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Indonesia

Indonesia

Sometimes overlooked as a destination, Indonesia offers a tempting 13,500 unique islands to the adventurous explorer. For a great overview of the diverse cultures that comprise Indonesia, read Elizabeth Pisani's Indonesia, Etc.. Our guidebooks can help you parse the disparate culture, art and people of each island, and further reading reveals the common threads that hold this nation together.

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The Longitude Blog – Indonesia
Summer Reads
We spent the last week in May at Book Expo America in New York City, scouring publisher booths for the best travel titles coming out this fall. But let's not get too far ahead of ourselves, with a summer of beach reading spreading before us. To tide you over, stock up on some of the popular paperbacks we've hand-selected for your summer reading pleasure. Midnight in Europe. On the eve of World War II, Cristian Ferrar, a Spanish expat, decides to help supply weapons to the beleaguered army fighting Franco in Spain.
Best of 2014
Planning your travels for the new year? Dream of new destinations with the best travel books of 2014. Here are, in our humble opinion, the Year's Best Reads for the traveler -- carefully culled and reviewed for your reading pleasure -- including cultural portraits, memoir, photography and, of course, travelogues. The Broken Road.
The Golden Lands
Weighing in at nearly 4 ½ pounds, Golden Lands is a hefty book, but don’t let that scare you – it’s a gentle giant! Vikram Lall’s insights into the religious architecture of Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam are invitingly well written and worth every ounce. Lall begins his treatment at Southeast Asia’s architectural beginning – as a humble chain of trading posts between India and southern China in which Buddhism spread and shrines were built as early as the 5th century. It wasn’t long before the stupas got taller, the pagodas got wider, more roofs appeared atop the wats and sprawls of Buddhist monuments blossomed in the deep jungle.