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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 The Netherlands

NTH71
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2014
472
146541195X
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
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.
$26.00

The Undutchables

NTH12
Colin White
White Boucke Publishing
2010
308
188858047X
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
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.
$16.00

Benelux Map

NTH03
Michelin Travel Publications
Michelin Travel Publications
2012
2
2067122983
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
Covering the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg at a scale of 1:400,000.
$12.95

Amsterdam Map

NTH36
Borch Maps
Borch Maps
2016
2
3866095775
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A laminated, folded map of the city center, at a scale of 1:11,000.
$9.95

Eyewitness Guide Amsterdam

NTH01
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2016
308
1465439471
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A wonderful guide to Amsterdam, filled with detailed drawings, photographs and thumbnail sketches.
$25.00

Eyewitness Guide Brussels, Bruges, Ghent & Antwerp

BLG16
Rebecca Miles
DK Publishing
2015
200
1465425659
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This superbly illustrated guide features color photos and maps of city neighborhoods, with information on history, culture and sightseeing.
$20.00

Daily Life in Rembrandt's Holland

NTH19
Paul Zumthor
Stanford University Press
1994
353
0804722013
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$28.95

King Leopold's Ghost, A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa

CAF08
Adam Hochschild
Mariner Books
2006
384
0618711678
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
An enthralling narrative of the 19th-century colonization of the Belgian Congo, written by an award-winning journalist. The focus of the book is Belgian King Leopold, who oversaw the colonization.
$16.95

The Autumn of the Middle Ages

EUR17
Johan Huizinga
University of Chicago Press
1997
467
0226359948
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$32.00

The Embarrassment of Riches

NTH04
Simon Schama
Vintage Books
1997
698
0679781242
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$26.00

Rembrandt, Substance and Shadow

NTH11
Pascal Bonafoux
Thames & Hudson UK
1992
176
0500300224
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
This small-format book is an accessible overview of the Dutch master's life and work and is filled with rich illustrations.
$11.00

The Northern Renaissance

EUR229
Jeffrey Chipps Smith
Phaidon Press
2004
447
0714838675
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
A volume in the excellent, illustrated Art & Ideas series by Phaidon.
$29.95

The Diary of a Young Girl, The Definitive Edition

NTH05
Anne Frank
Doubleday
1995
340
0385480334
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
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.
$13.00

Amsterdam, A Traveler's Literary Companion

NTH33
Manfred Wolf (Editor)
Whereabouts Press
2001
238
188351309x
PAPER
Anthology
0
0
0
0
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.
$13.95

Girl in Hyacinth Blue

NTH23
Susan Vreeland
Penguin Putnam
2000
150
014029628x
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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.
$15.00

Girl With a Pearl Earring

NTH25
Tracy Chevalier
Dutton Inc.
2001
233
0452282152
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Chevalier's richly drawn novel imagines the story behind Vermeer's mysterious portrait of a turbaned girl with a pearl earring.
$16.00

Niccolo Rising

BLG13
Dorothy Dunnett
Random House
1999
470
0375704779
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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.
$15.95

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The Scramble for Africa

AFR26
Thomas Pakenham
Avon Books
1992
738
0380719991
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Absorbing and meticulously researched, this in-depth history of the Victorian land grab in 19th-century Africa includes excellent portraits of the egomaniacal personalities who overran the continent.
$23.99

Vincent Van Gogh, The Passionate Eye

FRN29
Pascal Bonafoux
Thames & Hudson UK
1992
175
0500300143
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
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.
$15.95

Insight Guide Belgium

BLG01
Insight Guides
Insight Guides
2005
337
981258143X
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
1
This beautiful guide features wonderful photographs and essays prepared by experts on Belgium. The emphasis here is on providing an understanding of the country and its culture.
$23.95

Lust for Life

NTH18
Irving Stone
Plume
1989
487
0452262496
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Emotionally charged, controversial and utterly readable, this well-known, fictionalized biography probes the life of Van Gogh from his auspicious beginnings as a London art dealer to his death at 37.
$18.00

Western Europe Map

EUR13
Freytag & Berndt
Freytag & Berndt
2009
1
3850842150
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A colorful physical relief map of Western Europe, at a scale of 1:2,000,000.
$14.95

Fodor's Amsterdam's 25 Best

NTH16
Fodor's
Fodor's
2014
96
0804143269
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This slim guide to essential highlights includes an excellent map of the city center and can easily be slipped in your pocket.
$13.99

Insight Compact Guide Holland

NTH20
Insight Guides
Insight Guides
2002
103
1585732699
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A pocket guide
$8.95

Flemish Art and Architecture 1585-1700

BLG07
Hans Vlieghe
Yale University Press
2004
304
030007031
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
A lavishly illustrated overview of the art of the southern Netherlands from 1585-1700.
$57.00

Netherlands Map

NTH24
Hallwag
Hallwag
2
3828300332
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A detailed map of the Netherlands at a very nice scale of 1:200,000.
$15.95

Tulipomania

NTH30
Mike Dash
Crown
2001
288
060980765X
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
The story of the world's most coveted flower and the extraordinary passion it aroused, this vivid history traces the tulip from its origins on the Turkish steppes to its status as an absurdly desired object in Europe and its key role in the financial follies of 17th-century Holland.
$13.95

Tulip Fever

NTH31
Deborah Moggach
Bantam Doubleday
2001
281
0385334923
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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.
$17.00

Making of the Middle Ages

EUR105
Richard W. Southern
Yale University Press
1953
0300002300
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A classic history of 10th to 13th century Europe, covering culture, politics and major personalites.
$25.00

Rough Guide The Netherlands

NTH39
Martin Dunford
Rough Guides
2016
368
024120447X
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This comprehensive guide includes practical details and recommendations for planning a trip.
$24.99

Bruegel

NTH41
Walter S. Gibson
Thames & Hudson
1985
216
0500201560
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
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.
$14.95

Rubens

NTH42
Kristin Lohse Belkin
Phaidon Press
1998
352
0714834122
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
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.
$29.95

Praise of Folly and Letter to Maarten Dorp

NTH44
Desiderius Erasmus
Penguin
1994
188
0140446087
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
The classic 1509 satire of false piety and clerical greed.
$15.00

The Thirty Years' War

EUR115
Geoffrey Parker (Editor)
Routledge
1997
316
0415128838
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A scholarly history of the major European conflict of the 17th century. Among the outcomes were the annexation of Alsace by France, the annexation of Pomerania by Sweden and the legalization of Calvinism in Germany.
$45.95

The Two Hearts of Kwasi Boachi

NTH45
Arthur Japin, Ina Rilke (Translator)
Vintage Books
2002
384
0375718893
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
An acclaimed debut novel by a young Dutch writer, concerning the tragic fortunes of two Dutch-educated West African princes circa 1830, whose schooling renders them neither Dutch nor Ashanti.
$17.00

A Worldly Art

NTH46
Mariet Westermann
Yale University Press
2005
208
0300107234
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
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.
$26.50

Rembrandt

NTH47
Mariet Westermann
Phaidon Press
2000
150
0714838578
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
1
A study of Rembrandt van Rijn's life and art in the context of his times. It's a volume in Phaidon's "Art and Ideas" series, which seeks to chronicle how philosophical and historical trends gain outward expression as art. Illustrated in full color.
$29.95

Dutch Painting 1600-1800

NTH48
Seymour Slive, Jakob Rosenberg
Yale University Press
1998
392
0300074514
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
A generously illustrated, scholarly history of 200 years of Dutch art.
$45.00

Citizen Soldiers

WAR19
Stephen Ambrose
Touchstone
1998
528
0684848015
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Ambrose's account of the battles fought in the year between D-Day and the German surrender, from the U.S. Army's perspective.
$18.00

A Bridge Too Far

WAR21
Cornelius Ryan
Touchstone
1995
670
0684803305
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$19.99

A Time for Trumpets, The Untold Story of the Battle of the Bulge

WAR23
Charles B. MacDonald
William Morrow & Company
1997
720
0688151574
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A massive, authoritative history of the Battle of the Bulge.
$21.99

The Bitter Woods

WAR24
John S.D. Eisenhower, Stephen Ambrose (Introduction)
Da Capo Press
1995
0306806525
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
An enthralling narrative history of the Battle of the Bulge, the largest battle in American military history with more than one million soldiers and 80,000 casualties.
$22.95

All Along the Rhine

GER111
Kay Shaw Nelson
Hippocrene Books
2003
211
0781810000
PAPER
Food
0
0
0
0
Subtitled "Recipes, Wine and Lore from Germany, France, Switzerland, Austria, Liechtenstein and Holland" this tribute to the Rhine Valley complements its history and culture with 130 recipes.
$14.95

Painting and the Market in Early Modern Antwerp

BLG14
Elizabeth Honig
Yale University Press
1999
336
0300072392
HARD COVER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
1
An insightful, illustrated study of the transformation of Flemish society.
$75.00

Lonely Planet Netherlands

NTH50
Lonely Planet, C. Le Nevez
Lonely Planet Publications
2016
320
1743215525
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A practical, comprehensive travel guide.
$24.99

The Letters of Vincent Van Gogh

NTH52
Vincent Van Gogh, Ronald De Leeuw (Editor), Arnold Pomerans (Translator)
Penguin
1998
560
0140446745
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
There are many versions of Van Gogh's letters, but this Penguin Classic edition is a very thorough selection of the artist's writing and highlights Van Gogh's love for both his art and his family.
$18.00

National Geographic Amsterdam

NTH53
National Geographic
National Geographic
2014
271
1426211856
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This compact guide featuring National Geographic's usual attention to maps and color photography also includes excellent coverage of history, culture and art. Second edition.
$22.95

Blue Guide the Netherlands

NTH54
Rachel Esner
W. W. Norton & Company
2002
480
0393323447
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A comprehensive guide to Holland, heavily focused on art and architecture.
$24.95

Belgium/Luxembourg Map

BLG15
HEMA Maps
Hema
2
3828300073
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A colorful map of Belgium and Luxembourg at a scale of 1:250,000.
$10.95

The Corpse on the Dike

NTH66
Janwillem van de Wettering
Soho Press
1995
232
1569470499
PAPER
Mystery
0
0
0
0
A volume in the long-running and immensely popular "Amsterdam Cops" series, this book focuses on two police detectives' investigations of the seamy side of Amsterdam.
$13.00

Headlong, A Novel

NTH68
Michael Frayn
Picador USA
2000
344
0312267460
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A Bruegel canvas claims a central role in Frayn's hilarious tale of an art heist gone awry. Frayn weaves detailed research about the Old Master with a philosopher's foiled plot to appropriate the valuable masterpiece from a boor he feels is unworthy of it.
$18.00

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

NTH69
Svetlana Alpers
University of Chicago Press
1984
273
0226015130
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
An original and controversial study that challenges the current en-vogue scholarship on Dutch art.
$41.00

Mammals of Europe

FG61
Priscilla Barrett, David W. MacDonald
Princeton University Press
2002
320
0691091609
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
Published by Princeton, this is a field guide to land and marine mammals throughout Europe, both endemic and introduced. With more than 600 color illustrations of over 200 mammals.
$49.95

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

NTH76
Jonathan Israel
Oxford University Press
1998
1231
0198207344
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$71.00

Here Is Where We Meet

EUR189
John Berger
Vintage Books
2006
256
1400079330
PAPER
Literature
8/9/2005
0
0
0
0
This reflective novel weaves a portrait of several European countries through encounters with the dead -- from the narrator's mother, whom he discovers on a park bench in Lisbon, to a childhood friend wandering a market in Krakow.
$16.00

The Gothic Enterprise, A Guide to Understanding the Medieval Cathedral

EUR190
Robert A. Scott
University of California Press
2005
294
0520246802
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
An enthusiast, Scott delves into the history, design, architecture and wonder of Europe's medieval cathedrals and great Abbey churches.
$26.95

Wine Country Europe, Touring, Tasting, And Buying At European Regional Wineries

EUR191
Ornella D'Alessio, Marco Santini
Rizzoli International
2005
324
0847827704
HARD COVER
Food
0
0
0
0
Part how-to, part guidebook, part picture book, this charming coffee table treat covers sprawling French vineyards as well as lesser-known hidden treasures in Austria and Hungary.
$35.00

A Time of Gifts

CEU30
Patrick Leigh Fermor
NYRB
2005
384
1590171659
PAPER
Travel Narrative
1
0
0
0
Fermor effortlessly interweaves anecdote, history and culture in this exuberant account of a walk from Holland, up the Rhine and down the Danube, through Germany, Prague and Austria in 1933. Written not in the moment, but 40 years later, the accumulation of time and experience gives the book particular poignancy.
$16.95

Clara's Grand Tour, Travels With a Rhinoceros in Eighteenth-century Europe

FRN536
Glynis Ridley
Grove Press
2006
240
0802142338
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
The entertaining history of an Indian rhinoceros named Clara, who was brought to Europe in 1741 by a Dutch sea captain and toured for seventeen years, to the delight of several heads of state.
$12.00

The Professor

BLG27
Charlotte Bronte
Penguin
1989
316
0140433112
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Bronte's first novel, published posthumously, is based on her experiences with Emily as a language student in Brussels in 1842.
$12.00

The Sun over Breda

SPN296
Arturo Perez-Reverte, Margaret Sayers Peden (Translator)
Penguin Putnam
2008
288
0452289742
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
The third in the Captain Alastriste series, now in center of the bloody 10-month siege of the fortified rebel city of Breda in the Netherlands.
$15.00

Brussels Map

BLG28
Freytag & Berndt
Freytag & Berndt
1
385084143X
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A detailed city map of Brussels at a scale of 1:10,000.
$12.95

Dear Theo, The Autobiography of Vincent Van Gogh

NTH88
Irving Stone (Editor)
Plume
1995
480
0452275040
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
This collection of letters from the troubled artist to his brother offers an illuminating gaze into Van Gogh’s passion for art while revealing his dramatic personal struggles.
$17.00

Dutch-English/English-Dutch Standard Dictionary

NTH100
Arseen Rijckaert
Hippocrene Books
1997
758
0781805414
PAPER
Language & Phrasebooks
0
0
0
0
With 35,000 entries, each with pronunciation.
$24.95

Arthur Frommer's Belgium

EUR342
Emma Thomson, Arthur Frommer
Frommer's
2016
640
1628872365
PAPER
Guidebook
5/24/2016
0
0
0
0
Written by Arthur Frommer himself, this comprehensive guide provides cultural coverage of Belgium and its historic cities (Bruges, Brussels, Ghent, Antwerp and more) alongisde candid reviews, recommendations, color maps and photos.
$24.95

For Kids

Hans Brinker or The Silver Skates

NTH40
Mary Mapes Dodge
Aladdin Books
2002
256
0689849095
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
The beloved 1865 children's book, exhaustive in its detail of daily life in 19th-century Holland. The impoverished Brinker children yearn for a pair of silver skates, but they must make do with skates of wood -- unless Hans can win the annual skating competition.
$17.95

Vincent Van Gogh, Portrait of an Artist

NTH60
Sandra Jordan, Jan Greenberg
2003
144
0440419174
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
A compassionate, unsensationalistic biography, well written and geared for kids ages 9-12. With an eight-page insert of color reproductions.
$6.99

Worth Looking For

An Illustrated History of the First World War

WAR16
John Keegan
Alfred Knopf
2001
448
037541259X
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
1
An illustrated edition of Keegan's outstanding history of the Great War
$50.00