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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 Ghosts of K2, The Epic Saga of the First Ascent

The Ghosts of K2, The Epic Saga of the First Ascent

by Mick Conefrey

  • HISTORY
  • 2016
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

With new access to interviews, diaries, letters and archives, Conefrey tells the fascinating history of K2 -- the lives it's claimed, why it was much harder to climb than Everest and how, in 1954, it was finally conquered. (HML138, $14.99)

Altitude Illness: Prevention and Treatment

Altitude Illness: Prevention and Treatment

by Stephen Bezruchka

  • REFERENCE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES

Bezruchka, a mountaineer and M.D., includes case studies, frequently asked questions and simple methods of diagnosis and treatment in this indispensable pocket guide. (REF02, $8.95)

Odyssey Guide Xinjiang

Odyssey Guide Xinjiang

by Jeremy Tredinnick

  • HISTORY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

This beautifully, authoritative illustrated guide covers with authority the archaeological and cultural riches, Silk Road legacy and fascination of China's enormous Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. (CHN508, $29.95)

Northwest China Map

Northwest China Map

by MapLink

  • 2002
  • MAP

This bird's-eye map takes in the region from Dunhuang west across the Taklamakan to Almaty, Bishkek and the Pamirs. With shaded relief, archaeological sites, roads, tracks and paths, railroads and trade routes. (CHN202, $9.95)

 
Lonely Planet Central Asia Phrasebook

Lonely Planet Central Asia Phrasebook


by Justin Jon Rudelson

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 239 PAGES

A handy pocket phrasebook that focuses on pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler on the Silk Road. (CAS38, $8.99)

Rough Guide to Beijing

Rough Guide to Beijing


by Simon Lewis

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 216 PAGES

A comprehensive guide to Beijing in the hip, literate and very infomative Rough Guide style. It's divided cleanly between practical information and illuminating background on culture and history. (CHN760, $19.99)

The Silk Road, China and the Karakorum Highway

The Silk Road, China and the Karakorum Highway


by Jonathan Tucker | Paul Theroux

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

Tucker includes historical sites, works of art, travelers' accounts by ancient and modern travelers, legends, poetry and literary excerpts, photographs, maps and site-plans in this compact guide to the Silk Road in China, from Xian to Kashgar. (CAS213, $25.00)

China, A History

China, A History


by John Keay

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 578 PAGES

Keay's judicious history covers 5,000 years in China, from the time of the Three Dynasties through Chairman Mao and the current economic transformation of the country. (CHN710, $22.99)

Eurasian Crossroads, A History of Xinjiang

Eurasian Crossroads, A History of Xinjiang


by James A. Millward

  • HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

Millward's engaging survey of Xinjiang's rich environmental, cultural and ethno-political heritage will appeal travelers, students and anyone eager to learn about this strategic crossroads at the center of Asia. (CHN469, $45.00)

Foreign Devils on the Silk Road

Foreign Devils on the Silk Road


by Peter Hopkirk

  • HISTORY
  • 1984
  • PAPER
  • 252 PAGES

Hopkirk's rousing tale of Sven Hedin and other larger-than-life archaeological raiders of the early 20th century captures the excitement of discovery -- and the glories of the Silk Road. (CAS22, $26.95)

The Great Game

The Great Game


by Peter Hopkirk

  • HISTORY
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 565 PAGES
  • FAVORITE
  • HARD TO FIND ELSEWHERE

Hopkirk's spellbinding account of the great struggle for European supremacy in Central Asia takes us over the high mountain passes and through the scorching deserts and caravan towns of the Silk Road, capturing the glamour, intrigue, treachery and adventure of the time. (CAS09, $18.00)

Eric Shipton, The Six Mountain Travel Books

Eric Shipton, The Six Mountain Travel Books


by Eric Shipton

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 800 PAGES

Shipton's extraordinary adventures in the mountains of the Himalayas, East Africa, Central Asia and Patagonia, now in paper. (EXP12, $34.95)

K2, Life and Death on the World's Most Dangerous Mountain

K2, Life and Death on the World's Most Dangerous Mountain


by David Roberts | Ed Viesturs

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2010
  • PAPER

Focusing on seven of the mountain's most dramatic campaigns, from his own troubled ascent to the 2008 tragedy, Viesturs and Roberts crafts an edge-of-your-seat tale of K2, raising questions of risk, ambition, loyalty, self-sacrifice -- and the price of glory. (HML111, $16.00)

K2, the Savage Mountain


by Charles H., M.D. Houston

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 184 PAGES

The remarkable first-hand account of the 1953 first American expedition, led by Dr. Houston. (HML108, $18.95)

No Way Down, Life and Death on K2

No Way Down, Life and Death on K2


by Graham Bowley

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 253 PAGES

Bowley interviews surviving climbers and many Sherpas, porters, and family and friends, for this dramatic account of the disaster on K2 in August 2008 in which many were injured and 11 died. (HML110, $14.99)

The Last Man on the Mountain

The Last Man on the Mountain


by Jennifer Jordan

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 302 PAGES

Jordan brings back with vivid clarity the life and death of middle-aged, inexperienced Dudley Wolfe, of Boston and Rockport, Maine, who set out to become the first man to climb K2 in 1939. (HML109, $16.95)

The Last Step, The American Ascent of K2

The Last Step, The American Ascent of K2


by Rick Ridgeway

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 379 PAGES

Ridgeway's riveting account of 67 days on the mountain and the first American summit with Louis Reichardt, Jim Wickwire and John Roskelley in September 1978. Ridgeway and companions pioneered the Northeast Ridge. (HML107, $21.95)

From Heaven Lake, Travels Through Sinkiang and Tibet

From Heaven Lake, Travels Through Sinkiang and Tibet


by Vikram Seth

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1987
  • PAPER
  • 178 PAGES

An unconventional, award-winning travelogue of a 1981 trip to India from China via the Himalayas by the marvelous Indian novelist Vikram Seth. (HML19, $15.00)

News from Tartary

News from Tartary


by Peter Fleming

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

Fleming's rousing account of a 3,500-mile jaunt from Peking to Sinkiang and on to India, a classic of imperial British wit and style. (CAS46, $18.95)

Ultimate Journey, Retracing the Path of an Ancient Buddhist Monk Who Crossed Asia in Search of Enlightenment

Ultimate Journey, Retracing the Path of an Ancient Buddhist Monk Who Crossed Asia in Search of Enlightenment


by Richard Bernstein

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

In this journey of self-discovery, Bernstein travels across Central Asia from China to India, loosely in the footsteps of the seventh-century Buddhist monk Hsuan Tang. An engaging, informative account of travels. (CAS64, $16.00)

Epic, Stories of Survival from the World's Highest Peaks

Epic, Stories of Survival from the World's Highest Peaks


by Clint Willis

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 342 PAGES

A terrific collection of great writing about mountaineering. (HML37, $17.95)

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