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Matterhorn Summit
July 14 is usually a day for the French, but this year the Swiss will join in with celebrations of their own. On that day 150 years ago, British climber Edward Whymper and his expedition team were the first to reach the peak of the Matterhorn at 4,478 meters. Throughout this anniversary year the remarkable feat will be celebrated with a variety of mountaineering experiences, classic alpine traditions and plenty of festivity in Zermatt and surrounding villages. Read more here to plan your trip, then pick up some of these fascinating books on the subject. Killing Dragons, The Conquest of the Alps.
Great Maps
In celebration of DK Publishing’s 40 years, we’re featuring Great Maps (MAP41, $25.00), a collaboration between DK and Smithsonian showcasing gorgeous maps across time and topography. Profiling 55 historical maps, this book is a lesson in history as much as it is about geography. Jerry Brotton, author of A History of the World in Twelve Maps and professor of Renaissance Studies at the University of London, marches confidently from Ptolemy’s world map to the latest maps by Google Earth, explaining how each map influenced the culture and budding science of its day.
The Panama Canal: 100 Years
On August 15, 1914, the SS Ancon became the first vessel to make the ocean-to-ocean passage through the Panama Canal. Over the next hundred years, more than a million ships would cross the man-made channel, carrying commerce and culture to far-flung places and uniting disparate nations into a global community. To mark the 100th anniversary of that first transit, we’re offering books to help you plan an adventure through the historic waterway and beyond to Panama and Costa Rica.
D-Day: The 70th Anniversary
Each year, travelers from around the world make the pilgrimage to those beaches of Normandy with code names Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword to commemorate the Allied invasion of France that initiated the liberation of continental Europe. For the 70th anniversary of D-Day, we're highlighting books to inform and immerse the traveler in the events surrounding that momentous day.