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Midnight in Siberia, A Journey into the Heart of Russia

Midnight in Siberia, A Journey into the Heart of Russia

by David Greene

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

In this eye-opening travelogue, the former NPR Moscow bureau chief takes a 6,000-mile ride on the Trans-Siberian Railroad, capturing the soul of contemporary Russia. (RUS518, $15.95)

Modern Mongolia, Reclaiming Genghis Khan

Modern Mongolia, Reclaiming Genghis Khan

by Paula Sabloff

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 148 PAGES

This slim primer, richly illustrated with 120 color photographs, covers the sweep and excitement of 20th-century Mongolian history, the country's nomadic heritage and the legacy of Genghis Khan. (MGL37, $19.95)

Nicholas and Alexandra

Nicholas and Alexandra

by Robert Massie

  • HISTORY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 613 PAGES

This entertaining and well-researched history traces the royal relationship and explores how a disease determined the destiny of rulers, the disintegration of the empire and the course of Russian history. (RUS69, $20.00)

Trans-Siberian Handbook

Trans-Siberian Handbook

by Bryn Thomas

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 528 PAGES

This guide features maps, history and practical details for cities and sights from Moscow to Irkutsk and Vladivostok. (RUS73, $22.95)

Russia Map

Russia Map

by International Travel Maps

  • 2011
  • MAP

A double-sided map covering the full route of the Trans-Siberian railway at a scale of 1:6,000,000. (RUS264, $12.95)

 
Culture Smart! Mongolia

Culture Smart! Mongolia


by Alan Sanders

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2016
  • PAPER
  • 168 PAGES

A concise, no-nonsense guide to local customs, etiquette and culture with a short overview of the land and people along with practical travel advice. (MGL84, $11.99)

DK Eyewitness Top Ten Moscow

DK Eyewitness Top Ten Moscow


by Matthew Willis

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES

A compact, illustrated guide in the popular series, featuring favorite attractions. (RUS513, $14.00)

Odyssey Guide Mongolia

Odyssey Guide Mongolia


by Carl Robinson

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 536 PAGES

For this comprehensive illustrated guide, Robinson incorporates contributions from friends and colleagues, including American Museum of Natural History paleontologist Mark Norrell and Smithsonian ethnographer William Fitzhugh. (MGL31, $29.95)

Eagle Dreams, Searching for Legends in Wild Mongolia

Eagle Dreams, Searching for Legends in Wild Mongolia


by Stephen Bodio

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

Charmed from a young age with Kazakh nomads, Stephen Bodio travels to Mongolia, circa 1990. The country has just celebrated its independence, but Bodio is more interested in traditional life as he explores the birthplace of falconry and observes the time-honored traditions that have survived the ages. (MGL82, $19.95)

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, $35.00)

Moving With The Seasons

Moving With The Seasons


by Liza Carter

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 189 PAGES

Writer and photographer Carter collaborated with a Mongolian family in making this book, an intimate season-by-season account of nomadic Mongolian life on the steppe. Carter's personable prose and excellent photography capture the people's daily lives, in many ways still untouched by modernity. (MGL80, $48.00)

Red Fortress, History and Illusion in the Kremlin

Red Fortress, History and Illusion in the Kremlin


by Catherine Merridale

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 528 PAGES

Drawing on the archives of the Kremlin itself, Merridale uses the great fortress, which dates from the 15th century, as a lens, covering the history of Russia from its obscure origins through the times of figures including Ivan the Terrible, Peter the Great, Lenin and Stalin. (RUS501, $25.00)

Siberia, A Cultural History

Siberia, A Cultural History


by Anthony Haywood

  • HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

Haywood traces the history of the region from early indigenous cultures through Stalin's reign to the present with aplomb. (SIB65, $16.95)

To the Edge of the World, The Story of the Trans-Siberian Express

To the Edge of the World, The Story of the Trans-Siberian Express


by Christian Wolmar

  • HISTORY
  • 2016
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

Weaving together fascinating personality sketches, vivid travelogue and socio-economics, Christian Wolmar examines the success of the Trans-Siberian Railroad, the vital artery that stretches 6,000 miles across the impressive landscape of the expansive nation. (SIB76, $17.99)

Women of Mongolia

Women of Mongolia


by Martha Avery

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 187 PAGES

An astoundingly diverse sample of contemporary Mongolian women from every segment of the country. Each woman is profiled with a photograph and a brief first-person description of her life. (MGL07, $19.95)

Dead Mountain: The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident

Dead Mountain: The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident


by Donnie Eichar

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

Eichar explores the mysterious deaths of the nine hikers involved in the Dyatlov Pass Incident in a gripping narrative that draws on journal entries and photographs, government documents and his own experience following in the footsteps of the doomed party through the Ural Mountains. (RUS553, $15.95)

Lake Baikal

Lake Baikal


by Jim Denevan

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 176 PAGES

In 2010 artist Jim Denevan traveled to Siberia's Lake Baikal to create a stunning, ephemeral artwork: he and his team inscribed the ice with a series of circles based on the Fibonacci sequence (where each number is the sum of the previous two). This gorgeous, oversize book (12 1/4 x 9 1/2 inches) documents the project in 90 full-color photographs by Jake Burghart and Peter Hinson and includes a documentary DVD. It's a splendid introduction to the region's harshness and beauty. (SIB72, $65.00)

Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World


by Jack Weatherford

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

Weatherford interweaves his own travels and field work on the Central Asian steppe, much of it on horseback, with a lively portrait of Genghis Khan and the world of the medieval Mongols (CAS106, $16.00)

Genghis Khan, His Conquests, His Empire, His Legacy

Genghis Khan, His Conquests, His Empire, His Legacy


by Frank McLynn

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2016
  • PAPER
  • 704 PAGES

In this astute biography, McLynn measures the deeds of Genghis Khan against the conclusions of history. Although Khan and his Mongol hordes have the historic ill repute of being a bunch of criminals and thugs, McLynn captures Khan's genius as an empire-builder and innovator. (CAS242, $19.99)

In Siberia

In Siberia


by Colin Thubron

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Thubron captures the beauty, personality, contradictions and harsh nature of this huge land in this classic account of a 15,000-mile, cross-continental odyssey from the Yenisei to Baikal, Khabarovsk and Magadan. (SIB14, $14.99)

The Consolations of the Forest

The Consolations of the Forest


by Sylvain Tesson

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2013
  • HARD COVER
  • 243 PAGES

A Parisian journalist chucks it all to live alone for five months in an isolated hut on the shores of Lake Baikal in this reflective account that tackles not only chopping firewood and finding food but also questions like "how should a person live?" (SIB74, $24.95)

The New Tsar, The Rise and Reign of Vladimir Putin

The New Tsar, The Rise and Reign of Vladimir Putin


by Steven Lee Myers

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2016
  • PAPER
  • 592 PAGES

Complicated world leader, former KGB agent and man of enormous ambition, Myers' Putin has few scruples and quickly silences dissenters. A keen and insightful biography by the former New York Times Moscow bureau chief. (RUS567, $19.00)

Wild East, The New Mongolia

Wild East, The New Mongolia


by Jill Lawless

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 230 PAGES

Lawless captures the startling contrasts of emerging technologies, MTV culture and crumbling Soviet heritage on the wide, open plains in this entertaining tale of life in modern Mongolia. (MGL27, $16.95)

The Blue Sky

The Blue Sky


by Galsan Tschinag

  • LITERATURE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

Set in the Altai Mountains of northern Mongolia, this novel confronts the clashes between the nomadic Tuvan people's ancient way of life and the pervasive influence of modern society. First of a trilogy that includes MGL78 and MGL77. (MGL79, $15.00)

The White Mountain

The White Mountain


by Galsan Tschinag

  • LITERATURE
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 272 PAGES
  • COMING IN MARCH

This gripping and lyrical novel is Tschinag's third installment on life in Mongolia, a coming-of-age story which details the vanishing culture of his native Tuvan people. It finds Dshurunkuwaa, now an adult, using his shamanic powers and poetic gifts to describe the tragedy and magic of life in his native Altai Mountains. (MGL77, $24.00)

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