gorillas


by Gene Eckhart

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2008
  • HARD COVER
  • 256 PAGES

Featuring 200 intimate color photographs, this up-to-date, captivating portrait reveals the gorillas of Bwindi National Forest and Virunga Volcanoes, their biology, status and hope. (UGD17, $37.95)

London's Royal Parks

London's Royal Parks


by Paul Rabbitts

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 96 PAGES

A history of the evolution of nine London parks from their days as private hunting land to monarchy acquisition to current status as a manicured public space. Divided into chapters by park, including Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, Windsor Great Park and St. James's Park. (GRB151, $15.95)

Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal


by Giles Tillotson | Mary Beard

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 190 PAGES

An enlightening pocket guide to the myth, meaning and legends of the celebrated tomb, "the queen of architecture." (IDA528, $14.95)

Lawrence of Arabia


by Liddell Hart

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1989
  • PAPER
  • 405 PAGES

A lively biography of T. E. Lawrence (a.k.a. Lawrence of Arabia), long the standard. With 17 photos and 10 maps. (JRD07, $18.95)

Lords of the Atlas

Lords of the Atlas


by Gavin Maxwell

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 316 PAGES
  • HARD TO FIND ELSEWHERE

A classic account of the tribal warlords of the Atlas Mountains -- and of life in French colonial Morocco. A rousing tale and excellent introduction to Marrakech. (MRC35, $34.95)

Sacred Places of a Lifetime

Sacred Places of a Lifetime


by National Geographic Society

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2008
  • HARD COVER
  • 400 PAGES

Lake Atitlan, Devil's Tower, Tikal, Stonehenge, Temple Mount and Angkor Wat are included in this expansively photographed survey of 500 of the world's mountains, monuments, temples and other places with the power to transform. (TVL458, $40.00)

Seven Pillars of Wisdom, A Triumph

Seven Pillars of Wisdom, A Triumph


by T.E. Lawrence

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1991
  • PAPER
  • 672 PAGES

The monumental story of Lawrence of Arabia, as colorful and long as the famous movie it inspired. Some of the action is set around Wadi Rum in Jordan. (MDE20, $21.00)

The Art of Travel

The Art of Travel


by Alain de Botton

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

A digressive riff on desire, happiness and how best to experience travel by the Proust scholar and philosopher Alain de Botton who asks: "What is the point of traveling?" (TVL13, $16.00)

The Snorkeller's Guide to the Coral Reef, From the Red Sea to the Pacific Ocean

The Snorkeller's Guide to the Coral Reef, From the Red Sea to the Pacific Ocean


by Paddy Ryan

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 184 PAGES

This take-along guide covers coral reefs, fish, invertebrates and plants of the Indo-Pacific and includes 200 color photographs. (DIV18, $21.99)

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