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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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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 Northern Lights, Celestial Performances of the Aurora Borealis

The Northern Lights, Celestial Performances of the Aurora Borealis

by Calvin Hall | Daryl Pederson

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES

Shot in Alaska, one of the best places to watch the northern lights, these images capture the natural phenomenon in all its splendor and majesty. Hall and Pederson's 160 photographs were taken with ultra-HD cameras during a period of unusually high solar activity. (ARC342, $19.95)

St Petersburg, Shadows of the Past

St Petersburg, Shadows of the Past

by Catriona Kelly

  • HISTORY
  • 2016
  • PAPER
  • 488 PAGES

Suited for travelers and academic readers, this cultural overview combines oral history, literature, art, journalism and archival materials to describe what life has been like in the extraordinary, yet elusive, Russian city. (RUS577, $27.50)

Moscow, St. Petersburg & the Golden Ring

Moscow, St. Petersburg & the Golden Ring

by Masha Nordbye

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 728 PAGES

A newly updated guide with a wealth of cultural information on Moscow, St. Petersburg and the Golden Ring, those picturesque cities northeast of Moscow rich in museums and cultural monuments. (RUS517, $27.95)

St. Petersburg Map

St. Petersburg Map

by Borch Maps

  • 2013
  • MAP

A detailed, laminated city plan at a scale of 1:11,000. (RUS89, $9.95)

Moscow Map

Moscow Map

by Borch Maps

  • 2014
  • MAP

A detailed, laminated city plan of Moscow at a scale of 1:15,000, with street index inset. Place names are in transliterated English. Two Sides. 20x26 inches. (RUS572, $9.95)

 
Russia West Map

Russia West Map


by Reise Know How

  • 2013
  • MAP

Reise's rip-resistant and waterproof map of western Russia depicts the area's roads and cities with some topographic detail. Printed in color, scaled at 1:2 million. (RUS593, $14.95)

Northern Lights, A Practical Travel Guide

Northern Lights, A Practical Travel Guide


by Polly Evans

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 48 PAGES

With helpful advice on viewing the Northern Lights in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Greenland, Canada and Alaska, this Bradt guide has essential information on forecasts, the science behind the lights, photography and how to dress. (ARC350, $8.99)

Lenin's Tomb

Lenin's Tomb


by David Remnick

  • HISTORY
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 588 PAGES
  • COMING IN APRIL

A gripping eyewitness tale of the collapse of the Soviet Union. Remnick, the Washington Post reporter on the scene, combines fine historical scholarship with great storytelling. (RUS07, $18.00)

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)

Putin Mystique

Putin Mystique


by Anna Arutunyan

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 330 PAGES

In this exploration of the love-hate relationship between the Russians and their notorious leader, journalist Arutunyan hypothesizes that Putin's power stems from the people he rules. (RUS555, $20.00)

Running with Reindeer, Encounters in Russian Lapland

Running with Reindeer, Encounters in Russian Lapland


by Roger Took

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

An absorbing account of travels among the reindeer herding Saami in 1990s Russia. Took captures the wide landscapes, people and political instability of the wilderness surrounding Murmansk. (RUS221, $17.95)

Sunlight at Midnight: St. Petersburg and the Rise of Modern Russia

Sunlight at Midnight: St. Petersburg and the Rise of Modern Russia


by W. Bruce Lincoln

  • HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 432 PAGES

A wonderfully written, informative portrait of St. Petersburg, focusing on the city's development in the 18th and 19th centuries as Russia's "window on the West." Highly recommended for travelers with an interest in the character and significance of the city and its monuments. (RUS128, $19.95)

The Romanovs, 1613-1918

The Romanovs, 1613-1918


by Simon Sebag Montefiore

  • HISTORY
  • 2016
  • HARD COVER
  • 816 PAGES

Lengthy but accessible, this history takes readers into the inner-workings of the Romanov family that ruled Russia for over three centuries. Montefiore balances information on governmental function with biographic details about each emperor and empress. (RUS574, $35.00)

Moscow & St. Petersburg 1900-1920: Art, Life, & Culture of the Russian Silver Age

Moscow & St. Petersburg 1900-1920: Art, Life, & Culture of the Russian Silver Age


by John E. Bowlt

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2008
  • HARD COVER
  • 395 PAGES

A lavishly illustrated history of Russia's Silver Age, the period of artistic renaissance that flourished as Imperial Russia's power waned. (RUS457, $55.00)

My Hermitage

My Hermitage


by Mikhail B. Piotrovsky

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2015
  • HARD COVER
  • 432 PAGES

Following a popular Russian documentary of the same name, the accessible essays collected here explore the rich history of the landmark and its priceless, world-famous collection. (RUS530, $50.00)

Catherine the Great

Catherine the Great


by Robert K. Massie

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 625 PAGES

Eager readers of Massie's Nicholas and Alexandra or the Pulitzer Prize-winning Peter the Great will not be disappointed by this latest, an old-fashioned tale of politics, power and 18th-century Europe, drawing effectively from the ambitious Catherine's own memoirs. (RUS470, $20.00)

Peter the Great, His Life and World

Peter the Great, His Life and World


by Robert Massie

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 914 PAGES

In this Pulitzer Prize-winning biography, Massie portrays the giant of history who transformed Russia from backwater tsardom into a major empire. (RUS48, $20.00)

Sixty Degrees North

Sixty Degrees North


by Malachy Tallack

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2016
  • HARD COVER
  • 352 PAGES

Beginning in his hometown in Shetland, Malachy Tallack walks along the 60th parallel through Scandinavia, Greenland, Alaska, Russia and Canada, considering larger themes of isolation, wildness and exile and the ways people interact with the land. (SCT251, $26.95)

The Empress of Art, Catherine the Great and the Transformation of Russia

The Empress of Art, Catherine the Great and the Transformation of Russia


by Susan Jaques

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2016
  • HARD COVER
  • 384 PAGES

In her magisterial biography of Russian czarina Catherine the Great, Susan Jaques shows how the leader modernized Russia through a ravenous acquisition of art -- a visionary idea that put Catherine far ahead of her time. (RUS573, $35.00)

A Traveller's Companion to St. Petersburg

A Traveller's Companion to St. Petersburg


by Laurence Kelly

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 285 PAGES

This illuminating selection of readings, enhanced by maps and engravings, covers the city from its founding to the fall of the Tsars. Includes chapters on early days, palaces and museums, politics, and iconic places throughout the city. (RUS214, $16.95)

Enchantments

Enchantments


by Kathryn Harrison

  • LITERATURE
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 329 PAGES

Harrison sets her enthralling novel in St. Petersburg in 1917 as the Romanov's topple, telling her tale from the point of view of Rasputin's daughters. (RUS478, $15.00)

Snowdrops

Snowdrops


by A.D. Miller

  • LITERATURE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

Shortlisted for the Booker, this psychological thriller follows the fate of a young British lawyer in casually corrupt contemporary Moscow. (RUS467, $14.95)

A Complete Guide to Arctic Wildlife

A Complete Guide to Arctic Wildlife


by Richard Sale

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 464 PAGES

This stunning primer features hundreds of spectacular color photographs, range maps and descriptions of 200 birds and 77 mammals. (ARC190, $35.00)

The Arctic

The Arctic


by Elizabeth Warner | Sven-Olof Lindblad

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2016
  • HARD COVER
  • 224 PAGES

Presenting the best works from a range of Arctic photographers, this unparalleled collection celebrates the region's beautiful landscapes, biodiversity, native peoples and rapidly changing environment. (ARC356, $50.00)

The Northern Lights, The True Story of the Man Who Unlocked the Secrets of the Aurora Borealis

The Northern Lights, The True Story of the Man Who Unlocked the Secrets of the Aurora Borealis


by Lucy Jago

  • SCIENCE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

The compelling story of Kristian Birkeland, the turn-of-the-century Norwegian scientist who devoted his career to understanding the aurora borealis, this book also covers the science, history, myth and romance of the phenomenon. (ARC104, $16.95)

The Arctic Guide, Wildlife of the Far North

The Arctic Guide, Wildlife of the Far North


by Sharon Chester

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2016
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

Written for travelers and naturalists alike, this comprehensive guide to the flora and fauna of the Arctic covers 800 species. Each profile features color illustrations, range maps and full descriptions. (ARC333, $27.95)

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