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Eastern Europe & Beyond

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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 Travel Book, A Journey Through Every Country in the World

The Travel Book, A Journey Through Every Country in the World

by Lonely Planet Publications

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2010
  • HARD COVER
  • 448 PAGES

Bigger and better than ever (the second edition of the best-selling original), we can't keep our hands off this celebration of the world. Each country, no matter how big or small, gets a colorful double-page spread in this glossy A-to-Z of travel from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. (WLD193, $50.00)

Eastern Europe!, Everything You Need to Know About the History (And More) of a Region That Shaped Our World and Still Does

Eastern Europe!, Everything You Need to Know About the History (And More) of a Region That Shaped Our World and Still Does

by Tomek E. Jankowski

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 595 PAGES

An entertaining history of the region from its stint as an outpost of Rome through the formation of states, Medieval splendor, Ottoman incursions, wars, the Soviet period and fall of Yugoslavia. Jankowski divulges, in an epilogue, the recipe for Mrs. Jankowska's Homemade Pierogis. (EUR441, $24.95)

The Magic Lantern, The Revolution of '89 Witnessed in Warsaw, Budapest, Berlin, and Prague

The Magic Lantern, The Revolution of '89 Witnessed in Warsaw, Budapest, Berlin, and Prague

by Timothy Garton Ash

  • HISTORY
  • 1993
  • PAPER
  • 167 PAGES

With a chapter each on Warsaw, Budapest, Berlin and Prague, this eyewitness account by an astute journalist and historian shows these vibrant cities during a time of great change. (GER36, $15.00)

The Palgrave Concise Historical Atlas of Eastern Europe

The Palgrave Concise Historical Atlas of Eastern Europe

by Dennis Hupchick | Harold Cox

  • HISTORY
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 130 PAGES

The changing borders and complex history of Eastern Europe as told through 52 maps and accompanying essays, organized chronologically. An excellent reference, the book shows the rise of Poland, changing borders of the Ottoman Empire, Hapsburgs and fate of Yugoslavia in admirable clarity. (EUR138, $21.95)

Lonely Planet Eastern Europe

Lonely Planet Eastern Europe

by Lonely Planet

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 1028 PAGES

This practical guide includes Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic as well as the Baltic States, Belarus, Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria and the Balkans. (EUR72, $29.99)

Eastern Europe Map

Eastern Europe Map

by Freytag & Berndt

  • MAP

A detailed travel map of Eastern Europe and the Black Sea, at a scale of 1:2,000,000. (EUR36, $12.95)

 
Bradt City Guide Ljubljana

Bradt City Guide Ljubljana


by Robin McKelvie

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

This guide to the Slovenian city in the authoritative, personal Bradt series includes practical information, suggested walking tours and color maps. (CEU32, $13.99)

City Secrets London

City Secrets London


by Robert Kahn

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 250 PAGES

A connoisseur's guide to the city and its attractions, with personal recommendations by artists, designers, architects and personalities who have made London their home. (GBR327, $19.95)

Cultural Guide to Prague

Cultural Guide to Prague


by Andrew Beattie

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

A survey of the history, architecture, arts, religions and important sites of Prague presented in clear, informative text. (CZH111, $17.00)

Culture Smart! Azerbaijan

Culture Smart! Azerbaijan


by Nikki Kazimova

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • 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. (CCS49, $9.95)

Eyewitness Top Ten Berlin

Eyewitness Top Ten Berlin


by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 192 PAGES

A compact, illustrated guide in the popular series, featuring favorite attractions. (GER267, $14.00)

Lonely Planet's Guide to Travel Photography

Lonely Planet's Guide to Travel Photography


by Lonely Planet Publications

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES

Richard Anson shows you how to avoid common photography mistakes and to develop your compositional and technical skills as a photographer in this fouth edition of Lonely Planet's popular guide. (PHT42, $24.99)

Flavors of Slovenia, Food and Wine from Central Europe's Hidden Gem

Flavors of Slovenia, Food and Wine from Central Europe's Hidden Gem


by Heike Milhench

  • FOOD
  • 2007
  • HARD COVER
  • 288 PAGES

A comprehensive overview of the country's cuisine, folklore and legends. Recipes range from traditional favorites to Milhench's own savory creations. (CEU37, $24.95)

A History of the World in 12 Maps

A History of the World in 12 Maps


by Jerry Brotton

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 544 PAGES
  • COMING IN OCTOBER

Culling maps from classical Greece, Renaissance Europe and both Islamic and Buddhist cultures, Brotton reveals how maps have dramatically altered our view of the world. (MAP38, $20.00)

Berlin, Portrait of a City

Berlin, Portrait of a City


by Hans Christian Adam

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2013
  • HARD COVER
  • 192 PAGES

An extravagantly illustrated history of Berlin, from the fall of Prussia to the present, featuring hundreds of iconic photographs by the likes of Helmut Newton and Frank Capra. A tribute to the city and its civic, social and photographic history, this book especially pays particular homage to Berlin's inhabitants. (GER306, $9.99)

Bury Me Standing

Bury Me Standing


by Isabel Fonseca

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 322 PAGES

This marvelous portrait of the Roma, also known as the Gypsies, offers insight into their music, foods, religions and folk traditions and also examines their influential but complex relationship with Eastern Europe. (EUR09, $16.00)

Gottland, Mostly True Stories from Half of Czechoslovakia

Gottland, Mostly True Stories from Half of Czechoslovakia


by Mariusz Szczygiel

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 304 PAGES

A cultural history told through a collection of stories about human survival during Czechoslovakia's 80-year existence. Szcygiel focuses on artists, writers and performers who responded with craftiness when confronted with the absurdity and pressures of their eras. (CZH104, $25.95)

Heart of Europe, The Past in Poland's Present

Heart of Europe, The Past in Poland's Present


by Norman Davies

  • HISTORY
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 483 PAGES

A history of Poland in reverse chronology from the Solidarity Movement to early civilization, condensed from the author's definitive three-volume history. (PLD06, $25.99)

Iron Curtain, The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956

Iron Curtain, The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956


by Anne Applebaum

  • HISTORY
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 592 PAGES

Drawing on interviews, newly opened archives and personal accounts, Anne Appelbaum traces the Sovietisation of Eastern Europe after WWII in readable, persuasive detail. (EUR428, $17.95)

Land of the Firebird, The Beauty of Old Russia

Land of the Firebird, The Beauty of Old Russia


by Suzanne Massie

  • HISTORY
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 496 PAGES
  • HARD TO FIND ELSEWHERE

Massie traces both minuscule details and larger movements in pre-revolutionary Russian art, literature and daily life in this affectionate overview of 19th-century palaces, courts and culture. (RUS21, $35.00)

Londoners, The Days and Nights of London Now As Told by Those Who Love It, Hate It, Live It, Have Left It, and Long for It

Londoners, The Days and Nights of London Now As Told by Those Who Love It, Hate It, Live It, Have Left It, and Long for It


by Craig Taylor

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 413 PAGES

Drawing on the unforgettable stories of nearly 100 Londoners, Taylor provides a rich and vivid kaleidoscopic view of modern-day London through the diverse voices of the city's citizens who, regardless of whether they love or hate it, capture the heart and soul of one of the world's greatest cities. (GRB69, $16.99)

Moscow, A Cultural History

Moscow, A Cultural History


by Caroline Brooke

  • HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

Caroline Brooke explores the birth and various stages and reinventions of Moscow, from a 12th-century fortress to invasion by Napoleon in 1812 to the rise and fall of communism. Part of the Cityscapes series. (RUS292, $26.95)

National Geographic, Around the World in 125 Years

National Geographic, Around the World in 125 Years


by Reuel Golden

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2013
  • HARD COVER
  • 1468 PAGES

From early romantic images of the exotic through the golden age of Kodachrome all the way to the digital age, these three splendidly produced volumes trace the evolution of National Geographic, of photography and of the way we've seen the world since 1888. Organized geographically, it covers the sweep of nature and culture around the world in 1,500 oversized pages, with photographs by Fran Slanting, Steve Curry, David Doubilet, David Alan Harvey and many, many others. (WLD251, $499.00)

Prague in Black and Gold, Scenes from Life in a European City

Prague in Black and Gold, Scenes from Life in a European City


by Peter Demetz

  • HISTORY
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

Both a history and an accessible guide to the neighborhoods and architecture of the city. (CZH09, $28.00)

Russia of the Tsars

Russia of the Tsars


by Peter Waldron

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

Waldron recounts the exploits of Peter the Great, the Tsars and the splendor of their capital city, St. Petersburg, in this lively, well-illustrated and compact overview of the largest and most diverse empire of its day. (RUS462, $24.95)

The Baltic

The Baltic


by Alan Palmer

  • HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

Palmer chronicles the Baltic region from the Viking era and Byzantine Empire through wars, uprisings and other political conflicts of the 20th century and on to modern times, where he finds a group of nations poised to emerge as some of Europe's most vital democracies. In addition to the prolific British historian's considerable learning, he provides some rather entertaining anecdotes. (BLT22, $19.95)

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)

The Essential Guide to Being Polish

The Essential Guide to Being Polish


by Anna Spysz

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 313 PAGES

"I invite you on this journey into the depths of the Polish soul," writes Lech Walesa in this nuanced guide to Polish history and culture. Co-author Anna Spysz is the former editor of the Krakow Post. One in a new series of cultural handbooks by New European Books. (PLD89, $19.95)

Balkan Ghosts, A Journey through History

Balkan Ghosts, A Journey through History


by Robert D. Kaplan

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 307 PAGES

Kaplan interweaves history, art and culture with his travels through Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Romania and Greece in this regional portrait. (BLK02, $18.00)

Lonely Planet Great Journeys

Lonely Planet Great Journeys


by Lonely Planet Publications

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

Cleverly organized by type of travel (rail, overland, walks and pilgrimages), this enticing photo book covers the sweep of ancient trade routes, modern treks and iconic places, each with color photographs, travel tips and, we were pleased to see, armchair reading. (TVL536, $24.99)

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 Berlin Diaries

The Berlin Diaries


by Marie Vassiltchikov

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1988
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

The compulsively readable wartime account of an emigre Russian princess who was secretary to Adam Von Trott, mastermind of the failed 20th of July plot to assassinate Hitler. Idealistic, vivacious and observant, "Missie" conveys the flavor of Berlin during the 1940s. (GER104, $16.95)

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)

Montenegro, A Novel

Montenegro, A Novel


by Starling Lawrence

  • LITERATURE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 350 PAGES

Steeped in atmosphere, this compelling tale of intrigue set in turn-of-the-century Montenegro evokes the tangled politics of the region -- Muslim, Turk and British. Lawrence follows the adventures of a reluctant British spy, Harwell Auberon, from the Adriatic to mountain villages, capturing the essences of the people and the land. (BLK08, $14.99)

Russian Short Stories

Russian Short Stories


by Robert Chandler

  • LITERATURE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 396 PAGES

This fine collection of tales captures the sweep and soul of Russian literature, including works by Pushkin, Gogol, Dostoevsky, Chekhov and Tolstoy along with lesser-known greats. (RUS288, $18.00)

The Bridge on the Drina

The Bridge on the Drina


by Ivo Andric | Lovette F. Edwards

  • LITERATURE
  • 1977
  • PAPER
  • 318 PAGES

These linked stories by the Nobel Prize-winning author capture the history and complexity of Christian and Muslim relations during Ottoman occupation. The bridge dividing the town of Visegrad was Andric's inspiration. (BLK59, $15.00)

The Dogs of Riga

The Dogs of Riga


by Henning Mankell

  • MYSTERY
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

Swedish detective Kurt Wallander travels from Ystad to Latvia on the shadowy trail of a grisly murder in this second book, steeped in Baltic ambiance. (BLT24, $15.00)

The Unbearable Lightness of Being

The Unbearable Lightness of Being


by Milan Kundera

  • LITERATURE
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

Kundera's intriguing novel, praised for its meditations on the nature of men and women, and on the fearful emptiness of life in Prague under Communist rule. We also carry Kundera's collection of short stories The Book of Laughter and Forgetting. (CZH16, $15.99)

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