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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.

Essential Reading

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Eyewitness Guide The Netherlands

Eyewitness Guide The Netherlands

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 480 PAGES

Gorgeously illustrated and filled with excellent maps, this compact book covers Holland, its history, traditions, cultures and sights. With hundreds of color photographs and illustrations. (NTH71, $26.00)

Eyewitness Guide Brussels, Bruges, Ghent & Antwerp

Eyewitness Guide Brussels, Bruges, Ghent & Antwerp

by Rebecca Miles

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 210 PAGES

This superbly illustrated guide features color photos and maps of city neighborhoods, with information on history, culture and sightseeing. (BLG16, $20.00)

The Undutchables

The Undutchables

by Colin White

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 308 PAGES

A laugh-out-loud, irreverent guide to Dutch character and habits, including how to drink coffee and why you shouldn't even think about haggling over prices. (NTH12, $16.00)

A Worldly Art

A Worldly Art

by Mariet Westermann

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 208 PAGES

This appreciative analysis of Dutch art in its Golden Age (1585-1718) features 100 exemplary illustrations by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Pieter de Hooch, Frans Hals and other Old Masters. (NTH46, $25.00)

Benelux Map

Benelux Map

by Michelin Travel Publications

  • 2010
  • MAP

Covering the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg at a scale of 1:400,000. (NTH03, $12.95)

 
Eyewitness Guide Amsterdam

Eyewitness Guide Amsterdam


by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 312 PAGES

A wonderful guide to Amsterdam, filled with detailed drawings, photographs and thumbnail sketches. (NTH01, $25.00)

Fodor's Amsterdam's 25 Best

Fodor's Amsterdam's 25 Best


by Fodor's

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES
  • COMING IN MAY

This slim guide to essential highlights includes an excellent map of the city center and can easily be slipped in your pocket. (NTH16, $11.99)

A Bridge Too Far

A Bridge Too Far


by Cornelius Ryan

  • HISTORY
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 670 PAGES

War historian Cornelius Ryan chronicles in detailed, readable prose the battle of Arnhem, one of the most important -- and bloodiest -- campaigns in World War II. (WAR21, $19.99)

Daily Life in Rembrandt's Holland

Daily Life in Rembrandt's Holland


by Paul Zumthor

  • HISTORY
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 353 PAGES

First published in 1959, this richly detailed portrait of Dutch society during the golden age looks at material life of the average citizen including food, housing, holidays, industry, relations between the sexes -- and even toilet habits. (NTH19, $28.95)

Ethics


by Benedictus de Spinoza

  • RELIGION
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 186 PAGES

An important contribution to Western Philosophy leading up to the Enlightenment, this work pushed Spinoza to the forefront of philisophical thought in the 17th century. (NTH139, $15.00)

The Autumn of the Middle Ages

The Autumn of the Middle Ages


by Johan Huizinga

  • HISTORY
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 467 PAGES

A pioneering work of social and cultural history, this well translated classic is a richly detailed portrait of life, thought and art in 14th- and 15th-century France and the Netherlands. (EUR17, $30.00)

The Dutch Republic: Its Rise, Greatness, and Fall 1477-1806


by Jonathan Israel

  • HISTORY
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 1231 PAGES

Impressive in scope (and daunting in size), we heartily recommend this massively well-researched, genuinely readable and authoritative history for travelers with a healthy appetite for history. (NTH76, $70.00)

The Embarrassment of Riches

The Embarrassment of Riches


by Simon Schama

  • HISTORY
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 698 PAGES

An engaging cultural history and much more, this book is a study of the Dutch in the 17th century and their surprising challenge to Spanish rule. (NTH04, $25.00)

The Praise of Folly


by Desiderius Erasmus

  • RELIGION
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 198 PAGES

The 1509 essay one of the great humanists of the Renaissance that helped inspire the Protestant Reformation -- and still essential to understanding the Reformation today. (NTH138, $12.95)

Tulipomania

Tulipomania


by Mike Dash

  • HISTORY
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

The story of the world's most coveted flower and the extraordinary passion it aroused, this vivid history traces the story of the tulip from its origins on the Turkish steppes to status as an absurdly desired object in Europe and its key role in the financial follies of 17th-century Holland. (NTH30, $13.95)

Blessed and Beautiful, Picturing the Saints


by Robert Kiely

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2010
  • HARD COVER
  • 344 PAGES

A Yale professor, Kiely took over two decades to write this powerful and engaging meditation on the lives of the saints and the images of them painted by Renaissance artists in Italy. (ITA278, $40.00)

Bruegel

Bruegel


by Walter S. Gibson

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 1985
  • PAPER
  • 216 PAGES

A volume in the excellent "World of Art" series, Gibson's book dispels the myth of Bruegel the simpleton artist and replaces it with a portrait of a man who understood the needs of his patrons. With many black-and-white and color reproductions of the paintings. (NTH41, $14.95)

Dutch Painting (World of Art)

Dutch Painting (World of Art)


by Rudolf Herman Fuchs

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 1985
  • PAPER
  • OUT OF PRINT

Starting with Van Eyck and his 15th-century contemporaries, this volume in the "World of Art" series surveys nearly 500 years of painting in the Netherlands, ending with a discussion of late 20th-century artists. Featuring almost 200 illustrations. (NTH72, $14.95)

Dutch Painting 1600-1800

Dutch Painting 1600-1800


by Seymour Slive | Jakob Rosenberg

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 392 PAGES

A generously illustrated, scholarly history of 200 years of Dutch art. (NTH48, $40.00)

Flemish Art and Architecture 1585-1700

Flemish Art and Architecture 1585-1700


by Hans Vlieghe

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

A lavishly illustrated overview of the art of the southern Netherlands from 1585-1700. (BLG07, $52.00)

Rembrandt, Master of the Portrait

Rembrandt, Master of the Portrait


by Pascal Bonafoux

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 175 PAGES

With over 200 illustrations, this pocket-size encyclopedia traces the life and career of artist Rembrandt von Rijn. It offers insight into his influence on the art of the portrait -- an illuminating companion for any visit to Amsterdam and its museums. (NTH11, $12.95)

Rubens

Rubens


by Kristin Lohse Belkin

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

Belkin chronicles the 17th century artist Peter Paul Rubens from his early family life to his influential interactions with the Italian Renaissance masters and finally to Antwerp, where he rose to fame as a renowned painter and diplomat to the royal courts of Europe. (NTH42, $29.95)

The Art of Describing, Dutch Art of the Seventeenth-Century


by Svetlana Alpers

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 1984
  • PAPER
  • 273 PAGES

An original and controversial study that challenges the current en-vogue scholarship on Dutch art. (NTH69, $35.00)

Vincent Van Gogh, The Passionate Eye

Vincent Van Gogh, The Passionate Eye


by Pascal Bonafoux

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 175 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

From Paris to Asnieres, Amsterdam and Provence, this jewel of a book traces the life and art of Vincent Van Gogh, the spirited, self-destructive painter who celebrated the south of France. Engaging, compact and illustrated with hundreds of photographs. (FRN29, $15.95)

A Tall Man in a Low Land

A Tall Man in a Low Land


by Harry Pearson

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 246 PAGES

Pearson, a British travel writer, journalist and comic is an entertaining guide to Belgium and its traditions, culture, beer and chocolate. (BLG19, $16.95)

Master of Shadows, The Secret Diplomatic Career of the Painter Peter Paul Rubens

Master of Shadows, The Secret Diplomatic Career of the Painter Peter Paul Rubens


by Mark Lamster

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 316 PAGES

Ranging from his home in Antwerp to London, Madrid, Paris and Rome, Lamster uncovers the gripping tale behind one of the world's most famous painters and his double life as a secret agent, diplomat and political operative in 17th century Europe. (BLG44, $17.00)

The Diary of a Young Girl, The Definitive Edition

The Diary of a Young Girl, The Definitive Edition


by Anne Frank

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 340 PAGES

The classic story of an adolescent Jewish girl's life and thoughts while in hiding with her family in Nazi-occupied Holland. A new edition with added material. (NTH05, $13.00)

Amsterdam, A Traveler's Literary Companion

Amsterdam, A Traveler's Literary Companion


by Manfred Wolf

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 238 PAGES

Organized by district, these 17 contemporary short stories by modern Dutch writers, including Cees Nooteboom and Geert Mak, are set amid the canals, cafes and neighborhoods of Amsterdam. (NTH33, $13.95)

Girl in Hyacinth Blue

Girl in Hyacinth Blue


by Susan Vreeland

  • LITERATURE
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 150 PAGES

This finely-crafted novel tells the story of the girl in an imagined, undiscovered portrait by Vermeer. Created in the 17th century, the painting passes through a number of people's hands, providing a series of tales that reflect the history and character of Holland and Europe through the years. (NTH23, $14.00)

Girl With a Pearl Earring

Girl With a Pearl Earring


by Tracy Chevalier

  • LITERATURE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 233 PAGES

Chevalier's richly drawn novel imagines the story behind Vermeer's mysterious portrait of a turbaned girl with a pearl earring. (NTH25, $15.00)

Niccolo Rising

Niccolo Rising


by Dorothy Dunnett

  • LITERATURE
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 470 PAGES

From the reigning queen of historical fiction comes this fast-paced, thoroughly-researched novel of ambition and worldly goods in 15th-century Bruges. This is the first volume in her House of Niccolo series. (BLG13, $15.95)

The Black Tulip


by Alexandre Dumas

  • LITERATURE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 246 PAGES

A gripping classic about love and adventure and tulips. In 17th-century Holland, Cornelius von Baerle is falsely accused and jailed. He fights for his freedom with the aid of his jailer's beautiful daughter. (NTH84, $14.00)

Tulip Fever

Tulip Fever


by Deborah Moggach

  • LITERATURE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 281 PAGES

In this surprise bestseller, set in 1630s Amsterdam, a man contracts the talented painter Jan Van Loos to paint a portrait of him and his beautiful wife, Sophia. A vivid drama unfolds as a mutual attraction develops between Van Loos and Sophia. (NTH31, $15.00)

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