Blog posts of '2014' 'July'

The Trigger
Watching out for bears and carefully avoiding the landmines marked on his decayed military maps, British journalist Tim Butcher journeys through the life of an assassin, Gavrilo Princip.  On June 28, 1914 the idealistic teenager “Gavro” pulled a gun on Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the imperial throne of Austria-Hungary.  With one shot, Europe’s tangled mess of monarchies fell into an inexorable war of attrition.

Okavango Named World Heritage Site
UNESCO World Heritage Sites: how many have you visited? Selected for their unique cultural or natural heritage, these historic places make some of the best destinations. UNESCO's guide to their World Heritage Sites, which organizes the sites by order of inscription (Galapagos was the first), is forthcoming in its fifth edition at the end of September. From the Galapagos and Mesa Verde to China's Mount Sanqingshan National Park and Al-Hijar in Saudi Arabia, this beautifully illustrated compendium includes color photographs, a map and succinct description of each archaeological site, monument, city or park.
Moon Colombia
Kindly contributed by Longitude's founder, Darrel Schoeling.
  A Floridian transplant in Bogota since 2002 with his Colombian partner Vito Barco, journalist and author Andrew Dier writes with offhand ease in this inviting guide, a first-ever in the Moon series, covering where to go and what to do throughout the diverse nation in lively detail. From Bogota to Cartagena, Medellin and Cali to the Amazon, Andes, Caribbean and Pacific Coasts, each section includes color maps and photographs, a short history and plenty of thoughtful travel particulars (sites, recreation, accommodations, food, transportation).
Summer Reading
Having survived freezing, frequently sub zero temperatures, blizzards, ice, snow, treacherous road conditions and other horrors of the winter vortex, this summer you deserve to stretch out on that beach towel under a warm sun and immerse yourself in a good book, preferably one that transports you to distant lands. Here are some of Longitude's recommendations for a rewarding summer of reading.
In Memoriam: Nadine Gordimer
Africa has lost yet another of its unique literary voices. Nobel Prize-winning novelist Nadine Gordimer passed away in Johannesburg on July 13, leaving behind over two dozen works of fiction as well as personal and critical essays. Many of Gordimer’s ambitious novels led her deep into the heart of South Africa’s conflict over apartheid. The Conservationist, Gordimer's subtle Booker Prize-winning novel, portrays a wealthy South African industrialist who struggles to preserve his way of life, his power and his possessions in the face of massive injustice. 
Indonesia, Etc.
Elizabeth Pisani is the perfect tour guide to Indonesia, that hodgepodge assemblage of nearly 14,000 islands with little in common but a name. Pisani first encountered the archipelago as a teenager backpacking through Java and Bali, then again during a three-year stint as a regional reporter for Reuters and once more as an epidemiologist for the Indonesian Ministry of Health. In 2011, Pisani decided to return, this time on her own terms. She spent the year island hopping, and, in hopes of making the “most invisible country in the world” more visible, wrote about her adventures alongside the country’s history and current affairs in Indonesia, Etc.
Citi X 60 Guides
A series of hip, pocket-sized city guides targeting young, independent travelers was recently released by Viction:ary. The Hong Kong-based publisher of books that feature original, dynamic works of art has applied its trademark trendy style to Citi X 60 Guides that highlight the recommendations of 60 local creatives. Artists, designers, architects, chefs, musicians, photographers and filmmakers provide personalized reviews of their favorite spots, encouraging tourists to view their city as they see it.
Tour de France
The 101st Tour de France takes place this month, a 3,664-kilometer cycling challenge that begins in Leeds and runs through Cambridge and London before crossing the Channel to follow along France’s eastern and southern borders, with a grand finish in Paris’s Champs Elysees. Follow the routes of previous tours with the tenth edition of Marguerite Lazell’s Tour de France: The Complete History of the World’s Greatest Cycle Race. This beautifully written history of the world's most iconic bicycle race covers more than 100 years of memorable events, fierce rivalries and feats of endurance.