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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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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)

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)

 
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)

United States Southeast and Mid-Atlantic Map

United States Southeast and Mid-Atlantic Map


by Hallwag

  • MAP

A map of the eastern United States from the northern half of Georgia to the southern part of New York, at a scale of 1,200,000. (USS57, $14.95)

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)

Eyewitness Guide Washington D.C.

Eyewitness Guide Washington D.C.


by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 236 PAGES

An on-the-ground guide to Washington D.C., featuring color photography, dozens of excellent local maps and a district-by-district synopsis of the city's attractions. Handsome, comprehensive and superb. (WDC07, $23.00)

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, $17.95)

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)

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 to nature during the 18th century. (USE535, $18.95)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

The National Parks, America's Best Idea

The National Parks, America's Best Idea


by Ken Burns | Dayton Duncan

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

This lavishly illustrated tale by the dynamic PBS duo brings to life the conservationists, politicians, presidents and dreamers who created our national park system. (USA356, $35.00)

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