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Culturious Imperial Europe: Budapest, Vienna & Prague

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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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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

A Nervous Splendor, Vienna 1888-1889

AST16
Frederic Morton
Viking
1980
340
014005667X
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A portrait of Vienna at the end of the 19th century, this book focuses on Crown Prince Rudolph, his devastating suicide and the rich texture of gossip and daily life at the Habsburg Court.
$17.00

Prague, A Traveler's Literary Companion

CZH08
Paul Wilson (Editor)
Whereabouts Press
1996
256
1883513014
PAPER
Anthology
1/1/2112 12:00:00 AM
0
0
0
0
This anthology of 24 vivid stories by Czech writers, both contemporary and well-known, brings the city, history, spirit and people to life.
$14.95

Eyewitness Guide Vienna

AST01
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2016
288
1465440518
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Take along this handy, compact guide featuring history, culture, color photography and excellent neighborhood maps.
$23.00

Moon Handbook Prague and Budapest

CZH86
Tom Dirlis
Avalon Travel Publishing
2014
385
1612387608
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A practical guide packed with travel necessities (hotels, restaurants, sights) and a good overview of culture, history, art and architecture.
$17.99

Central Europe Map

EUR12
Freytag & Berndt
Freytag & Berndt
2010
1
3850842169
MAP
Reference
12/30/1899 12:00:00 AM
0
0
0
0
This colorful regional European map, like the sister map Europe Grand Tour (EUR185), covers from Paris and Amsterdam to Vienna, Prague, Warsaw, Budapest, Rome and Dubrovnik.
$14.95

Budapest Map

HGR34
Borch Maps
Borch Maps
2017
2
3866095562
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A convenient map of the city center at a scale of 1:11,000.
$9.95

Prague Map

CZH13
Borch Maps
Borch Maps
2016
2
3866095414
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A laminated, detailed map of the center of Prague at a scale of 1:10,000.
$9.95

DK Eyewitness Top Ten Vienna

AST119
Michael Leidig
DK Publishing
2015
160
1465429115
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A compact, illustrated guide in the popular series, featuring favorite attractions. With handy pullout map.
$14.00

Lonely Planet Europe

EUR94
Lonely Planet
Lonely Planet Publications
2017
1248
1786571463
PAPER
Guidebook
1
0
0
0
Perfect for planning multi-week itineraries, Lonely Planet's coverage of Europe includes every nation. The full-color guide goes beyond simple highlights and provides reviews, cultural insights, insider tips and over 200 maps.
$26.99

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.
$17.00

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. Jankowska's Homemade Pierogis.
$24.95

Prague in Black and Gold, Scenes from Life in a European City

CZH09
Peter Demetz
Hill and Wang
1998
352
0809016095
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
In this anecdotal study, the author traces the 4,000-year history and culture of Prague in rich detail, giving equal weight to its glories and its dark, disturbing periods.
$28.00

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 ethnicities.
$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 Magic Lantern, The Revolution of '89 Witnessed in Warsaw, Budapest, Berlin, and Prague

GER36
Timothy Garton Ash
Vintage Books
1993
167
0679740481
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
With a chapter each on Warsaw, Budapest, Berlin and Prague, this eyewitness account by an astute journalist and historian shows these vibrant cities during a time of great change.
$15.00

The Palgrave Concise Historical Atlas of Eastern Europe

EUR138
Dennis Hupchick, Harold Cox
Springer
2001
130
0312239858
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
The changing borders and complex history of Eastern Europe as told through 52 maps and accompanying essays, organized chronologically. An excellent reference, the book shows the rise of Poland, changing borders of the Ottoman Empire, Hapsburgs and fate of
$32.99

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

The Cathedral Builders of the Middle Ages

MED07
Alain Erlande-Brandenburg
Thames & Hudson UK
2010
175
0500300526
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
This pocket-size encyclopedia of the art, architecture and culture of the Middle Ages features hundreds of drawings, color illustrations and a chronology.
$15.95

A Time of Gifts

CEU30
Patrick Leigh Fermor
NYRB
2005
384
1590171659
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
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

Havel, A Life

CZH116
Michael Zantovsky
Grove Press
2014
512
0802123155
HARD COVER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Zantovsky, a longtime friend of Havel, describes the many sides of the Czech leader. His intimate biography focuses on Havel’s achievements as a dissident playwright, his ability to negotiate with Czechoslovakia’s Communist oppressors and his time as the
$20.00

Mozart, A Life

AST120
Paul Johnson
Viking
2014
176
0143126067
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Challenging myths surrounding Mozart’s health, religion and relationships, biographer Paul Johnson shows the great composer’s lasting impact on the musical world with insight.
$16.00

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

The Book of Laughter and Forgetting

CZH17
Milan Kundera
HarperCollins
1999
312
0060932147
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Kundera strings together loosely related short stories to form an original and entertaining look at Czech culture.
$15.99

The Third Man and The Fallen Idol

AST30
Graham Greene
Penguin
1992
157
014018533X
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A haunting tale and penetrating portrait of Vienna after World War II, "The Third Man" is the result of Greene's collaboration with Carol Reed on the classic movie. "The Fallen Idol" is a separate tale of intrigue set in Britain.
$15.00

Vienna, A Traveler's Literary Companion

AST94
Donald Daviau
Whereabouts Press
2008
256
1883513103
PAPER
Anthology
0
0
0
0
Organized by neighborhood, these 15 alluring tales introduce both the city and its writers, including Arthur Schnitzler, Robert Musil, Stefan Zweig and even Franz Kafka, who had a long and complicated association with the city.
$14.95

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Eyewitness Guide Prague

CZH01
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2017
272
1465455078
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This superb guide features color photography, dozens of excellent maps and a district-by-district synopsis of the celebrated city's attractions. Handsome, convenient and up-to-date, this is the guide to carry.
$25.00

Return to Diversity: A Political History of East Central Europe Since World War II

EUR31
Joseph Rothschild
Oxford University Press
2008
274
0195334752
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
An opinionated, well-written and clear political history of the region, including Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and the Balkans.
$54.95

The Good Soldier Svejk and His Fortunes in the World War

CZH11
Jaroslav Hasek, Cecil Parrott (Translator)
Penguin
2006
752
0140449914
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
The deeply funny story of a hapless Czech soldier in the Austro-Hungarian army, dismissed for incompetence only to be pressed into service by the Russians in World War I, then captured by his own troops.
$16.00

Eyewitness Guide Budapest

HGR15
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2017
272
1465457291
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Featuring handy maps and solid information on culture and history in addition to a detailed overview of attractions. With hundreds of photographs.
$25.00

Mozart

AST43
Peter Gay
Penguin Putnam
2006
177
0670882380
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
This concise, entertaining portrait delves into Mozart's complex relationship with his father, his daunting role as a child prodigy and his exploration of new musical territory.
$15.00

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

Frommer's Prague Day by Day

CZH85
Mark Baker
Frommer's
2013
192
1628870281
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This handy, compact guide includes a separate fold-out map of the city center and detailed itineraries for experiencing the best of Prague.
$13.95

The Hare With Amber Eyes

FRN941
Edmund De Waal
Picador USA
2011
368
0312569378
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Edmund de Waal unfolds the story of his remarkable family, a grand banking family, as rich and respected as the Rothschilds, who "burned like a comet" in early 20th-century Paris and Vienna.
$17.00

For Kids

The Endless Steppe, Growing Up in Siberia

SIB07
Esther Hautzig, Jean-Francois Podevin (Illustrator)
HarperCollins
1995
243
006447027X
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
The story of a girl, mother and grandmother shipped to a forced labor camp in Siberia.
$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

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 remarkable paper-cutout illustrations brilliantly evoke the Prague of old. Ages 7-10.
$7.99

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

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.
$7.99

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 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

The Cats in Krasinski Square

CEU23
Karen Hesse, Wendy Watson (Illustrator)
Scholastic Inc.
2004
32
0439435404
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
A touching tale of a young girl's act of resistance against the Nazi occupation of Warsaw.
$18.99

The Star of Kazan

CEU24
Eva Ibbotson, Kevin Hawkes (Illustrator)
Dutton Inc.
2006
404
0525473475
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
A delightful young adult adventure that twists and turns through fin-de-siecle Vienna. Annika, a foundling taken in by a household of eccentric professors and kind hearted servants, is enchanted by the spectacle of Vienna and the simple pleasures of domestic chores. Her life is turned upside-down when her aristocratic mother unexpectedly reappears in her life and sweeps her off to live in a castle in Germany.
$8.99