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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 World of Venice

The World of Venice

by Jan Morris

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 315 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Morris displays her talent for research, telling anecdote and well-wrought prose in this spirited portrait of a beloved city, its history and inhabitants. If you are going to read one book on Venice, we recommend this favorite. (ITL12, $18.95)

Budapest 1900

Budapest 1900

by John Lukacs

  • HISTORY
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 255 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER

Written by a distinguished historian and native son, this richly detailed portrait of the city at its zenith includes hundreds of illustrations. (HGR01, $17.00)

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, $19.00)

DK Eyewitness Top Ten Venice

DK Eyewitness Top Ten Venice

by Gillian Price

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2016
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES

A compact, illustrated guide in the popular series, featuring favorite attractions in Venice. (ITA18, $14.00)

Eyewitness Guide Eastern and Central Europe

Eyewitness Guide Eastern and Central Europe

by DK Publishing

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 640 PAGES

This hefty, visually stunning guide covers 17 countries from Hungary and the Czech Republic to the Balkans. A great companion toTallinn, Krakow, Prague, Budapest, Dubrovnik or Ljubljana.Dubrovnik or Ljubljana. (EUR385, $30.00)

Central Europe Map

Central Europe Map

by Freytag & Berndt

  • 2010
  • MAP
  • BEST SELLER

This colorful regional European map, like the sister map Europe Grand Tour (EUR185), covers from Paris and Amsterdam to Vienna, Prague, Warsaw, Budapest, Rome and Dubrovnik. (EUR12, $14.95)

 
Venice Map

Venice Map


by Borch Maps

  • 2016
  • MAP

A colorful, detailed city map of Venice, perfect for finding your way around the famously labyrinthine streets and canals. (ITL26, $9.95)

Belgrade, A Cultural History

Belgrade, A Cultural History


by David Norris

  • HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

An illuminating tour of the ancient city, its many influences, traditions and culture. (BLK131, $18.95)

Budapest, A Cultural History

Budapest, A Cultural History


by Bob Dent

  • HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

This brilliant guide introduces the history and traditions of this Central European cultural capital, with emphasis on its most important artists and architects. (HGR49, $21.95)

Central Europe, Enemies, Neighbors, Friends

Central Europe, Enemies, Neighbors, Friends


by Lonnie Johnson

  • HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 382 PAGES

An academic survey of the social, political, and economic past of Central Europe and the conflicts that stir modern-day European politics. (EUR69, $54.95)

Danubia, A Personal History of Habsburg Europe

Danubia, A Personal History of Habsburg Europe


by Simon Winder

  • HISTORY
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 576 PAGES

Winder, author of Germania (GER270), considers the legacy of the Habsburg Europe in this charmingly digressive history and travelogue. (CEU46, $20.00)

Europe's Last Summer, Who Started the Great War in 1914?

Europe's Last Summer, Who Started the Great War in 1914?


by David Fromkin

  • HISTORY
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

Fromkin puts the imperial struggle between Germany and Austro-Hungary over Serbia at the heart of this enthralling, persuasive analysis of the events leading towards World War I. (EUR183, $17.95)

In Search of Dracula

In Search of Dracula


by Raymond McNally

  • HISTORY
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 297 PAGES

This history of Vlad Tepes (AKA Vlad the Impaler), the Romanian warrior prince and inspiration for Bram Stoker's infamous blood-drinking count, draws on oral histories and archaeological evidence and also examines Dracula's many incarnations in film and literature. (EUR193, $18.95)

Logavina Street, Life and Death in a Sarajevo Neighborhood

Logavina Street, Life and Death in a Sarajevo Neighborhood


by Barbara Demick

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 232 PAGES

LA Times Bureau Chief in Asia Demick (Nothing to Envy) revisits the war in the Balkans from the perspective of the inhabitants of a single Sarajevo street. (BLK168, $16.00)

The Balkans, A Short History

The Balkans, A Short History


by Mark Mazower

  • HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 188 PAGES

With eloquence and clarity, Mazower addresses issues of geography, nationalism and nation in this indispensable survey. (BLK28, $16.00)

The Balkans: Nationalism, War, and the Great Powers, 1804-2011

The Balkans: Nationalism, War, and the Great Powers, 1804-2011


by Misha Glenny

  • HISTORY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 752 PAGES

Longtime central European correspondent for the BBC based in Vienna, Glenny (The Fall of Yugoslavia) poignantly challenges the role of the Great Powers in this survey, newly revised and updated to cover developments in the region through 2011. (BLK32, $26.00)

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, $23.00)

The Romani Gypsies

The Romani Gypsies


by Yaron Matras

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 320 PAGES

Matras delves into the history of the Romani, an ancient and misunderstood European culture that has survived through modern times. (EUR470, $29.95)

Zagreb, A Cultural History

Zagreb, A Cultural History


by Celia Hawkesworth

  • HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

An illuminating account of the tumultuous but vibrant history of Croatia's capital, with a strong focus on the art and architecture of the city. (BLK113, $15.95)

The Genius of Venice, Piazza San Marco and the Making of the Republic

The Genius of Venice, Piazza San Marco and the Making of the Republic


by Dial Parrott

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2013
  • HARD COVER
  • 413 PAGES

With 112 color illustrations and four maps, the Genius of Venice presents the magnificent buildings of the celebrated piazza as, in the words of John Ruskin, the "living books of history" in this handsome cultural history. (ITA376, $40.00)

Bluebird, A Memoir

Bluebird, A Memoir


by Maric Vesna

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

In this gripping tale, Maric recounts the story of how she took refuge in Britain after war broke out in Bosnia. This is a journey of refugees, their survival, their romances and their ability to find home again. (BLK150, $14.95)

Forbidden Bread, A Memoir

Forbidden Bread, A Memoir


by Erica Johnson-Debeljak

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 282 PAGES

A love letter to her husband and an introduction to his world, Debeljak chronicles upending her life in New York to marry a Slovenian poet. Debeljak lives in Ljubljana with her husband and their three children. (BLK172, $15.95)

Once upon a Yugoslavia, When the American Way Met Tito's Third Way

Once upon a Yugoslavia, When the American Way Met Tito's Third Way


by Surya Green

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

Set against the backdrop of Tito's Yugoslavia, this first-person narrative was penned by an American woman who spent 1968 working at a film studio in Zagreb. Green reflects on the former nation-state, its everyday people, American versus communist values and the contemporary phenomenon of "Yugo-nostalgia." (BLK210, $17.95)

Street Without a Name, Childhood and Other Misadventures in Bulgaria

Street Without a Name, Childhood and Other Misadventures in Bulgaria


by Kapka Kassabova

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2009
  • HARD COVER
  • 338 PAGES

Born in 1973, Kassabova traces her coming-of-age in Communist Sofia and bittersweet return to a land transformed over the last 30 years in this captivating, candid memoir and travelogue. (BLG38, $24.95)

Trieste and the Meaning of Nowhere

Trieste and the Meaning of Nowhere


by Jan Morris

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 208 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Morris called this her favorite book, a loving celebration of the city and its faded glory. Creased between Slovenia and the sea, the elusive sea port has an enchanting identity that imparts a "sweet melancholy" to her remembrances of past travels. (ITL347, $15.00)

Death at La Fenice

Death at La Fenice


by Donna Leon

  • MYSTERY
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 270 PAGES

The first of the tremendously good Guido Brunetti mysteries, all set in the author's beloved Venice, in which a famous conductor is found dead at the celebrated La Fenice theater. (ITL555, $14.99)

Stork Mountain

Stork Mountain


by Miroslav Penkov

  • LITERATURE
  • 2016
  • HARD COVER
  • 448 PAGES

A stunning debut novel that takes readers high into the Strandja Mountains. A young immigrant returns to Bulgaria to find his grandfather. He traces his grandfather's footsteps to the giant oaks where black storks nest, bringing a hidden past to life. (BGR16, $26.00)

The Cellist of Sarajevo

The Cellist of Sarajevo


by Steven Galloway

  • LITERATURE
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

A spare and haunting, wise and beautiful novel about the endurance of the human spirit and the subtle ways individuals reclaim their humanity in a city ravaged by war. (BOS35, $16.00)

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