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Black Sea

RUS46
Neal Ascherson
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
1996
306
0809015935
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
In this skillful regional portrait, Ascherson weaves his own travels and impressions with a fascinating account of the Black Sea's history. From ancient mythology to modern politics, he admirably never loses sight of the sea itself.
$22.00

Turkish Reflections, A Biography of a Place

TKY08
Mary Lee Settle
Touchstone
1991
253
0671779974
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Settle's captivating travelogue is a richly detailed portrait of contemporary Turkey, its people, monasteries, myths, archaeological treasures and living traditions. Exemplary.
$16.99

Eyewitness Guide Istanbul

TKY86
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2016
280
1465440631
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This superbly illustrated guide features unique cutaways, floor plans and reconstructions of major architectural sights, plus a pull-out map clearly marked with attractions and an easy-to-use street index.
$25.00

Russia, Ukraine Belarus Map

RUS313
Marco Polo
Marco Polo
2014
1
3827918642
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
This more detailed regional map shows a slice of Russia from Moscow south to the southern shores of the Black Sea.
$11.95

Istanbul Map

TKY65
Borch Maps
Borch Maps
2012
2
3897071371
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A laminated, colorful map of Istanbul at a scale of 1:11,000.
$8.95

Bradt Guide Ukraine

UKR12
Andrew Evans
Bradt Publications
2013
440
1841624500
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This guide in the popular British series features comprehensive practical information and provides a short section on the country's history and culture. With over 30 maps.
$26.99

Turkish Delights, Stunning Regional Recipes from the Bosphorus to the Black Sea

TKY316
John Gregory-smith
National Book Network
2016
240
1909487481
HARD COVER
Food
0
0
0
0
Introducing traditional Turkish cuisine region-by-region, this cookbook presents over 100 dishes. Gregory-Smith includes traditional breakfasts, fiery kebabs, stews, mouth-watering street food, sweet dishes and much more.
$29.95

1453, The Holy War For Constantinople and the Clash of Islam and the West

TKY114
Roger Crowley
Hyperion
2006
304
1401308503
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
In this well-paced history, Crowley recounts the dramatic events leading up to and surrounding the fall of Constantinople to the Ottoman Turks.
$16.00

A Short History of Byzantium

TKY18
John Julius Norwich
Alfred Knopf
1998
432
0679772693
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A richly detailed and evocative history of the span of the great empire from the fourth to the 15th century, brimming with intrigue, palace revolution and treachery.
$20.00

Ancient Turkey, A Traveller's History

TKY43
Seton Lloyd
University of California Press
2013
240
0520220420
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A lively tale of cultures and conquest, from the Hittites to St. Paul, that illuminates the living past of Turkey's archaeological treasures. This classic by Professor Lloyd, first director of the British Institute of Archaeology at Ankara, is now in a 25th anniversary edition.
$34.95

Beyond the Edge of the Sea

MED50
Maurice Obregon
Random House
2002
132
067978344X
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
The adventures of Jason and the Argonauts, Ulysses and other explorers of the ancient world are recreated in this personal account of ships, navigation and geographical discovery.
$15.00

Bury Me Standing

EUR09
Isabel Fonseca
Vintage Books
1996
322
067973743X
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
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.
$17.00

City of Lions

UKR26
Philippe Sands, Jozef Wittlin
Random House
2017
144
1782271171
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
By presenting two short treatises together, this cultural and historical portrait presents Ukraine's cultural capital with depth and dimension. With plenty of new and old photographs
$18.00

Crescent and Star

TKY64
Stephen Kinzer
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
2008
265
0374531404
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
This insightful, anecdotal report on contemporary life, culture and politics in Turkey comes from a former New York Times Istanbul bureau chief who is especially attuned to the powerful geographic position of Turkey and its multiple identities in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
$17.00

Crimea: The Great Crimean War, 1854-1856

CCS33
Trevor Royle
St. Martins
2004
564
1403964165
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A well-researched military and diplomatic history of the Crimean War. Thorough and detailed yet readable, Royle's battlefield descriptions are especially well-done.
$39.99

Georgia, In the Mountains of Poetry

CCS10
Peter Nasmyth
Routledge
2017
384
1468315692
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
A cultural portrait of the Republic of Georgia by a British journalist who has traveled extensively in the region. In its third edition, it's the best book on post-Soviet Georgia, with 170 black-and-white photographs and illustrations
$35.00

Istanbul and the Civilization of the Ottoman Empire

TKY17
Bernard Lewis
University of Oklahoma Press
1989
187
0806110600
PAPER
History
0
1
0
0
In this slim volume the great Islamic scholar describes the invasion of Constantinople by the Ottoman Turks on May 29, 1453, evoking the city at this pivotal moment in its long history.
$24.95

Kiev: A Portrait, 1800-1917

RUS56
Michael F. Hamm
Princeton University Press
1996
304
0691025851
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
From medieval center to important city in Imperial Russia, this scholarly book is a wonderfully informative cultural history of the city and especially its 19th-century legacy.
$60.00

Lords of the Horizons

TKY44
Jason Goodwin
Picador USA
2003
351
0312420668
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Goodwin artfully combines his modern travels with scholarship, history and reflection, capturing the outrageous personalities, events and vagaries of the 600-year-old Ottoman Empire.
$20.00

Odessa, A History, 1794-1914

UKR18
Patricia Herlihy
Harvard University Press
1991
432
0916458431
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Herlihy contrasts Odessa's rapid development as a cosmopolitan, polyglot port city with the growing tension within its society in the years leading up to WWI in this lively scholarly history.
$29.95

Odessa, Genius and Death in a City of Dreams

UKR21
Charles King
W. W. Norton & Company
2012
336
0393342360
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
King (Black Sea, The Moldovans) writes with verve not only of the history of this great port city but also of noteworthy personalities, including Alexander Pushkin, Isaac Babel and Nobel Prize-winning biologist Ilya Mechnikov.
$16.95

The Black Sea, A History

EUR173
Charles King
Oxford University Press
2005
296
019928394X
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
In this lively and entertaining book, which is based on extensive research in multiple languages, King investigates the myriad connections that have made the Black Sea more of a bridge than a boundary, linking religious communities, linguistic groups, empires, and later, nations and states.
$38.95

The Conquerors: Roosevelt, Truman and the Destruction of Hitler's Germany, 1941

GER164
Michael Beschloss
Simon and Schuster Inc.
2003
400
0743244540
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A bestselling, popular history of the politics and diplomacy among Allied leaders leading up to the Yalta and Potsdam conferences.
$16.00

The Gates of Europe, A History of Ukraine

UKR24
Serhii Plokhy
Hachette
2017
432
0465094864
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Plokhy ushers readers through over 2,500 years of Ukrainian history, focusing on the nation’s struggle for collective identity and sovereignty, showing that Ukraine’s present-day conflict with Russia is, in fact, history repeating itself.
$18.99

The Romani Gypsies

EUR470
Yaron Matras
Belknap Press
2014
320
067436838X
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
Matras delves into the history of the Romani, an ancient and misunderstood European culture that has survived through modern times.
$29.95

The Ukrainians, Unexpected Nation

RUS125
Andrew Wilson
Yale University Press
2015
416
0300217250
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
An outstanding guide to modern identity, politics and history in Ukraine, highly recommended for an understanding of the geopolitics of the region and, especially, uneasy relations with mother Russia.
$23.00

Yalta, The Price of Peace

WAR141
Serhii Plokhy
Viking
2010
448
0143118927
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Harvard historian Plokhy puts readers in the room with Churchill, Stalin and Roosevelt over those tumultuous eight days in February, 1945.
$20.00

The Greeks Overseas, The Early Colonies and Trade

GRE150
John Boardman
Thames & Hudson
2011
304
0500281092
PAPER
Archaeology
0
0
0
0
An authoritative, illustrated survey of Greek civilization throughout the Mediterranean, revised and updated for this fourth edition.
$25.95

Balkan Ghosts, A Journey through History

BLK02
Robert D. Kaplan
Picador USA
2005
307
0312424930
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Kaplan interweaves history, art and culture with his travels through Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Romania and Greece in this regional portrait. Named one of the best of 1993 by the New York Times.
$20.00

Istanbul, Memories and the City

TKY99
Orhan Pamuk
Random House
2006
320
1400033888
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Nobel Prize-winner Pamuk writes with dazzling grace of the city of his birth, a magical place of crumbling mansions and Ottoman riches.
$16.95

Return to Ukraine

RUS126
Ania Savage
Texas A&M University Press
2000
272
0890969167
HARD COVER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
An engaging account of a return journey to Ukraine by a journalist who fled the country with her family in 1944. Savage interweaves history, modern travelogue and personal anecdote.
$29.95

Flashman at the Charge

CCS29
George MacDonald Fraser
Plume
1995
288
0452264138
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
In this installment in the rollicking, masterfully researched series of historical novels, our disreputable hero finds himself in Crimea -- and a participant in the Charge of the Light Brigade.
$16.00

Jason and the Argonauts

GRE578
Rhodius Apollonius, Aaron Poochigian (Translator), Benjamin Acosta-Hughes (Translator)
Penguin Putnam
2014
272
0143106864
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
The story of the voyage of Jason and the Argonauts on their quest for the Golden Fleece, as told in a new verse translation. Written in third century B.C., this is a classic in the works of Greek mythology.
$15.00

Panic in a Suitcase

UKR23
Yelena Akhtiorskaya
Riverhead Books
2015
307
1594633827
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A thoughtful novel that explores the relationship between the American Dream and the contemporary immigrant experience through the lives of a migrant family in Brighton Beach and the one member who stayed behind in Odessa to become a famous poet.
$16.00

The Collected Stories of Isaac Babel

RUS171
Isaac Babel
W. W. Norton & Company
2002
511
0393324028
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
An authoritative edition of Isaac Babel's powerful short fiction, including his early Red Cavalry Stories and The Odessa Tales.
$24.95

The Cossacks

RUS241
Leo Tolstoy, Peter Constantine (Translator), Cynthia Ozick (Introduction)
Modern Library
2006
192
0812975049
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A fresh translation of Tolstoy's 1863 semi-autobiographical novel about a young Muscovite and his military adventures in the rough-and-ready Caucasus. The book is, in part, a portrait of the Cossacks as well as an account of falling in love.
$13.00

The Golden Fleece

GRE648
Robert Graves
Random House
2017
480
1609807677
PAPER
Literature
11/21/2017 12:00:00 AM
0
0
0
0
Essential 20th-century author Robert Graves packs all the vividness, gore and spiritual power of ancient Greek myth into this novel about the Greek hero Jason and his quest to retrieve the Golden Fleece. A testament to the enduring freshness and necessity
$19.95

The Oracle of Stamboul, A Novel

TKY246
Michael David Lukas
HarperCollins Publishers
2011
294
0062012096
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
In this affecting debut novel, Lukas follows the fate of a remarkable girl (the Oracle of Stamboul) from her birth in the Ottoman city of Constanta on the Black Sea to her role as advisor to the sultan in Constantinople.
$13.99

The Towers of Trebizond

TKY15
Rose MacAulay, Jan Morris (Introduction)
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
2012
277
159017058X
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Mixing high farce, archaeology, history and lively travel writing, Rose MacAulay's impossibly witty short novel is back in a new edition. Originally published in 1956, MacAulay follows the adventures of English missionaries traipsing across Turkey from Istanbul to Trebizond.
$16.00

The Voyage of Argo

GRE91
Apollonius of Rhodes, Emil V. Rieu (Translator)
Penguin
1977
224
0140440852
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
The story of the voyage of Jason and the Argonauts on their quest for the Golden Fleece along the coast of the Black Sea.
$15.00

Noah's Flood, The New Scientific Discoveries about the Event That Changed History

BLK42
William Ryan, Walter Pitman
Touchstone
1999
320
0684859203
PAPER
Science
0
0
0
0
Yes, there was a flood! So report the scientist-authors in this vivid account of the geology of the Black Sea. They draw on biblical history, marine geology, archaeology and mythology to demonstrate that the Black Sea was breached by the Mediterranean 7,600 years ago.
$19.99

Birds of Europe

FG47
Lars Svensson
Princeton University Press
2010
416
0691143927
PAPER
Field Guide
0
1
0
0
Featuring 3,500 glorious paintings by Killian Mullarney and Dan Zetterstrom, the second edition of this exquisite guide features updated text and maps.
$29.95

For Kids

Thieves of the Black Sea

TKY315
Joe O'neill
Perseus
2016
278
0990546993
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
The fourth in the Red Hand Adventures series, this historical novel follows four young friends as they have hair-raising adventures on the Black Sea and in Turkey. Written for ages 9 to 12.
$9.95

More Books

A Traveller's History of Russia

RUS47
Peter Neville
Interlink Publishing Group
2011
336
1566566452
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
An impressively compact, lively survey of Russian history from the coming of the Slavs to the collapse of the Soviet Union.
$14.95

A Concise History of Bulgaria

BGR01
R.J. Crampton
Cambridge University Press
2005
287
0521616379
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A highly readable, illustrated introduction to Bulgaria's history from medieval empire to Ottoman rule, revival and modernization to the fall of Communism.
$35.99

The Argonautika, The Story of Jason and the Quest for the Golden Fleece

GRE92
Apollonius of Rhodes, Peter Green (Translator)
University of California Press
2007
474
0520253930
PAPER
Literature
12/7/2007
0
0
0
0
The exciting narrative of Jason and the Argonauts on their Quest for the Golden Fleece is retold in this new translation of the Argonautika.
$31.95

Bucharest Map

EUR261
Cartographia
Cartographia
2012
2
9633527848
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
Full-color map at a scale of 1:20,000.
$8.00

Eyewitness Guide Bulgaria

BLG32
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2014
284
1465411739
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This visually rich guide features outstanding maps, essays and travel information.
$23.00

World Heritage Sites

CON53
UNESCO Publishing
Firefly Books
2016
932
1770858172
PAPER
Archaeology
0
0
0
0
How many have you visited? This beautifully illustrated compendium, just revised, includes color photographs, a map and succinct descriptions of each of the 1,031 archaeological sites, monuments, cities and parks inscribed by UNESCO from 1978 to 2016. Organized by order of inscription.
$29.95

Street Without a Name, Childhood and Other Misadventures in Bulgaria

BLG38
Kapka Kassabova
Skyhorse
2009
338
1602396450
HARD COVER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Born in 1973, Kassabova traces her coming-of-age in Communist Sofia and bittersweet return to a land transformed over the last 30 years in this captivating, candid memoir and travelogue.
$24.95

Blue River, Black Sea

EUR353
Andrew Eames
Trafalgar Square
2010
448
059305878X
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
By bicycle, boat and on foot, British adventurer Andrew Eames (The 8:55 to Baghdad) weaves entertaining tales of his travels and the people he meets along the Danube from the Black Forest to Romania and the Ukraine into an insightful contemporary portrait of the region.
$16.95

Byzantine Matters

TKY287
Averil Cameron
Princeton University Press
2014
184
0691157634
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
In this five-essay collection, Averil Cameron explains Byzantium’s pivotal role in the ancient and medieval worlds. She describes the nation’s political structure, art, ethnicity, language and religious practice, focusing on its continued importance.
$24.95

Midnight at the Pera Palace, The Birth of Modern Istanbul

TKY288
Charles King
W. W. Norton & Company
2015
480
0393351866
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A 20th-century history of the Near East through the prism of one of its greatest cities, Istanbul, and its famous hotel, the Pera Palace.
$16.95

The Color of Smoke, An Epic Novel of the Roma

EUR492
Menyhert Lakatos
Steerforth Press
2015
480
0985062347
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
First published in Hungarian in 1975, this epic novel provides both a sweeping glance of World War II-era rural Hungary and an intimate glimpse into the interior life of an adolescent coming of age within the harsh but resolutely light-hearted Roma community.
$17.95

A Traveller's History of Turkey

TKY13
Richard Stoneman
Interlink Publishing Group
2009
247
1566566207
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
An accessible, well-written overview of Turkish history from the Paleolithic to the present.
$14.95