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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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Ancient Turkey, A Traveller's History

Ancient Turkey, A Traveller's History

by Seton Lloyd

  • HISTORY
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

A lively tale of cultures and conquest, from the Hittites to St. Paul, that illuminates the living past of Turkey's archaeological treasures. This classic by Professor Lloyd, first director of the British Institute of Archaeology at Ankara, is now in a 25th anniversary edition. (TKY43, $29.95)

Turkish Reflections, A Biography of a Place

Turkish Reflections, A Biography of a Place

by Mary Lee Settle

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1991
  • PAPER
  • 253 PAGES

Settle's captivating travelogue is a richly detailed portrait of contemporary Turkey, its people, monasteries, myths, archaeological treasures and living traditions. Exemplary. (TKY08, $16.99)

Eyewitness Guide Turkey

Eyewitness Guide Turkey

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 420 PAGES

Gorgeously illustrated and filled with excellent maps, this compact book provides a thorough overview of history, traditions and sights. (TKY82, $30.00)

Turkey Map

Turkey Map

by Freytag & Berndt

  • 2011
  • MAP

This shaded relief map includes a detailed map of Western Turkey (1:800,000) on the reverse. (TKY29, $14.95)

 
Istanbul Map

Istanbul Map


by Borch Maps

  • 2012
  • MAP

A laminated, colorful map of Istanbul at a scale of 1:11,000. (TKY65, $8.95)

Turkish Coast Adventure Map

Turkish Coast Adventure Map


by National Geographic Society

  • 2012
  • MAP

This handy map (1:760,000), perfect for anyone sailing the Turquoise Coast, shows the western Turkey from Istanbul to Antalya and beyond. (TKY103, $11.95)

Eyewitness Top Ten Turkey's Southwest Coast

Eyewitness Top Ten Turkey's Southwest Coast


by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

A compact illustrated guide in the popular series, featuring favorite attractions, events, restaurants, shops and excursions. (TKY264, $14.00)

Lonely Planet Pocket Istanbul

Lonely Planet Pocket Istanbul


by Verity Campbell

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 152 PAGES

A practical city guide to the city of Istanbul that fits in your pocket, with the top sites, the best walks, food, art, shopping, views, nightlife and more. Includes pull out city map. (TKY151, $13.99)

Lonely Planet Turkish Phrasebook

Lonely Planet Turkish Phrasebook


by Arzu Kurklu

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 260 PAGES

A palm-sized handy guide to pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler. With a 2,000-word mini-dictionary. (TKY115, $9.99)

1453, The Holy War For Constantinople and the Clash of Islam and the West

1453, The Holy War For Constantinople and the Clash of Islam and the West


by Roger Crowley

  • HISTORY
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

In this well-paced history, Crowley recounts the dramatic events leading up to and surrounding the fall of Constantinople to the Ottoman Turks. (TKY114, $16.00)

A Traveller's History of Turkey

A Traveller's History of Turkey


by Richard Stoneman

  • HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 247 PAGES

An accessible, well-written overview of Turkish history from the Paleolithic to the present. (TKY13, $14.95)

Crescent and Star

Crescent and Star


by Stephen Kinzer

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 265 PAGES

This insightful, anecdotal report on contemporary life, culture and politics in Turkey comes from a former New York Times Istanbul bureau chief who is especially attuned to the powerful geographic position of Turkey and its multiple identities in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. (TKY64, $17.00)

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, $18.00)

The Kingdom of the Hittites

The Kingdom of the Hittites


by Trevor Bryce

  • HISTORY
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 576 PAGES

A scholarly, comprehensive history of the ancient Hittite kingdom, drawing from translations of original texts and recent archaeological discoveries. (MED120, $118.25)

The Ottoman Centuries

The Ottoman Centuries


by Lord Kinross

  • HISTORY
  • 1988
  • PAPER
  • 638 PAGES

A richly detailed, engrossing history of the Ottoman Empire from its dawn in 1300 up to the foundation of the modern republic in 1923, enhanced by maps and photos. (ITL54, $18.99)

St. Paul's Ephesus, Texts and Archaeology

St. Paul's Ephesus, Texts and Archaeology


by Jerome Murphy O'Connor

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 289 PAGES

Jerome Murphy-O'Connor transports us back to the ancient city of Ephesus during its heyday, including contemporary accounts from Roman to biblical times and featuring a guided walk through the city as a center of Paul's teachings. (TKY226, $29.95)

The Lycian Shore

The Lycian Shore


by Freya Stark

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 216 PAGES

The Lycian coast and hinterlands are thoroughly explored in this reprint of a classic account of a 1950s journey by the stalwart Freya Stark, one of our heroines. Heading south from Smyrna, Stark explores rock tombs of Xanthus, shores of the Dalyan River, Hellenic cities of Termessos and Pirge and other sites along the Aegean. (TKY249, $17.00)

Istanbul, Memories and the City

Istanbul, Memories and the City


by Orhan Pamuk

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

Nobel Prize-winner Pamuk writes with dazzling grace of the city of his birth, a magical place of crumbling mansions and Ottoman riches. (TKY99, $16.95)

Meander: East to West, Indirectly, Along a Turkish River

Meander: East to West, Indirectly, Along a Turkish River


by Jeremy Seal

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

Jeremy Seal sets out in a kayak across the Anatolian plateau to explore, mixing history, travel and incisive commentary on Turkey today in his third book on the country. He is, ahem, digressive, though that is part of the charm of this engrossing travelogue. (TKY258, $18.00)

The Magic of Turkey, A Guide to the Turkish Coast

The Magic of Turkey, A Guide to the Turkish Coast


by Alfredo Giacon

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 192 PAGES

This spirited account of an Italian couple's two-year voyage covers the bays, anchorages, ancient sites and allure of the coast from Izmir to Bodrum, Fethiye and Antalya. (TKY225, $19.95)

An Evil Eye

An Evil Eye


by Jason Goodwin

  • MYSTERY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

Back from Venice, investigator Yashim is drawn into the mysterious and dangerous intrigues of the sultan's seraglio at Topkapi Palace in the fourth novel of the Edgar Award-winning author's internationally-acclaimed Ottoman Empire Series. (TKY240, $15.00)

Birds Without Wings

Birds Without Wings


by Louis De Bernieres

  • LITERATURE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 480 PAGES

De Bernieres offers sweeping historical scope, memorable characters, drama and many new vocabulary words in this stupendous novel set in Anatolia during the collapse of the Ottoman Empire. (TKY91, $16.00)

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