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Budapest to the Black Sea

Reading and Travel Guide
Enrich your travels with reading! Here's a hand-picked list prepared for your journey in conjunction with the book experts at Longitude. We have updated the original package. These are the current recommendations.
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Item EXCEU142. Buy these 5 items as a set for $85 including shipping, 15% off the retail price. With free shipping on anything else you order.  Buy Package

Between the Woods and the Water

CEU31
Patrick Leigh Fermor
NYRB
2005
320
1590171667
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
In this sequel to A Time of Gifts (CEU30), Leigh Fermor's classic account of his adventure on foot to Constantinople in 1933, Paddy relates his youthful travels in Hungary and Romania, culminating with his arrival at the Iron Gates on the Danube.
$15.95

Danube

EUR58
Claudio Magris
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
2008
416
0374522456
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
1
0
0
Mixing history, personalities and literature, Magris traces the course of the Danube from its source in the heart of the Austro-Hungarian Empire through the Balkans to the Black Sea in this anything but conventional travelogue, first published in 1986.
$17.00

The Balkans, A Short History

BLK28
Mark Mazower
Modern Library
2002
188
081296621X
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
With eloquence and clarity, Mazower addresses issues of geography, nationalism and nation in this indispensable survey.
$16.00

Lonely Planet Eastern Europe

EUR72
Lonely Planet
Lonely Planet Publications
2015
480
1743214669
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This practical guide includes Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic as well as the Baltic States, Belarus, Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria and the Balkans.
$27.99

Balkans & Southeast Europe Map

EUR147
Freytag & Berndt
Freytag & Berndt
2009
1
370790752X
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
This nicely detailed European regional map (1:2,000,000) shows the route of the Danube from Budapest to the Black Sea.
$14.95

Bradt Guide Serbia

BLK67
Laurence Mitchell
Bradt Publications
2013
384
1841624632
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A practical guide in the popular series with good information on transportation, historical sites, and accommodations, with an extended section on Belgrade, the capital city, and a separate chapter on Kosovo.
$25.99

Culture Smart! Serbia

BLK171
Lara Zmukic
Kuperard
2012
168
1857336593
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
With background information on Serbian history and customs and essential advice on what to expect and how to behave in different circumstances.
$9.95

DK Eyewitness Top Ten Budapest

HGR69
Craig Turp
DK Publishing
2014
128
146541035X
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A compact, illustrated guide in the popular series, featuring favorite attractions. With a pull-out map and guide.
$14.00

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

Eyewitness Guide Croatia

BLK39
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2017
296
1465457399
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Gorgeously illustrated and filled with excellent maps, this compact book offers a thorough overview of Croatia's history, traditions, cultures and sights.
$23.00

Belgrade, A Cultural History

BLK131
David Norris
Oxford University Press
2008
256
0195376099
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
An illuminating tour of the ancient city, its many influences, traditions and culture.
$18.95

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

Budapest 1900

HGR01
John Lukacs
Grove Press
1994
255
0802132502
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Written by a distinguished historian and native son, this richly detailed portrait of the city at its zenith includes hundreds of illustrations.
$17.00

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.
$16.00

Danubia, A Personal History of Habsburg Europe

CEU46
Simon Winder
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
2015
576
1250062020
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Winder, author of Germania (GER270), considers the legacy of the Habsburg Europe in this charmingly digressive history and travelogue.
$20.00

Eastern Europe!

EUR441
Tomek E. Jankowski
Steerforth Press
2013
595
0985062320
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
An entertaining history of the region from its stint as an outpost of Rome through the formation of states, Medieval splendor, Ottoman incursions, wars, the Soviet period and the fall of Yugoslavia. Jankowski divulges, in an epilogue, the recipe for Mrs.
$24.95

In Search of Dracula

EUR193
Raymond McNally
Lightning Source
1999
297
0395657830
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
This history of Vlad Tepes (AKA Vlad the Impaler), the Romanian warrior prince and inspiration for Bram Stoker’s infamous blood-drinking count, draws on oral histories and archaeological evidence and also examines Dracula’s many incarnations in film and l
$18.95

Just a Bite, A Transylvania Vampire Expert's Short History of the Undead

EUR443
Istvan Pivarcsi
Steerforth Press
2012
291
0982578148
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
Based on his experiences spent in the lands of vampire legend, Transylvania, Istvan Pivarcsi explores the fascinating development of the modern-day vampire from its sources in Transylvanian oral tradition.
$14.95

Palgrave Concise Historical Atlas of the Balkans

BLK41
Dennis Hupchick
Springer
2001
128
031223970X
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
The changing borders and complex history of the Balkans are clearly and concisely shown through 50 double-page maps and accompanying essays, organized chronologically.
$23.00

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, emp
$38.95

The Essential Guide to Being Hungarian, 50 Facts and Facets of Nationhood

HGR74
Ist Bori (Editor)
Steerforth Press
2012
200
0982578105
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
Twelve authors well-versed in the manners and mindset of the Hungarians offer this illuminating guide to national character.
$19.95

The Habsburgs, Dynasty, Culture and Politics

CEU51
Paula Sutter Fichtner
Reaktion Books
2014
288
1780232748
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
A concise chronicle of the 600-year Habsburg Empire, essential for those interested in European history. Fichtner reveals how the dynasty used propaganda, political maneuvering and public performance to maintain control over an array of cultures and ethni
$39.00

The Habsburgs, Embodying Empire

AST11
Andrew Wheatcroft
Penguin Putnam
1995
384
0140236341
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
With skillful scholarship and engaging style, Wheatcroft reveals the history of this family of eccentric monarchs.
$18.00

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

Dream Palaces, The Last Royal Courts of Europe

EUR187
Jerome Coignard, Marc Walter (Photographer)
Abrams
2004
288
0865652287
HARD COVER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
1
This beautifully illustrated portrait of 11 extravagant European follies includes Neuschwanstein, Alexandra Cottage, Stolzenfels castle, Miramare castle, Peles castle, and Achilleion villa.
$65.00

A Time of Gifts

CEU30
Patrick Leigh Fermor
NYRB
2005
384
1590171659
PAPER
Travel Narrative
1
0
0
0
Fermor effortlessly interweaves anecdote, history and culture in this exuberant account of a walk from Holland, up the Rhine and down the Danube, through Germany, Prague and Austria in 1933. Written not in the moment, but 40 years later, the accumulation
$16.95

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.
$19.00

The Broken Road, From the Iron Gates to Mount Athos

EUR416
Patrick Leigh Fermor
NYRB
2015
384
1590177797
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Assembled from Leigh Fermor’s manuscripts by friend and biographer Artemis Cooper, with the travel writer Colin Thubron, this is perhaps the most personal of all Leigh Fermor’s books, catching up with young Paddy in the fall of 1934 and following him thro
$17.95

The Memory Book, One Woman's Self-Discovery in the Mist of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy

HGR81
Linda Fischer
Aa Balkema
2014
326
0974428736
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
When Linda Fischer discovers a memory book in an antique shop in Budapest, she is inspired to explore the world of the Austro-Hungarian Empire through the life of the album's author, a young Hungarian woman who lived at the turn of the 20th century.
$17.99

Wider Than a Mile, One River Two Women

CEU48
Mimi Hughes
Lightning Source
2013
346
1490459480
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Hughes recaptures her experience as the first person to swim the Danube River without flippers, more than 1,770 miles. She writes movingly about her 89-day trip in this inspirational story of hope and a call for social change.
$16.95

Dracula

EUR125
Bram Stoker
Penguin
2003
520
014143984X
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
The vampire novel that started it all, based on the legend of "Vlad the Impaler." The gothic shocker is set within the dank castles and misty forests of Transylvania and the foggy streets and staid country houses of Victorian England.
$11.00

The Hired Man

BLK180
Aminatta Forna
Atlantic Monthly Press
2014
304
0802121926
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
When Duro Kolak encounters a strange car in his small Croatian village of Gost, he offers its British occupants assistance in setting up a summer cottage. But tensions soon develop between the village residents and the foreigners, as painful memories from
$15.00

More Books

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

A Concise History of Hungary

HGR30
Miklos Molnar, Anna Magyar (Translator)
Cambridge University Press
2001
375
0521667364
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
The author, a Hungarian historian, narrates the history of Hungary from little-known origins to 1988, encompassing the Magyars, the Austro-Hungarian empire and the Soviet era.
$35.99

The Hungarians, A Thousand Years of Victory in Defeat

HGR32
Paul Lendvai, Ann Major (Translator)
Princeton University Press
2004
664
0691119694
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A journalist who fled Hungary in 1957, Lendvai combines history, scholarship and anecdote in this uncommonly engaging account. With verve and authority, he covers the struggle of the Magyars' against the Tartars, Turks and Russians over the past millenniu
$42.00

The Improbable Voyage

EUR156
Tristan Jones
Sheridan House
1998
332
1574090623
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Jones, an inveterate Welsh sailor, adventurer and storyteller, channels Eastern Europe circa 1985 in his tale of a tough voyage along the Rhine and Danube to the Black Sea.
$16.50

A History of Slovakia, The Struggle for Survival

EUR93
Stanislav K. Kirschbaum
St. Martins
2005
397
1403969299
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A historian from Bratislava traces his nation's roots from the first arrival on the Danubian Plain to Slovakia's declaration of independence in 1993. A particularly solid discussion of the Communist period and the nation's relationship with the Czechs and
$22.99

For Kids

Europe, A True Book

EUR336
Sandra Newman
Children's Press
2009
48
0531218295
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Part of the True Book series, this illustrated, readable volume geared toward ages 9 to 12 introduces children to the geography and diverse cultures of Europe.
$6.95

Eyewitness Castle

EUR335
Christopher Gravett
DK Publishing
2008
72
0756637694
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Take a look behind the walls of these fascinating fortresses and learn how they were built to house hundreds of people and animals; how a young boy rose from lowly page to noble knight; and what life was like for the castle residents. With a CD of clip ar
$16.99

Golem

CZH38
David Wisniewski, Lee Salsberry (Illustrator)
Houghton Mifflin Company
2007
32
0618894241
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
A retelling of a Jewish legend, set in Prague in the 16th century, a dark time for the city's Jewish residents. A rabbi builds a clay giant to protect his people from persecution; the golem, in this version, speaks with a child's simplicity. The remarkabl
$7.99

The Good Master

HGR25
Kate Seredy
Puffin
1986
196
014030133X
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
First published in the 1930s, this novel tells of two cousins who ride horses across the Hungarian plains, encountering shepherds and gypsies en route. It's all marvelously evocative of the folk customs and lifestyles of old Hungary. Ages 9-12.
$6.99

The Singing Tree

HGR26
Kate Seredy
Penguin Putnam
1990
247
0140345434
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
The sequel to "The Good Master," in which cousins Jancsi and Kate are now older -- and Hungary (and all of 1914 Europe) are on the brink of war.
$7.99

The Trumpeter of Krakow

PLD12
Eric Philbrook Kelly, Janina Domanska
Aladdin Books
1992
208
0689715714
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
A children's story about a young boy in medieval Krakow.
$7.99

The White Stag

HGR27
Kate Seredy
Penguin Putnam
1979
96
0140312587
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Kate Seredy drew on oral traditions and folklore for this gripping novella about the Huns' and Magyars' fifth-century migration from Asia to Central Europe. It won her a Newbery Medal in 1938. Ages 9 to 12.
$5.99

Upon the Head of the Goat, A Childhood in Hungary, 1939-1944

HGR24
Aranka Siegal
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
2003
224
0374480796
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
This spare memoir of a Jewish girlhood in a German-occupied Hungarian town won its author a Newbery Honor citation. Its serious subject and introspective tone are recommended for sophisticated young adults.
$8.99