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Jewels of Alpine Europe

Reading and Travel Guide
Enrich your travels with reading! Here's a hand-picked list prepared for your journey in conjunction with the book experts at Longitude. We have updated the original package. These are the current recommendations.
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Walking in the Alps

ALP45
Kev Reynolds
Cicerone
2005
495
1852844760
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
An Alpine guidebook that features a variety of walks from the Maritime Alps of southern France to the Julian Alps of Slovenia. Reynolds suggests thousands of routes and diversions to add variety and difficulty to the hike. Second edition.
$39.65

Killing Dragons, The Conquest of the Alps

ALP16
Fergus Fleming
Grove Press
2001
398
0802138675
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
Fleming spins lively tales of man against nature in this entertaining history of the eccentrics, adventurers and publicity-hounds who sought to conquer the Alps, including Whymper and his first ascent of the Matterhorn 150 years ago.
$14.00

Alps Map

ALP07
Freytag & Berndt
Freytag & Berndt
2010
2
3850842274
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
This regional map (1:500,000), centered on the Alps, includes portions of Austria, Slovenia, Italy, Switzerland, Germany and France.
$14.95

Eiger Dreams, Ventures Among Men and Mountains

ALP10
Jon Krakauer
Lyons Press
2009
192
1599216108
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
A collection of some of Krakauer's (Into Thin Air) best journalism, these stories and essays focus on the mindset and determination of world-class mountaineers, including Alpine and Himalayan climbers.
$14.95

Munich Map

GER210
Borch Maps
Borch Maps
2014
2
3866091419
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A handy, laminated map of Munich at a scale of 1:11,000.
$9.95

Switzerland Map

SWZ11
Borch Maps
Borch Maps
2014
1
3866093381
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A folded, laminated, road map of Switzerland, showing all major and many minor roads, cities and towns, at a scale of 1:400,000.
$11.95

Chamonix to Zermatt, The Walker's Haute Route

ALP21
Kev Reynolds
Cicerone
2015
240
1852847808
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A practical guide to the classic Haute Route, covering each segment of the long-distance walk, and including an introduction to the region.
$24.95

Tour of Mont Blanc, Complete Trekking Guide

ALP24
Kev Reynolds
Cicerone
2015
240
1852845325
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A compact guide to the classic Mont Blanc circuit, which includes a detailed guide to each section of the tour, as well as the author's own personable, encouraging remarks.
$24.95

La Place de la Concorde Suisse

SWZ14
John McPhee
Noonday Press
1994
150
0374519323
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
McPhee deploys his usual insight and wonderful prose on the phenomenon of the Swiss army, presenting an irreverent portrait of Switzerland and the Swiss mindset.
$16.00

Iceman: Uncovering the Life and Times of a Prehistoric Man Found in an Alpine Glacier

ALP20
Brenda Fowler
University of Chicago Press
2001
313
0226258238
PAPER
Archaeology
0
0
0
0
The complete story of the discovery of and controversy surrounding the frozen corpse of a prehistoric man found in the Tyrolian Alps.
$28.00

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

Schlepping Through the Alps, My Search for Austria's Jewish Past with Its Last Wandering Shepherd

AST74
Sam Apple
Ballantine Books
2006
304
0345477731
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
A hilarious and touching exploration of history, tradition and sheep. This account of travels in Austria with Hans Breuer, a shepherd who sings Yiddish folk songs to his sheep, is admittedly a comic quest, but it also delves into some of the darker corners of Austria's history in World War II.
$16.00

Homestead

ALP11
Rosini Lippi
Lightning Source
1999
210
0395977711
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Set firmly in a small village in the Austrian Alps, these 12 interlinking stories are almost ethnographic in their rich detail of small town life. The stories range from the turn-of-the-century to the present, accurately charting change in the remote village.
$13.95

La Nouvelle Heloise

SWZ19
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Penn State University Press
1989
421
0271006021
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Rousseau may be best known for his political philosophy, but in this novel we see his softer side. This is the passionate story told through the letters of two lovers in a small town at the foot of the Alps.
$35.95

Solo Faces

ALP14
James Salter
North Point Press
1998
218
0865473218
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
The story of an American climber who, dissatisfied with his everyday life, travels to the Alps of southern France to tackle mountain peaks. The prose is glorious and the mountain-climbing scenes are as vivid as they get. Much of the action takes place in and around Chamonix.
$15.00

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Walking Easy in the Swiss and Austrian Alps

WLK02
Chet Lipton
Lightning Source
2007
221
0595413307
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A practical guide to 100 alpine walks and sightseeing excursions.
$24.95

The Night Manager

SWZ06
John Le Carre
Ballantine Books
2017
480
1524796956
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
This best-selling, post-Cold War thriller about ruthless arms dealers in Geneva is a gripping read. Carrying on the great Le Carre tradition of espionage, a man who essentially gave up living after a tremendous failure is given a costly shot at redemption.
$16.00

Western Austria Tyrol Map

AST05
Freytag & Berndt
Freytag & Berndt
1
3850843478
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A colorful regional map of western Austria, including the Tyrolean region.
$13.95

French Ways and Their Meaning

FRN55
Edith Wharton
Berkshire House Publishers
1997
151
0936399872
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
A wonderfully readable, elegant look at French civilization written in Paris during the last two years of WWI by the perceptive mind of Edith Wharton.
$14.95

Starlight and Storm

ALP15
Gaston Rebuffat
Modern Library
1999
214
0375755063
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
A classic record of climbing the six north faces of the Alps, this installment in the Modern Library series communicates the dangers, thrills and exhilaration of climbing in simple prose.
$19.00

Birds of Europe

FG47
Lars Svensson
Princeton University Press
2010
416
0691143927
PAPER
Field Guide
0
1
0
0
Featuring 3,500 glorious paintings by Killian Mullarney and Dan Zetterstrom, the second edition of this exquisite guide features updated text and maps.
$29.95

Seven Summits

EXP48
Dick Bass, Frank Wells, Rick Ridgeway
Warner Books
1988
336
0446385166
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
For those heading to Africa, this book about two men trying to conquer the world's seven summit includes a detailed description of the (non-technical) Machame route on Kilimanjaro.
$17.00

Rhone-Alpes Map 523

FRN255
Michelin Travel Publications
Michelin Travel Publications
2012
1
2067135317
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A detailed map of the Alps along the Italian and Swiss border from Geneva and Grenoble west to the Rhone, including Lyon and Valence.
$11.95

Rough Guide Switzerland

SWZ24
Matthew Teller
Rough Guides
2017
528
0241271053
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This comprehensive guide includes an excellent historical and cultural overview of Switzerland.
$22.99

Chamonix, Mont Blanc Massif (East)

FRN314
IGN
IGN
2012
1
2113630028
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
This fabulously detailed topographic map (scale 1:25,000) shows the eastern portion of the Mont Blanc group.
$24.95

St Gervais les Bains, Mont Blanc (West)

FRN315
IGN
IGN
2011
1
2113531534
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
This fabulously detailed topographic map (scale 1:25,000) shows the western portion of the Mont Blanc group.
$24.95

Annecy Thonon-les-Bains Map

FRN390
IGN
IGN
2010
1
2111004529
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
An excellent, detailed map of the Haute-Savoie, covering not only Geneva and Annecy but also Chamonix, Mont Blanc, Champery, and Courmayeur at a scale of 1:100,000.
$15.95

Mammals of Europe

FG61
Priscilla Barrett, David W. MacDonald
Princeton University Press
2002
320
0691091609
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
Published by Princeton, this is a field guide to land and marine mammals throughout Europe, both endemic and introduced. With more than 600 color illustrations of over 200 mammals.
$49.95

Mountaineering, The Freedom of the Hills

GEN267
The Mountaineers
Mountaineers
2010
592
1594851379
HARD COVER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
It's all here in this 50th anniversary edition of the essential mountaineering handbook, covering everything from choosing equipment and tying knots to basic rappelling techniques and planning an expedition. With more than half-a-million copies sold, this is the all-time bestselling mountaineering and climbing title.
$39.95

Eyewitness Guide Austria

AST59
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2016
380
1465439609
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This superb guide to all of Austria features color photography, dozens of excellent local maps and a region-by-region synopsis of the country's attractions.
$25.00

Eyewitness Guide Switzerland

SWZ45
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2017
320
1465426817
FLEXI-BOUND
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A compact, thoroughly illustrated guide, featuring over 900 photographs, good maps, and plenty of information on hiking in the Swiss Alps, natural and tourist attractions and the history and arts of Switzerland.
$25.00

Rick Steves' Switzerland

SWZ46
Rick Steves
Avalon Travel Publishing
2016
464
1631213032
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A personable, practical guide in the growing series by travel guru Rick Steves.
$19.99

A Life of Her Own

FRN468
Emilie Carles
Penguin Putnam
1992
271
0140169652
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
This memoir of life in the French Alps was a French bestseller when first published in 1977.
$16.00

Lac d'Annecy Map

FRN489
IGN
IGN
2003
1
2113431033
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A detailed walking map of Lake D'Annecy and the immediate surroundings with travel information.
$16.95

Here Is Where We Meet

EUR189
John Berger
Vintage Books
2006
256
1400079330
PAPER
Literature
8/9/2005
0
0
0
0
This reflective novel weaves a portrait of several European countries through encounters with the dead -- from the narrator's mother, whom he discovers on a park bench in Lisbon, to a childhood friend wandering a market in Krakow.
$16.00

The Gothic Enterprise, A Guide to Understanding the Medieval Cathedral

EUR190
Robert A. Scott
University of California Press
2005
294
0520246802
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
An enthusiast, Scott delves into the history, design, architecture and wonder of Europe's medieval cathedrals and great Abbey churches.
$26.95

Wine Country Europe, Touring, Tasting, And Buying At European Regional Wineries

EUR191
Ornella D'Alessio, Marco Santini
Rizzoli International
2005
324
0847827704
HARD COVER
Food
0
0
0
0
Part how-to, part guidebook, part picture book, this charming coffee table treat covers sprawling French vineyards as well as lesser-known hidden treasures in Austria and Hungary.
$35.00

Clara's Grand Tour, Travels With a Rhinoceros in Eighteenth-century Europe

FRN536
Glynis Ridley
Grove Press
2006
240
0802142338
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
The entertaining history of an Indian rhinoceros named Clara, who was brought to Europe in 1741 by a Dutch sea captain and toured for seventeen years, to the delight of several heads of state.
$12.00

Zurich Map

SWZ47
Hallwag
Hallwag
2011
1
1553417283
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A map of Zurich at a scale of 1:16,000.
$8.95

The Alps, A Cultural History

ALP30
Andrew Beattie
Oxford University Press
2006
256
0195309553
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
Beattie explores the turbulent past and vibrant present of the Alps, where early pioneers of tourism, mountaineering and scientific research have each left their mark.
$40.95

Tour of the Matterhorn

SWZ49
Hilary Sharp
Cicerone
2006
192
1852844728
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A compact guide to the eight-to ten-day hike around the Matterhorn, as well as shorter variants and peak ascent. With color and black-and-white photos, maps and elevations.
$19.95