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Black Sea

Black Sea

by Neal Ascherson

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 306 PAGES

In this skillful regional portrait, Ascherson weaves his own travels and impressions with a fascinating account of the Black Sea's history. From ancient mythology to modern politics, he admirably never loses sight of the sea itself. (RUS46, $22.00)

Borderland, A Journey through the History of Ukraine

Borderland, A Journey through the History of Ukraine

by Anna Reid

  • HISTORY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

Reid, the former Kiev correspondent for The Economist, combines first-person reports, interviews and history in this vivid portrait of the region and its people. With chapters on Kiev and Odessa (RUS84, $17.00)

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 Istanbul

Eyewitness Guide Istanbul

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 280 PAGES

This superbly illustrated guide features unique cutaways, floor plans and reconstructions of major architectural sights, plus a pull-out map clearly marked with attractions and an easy-to-use street index. (TKY86, $25.00)

Russia, Ukraine Belarus Map

Russia, Ukraine Belarus Map

by Marco Polo

  • 2011
  • MAP

This more detailed regional map shows a slice of Russia from Moscow south to the southern shores of the Black Sea. (RUS313, $16.95)

 
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)

Bradt Guide Ukraine

Bradt Guide Ukraine


by Andrew Evans

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 440 PAGES

This guide in the popular British series features comprehensive practical information and provides a short section on the country's history and culture. With over 30 maps. (UKR12, $26.99)

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 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)

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)

Beyond the Edge of the Sea

Beyond the Edge of the Sea


by Mauricio Obregon

  • HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 132 PAGES

The adventures of Jason and the Argonauts, Ulysses and other explorers of the ancient world are recreated in this personal account of ships, navigation and geographical discovery. (MED50, $15.00)

Bury Me Standing

Bury Me Standing


by Isabel Fonseca

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 322 PAGES

This marvelous portrait of the Roma, also known as the Gypsies, offers insight into their music, foods, religions and folk traditions and also examines their influential but complex relationship with Eastern Europe. (EUR09, $16.00)

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)

Crimea: The Great Crimean War, 1854-1856

Crimea: The Great Crimean War, 1854-1856


by Trevor Royle

  • HISTORY
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 564 PAGES

A well-researched military and diplomatic history of the Crimean War. Thorough and detailed yet readable, Royle's battlefield descriptions are especially well-done. (CCS33, $35.00)

Georgia, In the Mountains of Poetry

Georgia, In the Mountains of Poetry


by Peter Nasmyth

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 306 PAGES

A cultural portrait of the Republic of Georgia by a British journalist who has traveled extensively in the region. In its third edition, it's the best book on post-Soviet Georgia, with 170 black-and-white photographs and illustrations (CCS10, $58.95)

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)

Kiev: A Portrait, 1800-1917

Kiev: A Portrait, 1800-1917


by Michael F. Hamm

  • HISTORY
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

From medieval center to important city in Imperial Russia, this scholarly book is a wonderfully informative cultural history of the city and especially its 19th-century legacy. (RUS56, $46.95)

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)

Odessa, A History, 1794-1914

Odessa, A History, 1794-1914


by Patricia Herlihy

  • HISTORY
  • 1991
  • PAPER
  • 432 PAGES

Herlihy contrasts Odessa's rapid development as a cosmopolitan, polyglot port city with the growing tension within its society in the years leading up to WWI in this lively scholarly history. (UKR18, $29.95)

Odessa, Genius and Death in a City of Dreams

Odessa, Genius and Death in a City of Dreams


by Charles King

  • HISTORY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

King (Black Sea, The Moldovans) writes with verve not only of the history of this great port city but also of noteworthy personalities, including Alexander Pushkin, Isaac Babel and Nobel Prize-winning biologist Ilya Mechnikov. (UKR21, $16.95)

Russia, A Concise History

Russia, A Concise History


by Ronald Hingley

  • HISTORY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

Well-known scholar Hingley sketches Russia's multiple transformations from her illiterate, pagan, Slavic roots to a multi-ethnic empire in this highly readable, well-illustrated brief history. (RUS04, $19.95)

The Black Sea, A History

The Black Sea, A History


by Charles King

  • HISTORY
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 296 PAGES

In this lively and entertaining book, which is based on extensive research in multiple languages, King investigates the myriad connections that have made the Black Sea more of a bridge than a boundary, linking religious communities, linguistic groups, empires, and later, nations and states. (EUR173, $35.00)

The Conquerors: Roosevelt, Truman and the Destruction of Hitler's Germany, 1941

The Conquerors: Roosevelt, Truman and the Destruction of Hitler's Germany, 1941


by Michael Beschloss

  • HISTORY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

A bestselling, popular history of the politics and diplomacy among Allied leaders leading up to the Yalta and Potsdam conferences. (GER164, $16.00)

The Romani Gypsies

The Romani Gypsies


by Yaron Matras

  • HISTORY
  • 2015
  • HARD COVER
  • 320 PAGES
  • COMING IN JANUARY

Matras delves into the history of the Romani, an ancient and misunderstood European culture that has survived through modern times. (EUR470, $29.95)

The Ukrainians, Unexpected Nation

The Ukrainians, Unexpected Nation


by Andrew Wilson

  • HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 380 PAGES

An outstanding guide to modern identity, politics and history in Ukraine, highly recommended for an understanding of the geopolitics of the region and, especially, uneasy relations with mother Russia. (RUS125, $20.00)

Yalta, The Price of Peace

Yalta, The Price of Peace


by Serhii Plokhy

  • HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

Harvard historian Plokhy puts readers in the room with Churchill, Stalin and Roosevelt over those tumultuous eight days in February, 1945. (WAR141, $18.00)

The Greeks Overseas, The Early Colonies and Trade

The Greeks Overseas, The Early Colonies and Trade


by John Boardman

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

An authoritative, illustrated survey of Greek civilization throughout the Mediterranean, revised and updated for this fourth edition. (GRE150, $25.95)

World Heritage Sites

World Heritage Sites


by UNESCO Publishing

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 872 PAGES
  • NEW

How many have you visited? This beautifully illustrated compendium, just revised, includes color photographs, a map and succinct description of each of the 936 archaeological sites, monuments, cities or parks inscribed by UNESCO from 1978 to 2012. (CON53, $29.95)

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, $18.00)

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)

Return to Ukraine

Return to Ukraine


by Ania Savage

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2000
  • HARD COVER
  • 272 PAGES

An engaging account of a return journey to Ukraine by a journalist who fled the country with her family in 1944. Savage interweaves history, modern travelogue and personal anecdote. (RUS126, $29.95)

Flashman at the Charge

Flashman at the Charge


by George MacDonald Fraser

  • LITERATURE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

In this installment in the rollicking, masterfully researched series of historical novels, our disreputable hero finds himself in Crimea -- and a participant in the Charge of the Light Brigade. (CCS29, $16.00)

The Collected Stories of Isaac Babel

The Collected Stories of Isaac Babel


by Isaac Babel

  • LITERATURE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 511 PAGES

An authoritative edition of Isaac Babel's powerful short fiction, including his early Red Cavalry Stories and The Odessa Tales. (RUS171, $24.95)

The Cossacks

The Cossacks


by Leo Tolstoy | Peter Constantine | Cynthia Ozick

  • LITERATURE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 192 PAGES

A fresh translation of Tolstoy's 1863 semi-autobiographical novel about a young Muscovite and his military adventures in the rough-and-ready Caucasus. The book is, in part, a portrait of the Cossacks as well as an account of falling in love. (RUS241, $13.00)

The Oracle of Stamboul, A Novel

The Oracle of Stamboul, A Novel


by Michael David Lukas

  • LITERATURE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 294 PAGES

In this affecting debut novel, Lukas follows the fate of a remarkable girl (the Oracle of Stamboul) from her birth in the Ottoman city of Constanta on the Black Sea to her role as advisor to the sultan in Constantinople. (TKY246, $13.99)

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)

The Voyage of Argo

The Voyage of Argo


by Apollonius of Rhodes | Emil V. Rieu

  • LITERATURE
  • 1977
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

The story of the voyage of Jason and the Argonauts on their quest for the Golden Fleece along the coast of the Black Sea. (GRE91, $15.00)

Noah's Flood, The New Scientific Discoveries about the Event That Changed History

Noah's Flood, The New Scientific Discoveries about the Event That Changed History


by William Ryan | Walter Pitman

  • SCIENCE
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

Yes, there was a flood! So report the scientist-authors in this vivid account of the geology of the Black Sea. They draw on biblical history, marine geology, archaeology and mythology to demonstrate that the Black Sea was breached by the Mediterranean 7,600 years ago. (BLK42, $19.99)

Birds of Europe

Birds of Europe


by Lars Svensson

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 416 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Featuring 3,500 glorious paintings by Killian Mullarney and Dan Zetterstrom, the second edition of this exquisite guide has been updated with revised text and maps. (FG47, $29.95)

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