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My Passage to Cuba
Kindly contributed by Cynthia Carris Alonso whose new photography book Passage to Cuba takes readers through the crumbling, baroque splendor of Havana, from well-known spectacles like the National Capital Building and Havana Cathedral as well as the colorful exteriors and unexpected gems of ordinary neighborhoods.
The Qinling Mountains
Copyright: Thomas Marent
Kindly contributed by photographer and biologist Thomas Marent, whose new book Like Us presents 130 primate species, from the unmistakably large Congolese mountain gorilla to the tiniest primate, the mouse lemur. Marent captures the primates' personalities, drawing us closer to our nearest relatives.
The Earth Is My Witness
“The Earth is my witness,” Siddhartha said, and with that acceptance of the Earth and acknowledgement of what is owed to it, he became the Buddha. The phrase is a fitting title for Art Wolfe’s latest book, The Earth Is My Witness, an artful celebration of the planet's fast-disappearing landscapes, wildlife and cultures as captured by the lens of the veteran photographer. Having studied both art and anthropology, Wolfe’s work displays a diversity of animal life, natural landscapes untouched by modernity and intimate portraits of indigenous peoples.
Melting Away
A widely published and celebrated photographer, Camille Seaman has built a career on majestic portraiture. Over a 10-year period, she traveled to the poles as an expedition photographer to document the rapidly changing face of the Arctic and Antarctic regions. In her new book Melting Away, Seaman offers a masterful series of 75 photos of beauty and historical significance, presented alongside accompanying essays, which evocatively reveal climate change at work.
Extreme Adventure
Kindly contributed by Longitude co-founder Darrel Schoeling.
  Inveterate traveler and photographer Peter Guttman — as you will soon discover from his just-published Extreme Adventure, A Photographic Exploration of Wild Experiences — likes to have fun! Open any page of this marvelously photographed roundup of amazing things to do around the world and you too will fall under his spell.
The Red Sea
Kindly contributed by photographer Jeffrey Rotman, whose work has appeared in National Geographic, Life, Time and The New York Times Magazine. In his recent book, The Last Fisherman, Rotman's remarkable portraiture brings us face-to-face with increasingly fragile ocean ecosystems and the effects of illegal fishing and overfishing.
  I packed my rucksack, sleeping bag, and photography gear, and crossed the ocean to reach the Red Sea. Pictures of tropical reefs were well known to me by that time, but I looked at them contemptuously. They were unbearably easy to shoot, unbearably beautiful in their composition.
Gift Books for the Holidays

Need a gift idea for the traveler in your life? Click here for our travel gift guide, sign up for our new fall catalog, then browse these lovely illustrated gift books!   The Best Places to Be Today. This useful catalog arranges the world's most exciting, fun and awe-inspiring events into 365 unforgettable days. The discerning editors at Lonely Planet introduce nature hikes through Patagonia, the Up Helly Aa festival in Scotland (where they actually burn a Viking longship) and the glittering Yamayaki, Japan's fire festival. A great way to plan, say, your next birthday?  (TVL596, $19.

Inside Tracks

Read the book, watch the film! A recently released major motion picture brings to life Robyn Davidson’s classic travelogue Tracks, the story of a young woman’s epic journey by camel across the formidable Australian Outback. Davidson arrived in the Outback with a dog, a little cash, and she managed to find and train some camels (feral in Australian desert since the 19th century) to carry her on her journey. Her absorbing account of her almost 2,000 mile trek across the desert is a tale of true adventure shot through with a feel for the landscape and empathy for the Aboriginal people she meets along the way.

Celebrating 125 Years
Since its founding in 1888, National Geographic has dazzled and educated people with its incredible photographs, illustrations, and gripping stories from the four corners of the earth. Now, in celebration of its 125th anniversary, National Geographic has given ambitious art-publisher Taschen full reign, plumbing the archives for a journey of a lifetime, distilled into three prodigious volumes. Limited and numbered, National Geographic, Around the World in 125 Years, showcases 1,468 pages of photos — many unpublished — by luminaries including Steve McCurry, Frans Lanting, George Rodger, James Nachtwey.
The Ubein Bridge
Kindly contributed by Scott Stulberg, with images from his just released book Passage to Burma.
"After traveling to Burma many times since 2001, it is easy to get attached to some of my favorite areas within the country. The unique Ubein Bridge, within the township of Amarapura, will always hold a special place in my heart. It is known as the longest wooden teak bridge in the world at 1.2km and links two villages to each other across Taungthaman Lake. It is one of the most breathtaking sights in all of Burma, especially at sunrise and sunset, when the low light gives the scene a moody and ethereal feeling.