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St. Petersburg & the Baltic Sea

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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 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)

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)

Eyewitness Guide St. Petersburg

Eyewitness Guide St. Petersburg

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 264 PAGES

With excellent local maps and site plans, this outstanding visual guide introduces the culture, history and attractions of St. Petersburg. (RUS87, $25.00)

Northern Europe by Cruise Ship

Northern Europe by Cruise Ship

by Anne Vipond

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES

This excellent guide to cruises and ports from Scandinavia and the Baltic to the British Isles, Paris, Amsterdam and Berlin includes city maps, excursions, color photographs and a pull-out map of Northern Europe. (EUR364, $21.95)

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)

 
St. Petersburg Map

St. Petersburg Map


by Borch Maps

  • 2012
  • MAP

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

Eyewitness Top Ten Copenhagen

Eyewitness Top Ten Copenhagen


by DK Publishing

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES

A compact, illustrated guide in the popular series, featuring favorite attractions in Copenhagen. (DMK38, $14.00)

Eyewitness Top Ten Stockholm

Eyewitness Top Ten Stockholm


by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES

A compact, illustrated guide in the popular series, featuring favorite attractions. (BLT54, $14.00)

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)

Cross and Scepter, The Rise of the Scandinavian Kingdoms from the Vikings to the Reformation

Cross and Scepter, The Rise of the Scandinavian Kingdoms from the Vikings to the Reformation


by Sverre Bagge

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 336 PAGES

In his scholarly Scandinavian history from the Vikings to the Reformation, Sverre Bagge spends little time with myths, instead focusing on the development of northern European societies and their rise from the Dark Ages. (SCN81, $29.95)

How to Be Danish, A Journey to the Cultural Heart of Denmark

How to Be Danish, A Journey to the Cultural Heart of Denmark


by Patrick Kingsley

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 192 PAGES

Patrick Kingsley interviews a wide variety of Danes, from Copenhagen to a variety of places, including the so-called "happiest town in the world," introducing a homogenized yet highly intricate Danish culture. (DMK46, $16.00)

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)

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)

Secret Lives of the Tsars, Three Centuries of Autocracy, Debauchery, Betrayal, Murder and Madness from Romanov Russia

Secret Lives of the Tsars, Three Centuries of Autocracy, Debauchery, Betrayal, Murder and Madness from Romanov Russia


by Michael Farquhar

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES

A scandalous tell-all about Russia's ruling class. Farquhar skips over the dryer parts of history to deliver the jaw-dropping morsels about Catherine the Great's affinity for young lovers and Peter the Great's proclivity for beheading his subjects. (RUS512, $16.00)

Stockholm, A Cultural History

Stockholm, A Cultural History


by Tony Griffiths

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

A literary, cultural guide to the art, architecture, traditions and history of Stockholm. (SWE57, $17.95)

The Baltic Revolution

The Baltic Revolution


by Anatol Lieven

  • HISTORY
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 454 PAGES

A Latvian correspondent for the London Times, Lieven weaves history, interviews and analysis into a vivid cultural portrait of post-Glasnost Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. (BLT02, $47.00)

The Northern Crusades

The Northern Crusades


by Eric Christiansen

  • HISTORY
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

The wilder-than-fiction story of the 13th to 15th century conquest and conversion of the pagan tribes of the Baltic coasts by knights of the Teutonic Order. (BLT14, $17.00)

Catherine the Great

Catherine the Great


by Robert K. Massie

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 625 PAGES

Eager readers of Massie's Nicholas and Alexandria or the Pulitzer Prize-winning Peter the Great will not be disappointed by this latest, an old-fashioned tale of politics, power and 18th-century Europe, drawing effectively from the ambitious Catherine's own memoirs. (RUS470, $20.00)

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)

Speak, Memory

Speak, Memory


by Vladimir Nabokov

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1989
  • PAPER
  • 316 PAGES

Nabokov's richly imagined memoir wonderfully evokes cultural life among the well-to-do in turn-of-the-century St. Petersburg. Nabokov called his childhood home, now a museum off St Isaac's Square, "the only house in the world." (RUS28, $16.00)

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)

Set Sail for Murder

Set Sail for Murder


by Carolyn Hart

  • MYSTERY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 311 PAGES

Retired newspaper reporter Henrietta O' Dwyer Collins, Henrie O to her friends, joins her dear old friend Jimmy Lennox on a Baltic cruise in this seventh installment in the cozy series. (BLT42, $6.99)

The Letter of Marque

The Letter of Marque


by Patrick O'Brian

  • LITERATURE
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 284 PAGES

The 12th (and perhaps the most satisfying) of O'Brian's series combines the personal and geopolitical as Aubrey comes to Maturin's rescue in the Baltics. (ATL20, $15.95)

The Stories of Hans Christian Andersen

The Stories of Hans Christian Andersen


by Hans Christian Andersen | Diana Crone Frank | Jeffrey Frank

  • LITERATURE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 293 PAGES
  • FAMILY

A newly refurbished collection of 22 tales, adroitly retranslated by Diana and Jeffrey Frank and with the original illustrations. (DMK27, $23.95)

To Siberia

To Siberia


by Per Petterson

  • LITERATURE
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

This beautifully wrought tale of a young girl and her big brother Jesper captures the loneliness, magic and world of rural WWII-era Denmark. (DMK41, $14.00)

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