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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
2013
421
1780051166
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

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

A Splendid Exchange, How Trade Shaped the World

WLD141
William J. Bernstein
Atlantic Monthly Press
2009
496
0802144160
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Primates may share food but only Homo Sapiens trade, says William Bernstein in this far-reaching, dare we say splendid, hymn. An economist (and fine writer), he considers not just silk and spices, sugar and tea but also the considerably less savory exchange of opium and slavery in this sweeping tale.
$18.00

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

Foreign Devils on the Silk Road

CAS22
Peter Hopkirk
University of Massachusetts Press
1984
252
0870234358
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Hopkirk's rousing tale of Sven Hedin and other larger-than-life archaeological raiders of the early 20th century captures the excitement of discovery -- and the glories of the Silk Road.
$26.95

Lost Enlightenment, Central Asia's Golden Age from the Arab Conquest to Tamerlane

CAS227
S. Frederick Starr
Princeton University Press
2015
680
0691165858
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Starr brings to life the great flowering of ideas and advances of Central Asia’s medieval enlightenment, showing how, between the years 800 and 1200, Central Asian societies led the world in trade and were at the vanguard of mathematics, philosophy, history, geology, astronomy and science.
$22.95

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

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

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 Silk Road, A New History

CAS214
Valerie Hansen
Oxford University Press
2015
320
0190218428
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A professor of Chinese and world history at Yale, Hansen draws on original sources and the latest archaeology for this magnificently illustrated tale of the overland routes across Asia and the life, history, and culture of fabled Silk Road cities Niya, Kucha, Turfan, Samarkand, Chang'an, Dunhuang and Khotan.
$21.95

The Silk Road, A Very Short Introduction

CAS212
James A. Millward
Oxford University Press
2013
168
0199782865
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Millward's pocket history highlights the important exchanges of goods, ideas and spiritualities that traveled the Silk Road, the Mediterranean's link to Persia, India and China.
$11.95

The Silk Roads, A New History of the World

CAS246
Peter Frankopan
Random House
2017
672
1101912375
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Tightly researched and filled with swashbuckling stories, this history by Peter Frankopan looks eastward, showing how the West grew out of a restless desire to access Asian trade.
$20.00

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

Genghis Khan and the Quest for God

CAS250
Jack Weatherford
Viking
2016
304
0735221154
HARD COVER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
With compelling evidence, top-notch historian Jack Weatherford argues that Genghis Khan used religious tolerance to offset fanaticism and hold his disparate territories together.
$28.00

In Xanadu, A Quest

CAS50
William Dalrymple
Vintage Books
2012
314
1864501731
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
An intrepid traveler and entertaining writer, Dalrymple deftly observes the people and places he encounters on a journey from Jerusalem across Central Asia to China along the Silk Road, ending, like Marco Polo, at Xanadu, the summer palace of Kubla Khan.
$15.95

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

Marco Polo, The Journey That Changed the World

CAS240
John Man
William Morrow & Company
2014
396
0062375075
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
John Man travels in the footsteps of Italian merchant Marco Polo, bringing to life the exotic world that he uncovered, one of huge armies, untold riches, unusual spices and the great Mongol emperor Kublai Khan.
$15.99

On the Noodle Road, From Beijing to Rome, With Love and Pasta

CAS232
Jen Lin-liu
Penguin Putnam
2014
400
1594632723
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Lin-liu, an American living in China, sets out on a culinary journey from China and across Central Asia, all the way to the Mediterranean. Her highly personal account explores what can still be felt of cuisine’s storied migration along ancient trade routes.
$16.00

Riding the Iron Rooster

CHN133
Paul Theroux
Mariner Books
2006
528
0618658971
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
A wry account of utterly exhausting, exasperating travels, mostly by rail, throughout China for an entire year. Theroux gets himself to every corner of the huge country and includes memorable passages on his experiences in Mongolia, Xinjiang, Manchuria and Tibet (where his journey ended).
$16.95

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

Central Asia, Through Writers' Eyes

CAS252
Kathleen Hopkirk
Sickle Moon
2014
319
1906011842
PAPER
Anthology
0
0
0
0
A literary introduction to the Silk Road that uses the words of travelers, explorers and writers from Marco Polo and Fitzroy Maclean to William of Rubrick and Ella Maillart.
$32.95

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

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

For Kids

Genghis Khan: The Brave Warrior Who Bridged East and West

MGL85
Yijin Wert (Translator), Li Jian
Simon and Schuster Inc.
2015
42
160220991X
HARD COVER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
An illustrated, bilingual introduction to Genghis Khan that follows the ruler from his childhood days in a Mongolian tribe in Eurasia to his efforts to bring political stability to the Silk Road and increase communication between the east and the west. For children ages 5 to 8.
$16.95

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

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

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

Who Was Genghis Khan?

CAS238
Nancy Harrison (Illustrator), Andrew Thompson (Illustrator), Nico Medina
Penguin Putnam
2014
112
0448482606
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
An illustrated chapter book biography of Genghis Khan, the feared leader of the Mongol Empire who conquered nearly all of Asia.
$5.99

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

More Books

Central Asia

CAS249
ITMB
ITMB
2010
1
1553410297
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
This two-sided, colorful road map of Central Asia covers Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan as well as the Silk Road at a scale of 1:2,400,000. Indexed. 27" x 39"
$12.95

The Emperor Far Away, Travels at the Edge of China

CHN759
David Eimer
Bloomsbury USA
2015
336
1632862492
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Far from China’s major cities in the Islamic areas of the Xinjiang province, in the "forbidden zone" of Tibet and along insecure borders that China shares with Russia and India, Eimer explores the old Chinese adage: "The mountains are high and the emperor far away."
$19.00

In the Footsteps of Marco Polo

CAS241
Denis Belliveau
Rowman & Littlefield
2015
228
0742556840
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
An ambitious, highly perilous travel narrative about a two-year, 25,000-mile expedition to retrace the steps of Marco Polo (a companion to an Emmy-nominated public television film).
$19.95

The Music of Central Asia

CAS245
Theodore Levin
Indiana University Press
2016
650
0253017513
HARD COVER
Music
0
0
0
0
With contributions by 27 authors from 14 countries, this informative overview introduces the musical heritage of Central Asian countries like Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. The essays introduce instrumentation, important musicians and a guide to using the book’s companion website through which about 200 songs are available.
$40.00

On the Trail of Genghis Khan, An Epic Journey Through the Land of the Nomads

CAS239
Tim Cope
Bloomsbury USA
2015
528
1608194469
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Inspired by the nomadic tradition, award-winning adventurer Tim Cope travels by horseback across the entire length of the Eurasian steppe from Karakorum, the ancient capital of Mongolia, through Kazakhstan, Russia, Crimea and Ukraine, to the Danube in Hungary, documenting the unbounded hospitality of the people of the steppe.
$22.00

The Silk Road, Central Asia, Afghanistan and Iran: a Travel Companion

CAS247
Paul Theroux (Introduction), Jonathan Tucker
St. Martins
2015
240
1780769253
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
Beautifully produced and filled with travelers’ anecdotes as well as literary and historical sources, this overview covers the Central Asian section of the Silk Road from Lake Issyk Kul in Kyrgyzstan to Iran.
$25.00

The Silk Road, China and the Karakorum Highway

CAS213
Jonathan Tucker, Paul Theroux (Foreword)
St. Martins
2014
288
1780763565
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Tucker includes historical sites, works of art, travelers' accounts by ancient and modern travelers, legends, poetry and literary excerpts, photographs, maps and site-plans in this compact guide to the Silk Road in China, from Xian to Kashgar.
$25.00

Odyssey Guide The Silk Road, Xi'an to Kashgar

CAS13
Judy Bonavia
Odyssey Publications
2008
352
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

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

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

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

The Mummies of Urumchi

CAS34
Elizabeth Wayland Barber
W. W. Norton & Company
2000
240
0393320197
PAPER
Archaeology
0
0
0
0
A look at the ancient culture of the Silk Road based on the extraordinarily well-preserved Caucasoid mummies unearthed in Urumchi in the Tarim Basin of Central Asia.
$24.95

Islamic Arts

ISL01
Jonathan Bloom, Sheila Blair
Phaidon Press
1997
445
071483176X
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
A comprehensive survey of 1,000 years of Islamic architecture, design and decoration. Illustrated throughout with color photographs, maps and site plans.
$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

The Great Railway Bazaar

ASA40
Paul Theroux
Mariner Books
2006
384
0618658947
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Theroux's account of his journeys across Asia by train display the writer's inimitable talent for portraiture, ego and the dismissive aside. He takes every two-bit train he can find from London across Europe, Turkey and the Middle East, India, Japan and China, returning home via the Trans-Siberian Express.
$15.95

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

The Travels of Marco Polo

CAS05
Marco Polo, Cliff Nagel (Translator)
Penguin
2016
480
0241253055
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
The memories of a 13th-century journey to China along the Silk Road, among the most famous travel accounts ever. Describing exotic plants, birds, precious gems, silks and spices with a merchant's eye, this superb geographer recounts his 20 years of travel.
$16.00

Marco Polo, From Venice to Xanadu

EXP49
Laurence Bergreen
Alfred Knopf
2008
432
1400078806
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Bergreen brings to life ancient traders, despots, conquerors and, especially, the fabled lands of the Silk Road in this vivid tale, weaving his own adventures from Venice to Mongolia and on to China with those of the 13th-century Venetian merchant.
$18.95

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

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

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

Monkey, A Journey to the West

ASA32
David Kherdian
Shambhala
2005
224
1590302583
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
The 16th-century Chinese epic of adventure and pilgrimage, brilliantly retold by David Kheridan. It's the wild tale of the encounters of the rogue-trickster Monkey and his Buddhist companion Tripitaka on the Silk Road.
$16.95

Worth Looking For

Tribal Rugs, Treasures of the Black Tent

CAS178
Brian W. MacDonald
Antique Collectors Club
2010
304
1851495312
HARD COVER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
1
This survey documents the rich diversity of rugs, carpets and kilims of Iran, Afghanistan, Turkey, the Caucasus and Central Asia in authoritative text. Includes 220 color photographs.
$85.00

Sons of the Conquerors, The Rise of the Turkic World

TKY104
Hugh Pope
Overlook Press
2006
416
158567804X
PAPER
History
0
0
0
1
A lively, illuminating report on the Turkic speaking lands across Inner Asia from westernmost China to the Black Sea.
$19.95

Apples are from Kazakhstan

CAS160
Christopher Robbins
Atlas & Co
2010
304
0977743381
HARD COVER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
1
Yes, apples do come from Kazakhstan. Tulips too. Robbins offers a rich cultural portrait of a remarkable country the size of Western Europe, sealed off from the world by the Tsars and Soviet Russia.
$24.00