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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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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)

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)

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)

 
Culture Smart! Turkey

Culture Smart! Turkey


by Charlotte McPherson

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 168 PAGES

History, religion, daily life, food, health and safety are all covered in this pocket guide to Turkish customs, etiquette and culture. (TKY127, $9.95)

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)

Turquoise, A Chef's Travels in Turkey

Turquoise, A Chef's Travels in Turkey


by Greg and Lucy Malouf

  • FOOD
  • 2008
  • HARD COVER
  • 356 PAGES

This sumptuous book combines travel, recipes and stunning color photographs of landscapes, people, food and traditions. (TKY192, $50.00)

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 Short History of Byzantium

A Short History of Byzantium


by John Julius Norwich

  • HISTORY
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 432 PAGES

A richly detailed and evocative history of the span of the great empire from the fourth to the 15th century, brimming with intrigue, palace revolution and treachery. (TKY18, $19.00)

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)

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)

Harem, The World Behind the Veil

Harem, The World Behind the Veil


by Alev Lytle Croutier

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 232 PAGES

A fascinating illustrated look at the culture of the Harem -- particularly the well-known quarters at Topkapi Palace in Istanbul. The author combines interviews, history and a wonderful selection of art in this intriguing book. (ARB23, $29.95)

Istanbul and the Civilization of the Ottoman Empire

Istanbul and the Civilization of the Ottoman Empire


by Bernard Lewis

  • HISTORY
  • 1989
  • PAPER
  • 187 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

In this slim volume the great Islamic scholar describes the invasion of Constantinople by the Ottoman Turks on May 29, 1453, evoking the city at this pivotal moment in its long history. (TKY17, $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, $18.00)

The Ancient Mediterranean

The Ancient Mediterranean


by Michael Grant

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1990
  • PAPER
  • 374 PAGES

Grant, a well-known classical scholar, provides this comprehensive history of the peoples and cultures of the Mediterranean, including Egypt, Israel, Crete, Greece, the Roman states and many others. A very well-researched account of Western history's roots. (MED10, $20.00)

Ionia, A Quest

Ionia, A Quest


by Freya Stark

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

With Herodotus as her travelling companion, Stark travels from Smyrna along the coast of Western Turkey, visiting ancient sites from Troy to the Island of Rhodes in this classic account of her 1952 adventure. (TKY224, $18.00)

Istanbul, Memories and the City

Istanbul, Memories and the City


by Orhan Pamuk

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

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

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)

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)

The Iliad

The Iliad


by Homer | Robert Fagles

  • LITERATURE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 704 PAGES

In the excellent Fagles translation -- here presented in a deluxe paper edition -- Homer's Trojan epic hasn't aged a bit in the last 2,700 years. Take it along to Troy and the Aegean. (GRE173, $18.00)

The Janissary Tree

The Janissary Tree


by Jason Goodwin

  • MYSTERY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

With beautiful descriptions of Istanbul and its palaces, this engaging and bizarre historical mystery will keep you reading. The Ottoman Empire mysteries continue with The Snake Stone (TKY156, $14.00) and The Bellini Card (TKY191, $25.00), set in 1840s Venice. (TKY125, $16.00)

The Towers of Trebizond

The Towers of Trebizond


by Rose MacAulay | Jan Morris

  • LITERATURE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 277 PAGES

Mixing high farce, archaeology, history and lively travel writing, Rose MacAulay's impossibly witty short novel is back in a new edition. Originally published in 1956, MacAulay follows the adventures of English missionaries traipsing across Turkey from Istanbul to Trabzon. (TKY15, $16.00)

Turkish Coast, Through Writers' Eyes

Turkish Coast, Through Writers' Eyes


by Rupert Scott

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 300 PAGES
  • HARD TO FIND ELSEWHERE

Editor Rupert Scott reels in dozens of authors, ancient and modern, for this appealing collection of tales set on the shores of Ancient Caria and Lycia, today's Turquoise Coast, including Homer, Lord Byron, Edith Wharton, Freya Stark and Louis de Bernieres. (TKY193, $33.95)

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