Welcome!

Enrich Your Travels with Longitude

We've got the classic, new and hard-to-find books and maps to help you get the most out of your adventures.

SIGN UP FOR

Longitude News

Get our monthly e-mail update

GET A

Catalog

Run for the Roses: The Kentucky Derby

READING AND TRAVEL GUIDE

  • E-MAIL
  • PRINT

Enrich your travels with reading! Here's a hand-picked list prepared for your journey in conjunction with the book experts at Longitude.

Essential Reading

Item EXUSM35. Buy these 4 items as a set for $62 including shipping, 15% off the retail price.
With free shipping on anything else you order.

ADD SET
TO BOOKBAG

Kentucky Derby Dreams, The Making of Thoroughbred Champions

by Susan Nusser

  • HISTORY
  • 2012
  • HARD COVER
  • 304 PAGES

Nusser tracks the drama of a Kentucky Derby hopeful from the foal barn to the racetrack. (USM152, $25.99)

Laughing in the Hills

Laughing in the Hills

by Bill Barich

  • SPORT
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 228 PAGES

This wonderful 1980 horse racing classic never loses its luster or charm. Author Bill Barich explores the day-to-day internal world of horse racing--from the backside to the backstretch. (GEN427, $14.95)

Moon Handbooks Kentucky

by Theresa Dowell Blackinton

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • PAPER

A practical guide in the Moon series, packed not only with travel necessities (hotels, restaurants, sights), but also with a good overview of history and destinations throughout Kentucky. (USM153, $19.99)

Lexington, Kentucky Map

Lexington, Kentucky Map

by Rand McNally Maps

  • 2011
  • MAP

This handy map, with an inset of downtown, covers Lexington and the Bluegrass region. (USM154, $4.95)

 

A Fine Place to Daydream, Racehorses, Romance, and the Irish


by Bill Barich

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2007
  • PAPER

The author of the racetrack classic Laughing in the Hills describes how a new life in Dublin led to his growing involvement with the Irish obsession with horses, racing, and wagers. (IRE207, $13.95)

At the Edge of the Precipice, Henry Clay and the Compromise That Saved the Union


by Robert V. Remini

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 184 PAGES

National Book Award-winner Remini tells how the Kentucky statesman brokered a bipartisan solution (the "Compromise of 1850") to the slavery question for the new territories in the wake of the Mexican-American War. (USM155, $15.99)

Following in Lincoln's Footsteps, A Complete Annotated Reference to Hundreds of Historical Sites Visited by Abraham Lincoln

Following in Lincoln's Footsteps, A Complete Annotated Reference to Hundreds of Historical Sites Visited by Abraham Lincoln


by Ralph Gary

  • HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 484 PAGES

A thoroughly researched guide to the sites where Lincoln lived, worked, and visited -- from his birthplace in rural Kentucky to the Oval Office. (USA126, $18.95)

Secretariat, The Making of a Champion


by William Nack

  • SPORT
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 344 PAGES

Sports Illustrated writer Nack's portrait of the Triple Crown-winning champion, whose records set at the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes have yet to be broken. (GEN428, $16.95)

The Big Horse


by Joe McGinniss

  • SPORT
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 263 PAGES

Joe McGinniss's passion for horse racing and unsurpassed talent for observation combine in this riveting behind-the-scenes account of the 2003 racing season, told as only he could tell it. (BST112, $18.95)

The Great Shark Hunt, Strange Tales from a Strange Time


by Hunter S. Thompson

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 602 PAGES

A collection of classic essays tracing Thompson's journey through the counter-culture movements of the sixties and including his seminal piece of gonzo journalism, The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved, an uproariously funny riff on America's most famous horse race. (USA493, $18.00)

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln


by Thomas Keneally

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 192 PAGES

An elegant, brief biography of the Kentucky-born political hero. (USA147, $14.00)

Old Glory, A Voyage Down the Mississippi

Old Glory, A Voyage Down the Mississippi


by Jonathan Raban

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 409 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

Raban tackles the "Mighty Mississippi" aboard a 16-foot motorboat in this entertaining portrait of contemporary life on the river, featuring places and people he encounters along the way from from Minnesota to Mississippi. (USS42, $18.00)

Seabiscuit, An American Legend


by Laura Hillenbrand

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 432 PAGES

The surprise bestseller of 2001, a biography of the most popular horse in America in the 1930s. (BST79, $16.00)

Dead Cert

Dead Cert


by Dick Francis

  • MYSTERY
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

A murder mystery set in the world of horse racing. (GBR408, $8.99)

Horse Heaven


by Jane Smiley

  • LITERATURE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 561 PAGES

Smiley's satirical novel skewers, sends up and celebrates the horse racing world -- while imparting all kinds of facts about horses and jockeys. (BST78, $15.00)

More Recommendations

Here are some other groups of books that might be of interest

Longitude provides recommended reading for travelers in partnership with the leading tour operators and travel programs for hundreds of destinations worldwide. We've got the classic, new and hard-to-find books and maps to help you get the most out of your adventures.