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Enrich your travels with reading! Here's a hand-picked list prepared for your journey in conjunction with the book experts at Longitude.
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CENTRAL ASIA & THE SILK ROAD. Buy these 5 items as a set for $104 including shipping, 15% off the retail price. With free shipping on anything else you order.  Buy Package

The Great Game

CAS09
Peter Hopkirk
Kodansha America
1994
565
1568360223
PAPER
History
0
1
1
0
Hopkirk's spellbinding account of the great struggle for European supremacy in Central Asia takes us over the high mountain passes and through the scorching deserts and caravan towns of the Silk Road, capturing the glamour, intrigue, treachery and adventure of the time.
$18.00

The Lost Heart of Asia

CAS07
Colin Thubron
HarperCollins Publishers
2008
374
0061577677
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
In this classic narrative, Thubron recounts his travels to Samarkand, Bukhara and throughout Central Asia in the wake of the breakup of the Soviet Union. A fine writer, intrepid traveler and insightful observer, he's an outstanding guide to the history, people and culture of the region.
$15.99

The Silk Road, Two Thousand Years in the Heart of Asia

ASA36
Frances Wood
University of California Press
2004
270
0520243404
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
Wood draws on hundreds of archival photographs, manuscripts and paintings from the British Library in telling this lively story of the art, culture and history of diverse trade routes.
$30.95

Lonely Planet Central Asia

CAS42
Lonely Planet
Lonely Planet Publications
2014
512
1741799538
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A comprehensive, detailed guide to travel in the region, including Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
$34.99

Central Asia Map

CAS37
Nelles
Nelles Maps
2011
2
3886186644
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
An up-to-date, double-sided shaded relief map at a scale of 1:1,750,000.
$13.95

Silk Road Countries Map, Central Asia

CAS100
Gizi Map
2003
2
9632041380
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A map covering the Silk Roads and surrounding territories from western China and India across Asia to Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the Black Sea at a scale of 1:3,000,000.
$14.95

The Ancient Silk Road Map

ASA58
Odyssey Maps
Odyssey Maps
2011
2
9622177883
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
Three large annotated color maps, which include dozens of photographs, expert commentary and illustrated Silk Road sites.
$15.00

Insight Guide Silk Road

CAS200
Insight Guides
Insight Guides
2017
464
1786715937
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
From Xi’an across Central Asia to Turkey, this gorgeously illustrated guide covers the sweep of the Silk Road.
$24.99

Lonely Planet Central Asia Phrasebook

CAS38
Justin Jon Rudelson
Lonely Planet Publications
2008
239
1741046041
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A handy pocket phrasebook that focuses on pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler on the Silk Road.
$8.99

Odyssey Guide The Silk Road, Xi'an to Kashgar

CAS13
Judy Bonavia
Odyssey Publications
2008
368
9622177611
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
With photographs, maps, essays and lively sidebars on people, literature, food, religion, nature and customs, this is a terrific guide.
$24.95

Odyssey Guide Uzbekistan

CAS23
Calum MacLeod, Bradley Mayhew
Odyssey Publications
2014
393
9622178375
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A concise introduction to Uzbekistan, its history, culture and attractions, featuring full-color maps and excellent photography. Covering Bukhara, Samarkand and Tashkent.
$24.95

Empires of the Silk Road

CAS171
Christopher I. Beckwith
Princeton University Press
2011
504
0691150346
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Beckwith rescues Central Asia from the periphery of world affairs with flair and scholarship, depicting millennia of empires, trade and cultural life on the Silk Road.
$16.95

Everyday Life in Central Asia, Past and Present

CAS148
Jeff Sahadeo (Editor)
Indiana University Press
2007
401
0253219043
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
Dozens of scholars and ethnographers contributed to this lively reader on the peoples, cultures and customs across Central Asia.
$28.00

Religions of the Silk Road

CAS52
Richard C. Foltz
St. Martins
2010
208
0230621252
PAPER
Religion
0
0
0
0
A scholarly survey of cultural traditions, and especially religions, along the trade routes through China and Central Asia from antiquity to the 15th century.
$34.00

Silk Road: Monks, Warriors & Merchants on the Silk Road

CAS111
Luce Boulnois, Helen Loveday (Translator)
Odyssey Publications
2011
575
9622177212
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A history and guide to the Silk Road, organized chronologically and featuring a nice selection of contemporary photographs.
$19.95

The Great Cities in History

WLD171
John Julius Norwich (Editor)
Thames & Hudson
2009
304
0500251541
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
This inspired book depicts the rise and fall of cities from earliest Mesopotamia through the great trading centers of the first millennium to medieval Europe and the modern megalopolis. Each entry is magnificently illustrated in color and is paired with an essay by diverse dignitaries including Jan Morris (New York), Colin Thubron (Samarkand), Simon Schama (Amsterdam) and Michael Coe (Angkor).
$45.00

The New Great Game, Blood and Oil in Central Asia

CAS112
Lutz Kleveman
Grove Press
2004
291
0802141722
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
An eyewitness account of current policies and conflicts in the Caucasus and Central Asia, full of interviews, anecdote, history and polemic.
$15.00

Tournament of Shadows, The Great Game and the Race for Empire in Central Asia

CAS41
Karl Meyer, Shareen Blair Brysac
Hachette
2006
672
0465045766
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Journalists Meyer and Brysac recreate the blundering, xenophobic exploits of Russia and, especially, the British in 19th-century Central Asia in this grand tale.
$24.95

Islamic Art and Architecture

CAS17
Robert Hillenbrand
Thames & Hudson
1999
288
0500203059
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
Covering 1000 years and the geographic scope of Islam, this book is a wide-ranging guide to the arts of Islam, including architecture, calligraphy, ceramics and textiles.
$29.95

The Golden Peaches of Samarkand, A Study of T'ang Exotics

CAS53
Edward Schafer
University of California Press
1985
399
0520054628
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
A marvelous study of the court of T'ang Dynasty China, and the many splendid works of art that were given in tribute.
$41.95

Xanadu, Marco Polo and Europe's Discovery of the East

EXP84
John Man
Trafalgar Square
2010
352
0553820028
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
As in Genghis Khan and Attila, John Man interweaves his own travels with history and biography, this time in the footsteps of Marco Polo across Asia to fabled Xanadu.
$15.95

A Ride to Khiva

CAS16
Peter Hopkirk (Introduction), Frederick Burnaby
Oxford University Press
2002
390
0192803670
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
The rousing real-life adventure of a Brit snooping in Russian Central Asia in 1875. The imposing Captain Burnaby rode a thousand miles across steppe and desert, through blizzards and snowdrifts, to forbidden Khiva.
$35.95

Chasing the Sea

CAS103
Tom Bissell
Pantheon Books
2004
388
037572754X
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Self-confessed adventure junkie, Bissell skillfully interweaves anecdote, history and grim reports on ecological disasters in this smart, funny and informative account of travels through Uzbekistan and Central Asia in 2001.
$18.00

Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

CAS106
Jack Weatherford
Crown
2005
352
0609809644
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Weatherford interweaves his own travels and field work on the Central Asian steppe, much of it on horseback, with a lively portrait of Genghis Khan and the world of the medieval Mongols.
$16.00

Khubilai Khan, His Life and Times

CAS10
Morris Rossabi
University of California Press
2009
348
0520261321
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
This fascinating, scholarly portrait of the culture and politics of 13th-century Asia examines Khubilai Khan's rise to power, the submission of Korea and the attempted invasion of Japan.
$34.95

Life Along the Silk Road

CAS44
Susan Whitfield
University of California Press
2015
312
0520280598
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
With insight, scholarship and dramatic flair, Susan Whitfield recounts the lives of ten diverse individuals on the ancient Silk Road, including four tales set in Dunhuang. With a superb 15-page history of Central Asia.
$29.95

Night Train to Turkistan: Modern Adventures Along China's Ancient Silk Road

CAS77
Stuart Stevens
Grove Press
1988
239
0871131900
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
An entertaining account of hard travel from Beijing to Kashgar, following the route of Peter Fleming and his classic News from Tartary.
$13.00

Shadow of the Silk Road

CAS133
Colin Thubron
HarperCollins
2008
363
0061231770
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Thubron returns to Central Asia in this lyrical, erudite account of a 7,000-mile trek across Asia, visiting archaeological sites, people and cities from Xi'an and Dunhuang to Samarkand, Bukhara, Afghanistan and Iran.
$15.99

The Rise and Rule of Tamerlane

CAS11
Beatrice Forbes Manz
Cambridge University Press
1999
231
0521633842
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
A portrait of the great nomadic conqueror who rose to power in 1370 on the ruins of the Mongol Empire and led campaigns from Moscow to Delhi.
$35.99

Flashman in the Great Game

CAS120
George MacDonald Fraser
Plume
1995
336
0452263034
PAPER
Literature
3/15/2012
0
0
0
0
What caused the Sepoy Mutiny, a pivotal moment in the Raj? How about Harry Flashman, the reluctant, much-decorated coward, cad and womanizer at the center of George MacDonald Fraser's wildly entertaining, irreverent series of historical novels.
$16.00

Samarkand, A Novel

CAS69
Amin Maalouf, Russell Harris (Translator)
Interlink Publishing Group
1998
304
1566562937
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A fictional history of Persia featuring Omar Khayyam, the 11th-century poet and author of the "Rubaiyat." Written by Lebanese novelist Amin Maalouf.
$14.95

The Arabian Nights

ARB10
Husain Haddawy
W. W. Norton & Company
2008
518
0393331660
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Translator Husain Haddawy grew up hearing his grandmother's friends re-tell these tales on winter nights in Baghdad. A wonderful introduction to Islamic Andalucia, the tales, translated from the oldest remaining Arabic version, bring to life the culture and society of the Islamic world at its height.
$17.95

The Day Lasts More than a Hundred Years

CAS139
Chingiz Aitmatov
Indiana University Press
1988
368
0253204828
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
First published in 1980 under the Soviet regime, this novel by a famous Kyrgyz writer mixes the story of a man traveling through the steppes to bury a friend and the tale of two cosmonauts aboard a space station.
$24.00

Birds of Central Asia

CAS209
Raffael Aye
Princeton University Press
2012
320
069115337X
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
This compact Princeton Field Guide features 141 superb color plates and excellent introductory chapters on the region.
$39.50

More Books

Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil, and Fundamentalism in Central Asia

CAS49
Ahmed Rashid
Yale University Press
2010
319
0300163681
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
This revised edition of Rashid's prescient account of the rise of Islamic fundamentalism in Central Asia in the 1990s includes a new chapter covering the period from 2000-2009.
$22.00

A History of Inner Asia

CAS51
Svat Soucek
Cambridge University Press
2000
384
0521657040
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A compact, accessible introduction to the history of Eurasia from the arrival of Islam to Russian conquest, covering the present-day countries of Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Sinkiang and Mongolia. With 13 maps and dynastic charts.
$45.99

Mapping the Silk Road and Beyond

CAS113
Kenneth Nebenzahl
Phaidon Press
2011
176
0714844098
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
This visually stunning collection of 80 rare illuminated manuscripts, early modern masterpieces and archival maps traces two millennia of exploration across Asia.
$29.95

The Trail of War

CAS169
Sven Hedin
St. Martins
2009
272
1845117026
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
An enthralling account of high adventure and a telling portrait of Central Asia. Hedin recounts his journey through one of the most inhospitable regions of the world, involvement in a bloody war for independence, encounters with rebels and bandits and imprisonment and near execution.
$18.00

The Silk Road, Ten Thousand Miles Through Central Asia

CAS170
Sven Hedin
St. Martins
2009
344
1845118987
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
A new edition of Hedin's riveting 1938 account of poltics, adventure and derring-do.
$20.00

For Kids

How I Learned Geography

GEN506
Uri Shulevitz
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
2008
28
0374334994
HARD COVER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
A 2009 Caldecott Honor Book (his fourth), Uri Shulevitz's wise, beautifully drawn tale is also his most personal. "We traveled far, far east," he writes, "to another country, where summers were hot and winters cold, to a city of houses made of clay, straw, and camel dung, surrounded by dusty steppes, burned by the sun. In this story, drawing on his childhood memories of World War II, Shulevitz shows how a map, and imagination, took a little boy far away from the hungry and misery of exile in Kazakhstan. Dedicated to the memory of his father (who brought back the map one day from the market, rather than a crust of bread).
$17.99

You Wouldn't Want to Explore With Marco Polo!

TVL490
Jacqueline Morley
Franklin Watts
2009
32
0531205185
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
The hilarious illustrations and light-hearted tone, helpful hints and glossary in this popular series for ages 7-10 will entice even reluctant readers.
$9.95

Looking for Marco Polo

ASA85
Alan Armstrong
Yearling Publishing
2011
304
0375833226
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Drawing on the Travels of Marco Polo, Alan Armstrong weaves the medieval adventurer with the story of an eleven-year-old-boy back in Venice, awaiting news from his anthropologist dad who has gone missing in the Gobi.
$6.99

Chengli and the Silk Road Caravan

CAS201
Hildi Kang
Perseus
2011
200
1933718544
HARD COVER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Chang'an China in 630 A.D, 13-year-old Chengli joins a caravan on the Silk Road to search for information about his father -- and how he died.
$14.95