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Caucasus

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CAUCASUS. Buy these 4 items as a set for $82 including shipping, 15% off the retail price. With free shipping on anything else you order.  Buy Package

The Georgian Feast

CCS02
Darra Goldstein
University of California Press
2013
229
0520219295
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
Historian and food expert Goldstein explores the food, traditions and geography of Georgia, as beautiful as it is bountiful, in this savory cultural history. With illustrations by delightful 19th-century primitivist Niko Pisosmani.
$29.95

The Caucasus, An Introduction

CCS48
Thomas De Waal
Oxford University Press
2010
288
0195399773
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A timely, readable portrait of the Caucasus by an experienced journalist working in the region. With historical background, insight into energy production and an analysis of struggles for independence.
$18.95

Lonely Planet Georgia, Armenia & Azerbaijan

CCS05
John Noble
Lonely Planet Publications
2016
320
1742207588
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
An excellent practical guide featuring a good overview of culture, history and nature, 16 pages of color photos, 40 maps and a language guide.
$24.99

Caucasus: Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan Map

CCS01
Freytag & Berndt
Freytag & Berndt
2011
2
3850843289
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A travel map of the Caucasus at a scale 1:1,000,000.
$14.95

Bradt Guide Georgia

CCS03
Tim Burford
Bradt Publications
2015
288
1841625566
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This convenient guide is a personal, detailed overview of Georgia. It includes coverage of the Black Sea coast, Tbilisi and other major towns, as well as information on history, culture and accommodations.
$26.99

Culture Smart! Azerbaijan

CCS49
Nikki Kazimova
Kuperard
2011
168
1857335449
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A concise, well-illustrated and practical guide to local customs, etiquette and culture, equally of interest to the traveler and business person.
$9.95

For the Love of Wine

CCS79
Alice Feiring
Potomac
2016
208
1612347649
HARD COVER
Food
0
0
0
0
After falling in love with Georgia and its celebrated wine, Alice Feiring travels throughout the country meeting winemakers, farmers, artists and more, collecting both stories and recipes to present a compelling portrait of a stunning country and its remarkable people.
$24.95

Samarkand

CAS248
Caroline Eden, Eleanor Ford
National Book Network
2016
256
1909487422
HARD COVER
Food
0
0
0
0
An excellent introduction to Samarkand (by turns inhabited by Uzbeks, Tajiks, Russians, Turks, Koryo-Sarams, Jews and Afghans), this compendium brings the region to life with essays, photos and plenty of recipes little-known to the West.
$34.95

Taste of Persia, A Cook's Travels Through Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, and Kurdistan

CCS77
Naomi Duguid
Workman Publishing Company
2016
400
1579655483
HARD COVER
Food
0
0
0
0
Centering on a culinary tradition that is (alas) poorly understood in the West, this cookbook presents 125 recipes from the Caucasus and Middle East, framed with locals' stories and photographs.
$35.00

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

Russia's Steppe Frontier, The Making of a Colonial Empire, 1500-1800

CCS28
Michael Khodarkovsky
University of Indiana Press
2005
290
0253217709
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
In this sweeping, scholarly history Khodarkovsky traces Russian imperial adventures in the Caucasus from the decline of the Mongols to the end of the 18th century.
$26.00

The Ghost of Freedom, A Modern History of the Caucasus

CCS39
Charles King
Oxford University Press
2009
336
0195392396
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A professor at Georgetown, King reveals the imperial ambitions, larger-than-life personalities and romance of this strategic region.
$20.95

An Armenian Sketchbook

CCS63
Vasily Grossman
NYRB
2013
135
1590176189
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Newly translated, Grossman's journal of a stay in Armenia in the early 1960s affectionately depicts the people and traditions of a mountain village.
$14.95

Black Dog of Fate, A Memoir

CCS12
Peter Balakian
Hachette
2009
304
0465010199
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
This powerful memoir combines Balakian's coming-of-age as an Armenian-American in New Jersey with his growing realization of the horrors suffered by his family in the Armenian genocide of 1915 in Ottoman Turkey.
$16.99

Caucasus, A Journey to the Land between Christianity and Islam

CCS25
Nicholas Griffin
University of Chicago Press
2004
256
0226308596
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
An engaging account of travels in the Caucasus in the footsteps of Imam Shamil, a Muslim who resisted the Russians in the 19th century. The book is a portrait of the people, land and issues in the region.
$23.00

Highlanders, A Journey to the Caucasus in Quest of Memory

CCS20
Yo'av Karny
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
2001
436
0374528128
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
In this astute portrait of a complex region in the wake of the Soviet Union dissolution, an Israeli journalist travels into the Caucasus to uncover what fuels the conflicts that divide the region's many ethnic and religious communities.
$32.00

Passage to Ararat

CCS11
Michael J. Arlen, Clark Blaise (Introduction)
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
2006
293
0374530122
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Arlen's National Book Award-winning memoir of his father and the rediscovery of his Armenian heritage. He interweaves stories of travel and family with an account of the troubled history of the country.
$20.00

Stalin: New Biography of a Dictator

CCS71
Nora Seligman Favorov (Translator), Oleg V. Khlevniuk
Yale University Press
2016
424
0300219784
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
An authoritative, illuminating biography of Georgian Josef Stalin, who ruled the Soviet Union from 1929 until his death in 1953 and caused the death and imprisonment of more than a million Soviet citizens per year.
$25.00

Stories I Stole, A Journey to Georgia

CCS22
Wendell Steavenson
Grove Press
2004
277
080214067X
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Witty, engaging and attuned to the complexities of history and ethnicity, Steavenson, a veteran journalist, spins lyrical tales of the former Soviet Republic of Georgia as it crumbles around her in the late 1990s.
$13.00

The Orientalist, Solving the Mystery of a Strange and Dangerous Life

CCS27
Tom Reiss
Random House
2006
286
0812972767
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
A storyteller of the first order, Reiss weaves a wonderful tapestry of information about the cultures and religions in the Caucasus with this wonderful tale of the remarkable life of Lev Nussimbaum -- a fabulist, interpreter of cultures, novelist and rogue who reinvented himself as Kurban Said.
$17.00

A Hero of Our Time

RUS316
Natasha Randall (Translator), Mikhail Lermontov
Penguin Putnam
2009
174
0875010490
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
The story of the bored and cynical antihero Pechorin. A subtle, psychological and brooding masterpiece of Russian Romanticism originally published in 1840, it influenced later 19th century greats including Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky and Chekhov.
$15.00

A Spy by Nature

CCS44
Charles Cumming
Griffin Publishing
2008
355
0312366361
PAPER
Mystery
1/1/2112
0
0
0
0
Introducing the London School of Economics graduate and reluctant British spy Alec Milius. When he lands a prime job for a British oil company, Alec finds himself trapped in a world of secrets and lies that could cost him his life.
$18.99

Ali and Nino, A Love Story

CCS26
Paul Theroux (Afterword), Kurban Said
Overlook Press
2013
240
0385720408
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
The deeply sentimental tale, set in Baku in the years before WWI, of an Azerbaijani Muslim boy in love with a Georgian Christian girl, originally published in 1937.
$15.95

Gentlemen of the Road

MDE125
Michael Chabon
Random House
2008
224
0345502078
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
This medieval adventure by Pulitzer Prize-winner Chabon is set in the Caucasus Mountains, where two thieves for hire are responsible for the fate of the empire of the Khazars.
$15.00

Hadji Murad

CCS18
Leo Tolstoy, Aylmer Maude (Translator)
Modern Library
2003
192
0812967119
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A short war novel by the incomparable, masterful Russian writer. Set in the 19th-century Caucasus it is inspired by Tolstoy's time as a soldier and narrates conflicts between the occupying Russians and Muslim groups in the region.
$15.00

For Kids

Let's Explore... City

TVL668
Lonely Planet Publications
Lonely Planet Publications
2017
48
1786572303
PAPER
Reference
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Part of Lonely Planet’s "Let’s Explore..." series, this sticker activity book takes explorers ages 5 to 8 on safari with fascinating facts, puzzles and plenty of pages to color and complete.
$9.99

Let's Explore... Mountain

TVL669
Lonely Planet Publications
Lonely Planet Publications
2017
48
1786573156
PAPER
Reference
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Part of Lonely Planet’s "Let’s Explore..." series, this sticker activity book takes explorers ages 5 to 8 on through the mountains with fascinating facts, puzzles and plenty of pages to color and complete.
$9.99

More Books

The Ottoman Centuries

ITL54
Lord Kinross
William Morrow & Company
1988
638
0688080936
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A richly detailed, engrossing history of the Ottoman Empire from its dawn in 1300 up to the foundation of the modern republic in 1923, enhanced by maps and photos.
$18.99

The Ottoman Turks: An Introductory History to 1923

TKY36
Justin McCarthy
Addison-Wesley
1997
424
0582256550
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A vivid overview of the history, customs and traditions of Ottoman Turkey, complete with maps and illustrations.
$90.33

Armenia, At the Crossroads

CCS08
Joseph Masih, Robert O. Krikorian
Routledge
1999
162
9057023458
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A discussion of modern Armenia and its unstable political position after the collapse of the Soviet Union
$55.95

Azerbaijan Diary: A Rogue Reporter's Adventures in an Oil-Rich, War-Torn, Post-Soviet Republic

CCS09
Thomas Goltz
M.E. Sharpe, Inc.
1999
528
076560244X
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
A first-person account of the chaotic early 1990s in Azerbaijan by a freelance journalist. Both an adventure story and a piece of significant journalism, the book captures the politically charged and somewhat mad atmosphere of the time.
$47.95

Georgia, In the Mountains of Poetry

CCS10
Peter Nasmyth
Routledge
2006
306
0415396697
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
A cultural portrait of the Republic of Georgia by a British journalist who has traveled extensively in the region. In its third edition, it's the best book on post-Soviet Georgia, with 170 black-and-white photographs and illustrations
$58.95

Russia and a Divided Azerbaijan, A Borderland in Transition

CCS14
Tadeusz Swietochowski
Columbia University Press
1995
289
0231070683
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
A scholarly discussion of the somewhat schizophrenic cultural identity of Azerbaijan, a country that lies between Russia and Iran and has been subject to a multitude of ethnic influences.
$75.00

Survivors, An Oral History of the Armenian Genocide

CCS16
Donald E. Miller, Lorna Touryan Miller
University of California Press
1999
274
0520219562
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A collection of stories from survivors of the Armenian genocide of 1915. Brutal and terrifying, yet filled with the triumph of survival, these are powerful stories of a resilient people and the horrors of ethnic cleansing.
$31.95

Eastward to Tartary

CAS45
Robert D. Kaplan
Random House
2001
364
0375705767
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
A glimpse into the people and history that color the countries of Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, the Caucasus and finally Central Asia, in a loosely organized travelogue by the author of the acclaimed Balkan Ghosts.
$16.95

Among the Russians

RUS106
Colin Thubron
HarperCollins Publishers
2001
224
0060959290
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
The marvelous account of a 10,000-mile journey by car from St. Petersburg and the Baltic States south to Georgia and Armenia in 1981. A gifted writer and intrepid traveler, Thubron grapples with the complexities of Russian identity in this lyrical book.
$14.99

Looking Toward Ararat, Armenia in Modern History

CCS19
Ronald Grigor Suny
Indiana University Press
1993
304
0253207738
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A scholarly analysis of Armenian government and society, focusing on modern times up to the early 1990s.
$19.95

Armenia/Azerbaijan Map

CCS23
International Travel Maps
ITMB
2012
2
1553411056
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A folded traveler's map of Armenia and Azerbaijan at a scale of 1:560,000.
$12.95

Tales of Belkin and Other Prose Writings

RUS232
Aleksandr Sergeevich Pushkin
Penguin
1998
198
0140446753
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
This sampling of Pushkin's short stories includes his autobiographical "A Journey to Arzrum," the tale of travels from Moscow across the Caucasus and Georgia to Turkey during the war of 1829.
$14.00

Fires of Hatred

EUR179
Norman M. Naimark
Harvard University Press
2002
248
0674009940
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
This illuminating study by a Stanford historian focuses on five cases where genocide was a matter of government policy in 20th-century Europe.
$29.00

Black Garden, Armenia and Azerbaijan Through Peace and War

CCS24
Thomas De Waal
NYU
2013
406
0814760325
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A highly praised portrait of the region that weaves an account of the author's travels throughout the South Caucasus with an analysis of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
$27.00

Flashman at the Charge

CCS29
George MacDonald Fraser
Plume
1995
288
0452264138
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
In this installment in the rollicking, masterfully researched series of historical novels, our disreputable hero finds himself in Crimea -- and a participant in the Charge of the Light Brigade.
$16.00

The Making of the Georgian Nation

CCS32
Ronald Grigor Suny
University of Indiana Press
1994
418
0253209153
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
The first comprehensive treatment of Georgian history, from the first millennium B.C. through the 20th century.
$24.95

Crimea: The Great Crimean War, 1854-1856

CCS33
Trevor Royle
St. Martins
2004
564
1403964165
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A well-researched military and diplomatic history of the Crimean War. Thorough and detailed yet readable, Royle's battlefield descriptions are especially well-done.
$39.99

The Literature of Georgia, A History

CCS35
Donald Rayfield
Routledge
1999
320
0700711635
HARD COVER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A sweeping history of Georgia's diverse 1,500-year literary tradition.
$190.00

The History of Armenia

CCS38
Simon Payaslian
St. Martins
2007
304
1403974675
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A brief, authoritative history of Armenia from the first millennium B.C. to the present.
$27.99

The Oil and the Glory, The Pursuit of Empire and Fortune on the Caspian Sea

CCS40
Steve LeVine
Random House
2007
470
0375506144
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
A cogent and dramatic account of the scramble for oil and influence in Central Asia after the collapse of the Soviet Union.
$30.00

My Brother's Road, An American's Fateful Journey to Armenia

CCS42
Markar Melkonian
St. Martins
2008
330
1845115309
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Melkonian spent seven years unraveling the mystery of his brother's journey, one so complex that it transformed his brother from a California kid into the leader of an army in Armenia.
$24.95

The Kreutzer Sonata and Other Stories

RUS463
Leo Tolstoy
Oxford University Press
2009
477
0199555796
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Tolstoy illuminate the conflicts between occupying Russians and Muslims in the Caucuses in These four novellas: Family Happiness, The Kreutzer Sonata, The Cossacks and Hadji Murad.
$10.95

A Little War That Shook the World: Georgia, Russia, and the Future of the West

CCS55
Ronald D. Asmus
St. Martins
2010
254
0230617735
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
Clinton's Assistant Deputy of State, Ronald Asmus, analyzes the events leading up to the August 2008 war between Russia and Georgia.
$30.00

A Question of Genocide, Armenians and Turks at the End of the Ottoman Empire

CCS54
Ron Suny (Editor)
Oxford University Press
2012
434
0195393740
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
This collection of articles with a preface by Stanford historian Norman Naimark has the most up-to-date scholarship on the record and the issues.
$30.95

Armenian People from Ancient to Modern Times I

CCS57
Richard G. Hovannisian (Editor)
St. Martins
2004
384
1403964211
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
This first book in the authoritative two-volume history of Armenia, with contributions by leading experts, covers antiquity to the 14th century.
$74.99

Armenian People from Ancient to Modern Times, Vol. II

CCS58
Richard G. Hovannisian (Editor)
St. Martins
2004
512
140396422X
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
This second book in the two-volume history, subtitled "Foreign Dominion to Statehood" continues from the 15th to the 20th century.
$74.99

Tasting Georgia, A Food and Wine Journey in the Caucasus With over 80 Recipes

CCS73
Carla Capalbo
Interlink Publishing Group
2016
288
1566560594
HARD COVER
Food
0
0
0
0
Part cookbook, part cultural guide, this collection of recipes introduces the exquisite but little-known cuisine of Georgia, with a variety of dishes like cheese-filled khachapuri, subtly spiced meat stews and home-baked pies.
$40.00