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Item EXTKY204. Buy these 4 items as a set for $63 including shipping, 15% off the retail price. With free shipping on anything else you order.  Buy Package

Istanbul, Memories and the City

TKY99
Orhan Pamuk
Vintage Books
2006
320
1400033888
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Nobel Prize-winner Pamuk writes with dazzling grace of the city of his birth, a magical place of crumbling mansions and Ottoman riches.
$16.95

1453, The Holy War For Constantinople and the Clash of Islam and the West

TKY114
Roger Crowley
Hyperion
2006
304
1401308503
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
In this well-paced history, Crowley recounts the dramatic events leading up to and surrounding the fall of Constantinople to the Ottoman Turks.
$16.00

Blue Guide Istanbul

TKY231
John Freely
Blue Guides
2011
352
1905131402
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Freely's erudite, indispensable guide to the monuments, art and history of Istanbul.
$24.95

Istanbul Map

TKY65
Borch Maps
Borch Maps
2012
2
3897071371
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A laminated, colorful map of Istanbul at a scale of 1:11,000.
$8.95

Culture Smart! Turkey

TKY127
Charlotte McPherson
Kuperard
2014
168
1857336933
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
History, religion, daily life, food, health and safety are all covered in this pocket guide to Turkish customs, etiquette and culture.
$9.95

DK Eyewitness Top Ten Istanbul

TKY150
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2016
192
146544579X
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A handy pocket guide, featuring favorite attractions, events, restaurants, shops and excursions.
$14.00

Eyewitness Guide Istanbul

TKY86
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2016
280
1465440631
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This superbly illustrated guide features unique cutaways, floor plans and reconstructions of major architectural sights, plus a pull-out map clearly marked with attractions and an easy-to-use street index.
$25.00

Frommer's Istanbul Day by Day

TKY206
Emma Levine
Frommer's
2014
184
1628871369
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A compact shirt pocket guide, ideal for a short visit, featuring remarkably good suggestions for everything from food, hotels and neighborhoods to shopping. With a separate foldout map of the city center.
$13.95

Insight Select Istanbul

TKY241
Insight Guides
Insight Guides
2011
192
9812822704
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Suggested walks, out-of-the-way shops and the latest rooftop restaurants are all included in this discerning pocket guide.
$15.00

Lonely Planet Pocket Istanbul

TKY151
Verity Campbell
Lonely Planet Publications
2017
160
1786572346
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A practical city guide to the city of Istanbul that fits in your pocket, with the top sites, the best walks, food, art, shopping, views, nightlife and more. Includes pull out city map.
$13.99

Lonely Planet Turkish Phrasebook

TKY115
Arzu Kurklu
Lonely Planet Publications
2014
260
1743211953
PAPER
Language & Phrasebooks
0
0
0
0
A palm-sized handy guide to pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler. With a 2,000-word mini-dictionary.
$9.99

Monocle Istanbul Guide

TKY305
Monocle
Prestel
2016
146
3899556232
HARD COVER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Designed for the upscale traveler, this Monocle guidebook to Istanbul features short essays, top lists, excellent color photography and expert recommendations.
$15.00

National Geographic Walking Istanbul, The Best of the City

TKY303
National Geographic
National Geographic
2016
192
142621636X
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A handy guide to the quintessential sights, pubs, markets and clubs of London.
$14.95

Strolling Through Istanbul, The Classic Guide to the City

TKY213
Hilary Sumner-boyd, John Freely
St. Martins
2010
494
1848851545
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A new edition of Freely and Sumner-Boyd's indispensable (and hefty) guide to the history, monuments and culture of Istanbul.
$19.00

Wallpaper City Guide Istanbul

TKY133
Wallpaper Magazine (Editor)
Phaidon Press
2017
128
0714873772
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A stylish, illustrated pocket guide by the design magazine's local reporters.
$11.95

Eat Istanbul, A Journey to the Heart of Turkish Cuisine

TKY301
Andy Harris
Aa Balkema
2015
208
1849496633
HARD COVER
Food
0
0
0
0
Intrepid food writer Andy Harris eats his way around Istanbul, meeting the artisans, traditional chefs, street food vendors, fishermen and farmers whose work makes the exotic tastes of Istanbul so wonderful. His narrative includes 90 recipes.
$29.95

A Short History of Byzantium

TKY18
John Julius Norwich
Alfred Knopf
1998
432
0679772693
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A richly detailed and evocative history of the span of the great empire from the fourth to the 15th century, brimming with intrigue, palace revolution and treachery.
$19.00

A Traveller's History of Turkey

TKY13
Richard Stoneman
Interlink Publishing Group
2009
247
1566566207
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
An accessible, well-written overview of Turkish history from the Paleolithic to the present.
$14.95

Crescent and Star

TKY64
Stephen Kinzer
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
2008
265
0374531404
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
This insightful, anecdotal report on contemporary life, culture and politics in Turkey comes from a former New York Times Istanbul bureau chief who is especially attuned to the powerful geographic position of Turkey and its multiple identities in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
$17.00

Istanbul and the Civilization of the Ottoman Empire

TKY17
Bernard Lewis
University of Oklahoma Press
1989
187
0806110600
PAPER
History
0
1
0
0
In this slim volume the great Islamic scholar describes the invasion of Constantinople by the Ottoman Turks on May 29, 1453, evoking the city at this pivotal moment in its long history.
$24.95

Istanbul, A Cultural History

TKY254
Peter Clark
Interlink Publishing Group
2011
256
1566568455
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
Clark celebrates the history, architecture, literature and society of Istanbul.
$15.00

Istanbul, An Armchair Traveller's History

TKY272
Richard Tillinghast
Haus Publishing
2013
343
1907973214
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
Tillinghast brings a poet's eye to this portrait of a place he has known for 50 years.
$19.95

Istanbul, City of Majesty at the Crossroads of the World

TKY314
Thomas F. Madden
Penguin Putnam
2016
400
0670016608
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
The first single-volume history of Istanbul published in decades, this intricate work combines the latest scholarship with entertaining narrative, covering 2,000 years of glorious, outsized history.
$32.00

Istanbul, the Imperial City

TKY23
John Freely
Penguin Putnam
1998
432
0140244611
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
This fascinating history of the city from its foundation to the present is a guide for the curious traveler as well as an evocation of an illustrious past. Also included is a comprehensive gazetteer of all major monuments and museums.
$18.00

Midnight at the Pera Palace, The Birth of Modern Istanbul

TKY288
Charles King
W. W. Norton & Company
2015
480
0393351866
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A 20th-century history of the Near East through the prism of one of its greatest cities, Istanbul, and its famous hotel, the Pera Palace.
$16.95

Osman's Dream, The History of the Ottoman Empire

EUR200
Caroline Finkel
Hachette
2007
688
0465023975
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
An ambitious, scholarly history of an 600-year empire that, at its height, streteched from Central Asia to the Levant, Danube and North Africa.
$22.99

Stamboul Sketches, Encounters in Old Istanbul

TKY295
John Freely
Sickle Moon
2015
176
1780600569
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
The poetic, personal, eccentric cast-offs from John Freely’s pioneering Istanbul guidebook. It's an interesting introduction to the bygone Istanbul of the 1960s, one of gypsies, fortune-tellers, beggars, fishermen, prostitutes and poets.
$32.00

The Bridge, A Journey Between Orient and Occident

TKY209
Geert Mak
Trafalgar Square
2009
160
009953214X
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Symbol at the heart of Istanbul, connecting East and West, Islamic and European, traditional and modern, Galata is a fitting subject for the gifted Dutch journalist's portrait of cosmopolitan modern Istanbul.
$14.95

The Islamic Enlightenment, The Struggle Between Faith and Reason, 1798 to Modern Times

ISL124
Christopher de Bellaigue
W. W. Norton & Company
2017
560
0871403730
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
With a fresh perspective on the major Islamic countries in the modern era, this authoritative work charts the reformations that began growing in Istanbul, Cairo and Tehran in the 19th century and continue today.
$35.00

The Oxford History of Byzantium

EUR210
Cyri Mango (Editor)
Oxford University Press
2002
376
0198140983
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
An illustrated survey of the sweep of Byzantium, its culture, religion, politics, art and architecture, by a team of scholars. The diverse thematic essays cover the whole period from founding of Constantinople to the Ottoman conquest.
$65.00

The Secret History

TKY11
G. A. Williamson (Translator), Procopius
Penguin
2007
208
0140455280
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
This is historical mudslinging only a Byzantine could devise, a withering account of the scandals, intrigues and infidelities of the splendid empire and the court of Emperor Justinian by none other than its official historian.
$16.00

Mosques of Istanbul

TKY111
Henry Matthews
Scala Publishers
2010
160
1857593073
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
A nicely illustrated overview, history and guide to the many splendid mosques of Istanbul.
$29.95

The Art and Architecture of Ottoman Istanbul

TKY266
Richard Yeomans
Perseus
2012
260
1859642241
HARD COVER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
An erudite and fully illustrated overview of Istanbul’s Ottoman artistic heritage, tracing the city’s evolving art and architectural styles from the conqueror’s arrival in the fifteenth century to the collapse of Ottoman rule at the close of the First World War.
$75.00

Turkish Reflections, A Biography of a Place

TKY08
Mary Lee Settle
Touchstone
1991
253
0671779974
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Settle's captivating travelogue is a richly detailed portrait of contemporary Turkey, its people, monasteries, myths, archaeological treasures and living traditions. Exemplary.
$16.99

An Evil Eye

TKY240
Jason Goodwin
Picador USA
2012
336
1250002435
PAPER
Mystery
0
0
0
0
Back from Venice, investigator Yashim is drawn into the mysterious and dangerous intrigues of the sultan's seraglio at Topkapi Palace in the fourth novel of the Edgar Award-winning author's internationally-acclaimed Ottoman Empire Series.
$20.00

Constantinople

TKY102
Edmondo De Amicis, Stephen Parkin (Translator)
Trafalgar Square
2013
352
1847492665
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Originally published in 1877, Edmondo De Amicis' entertaining sketches of the people, architecture, daily life and customs of the city show all the freshness of a young writer's first impressions of a great city.
$16.95

Istanbul Passage

TKY265
Joseph Kanon
Washington Square Press
2013
404
1439156417
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A gripping tale of an American undercover agent in 1945 Istanbul who descends into a murky, marvelously atmospheric cat-and-mouse world of compromise and betrayal.
$16.00

Istanbul Was a Fairy Tale

TKY285
Mario Levi
Dalkey Archive Press
2012
656
1564787125
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Set in Istanbul between 1920 and 1980, this dense novel acts as a literary family tree, piecing together stories of three generations of a Jewish family that isolate themselves from the outside world. A contemporary Turkish masterpiece with excellently detailed characters.
$18.95

The Baklava Club

TKY289
Jason Goodwin
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
2015
288
1250069327
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Edgar-winning author Jason Goodwin’s fifth (and final) novel in the Ottoman Empire mystery series starring Inspector Yashim finds the eunuch detective inveigled in the power politics of 19th-century Istanbul.
$16.00

The Black Book

TKY01
Orhan Pamuk, Maureen Freely (Translator)
Vintage Books
2006
466
1400078652
PAPER
Mystery
0
0
0
0
This atmospheric, erudite and fast-paced mystery unfolds amidst the tumult of 1980s Istanbul, a city in transition.
$16.95

The Oracle of Stamboul, A Novel

TKY246
Michael David Lukas
HarperCollins Publishers
2011
294
0062012096
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
In this affecting debut novel, Lukas follows the fate of a remarkable girl (the Oracle of Stamboul) from her birth in the Ottoman city of Constanta on the Black Sea to her role as advisor to the sultan in Constantinople.
$13.99

The Rage of the Vulture

TKY119
Barry Unsworth
W. W. Norton & Company
1995
443
0393313085
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
An atmospheric novel by the Booker Prize-winning author set in Constantinople during the last gasp of the Ottoman Empire.
$24.95

For Kids

Let's Visit Istanbul!

TKY294
Lisa Manzione
Aa Balkema
2013
35
1937616096
HARD COVER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
Join sibling Chihuahuas Bella and Harry as they travel to Istanbul with their family and cruise the Bosphorus River, visit the Blue Mosque, the Grand Bazaar and Topkapi Palace. For the youngest travelers.
$16.95

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Harem, The World Behind the Veil

ARB23
Alev Lytle Croutier
Abbeville Publishing Group
2014
232
1558591591
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
A fascinating illustrated look at the culture of the Harem -- particularly the well-known quarters at Topkapi Palace in Istanbul. The author combines interviews, history and a wonderful selection of art in this intriguing book.
$29.95

My Name Is Red

TKY68
Orhan Pamuk, Erdag Goknar (Translator)
Alfred Knopf
2002
384
0375706852
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Set in sixteenth-century Istanbul, this charmingly digressive novel combines a murder mystery, artistic debate and a love story. It will also pique your interest in Islamic illuminated manuscripts.
$16.00

A Traveller's Companion to Istanbul

TKY122
Laurence Kelly (Editor)
Interlink Publishing Group
2004
400
156656574X
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
An illuminating selection by writers, foreign and Turkish, on Istanbul over the ages.
$16.95

Rick Steves Istanbul

TKY182
Avalon Travel Publishing
2016
437
1631213059
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A personable, practical guide in the growing series by travel guru Rick Steves.
$19.99

Fodor's Istanbul's 25 Best

TKY185
Fodor's
2014
128
0804143455
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This slim guide with a pullout map covers with style what to see, where to go and what to do.
$13.99

Istanbul, The Collected Traveler

TKY202
Barrie Kerper
Vintage Books
2009
594
0307390594
PAPER
Anthology
0
0
0
0
Kerper raided her file cabinets and cajoled many friends (interviews included) for this rich anthology on Turkey, its history, culture and allure. Her treasure trove includes thoughtful commentaries on everything from Turkish cuisine and Istanbul's monuments to whirling dervishes and famous personalities.
$20.00

Imperial Istanbul, A Traveller's Guide

TKY203
Jane Taylor
St. Martins
2007
343
1845113349
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Taylor focuses on the history and monuments of the great city (with chapters on Iznik, Bursa and Edirne) in this excellent guide, covering its mosques, palaces, magificent pavillions and villas in detail.
$19.00

Moon Istanbul & the Turkish Coast: Including Cappadocia

TKY229
Jessica Tamturk
Avalon Travel Publishing
2014
480
161238613X
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A practical guide in the Moon series, packed not only with travel necessities (hotels, restaurants, sights), but also with a good overview of history and destinations throughout Istanbul and the Turkish Coast.
$21.99

Women in Purple, Rulers of Medieval Byzantium

TKY279
Judith Herrin
Princeton University Press
2004
328
0691117802
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Herrin describes the complex and deeply religious world of Constantinople in the aftermath of Arab conquest, focusing on three Byzantine empresses’ work to restore icons to a prominent position in Eastern Christian worship. An enlightening portrait of three all-powerful women who changed history.
$38.95

Pocket Rough Guide Istanbul

TKY280
Rough Guides
Rough Guides
2015
176
024118701X
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Neither too big nor too slight, these handy guides include just the right amount of information on neighborhoods, shops, hotels, restaruants and sites (or should we say sights?) for a short visit. Well-organized and with an excellent pullout map.
$12.99

Byzantine Matters

TKY287
Averil Cameron
Princeton University Press
2014
184
0691157634
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
In this five-essay collection, Averil Cameron explains Byzantium’s pivotal role in the ancient and medieval worlds. She describes the nation’s political structure, art, ethnicity, language and religious practice, focusing on its continued importance.
$24.95

The Architect's Apprentice

TKY293
Elif Shafak
Viking
2016
384
0143108301
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Set in 16th-century Istanbul, this tale of a young boy, a white elephant and Sinan, the soulful master architect for Sultan Mehmed is as much about these three characters as the growth of the Ottoman Empire.
$17.00

A Strangeness in My Mind

TKY299
Orhan Pamuk
Alfred Knopf
2016
624
0307744841
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
This beguiling novel by the incomparable Orhan Pamuk is the tale of a young man who chases fortune in Istanbul but whose attempts at love and wealth are painfully rebuffed.
$16.95

Insight Guides Explore Istanbul

TKY302
Emma Levine
Insight Guides
2014
144
1780056575
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Perfect for the self-guided explorer, this easy-to-use guide to Istanbul recommends 16 routes around the city. Each route features trademark Insight coverage of dining, sites, shopping and entertainment plus full-color photographs and a pull-out map.
$12.99

Istanbul: 60 Creatives Show You the Best of the City

TKY312
Viction Workshop
Gingko Press
2016
132
9881320488
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A hip, colorful pocket guide with an emphasis on the artistic, drawing recommendations from 60 local creatives. Contains helpful travel advice, detailed neighborhood maps and a dust jacket that unfolds into an illustrated map.
$9.95

Turkish Delights, Stunning Regional Recipes from the Bosphorus to the Black Sea

TKY316
John Gregory-smith
National Book Network
2016
240
1909487481
HARD COVER
Food
0
0
0
0
Introducing traditional Turkish cuisine region-by-region, this cookbook presents over 100 dishes. Gregory-Smith includes traditional breakfasts, fiery kebabs, stews, mouth-watering street food, sweet dishes and much more.
$29.95