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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 Americans, the Colonial Experience

The Americans, the Colonial Experience

by Daniel Boorstin

  • HISTORY
  • 1964
  • PAPER
  • 434 PAGES

Winner of the Bancroft Prize, this wide-ranging portrait of colonial America looks to the origins of the American character and its institutions. (USA05, $17.95)

Founding Brothers, The Revolutionary Generation

Founding Brothers, The Revolutionary Generation

by Joseph J. Ellis

  • HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

A riveting tale of Washington, Madison, Hamilton and especially of Jefferson and Adams. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, it's a fascinating glimpse into the early days of our country. (USE244, $15.95)

Stars in Their Courses, The Gettysburg Campaign June-July 1863

Stars in Their Courses, The Gettysburg Campaign June-July 1863

by Shelby Foote

  • HISTORY
  • 1994
  • HARD COVER
  • 290 PAGES

Shelby Foote's gift for prose makes this military history a page-turning narrative, deftly capturing the monumental battle in a concise, informative text. (USE191, $23.00)

Fodor's Washington D.C.'s 25 Best

Fodor's Washington D.C.'s 25 Best

by Fodors

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 96 PAGES

A shirt-pocket guide with an excellent pull-out map and essential information on museums, sightseeing, restaurants, shopping, hotels and nightlife. (USS39, $13.99)

Eyewitness Guide Philadelphia & the Pennsylvania Dutch Country

Eyewitness Guide Philadelphia & the Pennsylvania Dutch Country

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 208 PAGES

Gorgeously illustrated and with excellent maps, this compact book is a handsome overview of the history, traditions, cultures and sights of Philadelphia and surrounding areas. (USE369, $23.00)

Gettysburg National Military Park Map

Gettysburg National Military Park Map

by Trailhead Graphics

  • MAP

A map of the park and battlefield in Gettysburg. (USE193, $9.95)

 
Philadelphia Map

Philadelphia Map


by Borch Maps

  • 2006
  • MAP

A laminated, flexible map of the center of Philadelphia. (USE123, $7.95)

Washington, DC Map

Washington, DC Map


by Borch Maps

  • 2008
  • MAP

A laminated, folded map of the capital at a scale of 1:15,000. (WDC06, $8.95)

Guide to the Battle of Gettysburg

Guide to the Battle of Gettysburg


by Jay Luvaas | Harold W. Nelson

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 254 PAGES

Designed for the traveler, this is a history and guide to the battlefield at Gettysburg, with directions for navigating the area. Each stop along the guided tour presents an important phase of the battle, and many are accompanied by excerpts from an officer's first-hand account on the battlefield. (USE192, $19.95)

Independence, A Guide to Historic Philadelphia

Independence, A Guide to Historic Philadelphia


by George W. Boudreau

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 394 PAGES

Meticulously researched and fabulously illustrated with photographs and early American art, Boudreau's book traces the history of America's first capital from its founding in 1681 to its vital role in the war for independence. (USE546, $24.95)

A Prayer for the City

A Prayer for the City


by Buzz G. Bissinger | Robert Clark

  • HISTORY
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 408 PAGES

An account of Philadelphia and its mayor Ed Rendell in the early 1990s. Bissinger draws Rendell as a larger-than-life personality, doing anything possible to save a floundering city. (USE121, $16.00)

All the President's Men

All the President's Men


by Bob Woodward | Carl Bernstein

  • HISTORY
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 349 PAGES

The legendary story of two young Washington Post reporters who uncover the Watergate scandal, leading to the resignation of President Nixon. (WDC03, $16.00)

Betsy Ross and the Making of America

Betsy Ross and the Making of America


by Marla R. Miller

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 467 PAGES

A femal artisan, working woman and loving wife, Ross was heavily immersed within her surroundings: she lost husbands to the war, witnessed the rising demand for upholstery and suffered many losses at the hands of the yellow fever epidemics. As a result, Miller's biography isn't simply the story of a single woman frozen in time, but of an entire generation. (USE548, $19.99)

Founding Gardeners

Founding Gardeners


by Andrea Wulf

  • HISTORY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES

Andrea Wulf artfully examines the interplay of plants and politics in this earthy account, looking both at the roles of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and John Quincy Adam as noble farmers and at the American relationship with nature during the 18th century. (USE535, $18.95)

Original Meanings, Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution

Original Meanings, Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution


by Jack N. Rakove

  • HISTORY
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 439 PAGES

In this Pulitzer Prize-winning history, Rakove reassesses the intentions and debates of the ratifiers of the Constitution and challenges the political stance that today's policy-makers should aim to obey the founders' intentions. (USA443, $17.95)

Philadelphia, A 300-Year History

Philadelphia, A 300-Year History


by Russell F. Weigley | Edward Wolf | Nicholas B. Wainwright | Joseph E. Illick | Thomas Wendel

  • HISTORY
  • 1982
  • HARD COVER
  • 751 PAGES

A comprehensive history of Philadelphia that examines the city's political, artistic, physical and social development. (USE98, $35.00)

Revolutionaries, A New History of the Invention of America

Revolutionaries, A New History of the Invention of America


by Jack Rakove

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 496 PAGES

Rakove offers new insights into the personalities of America's famous and little-known revolutionaries, focusing on the period from 1772 to 1792 and portraying these national heroes as ordinary men who rose to meet the challenges at hand. (USA442, $16.95)

The Civil War, An Illustrated History

The Civil War, An Illustrated History


by Geoffrey C. Ward | Ken Burns

  • HISTORY
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

An illustrated, comprehensive social history of the Civil War by the now-famous team of Ward and Burns. With 500 photographs and maps, extensive text and original essays by contributing experts. (USS27, $29.95)

Historic Houses of Philadelphia, A Tour of the Region's Museum Homes

Historic Houses of Philadelphia, A Tour of the Region's Museum Homes


by Roger W. Moss | Tom Crane

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 1998
  • HARD COVER
  • 240 PAGES

A photographic tour of 50 distinctive residences in the Philadelphia area. (USE93, $39.95)

American Sphinx

American Sphinx


by Joseph J. Ellis

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 440 PAGES

More character study than strict biography, this celebrated book describes and defines Thomas Jefferson's beliefs, influences and aspirations. (USA51, $16.95)

Benjamin Franklin, An American Life

Benjamin Franklin, An American Life


by Walter Isaacson

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 586 PAGES

A New York Times Bestseller, Walter Isaacson's sweeping biography hones in on the genius of a man who dramatically shaped American history. Without shying away from Franklin's shortcomings, Issacson manages to paint an entertaining and complex portrait of "the most accomplished American of his age". (USE547, $19.99)

Imagining Philadelphia, Travelers' Views of the City from 1800 to the Present

Imagining Philadelphia, Travelers' Views of the City from 1800 to the Present


by Philip Stevick

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1996
  • HARD COVER
  • 216 PAGES

This sampling of travel narratives, correspondence, diaries, and fiction dating as far back as 1800 conveys different perspectives on the City of Brotherly Love. (USE91, $49.95)

John Adams

John Adams


by David McCullough

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 751 PAGES

A Pulitzer Prize-winning best-selling biography of the second president. McCullough reveals him as a magnificent figure who helped shaped the nation. (USE201, $20.00)

Washington, the Indispensable Man

Washington, the Indispensable Man


by James Thomas Flexner

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 423 PAGES

A condensed edition of Flexner's award-winning, four-volume biography of George Washington. (USE111, $19.00)

Brotherly Love

Brotherly Love


by Daniel Hoffman

  • LITERATURE
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 192 PAGES

An extended poem that reflects on William Penn's vision for America and the conflicts that have arisen to challenge this ideal. (USE101, $17.95)

Literary Washington, D.C.

Literary Washington, D.C.


by Patr Allen

  • LITERATURE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 296 PAGES

Novelists, poets, journalists, essayists, and politicians and patriots all contribute to this collection of writer's on our nationa's capital. (WDC36, $16.95)

Philadelphia Fire, A Novel

Philadelphia Fire, A Novel


by John Edgar Wideman

  • LITERATURE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 199 PAGES

In this novel, an African American writer returns to West Philadelphia to write a book on the 1985 police bombing of a black organization and searches for the one surviving child. Winner of the Pen Faulkner Award. (USE102, $13.95)

The Killer Angels

The Killer Angels


by Michael Shaara

  • LITERATURE
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

It's the summer of 1863. Fresh from a victory at Chancellorsville, General Robert E. Lee heads north in a daring attempt to draw Union forces away from the Potomac. He is met by Union regiments at Gettysburg for the bloodiest battle of the Civil War. (USS36, $16.00)

Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C.


by Gore Vidal

  • LITERATURE
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 422 PAGES

The sixth installation in Gore Vidal's "Narratives of Empire" historical novel series. This tale of corruption follows the lives of a conservative senator and a newspaper publisher in Washington D.C. (USE130, $18.00)

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