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Treasures of Eastern Europe

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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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Eastern Europe!

Eastern Europe!

by Tomek E. Jankowski

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 595 PAGES
  • COMING IN FEBRUARY

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 the fall of Yugoslavia. Jankowski divulges, in an epilogue, the recipe for Mrs. Jankowska's Homemade Pierogis. (EUR441, $24.95)

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)

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)

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)

Lonely Planet Eastern Europe

Lonely Planet Eastern Europe

by Lonely Planet

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 480 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, $27.99)

Eastern Europe Map

Eastern Europe Map

by Freytag & Berndt

  • 2013
  • MAP

A detailed travel map of Eastern Europe and the Black Sea, at a scale of 1:2,000,000. (EUR36, $14.95)

 
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)

Insight Guides Explore Krakow

Insight Guides Explore Krakow


by Renata Rubnikowicz

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

Perfect for the self-guided explorer, this easy-to-use guide to Krakow recommends 14 tours around the island, including coverage of dining, sites, shopping and entertainment plus maps and full-color photographs. (PLD87, $12.99)

Lonely Planet Eastern Europe Phrasebook

Lonely Planet Eastern Europe Phrasebook


by Lonely Planet

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 454 PAGES

This handy pocket phrasebook includes pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary. (EUR347, $10.99)

Pocket Rough Guide Venice

Pocket Rough Guide Venice


by Jonathan Buckley

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2016
  • PAPER
  • 176 PAGES

By the savvy editors at Rough Guide, these just-right guides are bundled with a pullout map. (ITA255, $12.99)

Walking Prague, The Best of the City

Walking Prague, The Best of the City


by Will Tizard

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 192 PAGES

An illustrated, literate guide to scenic and historical walks throughout Prague, much enhanced by color photography and maps. Compact, but includes background on culture and natural history. (CZH115, $14.95)

A Nervous Splendor, Vienna 1888-1889

A Nervous Splendor, Vienna 1888-1889


by Frederic Morton

  • HISTORY
  • 1980
  • PAPER
  • 340 PAGES

A portrait of Vienna at the end of the 19th century, this book focuses on Crown Prince Rudolph, his devastating suicide and the rich texture of gossip and daily life at the Habsburg Court. (AST16, $17.00)

Berlin Now, The City After the Wall

Berlin Now, The City After the Wall


by Peter Schneider | Sophie Schlondorff

  • HISTORY
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

Schneider's history contrasts East and West Berlin, explaining how the vibrant metropolis was shaped by the Cold War. (GER311, $15.00)

Berlin, Portrait of a City Through the Centuries

Berlin, Portrait of a City Through the Centuries


by Rory MacLean

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 432 PAGES

This beautifully observed portrait of Berlin explores the city's volatile history over five centuries through two dozen key residents, from Berlin's charismatic dictators to its iconic mythmakers. (GER334, $18.00)

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)

Forgotten Land, Journeys Among the Ghosts of East Prussia

Forgotten Land, Journeys Among the Ghosts of East Prussia


by Max Egremont

  • HISTORY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 359 PAGES

Egremont seeks out old landowning families, politicians and others for this vivid portrait of a land which was once easternmost Germany. (GER288, $17.00)

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. Appelbaum is married to Poland's current Foreign Minister, Radek Sikorski. (EUR428, $17.95)

Kingdom of Auschwitz

Kingdom of Auschwitz


by Otto Friedrich

  • HISTORY
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES

Otto Friedrich's slim book is an intensely personal account of the infamous Auschwitz death camp. He covers the entire history of Auschwitz in short chapters punctuated with eyewitness accounts and testimonies. (PLD04, $13.99)

Piazza San Marco

Piazza San Marco


by Iain Fenlon

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

Fenlon reveals the dynamic, colorful and noisy history of this grand square at the heart of Venetian civic life in this sophisticated pocket guide. (ITA113, $16.00)

Prague, Capital of the Twentieth Century, A Surrealist History

Prague, Capital of the Twentieth Century, A Surrealist History


by Derek Sayer

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 642 PAGES

A survey of Czech culture from 1918 to the end of WWII, a golden age of modernism. Sayer deploys his encyclopedic knowledge by focusing on small details in Czech art, design, architecture, literature and music, ultimately weaving these threads into a vivid tapestry. (CZH118, $27.95)

Teutonic Knight

Teutonic Knight


by David Nicolle

  • HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 64 PAGES

This slim history of the Teutonic Knights (1190-1561) includes an excellent overview of towers, castles and settlements from this period scattered throughout the Baltic. With paintings of the knights and their daily life in the region. (BLT39, $18.95)

The Age of Insight, The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind, and Brain, from Vienna 1900 to the Present

The Age of Insight, The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind, and Brain, from Vienna 1900 to the Present


by Eric R. Kandel

  • HISTORY
  • 2012
  • HARD COVER
  • 636 PAGES

A neuroscientist documents the work of five leading minds, including Sigmund Freud and Gustave Klimt, in 1900 Vienna, revealing how their critical breakthroughs in science, medicine and art laid the groundwork for present-day discoveries in cognitive science. (AST118, $50.00)

The Essential Guide to Being Polish

The Essential Guide to Being Polish


by Lech Walesa | 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)

The Haunted Land, Facing Europe's Ghosts After Communism

The Haunted Land, Facing Europe's Ghosts After Communism


by Tina Rosenberg

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 437 PAGES

In this groundbreaking book, a journalist reports on how the newly democratized people of East Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic have confronted the horrors of their former governments. (EUR54, $17.95)

Venice, A New History

Venice, A New History


by Thomas F. Madden

  • HISTORY
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 446 PAGES

With authority, Madden tackles the history of the celebrated city from Roman times onward. (ITA380, $20.00)

Mozart, A Life

Mozart, A Life


by Paul Johnson

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 176 PAGES

Challenging myths surrounding Mozart's health, religion and relationships, biographer Paul Johnson shows the great composer's lasting impact on the musical world with insight. (AST120, $16.00)

Venice Is a Fish

Venice Is a Fish


by Tiziano Scarpa

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 160 PAGES

The hugely popular Venetian novelist, poet and playwright makes his English-language debut with these marvelously digressive essays on the many moods and pleasures of La Serenissima. (ITL964, $12.00)

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)

Fatelessness

Fatelessness


by Imre Kertesz | Tim Wilkinson

  • LITERATURE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

Drawn from Kertesz's own experiences in Auschwitz and Buchenwald, this powerful novel by a Pulitzer Prize-winner tells the story of a teenage boy deported from Budapest to the Nazi death camps in 1944. (CEU26, $15.95)

Leaving Berlin

Leaving Berlin


by Joseph Kanon

  • LITERATURE
  • 2016
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

This engrossing tale of espionage set in Cold War-era East Berlin follows CIA agent Alex Meier (a Jewish refugee from Germany) as he becomes inveigled in a world of deceit and murder, navigating the very uneasy peace between the world's preeminent powers. (GER331, $16.00)

Schindler's List

Schindler's List


by Thomas Keneally

  • LITERATURE
  • 1993
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

A landmark in literature about the Holocaust, this is the compelling story of the transformation of a Nazi tycoon and his rescue of 1,300 Jews from the concentration camps near Plaszow. (GER51, $16.00)

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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