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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 Search for Ancient Egypt

The Search for Ancient Egypt

by Jean Vercoutter

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 207 PAGES

This pocket encyclopedia, packed with illustrations, tells the tale of Greek travelers, buried treasure, international intrigue and scholarship as it delves into the world's long-standing fascination with Egypt's glorious heritage. (EGY02, $15.95)

The Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Egypt

The Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Egypt

by Bill Manley

  • HISTORY
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

Ingenious color maps, site plans, photographs and accompanying essays trace Egyptian civilization from the founding of Memphis through the sacking of Thebes and the invasion by Alexander the Great in 332 BC. (EGY54, $21.00)

Eyewitness Guide Egypt

Eyewitness Guide Egypt

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

This visually rich guide to the history, culture and monuments of Egypt includes 1,000 color photographs, maps and 3-D site diagrams. (EGY90, $25.00)

Egypt Map

Egypt Map

by Nelles

  • 2011
  • MAP

This easy-fold map, featuring insets of Luxor, Valley of the Kings, Giza, the Nile River Valley, Cairo and other sites, also covers Petra, Jerusalem and most of Israel. (EGY03, $13.95)

 
Cairo Map

Cairo Map


by Cartographia

  • MAP

A colorful, folded map of Cairo on thick paper. Insets of Luxor, Alexandria and Heliopolis. Scale 1:13,000. (EGY163, $8.00)

Culture Smart! Egypt

Culture Smart! Egypt


by Jailan Zayan

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 168 PAGES

A handy pocket guide to understanding local customs and etiquette. (EGY196, $9.95)

Say It in Arabic (Egyptian)

Say It in Arabic (Egyptian)


by Farouk El-Baz

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 1968
  • PAPER
  • 185 PAGES

A guide to common words and phrases in the widely spoken Cairo dialect. (ARB54, $4.95)

A Traveller's History of Egypt

A Traveller's History of Egypt


by Harry Ades

  • HISTORY
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 452 PAGES

This effectively condensed chronological history takes in the full sweep from the earliest inhabitants to 21st century politics. (EGY180, $14.95)

Cairo Illustrated

Cairo Illustrated


by Michael Haag

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 96 PAGES

A warm, richly illustrated portrait of the city, featuring 125 color photographs of the people, monuments and attractions of Cairo alongside Michael Haag's insightful commentary. (EGY203, $22.95)

Egypt, A Short History

Egypt, A Short History


by Robert L. Tignor

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 371 PAGES

Princeton historian Tignor distills five decades of study and travel for this vivid account of the sweep and tumult of Egyptian history from the settlement of the Nile to the present. (EGY370, $19.95)

Generation Freedom, The Middle East Uprisings and the Remaking of the Modern World

Generation Freedom, The Middle East Uprisings and the Remaking of the Modern World


by Bruce Feiler

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 151 PAGES

As engaged and thoughtful as ever, Feiler brings texture and insight to these thrilling tales of youthful revolt across the Arab world, weaving on-the-spot reports from Tahir Square and elsewhere with history and commentary. (MDE199, $11.99)

Inside Egypt

Inside Egypt


by John R. Bradley

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

A reporter in the region since 1999, Bradley pulls no punches in this highly readable expose of the politics and policies of Mubarak's military and modern Egypt. (EGY261, $16.00)

Nine Parts of Desire, The Hidden World of Islamic Women

Nine Parts of Desire, The Hidden World of Islamic Women


by Geraldine Brooks

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

A highly readable overview of the role of women in Islamic society, drawn from the author's many interviews with women throughout the Arab World. (ARB06, $15.00)

Rock the Casbah, Rage and Rebellion Across the Islamic World

Rock the Casbah, Rage and Rebellion Across the Islamic World


by Robin Wright

  • RELIGION
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 307 PAGES

A veteran journalist in the Middle East, Wright (Dreams and Shadows) interviews the youth at the forefront of the Arab revolt in this insightful portrait of the region at a moment of change. (ISL100, $17.00)

The New Atlas of the Arab World

The New Atlas of the Arab World


by American University in Cairo Press

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 144 PAGES

This authoritative atlas features striking maps and the latest information on the 22 countries of the Arab League, from Morocco across North Africa to the Arabia, Syria and the Sudan. (ARB134, $39.50)

The Strong Horse: Power, Politics, and the Clash of Arab Civilizations

The Strong Horse: Power, Politics, and the Clash of Arab Civilizations


by Lee Smith

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 236 PAGES

Reporting from Cairo, Smith writes incisively the spotty history of democracy in Egypt and the long relationship between Mubarak and a succession of U.S. presidents. (ARB133, $16.95)

The Struggle for Egypt, From Nasser to Tahrir Square

The Struggle for Egypt, From Nasser to Tahrir Square


by Steven Cook

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 408 PAGES

The Hasib J. Sabbagh Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and a leading expert on Arab and Turkish politics, Steven Cook illuminates Egyptian modern history with exceptional insight (EGY389, $27.95)

The White Nile

The White Nile


by Alan Moorehead

  • HISTORY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 431 PAGES

This lively history of the Victorian search for the source of the Nile includes the extraordinary tales of Burton and Speke, not to mention the famous meeting of Livingstone and Stanley. The narrative includes vivid descriptions of Zanzibar, the last days of Khartoum and the building of the Suez Canal. (EGY79, $14.99)

The Complete Pyramids

The Complete Pyramids


by Mark Lehner

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

A fully illustrated compendium of every major pyramid in Egypt by the director of the Giza mapping project. With 450 maps, photographs, reconstructions and site diagrams. (EGY33, $26.95)

The Complete Valley of the Kings

The Complete Valley of the Kings


by Nicholas Reeves | Richard Wilkinson

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

A thorough and intriguing look at the burial place of the New Kingdom pharaohs, this book brings together the art, architecture and history of the valley; contains profiles of archaeologists, diagrams and detailed site descriptions. (EGY14, $26.95)

The Nile Cruise

The Nile Cruise


by Jenny Jobbins

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2010
  • HARD COVER
  • 160 PAGES

Weaving classic travelers' accounts with essays and 150 color photographs, this compact book beautifully illuminates the history and allure of the towns, temples and tombs of the Nile from Abydos to Abu Simbel. (EGY278, $29.95)

Write Your Own Egyptian Hieroglyphs

Write Your Own Egyptian Hieroglyphs


by Angela McDonald

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 80 PAGES

Understand the language of the Pharaohs! McDonald's handy illustrated guide to reading, writing and understanding ancient Egyptian names, epithets, titles and phrases includes 50 color illustrations and 200 line drawings. (EGY25, $19.95)

Down the Nile, Alone in a Fisherman's Skiff

Down the Nile, Alone in a Fisherman's Skiff


by Rosemary Mahoney

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 273 PAGES

Mahoney weaves the tale of her quest to row the Nile with deft portraits of the people she meets in this marvelously engaging chronicle. (EGY207, $14.99)

Death on the Nile

Death on the Nile


by Agatha Christie

  • MYSTERY
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 333 PAGES

How could we resist? Christie wrote Egypt's most famous murder mystery on the terrace of the Old Cataract Hotel in Aswan. (EGY09, $12.99)

Palace Walk

Palace Walk


by Naguib Mahfouz

  • LITERATURE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 504 PAGES

The first volume in the monumental Cairo Trilogy, a family saga set in post-WWI Egypt. Nobel Prize-winning Mahfouz provides insight into life in Egypt and the revolution against the British. (EGY04, $16.00)

The Yacoubian Building

The Yacoubian Building


by Alaa Al Aswany

  • LITERATURE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 255 PAGES

The politics, repressed desires, hopes and dreams of Cairo are reflected through the lives of the inhabitants of a once grand apartment house in this deft novel of contemporary Egypt. (EGY175, $13.99)

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