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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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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)

The Parthenon

The Parthenon

by Mary Beard

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 204 PAGES

A lively tale of the construction, significance and uses of the 2,500-year-old architectural marvel. (GRE195, $18.00)

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 Budapest

DK Eyewitness Top Ten Budapest

by Craig Turp

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES

A compact, illustrated guide in the popular series, featuring favorite attractions. With a pull-out map and guide. (HGR69, $14.00)

Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia Herzegovina, Yugoslavia, Macedonia Map

Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia Herzegovina, Yugoslavia, Macedonia Map

by Michelin Travel Publications

  • 2012
  • MAP

A handy, folded regional travel map (at a scale of 1:1,000,0000), covering former Yugoslavia. (BLK107, $12.95)

 
Athens Map

Athens Map


by Borch Maps

  • 2015
  • MAP

An excellent laminated map of the city center at a scale of 1:7,500 with inset maps of the Acropolis, Epidaurus, Mycenae, Attica and the surrounding region. (GRE311, $9.95)

Budapest Map

Budapest Map


by Borch Maps

  • 2015
  • MAP

A convenient map of the city center at a scale of 1:11,000. (HGR34, $9.95)

DK Eyewitness Top Ten Athens

DK Eyewitness Top Ten Athens


by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 160 PAGES

A compact illustrated guide in the popular series, featuring favorite attractions, events, restaurants, shops and excursions in Athens. (GRE219, $14.00)

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)

Black Lamb and Grey Falcon: A Journey Through Yugoslavia

Black Lamb and Grey Falcon: A Journey Through Yugoslavia


by Rebecca West | Christopher Hitchens

  • HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 1181 PAGES

First published in 1941, this monumental work explores the complex history of Yugoslavia, its heroes, politics and culture. It's a big, challenging book -- some call it the best ever written on the Balkans. (BLK04, $28.00)

Danube

Danube


by Claudio Magris

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 416 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Mixing history, personalities and literature, Magris traces the course of the Danube from its source in the heart of the Austro-Hungarian Empire through the Balkans to the Black Sea in this anything but conventional travelogue, first published in 1986. (EUR58, $17.00)

Eastern Europe!

Eastern Europe!


by Tomek E. Jankowski

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 595 PAGES

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)

Lords of the Horizons

Lords of the Horizons


by Jason Goodwin

  • HISTORY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 351 PAGES

Goodwin artfully combines his modern travels with scholarship, history and reflection, capturing the outrageous personalities, events and vagaries of the 600-year-old Ottoman Empire. (TKY44, $20.00)

Palgrave Concise Historical Atlas of the Balkans

Palgrave Concise Historical Atlas of the Balkans


by Dennis Hupchick

  • HISTORY
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES

The changing borders and complex history of the Balkans are clearly and concisely shown through 50 double-page maps and accompanying essays, organized chronologically. (BLK41, $23.00)

Salonica, City of Ghosts: Christians, Muslims and Jews, 1430-1950

Salonica, City of Ghosts: Christians, Muslims and Jews, 1430-1950


by Mark Mazower

  • HISTORY
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 528 PAGES

Mazower chronicles the history and culture of Thessaloniki from Byzantium to Ottoman rule with a look at the terrible devastation of WWI in this inviting book, part history and part travelogue. (GRE232, $18.00)

The Balkans, A Short History

The Balkans, A Short History


by Mark Mazower

  • HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 188 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER

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

The Greeks, An Illustrated History

The Greeks, An Illustrated History


by Diane Harris Cline

  • HISTORY
  • 2016
  • HARD COVER
  • 224 PAGES

This accessible photographic history of ancient Greece pays special attention to Greek innovations: great literature and architecture, war tactics, democracy, the Olympics, Socrates and much more. Cline laces the gripping story of the Greek empire with archaeological discoveries. (GRE619, $30.00)

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)

Yugoslavia, Death of a Nation

Yugoslavia, Death of a Nation


by Laura Silber | Allan Little

  • HISTORY
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 403 PAGES

Called "one of the finest volumes to come out of the war" by the New York Times, this book combines eyewitness reports, political commentary and documentary photographs to elucidate the origins and aftermath of the breakup of Yugoslavia. (BLK03, $17.00)

A Visitor's Guide to the Ancient Olympics

A Visitor's Guide to the Ancient Olympics


by Neil Faulkner

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

Archaeologist and historian Neil Faulkner recreates the setting and thrill of the ancient Olympic Stadium in this lively, guide to the games circa 388 B.C. (GRE502, $30.00)

Budapest, From Sunrise to Sunset

Budapest, From Sunrise to Sunset


by Attila P. Kovacs

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

With great color photographs and insider's information, local author Attila Kovacs' profile of Budapest is organized as a day tour of the city, with sites like Buda Castle, Fisherman's Bastion, the Citadel and St. Stephen's Cathedral. The book measures 8 x 8 inches. (HGR88, $29.95)

Between the Woods and the Water

Between the Woods and the Water


by Patrick Leigh Fermor

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

In this sequel to A Time of Gifts (CEU30), Leigh Fermor's classic account of his adventure on foot to Constantinople in 1933, Paddy relates his youthful travels in Hungary and Romania, culminating with his arrival at the Iron Gates on the Danube. (CEU31, $15.95)

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)

How We Survived Communism and Even Laughed

How We Survived Communism and Even Laughed


by Slavenka Drakulic

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1993
  • PAPER
  • 227 PAGES

These short essays capture the absurdity, struggle and day-to-day reality of being a woman in Yugoslavia under communism. Drakulic is an award-winning Croatian journalist and novelist. (BLK38, $15.99)

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)

A Partisan's Daughter

A Partisan's Daughter


by Louis De Bernieres

  • LITERATURE
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 208 PAGES

The unlikely romance between Chris, a morose Londoner and Roza, a fast-talking Yugoslavian, is interwoven with Roza's poignant, witty and shocking tales of her past under the Tito regime. (GBR763, $15.00)

Bosnian Chronicle

Bosnian Chronicle


by Ivo Andric

  • LITERATURE
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 444 PAGES

The first novel in Ivo Andric's Bosnian trilogy. The masterwork is set in the author's home town, Travnik, in the era of the Napoleonic Wars. In the struggle for supremacy, the region stubbornly refuses to submit to any outsider. (BLK201, $16.95)

Montenegro, A Novel

Montenegro, A Novel


by Starling Lawrence

  • LITERATURE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 350 PAGES

Steeped in atmosphere, this compelling tale of intrigue set in turn-of-the-century Montenegro evokes the tangled politics of the region -- Muslim, Turkish and British. Lawrence follows the adventures of reluctant British spy Harwell Auberon from the Adriatic to mountain villages, capturing the essences of the people and the land. (BLK08, $15.99)

The Bridge on the Drina

The Bridge on the Drina


by Ivo Andric | Lovette F. Edwards

  • LITERATURE
  • 1977
  • PAPER
  • 318 PAGES

These linked stories by the Nobel Prize-winning author capture the history and complexity of Christian and Muslim relations during Ottoman occupation. Hewn of stone, the bridge dividing the town of Visegrad was Andric's inspiration. (BLK59, $15.00)

The Color of Smoke, An Epic Novel of the Roma

The Color of Smoke, An Epic Novel of the Roma


by Menyhert Lakatos

  • LITERATURE
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 480 PAGES

First published in Hungarian in 1975, this epic novel provides both a sweeping glance of World War II-era rural Hungary and an intimate glimpse into the interior life of an adolescent coming of age within the harsh but resolutely light-hearted Roma community. (EUR492, $17.95)

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