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The Greeks
GRE619A well-illustrated tribute to the foundations of Western civilization, The Greeks, An Illustrated History, published by National Geographic as a companion to the PBS series The Greeks, is the perfect introduction for travelers to Greece and its fabled isles. The photographic history pays special attention to ancient innovations: great literature and architecture, war tactics, democracy, the philosophy of Socrates and more. Historian Diane Harris Cline laces the gripping story of the Greek Empire with discoveries like the Uluburun shipwreck, the earliest writing found in Europe and buried palaces.
Spring Travel Titles
Like many travelers, we’re already looking ahead to spring. Whether plotting your travels or simply hoping for a good armchair vacation, here are some titles to watch for as the weather warms. Why the Dutch are Different. Mingling history with travelogue, English expat Ben Coates speaks to why the Netherlands is such a fascinating country, significant beyond its size. His probing narrative explains the importance of the color orange, the ongoing battle to keep water out, the Dutch love affairs with milk and beer, their attitudes toward nature, their world-famous culture of tolerance and why there are many “nether lands.”
Meet Me in Atlantis
In his follow-up to his bestseller Turn Right at Machu Picchu, Mark Adams delves into the crazy, exciting world of “Atlantology,” visiting communities of amateur scholars convinced that the lost city of Atlantis is the only destination worth seeking. Meet Me in Atlantis digs deep into Mediterranean history, analyzes ancient philosophy and tries to separate Atlantis fact from fiction. Adams explores places as diverse as Morocco, Ireland, Malta, Minnesota and the Rock of Gibraltar in his quest for the lost city. Written in clear, nonchalant prose, Adams’ travel narrative is also an experiment in historical travel.