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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)

Blue Guide Istanbul

Blue Guide Istanbul

by John Freely

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

Freely's erudite, indispensable guide to the monuments, art and history of Istanbul. (TKY231, $24.95)

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)

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)

 
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)

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)

Eyewitness Top Ten Istanbul

Eyewitness Top Ten Istanbul


by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES

A handy pocket guide, featuring favorite attractions, events, restaurants, shops and excursions. (TKY150, $14.00)

Frommer's Istanbul Day by Day

Frommer's Istanbul Day by Day


by Emma Levine

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER

A compact shirt pocket guide, ideal for a short visit, featuring remarkably good suggestions for everything from food, hotels and neighborhoods to shopping. With a separate foldout map of the city center. (TKY206, $13.99)

Insight Select Istanbul

Insight Select Istanbul


by Insight Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 192 PAGES

Suggested walks, out-of-the-way shops and the latest rooftop restaurants are all included in this discerning pocket guide. (TKY241, $15.00)

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)

Strolling Through Istanbul, The Classic Guide to the City

Strolling Through Istanbul, The Classic Guide to the City


by Hilary Sumner-boyd | John Freely

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 494 PAGES

A new edition of Freely and Sumner-Boyd's indispensable (and hefty) guide to the history, monuments and culture of Istanbul. (TKY213, $19.00)

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)

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)

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)

Istanbul, A Cultural History

Istanbul, A Cultural History


by Peter Clark

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

Clark celebrates the history, architecture, literature and society of Istanbul. (TKY254, $15.00)

Istanbul, An Armchair Traveller's History

Istanbul, An Armchair Traveller's History


by Richard Tillinghast

  • HISTORY
  • 2013
  • HARD COVER
  • 343 PAGES

Tillinghast brings a poet's eye to this portrait of a place he has known for 50 years. (TKY272, $19.95)

Istanbul, the Imperial City

Istanbul, the Imperial City


by John Freely

  • HISTORY
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 432 PAGES

This fascinating history of the city from its foundation to the present is a guide for the curious traveler as well as an evocation of an illustrious past. Also included is a comprehensive gazetteer of all major monuments and museums. (TKY23, $18.00)

Midnight at the Pera Palace, The Birth of Modern Istanbul

Midnight at the Pera Palace, The Birth of Modern Istanbul


by Charles King

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 480 PAGES

A 20th-century history of the Near East through the prism of one of its greatest cities, Istanbul, and its famous hotel, the Pera Palace. (TKY288, $27.95)

Osman's Dream, The History of the Ottoman Empire

Osman's Dream, The History of the Ottoman Empire


by Caroline Finkel

  • HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 688 PAGES

An ambitious, scholarly history of an 600-year empire that, at its height, streteched from Central Asia to the Levant, Danube and North Africa. (EUR200, $21.00)

The Bridge, A Journey Between Orient and Occident

The Bridge, A Journey Between Orient and Occident


by Geert Mak

  • HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 160 PAGES

Symbol at the heart of Istanbul, connecting East and West, Islamic and European, traditional and modern, Galata is a fitting subject for the gifted Dutch journalist's portrait of cosmopolitan modern Istanbul. (TKY209, $14.95)

The Oxford History of Byzantium


by Cyri Mango

  • HISTORY
  • 2002
  • HARD COVER

An illustrated survey of the sweep of Byzantium, its culture, religion, politics, art and architecture, by a team of scholars. The diverse thematic essays cover the whole period from founding of Constantinople to the Ottoman conquest. (EUR210, $65.00)

The Secret History

The Secret History


by G. A. Williamson | Procopius

  • HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 208 PAGES

This is historical mudslinging only a Byzantine could devise, a withering account of the scandals, intrigues and infidelities of the splendid empire and the court of Emperor Justinian by none other than its official historian. (TKY11, $16.00)

Mosques of Istanbul


by Henry Matthews

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 160 PAGES

A nicely illustrated overview, history and guide to the many splendid mosques of Istanbul. (TKY111, $29.95)

The Art and Architecture of Ottoman Istanbul

The Art and Architecture of Ottoman Istanbul


by Richard Yeomans

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2012
  • HARD COVER
  • 260 PAGES

An erudite and fully illustrated overview of Istanbul's Ottoman artistic heritage, tracing the city's evolving art and architectural styles from the conqueror's arrival in the fifteenth century to the collapse of Ottoman rule at the close of the First World War. (TKY266, $75.00)

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)

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)

Constantinople

Constantinople


by Edmondo De Amicis | Stephen Parkin

  • LITERATURE
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

Originally published in 1877, Edmondo De Amicis' entertaining sketches of the people, architecture, daily life and customs of the city show all the freshness of a young writer's first impressions of a great city. (TKY102, $16.95)

Istanbul Passage

Istanbul Passage


by Joseph Kanon

  • LITERATURE
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 404 PAGES

A gripping tale of an American undercover agent in 1945 Istanbul who descends into a murky, marvelously atmospheric cat-and-mouse world of compromise and betrayal. (TKY265, $16.00)

Istanbul Was a Fairy Tale

Istanbul Was a Fairy Tale


by Mario Levi

  • LITERATURE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 656 PAGES

Set in Istanbul between 1920 and 1980, this dense novel acts as a literary family tree, piecing together stories of three generations of a Jewish family that isolate themselves from the outside world. A contemporary Turkish masterpiece with excellently detailed characters. (TKY285, $18.95)

The Black Book

The Black Book


by Orhan Pamuk | Maureen Freely

  • MYSTERY
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 466 PAGES

This atmospheric, erudite and fast-paced mystery unfolds amidst the tumult of 1980s Istanbul, a city in transition. (TKY01, $15.95)

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 Rage of the Vulture

The Rage of the Vulture


by Barry Unsworth

  • LITERATURE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 443 PAGES

An atmospheric novel by the Booker Prize-winning author set in Constantinople during the last gasp of the Ottoman Empire. (TKY119, $24.95)

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