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The Path Between the Seas

The Path Between the Seas

by David McCullough

  • HISTORY
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 700 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

A great story, admirably told in vivid, page-turning detail, this is the one book to read on the creation of the Panama Canal. (CAM32, $20.00)

Nature of the Rainforest, Costa Rica and Beyond

Nature of the Rainforest, Costa Rica and Beyond

by Adrian Forsyth | E.O. Wilson | Michael Fogden

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 200 PAGES

Our favorite biologist-writer returns to the Neotropics in this beautifully illustrated, oversized overview of the rainforest. With chapters on Monteverde and Guanacaste, plants, frogs and snakes, birds, monkeys and jaguars, the sloth, peculiar insects and biodioversity, the book is a marvelous, anecdotal introduction to ecology, evolution and conservation. (CRC67, $29.95)

The Wildlife of Costa Rica, A Field Guide

The Wildlife of Costa Rica, A Field Guide

by Zona Tropical Publications

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 360 PAGES

This Zona Tropical guide includes 450 of the most common, interesting and charismatic mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and arthropods that you are likely to encounter. Each has exquisite full-color illustrations by Fiona Reid (mammals), Robert Dean (birds) and friends. (CRC77, $29.95)

National Geographic Costa Rica

National Geographic Costa Rica

by Christopher P. Baker

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

This stylish and informative travel resource features 200 photographs, many maps and good information on the country's history, nature and culture. (CRC26, $22.95)

Central America Map

Central America Map

by ITMB

  • 2012
  • MAP

A detailed map of the Central American isthmus at a scale of 1:1,100,000. (CAM20, $12.95)

 
National Geographic Panama

National Geographic Panama


by Christopher Baker

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

Award-winning travel writer and photographer Christopher Baker introduces the history, nature and attractions of Panama, thoroughly illustrated in National Geographic's style. (PNM35, $22.95)

A Brief History of Central America

A Brief History of Central America


by Hector Perez-Brignoll

  • HISTORY
  • 1989
  • PAPER
  • 223 PAGES

A good overview of the region's economic, political and social history through the 1980s by a professor at the University of Costa Rica. Well-written, informative and concise. (CAM49, $29.95)

How Wall Street Created a Nation: J.P. Morgan, Teddy Roosevelt, and the Panama Canal

How Wall Street Created a Nation: J.P. Morgan, Teddy Roosevelt, and the Panama Canal


by Ovidio Diaz Espino

  • HISTORY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 276 PAGES

An intriguing look into the treachery, behind-the-scenes financial wrangling and Roosevelt-era dollar diplomacy that resulted in both the Panama Canal and the establishment of Panama as an independent nation. (PNM23, $16.95)

The Building of the Panama Canal in Historic Photographs

The Building of the Panama Canal in Historic Photographs


by Ulrich Keller

  • HISTORY
  • 1983
  • PAPER
  • 111 PAGES

These archival photographs tell the story of the people who built the Panama Canal, the engineers who designed it and the changes wrought on the landscape through its construction. (CAM41, $14.95)

The Ticos

The Ticos


by Richard Biesanz

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 307 PAGES
  • HARD TO FIND ELSEWHERE

This insightful, fact-filled portrait of the Costa Rican people details their culture, history and society. (CRC32, $22.95)

Costa Rica, A Traveler's Literary Companion

Costa Rica, A Traveler's Literary Companion


by Barbara Ras

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 238 PAGES

These 26 well-chosen stories by Costa Rican writers introduce the people, culture and land. (CRC03, $14.95)

Costa Rica, A Journey Through Nature

Costa Rica, A Journey Through Nature


by Adrian Hepworth

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 208 PAGES

Dividing the book by ecosystem and geographic area, BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year Hepworth's color photographs showcase the diversity of Costa Rica's wildlife and habitats. (CRC68, $39.95)

Island, How Islands Transform the World

Island, How Islands Transform the World


by J. Edward Chamberlin

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2013
  • HARD COVER
  • 256 PAGES

A professor of literature, Chamberlin uses islands and their allure as a point of departure for wide-ranging essays covering history, geology, pop culture and much more. Seafaring, biogeography and the origin of species, islands real and imagined, Homer, Darwin, Newfoundland and the islets of Langerhans (located in your pancreas) all find a place in this eccentrically organized celebration. (NAT269, $19.95)

The Monkey's Bridge, Mysteries of Evolution in Central America

The Monkey's Bridge, Mysteries of Evolution in Central America


by David Rains Wallace

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 280 PAGES

Opening this absorbing account of the history and biogeography of the Central American isthmus with the tale of Columbus, Wallace often weaves his own travels in the region with a crisp overview of exploration, nature and evolution. Natural history buffs and ecologically minded travelers will appreciate this valuable resource. (CAM56, $18.95)

The Tapir's Morning Bath

The Tapir's Morning Bath


by Elizabeth Royte

  • SCIENCE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

An engaging account of ecological research and ecologists at Barro Colorado Island, the Smithsonian Institution's Tropical Research Station in Panama. (AMZ74, $18.95)

Wild Costa Rica

Wild Costa Rica


by Adrian Hepworth

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2008
  • HARD COVER
  • 176 PAGES

This beautiful, informative survey of the habitats, wildlife and protected areas of Costa Rica features 200 color photographs and chapters on natural history and conservation. (CRC69, $31.95)

A Guide to the Birds of Panama with Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Honduras

A Guide to the Birds of Panama with Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Honduras


by Robert Ridgely | J.A. Gwynne

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 534 PAGES

This comprehensive field guide, noteworthy for its beautiful color plates, covers additional species found in Nicaragua, Honduras and Costa Rica. (CAM07, $59.95)

Costa Rica, Travellers' Wildlife Guides

Costa Rica, Travellers' Wildlife Guides


by Les Beletsky

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

This handy field guide features 350 color illustrations of commonly encountered birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles. With chapters on habitats, parks and conservation. (CRC11, $29.99)

Costa Rican Wildlife

Costa Rican Wildlife


by Pocket Naturalist

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2000
  • PLASTIC CARD

Put it in your pocket! This handy, fold-up card includes color illustrations of dozens of typical birds, mammals and reptiles. We also carry plastic cards for Costa Rica Birds (Item CRC56) and Costa Rica Butterflies & Moths (Item CRC57), $5.95 each. (CRC24, $8.95)

Panama Wildlife Guide

Panama Wildlife Guide


by Rainforest Publications

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2009
  • PLASTIC CARD
  • 14 PAGES

This handy 14-panel fold-up card features expert color illustrations of dozens of birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles. (PNM27, $7.95)

The Birds of Costa Rica

The Birds of Costa Rica


by Richard Garrigues | Robert Dean

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 387 PAGES

Designed for the field, this new guide includes multiple illustrations for 820 species of birds. (CRC53, $29.95)

The Birds of Panama

The Birds of Panama


by Robert Dean | George R. Angehr

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 464 PAGES

Created for the field, with range maps, illustrations and descriptions on facing pages. (PNM46, $35.00)

The Mammals of Costa Rica, A Natural History and Field Guide

The Mammals of Costa Rica, A Natural History and Field Guide


by Oscar Arias | Mark Wainwright

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 454 PAGES

From jaguars to howler monkeys, this guide covers the fascinating and diverse wildlife of Costa Rica and the tropics. (CRC54, $29.95)

Tropical Plants of Costa Rica

Tropical Plants of Costa Rica


by Willow Zuchowski

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 529 PAGES

Organized by habitat, this photo guide to 400 species has chapters on popular destinations, including Monteverde and Tortuguero. (CRC55, $35.00)

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