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Russian Glories, Baltic Treasures

READING AND TRAVEL GUIDE

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

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Russia of the Tsars

Russia of the Tsars

by Peter Waldron

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

Waldron recounts the exploits of Peter the Great, the Tsars and the splendor of their capital city, St. Petersburg, in this lively, well-illustrated and compact overview of the largest and most diverse empire of its day. (RUS462, $24.95)

The Baltic

The Baltic

by Alan Palmer

  • HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

Palmer chronicles the Baltic region from the Viking era and Byzantine Empire through wars, uprisings and other political conflicts of the 20th century and on to modern times, where he finds a group of nations poised to emerge as some of Europe's most vital democracies. In addition to the prolific British historian's considerable learning, he provides some rather entertaining anecdotes. (BLT22, $19.95)

Fodor's Moscow and St. Petersburg

Fodor's Moscow and St. Petersburg

by Salwa Jabado

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

With solid practical information on sights, excursions, restaurants, hotels and nightlife and a chapter on the cities of the Golden Ring. (RUS03, $19.99)

Eyewitness Travel Guide Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania

Eyewitness Travel Guide Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 432 PAGES

This compact, profusely illustrated travel guide features bright color photography, dozens of maps and a region-by-region synopsis. With a 50-page section on where to stay and eat. (BLT35, $28.00)

Baltic Sea States Map

Baltic Sea States Map

by Freytag & Berndt

  • 2008
  • MAP

This detailed (1:800,000), double-sided map covers the entire Baltic region from Copenhagen across to Gdansk, St. Petersburg, Oslo and Stockholm. (BLT38, $14.95)

 
Helsinki Map

Helsinki Map


by Freytag & Berndt

  • MAP

A foldout map of Helsinki, with an index at the detailed scale of 1:15,000. (SCN36, $12.95)

Moscow Map

Moscow Map


by ITMB

  • 2011
  • MAP

A folded map of Moscow, its subway system and surrounding neighborhoods at the broad scale of 1:50,000, with a detailed map of the city center at 1:12,500. (RUS151, $11.95)

St. Petersburg Map

St. Petersburg Map


by Borch Maps

  • 2012
  • MAP

A detailed, laminated city plan. (RUS89, $9.95)

Literary St. Petersburg, A Guide to the City and Its Writers

Literary St. Petersburg, A Guide to the City and Its Writers


by Elaine Blaire

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 137 PAGES

Blaire shows St. Petersburg through the words, museums and haunts of 15 writers, including Pushkin, Gogol, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky and Nabokov. (RUS406, $16.95)

Lonely Planet Russian Phrasebook

Lonely Planet Russian Phrasebook


by James Jenkin | Inna Zaitseva

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

A handy shirtpocket phrasebook for Russian basics focusing on pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler. (RUS111, $8.99)

Wallpaper City Guide Helsinki

Wallpaper City Guide Helsinki


by Wallpaper City Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES

A stylish, thin (it fits in your back pocket) city guide compiled by the design magazine Wallpaper's local reporters. Well-organized, with chapter tabs, many photographs and of-the-moment recommendations. (SCN85, $11.95)

A History of the Baltic States

A History of the Baltic States


by Andres Kasekamp

  • HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 251 PAGES

Kasekamp masterfully traces the development of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, from the northern crusades against Europe's last pagans and Lithuania's emergence as one of Europe's largest medieval states to incorporation into the Russian Empire and the creation of their modern national identities. (BLT48, $29.00)

Crusader Castles of the Teutonic Knights, The Stone Castles of Latvia and Estonia

Crusader Castles of the Teutonic Knights, The Stone Castles of Latvia and Estonia


by Stephen Turnbull

  • HISTORY
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 64 PAGES

A heavily illustrated and brief history of the medieval crusader castles of the Livonian Order (1185-1560) of Teutonic Knights in present-day Estonia and Latvia, with contemporary photos. (BLT19, $18.95)

Helsinki, A Cultural and Literary History

Helsinki, A Cultural and Literary History


by Neil Kent

  • HISTORY
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 247 PAGES

A literary guide to Helsinki, its history and culture, organized into three sections: city of architects and engineers; city of music and arts; and city of hospitality. With maps and black-and-white illustrations. (SCN33, $15.00)

Land of the Firebird, The Beauty of Old Russia

Land of the Firebird, The Beauty of Old Russia


by Suzanne Massie

  • HISTORY
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 496 PAGES
  • HARD TO FIND ELSEWHERE

Massie traces both minuscule details and larger movements in pre-revolutionary Russian art, literature and daily life in this affectionate overview of 19th-century palaces, courts and culture. (RUS21, $35.00)

Lenin's Tomb

Lenin's Tomb


by David Remnick

  • HISTORY
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 588 PAGES

A gripping eyewitness tale of the collapse of the Soviet Union. Remnick, the Washington Post reporter on the scene, combines fine historical scholarship with great storytelling. (RUS07, $18.00)

Sunlight at Midnight: St. Petersburg and the Rise of Modern Russia

Sunlight at Midnight: St. Petersburg and the Rise of Modern Russia


by W. Bruce Lincoln

  • HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 432 PAGES

A wonderfully written, informative portrait of St. Petersburg, focusing on the city's development in the 18th and 19th centuries as Russia's "window on the West." Highly recommended for travelers with an interest in the character and significance of the city and its monuments. (RUS128, $19.95)

Vodka, A Global History

Vodka, A Global History


by Patricia Herlihy

  • HISTORY
  • 2012
  • HARD COVER
  • 128 PAGES

A professor of history at Brown, Herlihy tracks our fascination with this most versatile of spirits from its mysterious 14th-century Slavic origins to today's global dominance in this brief yet thoroughly entertaining, erudite and illustrated history. A volume in the lively Edible History Series. (RUS475, $17.00)

Catherine the Great, A Short History

Catherine the Great, A Short History


by Isabel De Madariaga

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

A brief survey of the reign of Catherine the Great that nicely balances biography with descriptions of the economic, political and social life of the period. (RUS105, $14.95)

Peter the Great, His Life and World

Peter the Great, His Life and World


by Robert Massie

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 914 PAGES

In this Pulitzer Prize-winning biography, Massie portrays the giant of history who transformed Russia from backwater tsardom into a major empire. (RUS48, $21.00)

The Man Without a Face, The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin

The Man Without a Face, The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin


by Masha Gessen

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 313 PAGES

A Russian-American journalist living in Moscow, Masha Gessen demolishes the many myths and legends surrounding Vladimir Putin and his transformation from unexceptional KGB bureaucrat to the most powerful man in Russia. No fan of the man, who she calls a "hoodlum turned iron-handed ruler," Gessen is brave -- and optimistic that his time will soon come. (RUS485, $16.00)

Walking Since Daybreak: A Story of Eastern Europe, and the Heart of Our Century

Walking Since Daybreak: A Story of Eastern Europe, and the Heart of Our Century


by Modris Eksteins

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

Born in 1943 in Riga, Eksteins weaves his own story with the history of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia from the Great War through WWII. (EUR73, $19.95)

Beginning With My Streets

Beginning With My Streets


by Madeline G. Levine | Czeslaw Milosz

  • LITERATURE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

The great Polish writer celebrates Vilnius, city of his youth, using a street map as a backdrop for his essays and recollections of the people, places and rich cultural heritage of the city. (BLT45, $18.00)

Enchantments

Enchantments


by Kathryn Harrison

  • LITERATURE
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 329 PAGES

Harrison sets her enthralling novel in St. Petersburg in 1917 as the Romanov's topple, telling her tale from the point of view of Rasputin's daughters. (RUS478, $15.00)

Helsinki Noir

Helsinki Noir


by James Thompson

  • LITERATURE
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 280 PAGES

An anthology of noir literature that focuses on the darker side of Helsinki. (SCN84, $15.95)

Russian Short Stories

Russian Short Stories


by Robert Chandler

  • LITERATURE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 396 PAGES

This fine collection of tales captures the sweep and soul of Russian literature, including works by Pushkin, Gogol, Dostoevsky, Chekhov and Tolstoy along with lesser-known greats. (RUS288, $18.00)

Snowdrops

Snowdrops


by A.D. Miller

  • LITERATURE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

Shortlisted for the Booker, this psychological thriller follows the fate of a young British lawyer in casually corrupt contemporary Moscow. (RUS467, $14.95)

The Dogs of Riga

The Dogs of Riga


by Henning Mankell

  • MYSTERY
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

Swedish detective Kurt Wallander travels from Ystad to Latvia on the shadowy trail of a grisly murder in this second book, steeped in Baltic ambiance. (BLT24, $15.00)

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