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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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Eyewitness Guide Budapest

Eyewitness Guide Budapest

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 274 PAGES

Featuring handy maps and solid information on culture and history in addition to a detailed overview of attractions. With hundreds of photographs. (HGR15, $25.00)

Frommer's Prague Day by Day

Frommer's Prague Day by Day

by Mark Baker

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 192 PAGES

This handy, compact guide includes a separate fold-out map of the city center and detailed itineraries for experiencing the best of Prague. (CZH85, $13.95)

Knopf Mapguide Vienna

Knopf Mapguide Vienna

by Knopf Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 32 PAGES

A practical and handy passport-sized guide to the city, featuring fold-out maps. (AST87, $10.95)

Prague, A Traveler's Literary Companion

Prague, A Traveler's Literary Companion

by Paul Wilson

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

This anthology of 24 vivid stories by Czech writers, both contemporary and well-known, brings the city, history, spirit and people to life. (CZH08, $14.95)

 
Eyewitness Guide Prague

Eyewitness Guide Prague


by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

This superb guide features color photography, dozens of excellent maps and a district-by-district synopsis of the celebrated city's attractions. Handsome, convenient and up-to-date, this is the guide to carry. (CZH01, $25.00)

Eyewitness Guide Vienna

Eyewitness Guide Vienna


by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • FLEXI-BOUND
  • 288 PAGES

Take along this handy, compact guide featuring history, culture, color photography and excellent neighborhood maps. (AST01, $23.00)

Lonely Planet Czech Phrasebook

Lonely Planet Czech Phrasebook


by Lonely Planet

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

A palm-sized guide to pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary. (CZH50, $8.99)

Lonely Planet German Phrasebook

Lonely Planet German Phrasebook


by Lonely Planet

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

A palm-sized handy guide to pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler. (GER141, $8.99)

A Concise History of Hungary

A Concise History of Hungary


by Miklos Molnar | Anna Magyar

  • HISTORY
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 375 PAGES

The author, a Hungarian historian, narrates the history of Hungary from little-known origins to 1988, encompassing the Magyars, the Austro-Hungarian empire and the Soviet era. (HGR30, $31.99)

A Nervous Splendor, Vienna 1888-1889

A Nervous Splendor, Vienna 1888-1889


by Frederic Morton

  • HISTORY
  • 1980
  • PAPER
  • 340 PAGES

A portrait of Vienna at the end of the 19th century, this book focuses on Crown Prince Rudolph, his devastating suicide and the rich texture of gossip and daily life at the Habsburg Court. (AST16, $17.00)

Budapest 1900

Budapest 1900


by John Lukacs

  • HISTORY
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 255 PAGES

Written by a distinguished historian and native son, this richly detailed portrait of the city at its zenith includes hundreds of illustrations. (HGR01, $17.00)

Bury Me Standing

Bury Me Standing


by Isabel Fonseca

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 322 PAGES

This marvelous portrait of the Roma, also known as the Gypsies, offers insight into their music, foods, religions and folk traditions and also examines their influential but complex relationship with Eastern Europe. (EUR09, $16.00)

Prague in Black and Gold, Scenes from Life in a European City

Prague in Black and Gold, Scenes from Life in a European City


by Peter Demetz

  • HISTORY
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

Both a history and an accessible guide to the neighborhoods and architecture of the city. (CZH09, $28.00)

The Austrians, A Thousand-Year Odyssey

The Austrians, A Thousand-Year Odyssey


by Gordon Brook-Shepherd

  • HISTORY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 512 PAGES

Detailed, impressively researched and readable, this book is a wide-ranging narrative history of the last 1,000 years of Austria and the Austrian character. (AST10, $23.00)

The Habsburgs, Embodying Empire

The Habsburgs, Embodying Empire


by Andrew Wheatcroft

  • HISTORY
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

With skillful scholarship and engaging style, Wheatcroft reveals the history of this family of eccentric monarchs. (AST11, $17.00)

Cathedrals and Castles, The Cathedral Builders of the Middle Ages

Cathedrals and Castles, The Cathedral Builders of the Middle Ages


by Alain Erlande-Brandenburg

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 175 PAGES

This pocket-size encyclopedia of the art, architecture and culture of the Middle Ages features hundreds of drawings, color illustrations and a brief chronology. (MED07, $15.95)

Beyond the Chestnut Trees

Beyond the Chestnut Trees


by Maria Bauer

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1986
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

Bauer interweaves recollections of her youth in Prague with an account of a return visit 40 years later in this affectionate, classic memoir. (CZH53, $24.95)

Mozart, A Life

Mozart, A Life


by Maynard Solomon

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 640 PAGES

Solomon's celebrated biography tears down the "eternal child" Mozart myth, bringing to life the psychological depth of the musical genius. The book also illustrates life in 18th-century Salzburg. (AST06, $22.95)

The Story of the Trapp Family Singers

The Story of the Trapp Family Singers


by Maria von Trapp

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 312 PAGES
  • HARD TO FIND ELSEWHERE

The true story of the von Trapp family singers, as remembered by Maria von Trapp herself. Maria was indeed a novice nun, but there ends her resemblance to the Julie Andrews' character in the Sound of Music. (AST47, $15.99)

Prague

Prague


by Arthur Phillips

  • LITERATURE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

Don't be fooled by the title -- this engaging novel is set in Budapest. Five young American expats have settled themselves in what they consider the "second-best" eastern European city, where chance encounters and interactions determine how their lives will -- or won't -- be changed. (HGR29, $15.00)

The Third Man and the Fallen Idol

The Third Man and the Fallen Idol


by Graham Greene

  • LITERATURE
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 157 PAGES

A haunting tale and penetrating portrait of Vienna after World War II, "The Third Man" is the result of Greene's collaboration with Carol Reed on the classic movie. "The Fallen Idol" is a separate tale of intrigue set in Britain. (AST30, $15.00)

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