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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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Essential Reading Package-EXCCS19

Item EXCCS19. Buy these 5 items as a set for $94 including shipping, 15% off the retail price. With free shipping on anything else you order.  Buy Package

The Georgian Feast

CCS02
Darra Goldstein
University of California Press
2013
229
0520219295
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
Historian and food expert Goldstein explores the food, traditions and geography of Georgia, as beautiful as it is bountiful, in this savory cultural history. With illustrations by delightful 19th-century primitivist Niko Pisosmani.
$29.95

The Caucasus, An Introduction

CCS48
Thomas De Waal
Oxford University Press
2010
288
0195399773
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A timely, readable portrait of the Caucasus by an experienced journalist working in the region. With historical background, insight into energy production and an analysis of struggles for independence.
$18.95

Lonely Planet Georgia, Armenia & Azerbaijan

CCS05
John Noble
Lonely Planet Publications
2016
320
1742207588
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
An excellent practical guide featuring a good overview of culture, history and nature, 16 pages of color photos, 40 maps and a language guide.
$24.99

Stories I Stole, A Journey to Georgia

CCS22
Wendell Steavenson
Grove Press
2004
277
080214067X
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Witty, engaging and attuned to the complexities of history and ethnicity, Steavenson, a veteran journalist, spins lyrical tales of the former Soviet Republic of Georgia as it crumbles around her in the late 1990s.
$13.00

Caucasus: Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan Map

CCS01
Freytag & Berndt
Freytag & Berndt
2011
2
3850843289
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A travel map of the Caucasus at a scale 1:1,000,000.
$14.95

Culture Smart! Georgia

CCS62
Natia Abramia
Kuperard
2012
168
1857336542
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Natia Abramia guides you through the past and present-day realities of her motherland, explaining what makes people tick, how they live and feel and how to get along with them.
$9.95

A Little War That Shook the World: Georgia, Russia, and the Future of the West

CCS55
Ronald D. Asmus
St. Martins
2010
254
0230617735
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
Clinton's Assistant Deputy of State, Ronald Asmus, analyzes the events leading up to the August 2008 war between Russia and Georgia.
$30.00

Georgia, In the Mountains of Poetry

CCS10
Peter Nasmyth
Routledge
2006
306
0415396697
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
A cultural portrait of the Republic of Georgia by a British journalist who has traveled extensively in the region. In its third edition, it's the best book on post-Soviet Georgia, with 170 black-and-white photographs and illustrations
$58.95

The Ghost of Freedom, A Modern History of the Caucasus

CCS39
Charles King
Oxford University Press
2009
336
0195392396
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A professor at Georgetown, King reveals the imperial ambitions, larger-than-life personalities and romance of this strategic region.
$20.95

The Making of the Georgian Nation

CCS32
Ronald Grigor Suny
University of Indiana Press
1994
418
0253209153
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
The first comprehensive treatment of Georgian history, from the first millennium B.C. through the 20th century.
$24.95

Caucasus, A Journey to the Land between Christianity and Islam

CCS25
Nicholas Griffin
University of Chicago Press
2004
256
0226308596
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
An engaging account of travels in the Caucasus in the footsteps of Imam Shamil, a Muslim who resisted the Russians in the 19th century. The book is a portrait of the people, land and issues in the region.
$23.00

Highlanders, A Journey to the Caucasus in Quest of Memory

CCS20
Yo'av Karny
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
2001
436
0374528128
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
In this astute portrait of a complex region in the wake of the Soviet Union dissolution, an Israeli journalist travels into the Caucasus to uncover what fuels the conflicts that divide the region's many ethnic and religious communities.
$32.00

The Orientalist, Solving the Mystery of a Strange and Dangerous Life

CCS27
Tom Reiss
Random House
2006
286
0812972767
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
A storyteller of the first order, Reiss weaves a wonderful tapestry of information about the cultures and religions in the Caucasus with this wonderful tale of the remarkable life of Lev Nussimbaum -- a fabulist, interpreter of cultures, novelist and rogue who reinvented himself as Kurban Said.
$17.00

Ali and Nino, A Love Story

CCS26
Paul Theroux (Afterword), Kurban Said
Overlook Press
2013
240
0385720408
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
The deeply sentimental tale, set in Baku in the years before WWI, of an Azerbaijani Muslim boy in love with a Georgian Christian girl, originally published in 1937.
$15.95

Tales of Belkin and Other Prose Writings

RUS232
Aleksandr Sergeevich Pushkin
Penguin
1998
198
0140446753
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
This sampling of Pushkin's short stories includes his autobiographical "A Journey to Arzrum," the tale of travels from Moscow across the Caucasus and Georgia to Turkey during the war of 1829.
$14.00

The Argonautika, The Story of Jason and the Quest for the Golden Fleece

GRE92
Apollonius of Rhodes, Peter Green (Translator)
University of California Press
2007
474
0520253930
PAPER
Literature
12/7/2007
0
0
0
0
The exciting narrative of Jason and the Argonauts on their Quest for the Golden Fleece is retold in this new translation of the Argonautika.
$31.95

The Literature of Georgia, A History

CCS35
Donald Rayfield
Routledge
1999
320
0700711635
HARD COVER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A sweeping history of Georgia's diverse 1,500-year literary tradition.
$190.00

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Black Sea

RUS46
Neal Ascherson
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
1996
306
0809015935
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
In this skillful regional portrait, Ascherson weaves his own travels and impressions with a fascinating account of the Black Sea's history. From ancient mythology to modern politics, he admirably never loses sight of the sea itself.
$22.00

The Ottoman Centuries

ITL54
Lord Kinross
William Morrow & Company
1988
638
0688080936
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A richly detailed, engrossing history of the Ottoman Empire from its dawn in 1300 up to the foundation of the modern republic in 1923, enhanced by maps and photos.
$18.99

Bradt Guide Georgia

CCS03
Tim Burford
Bradt Publications
2015
288
1841625566
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This convenient guide is a personal, detailed overview of Georgia. It includes coverage of the Black Sea coast, Tbilisi and other major towns, as well as information on history, culture and accommodations.
$26.99

Passage to Ararat

CCS11
Michael J. Arlen, Clark Blaise (Introduction)
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
2006
293
0374530122
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Arlen's National Book Award-winning memoir of his father and the rediscovery of his Armenian heritage. He interweaves stories of travel and family with an account of the troubled history of the country.
$20.00

Black Dog of Fate, A Memoir

CCS12
Peter Balakian
Hachette
2009
304
0465010199
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
This powerful memoir combines Balakian's coming-of-age as an Armenian-American in New Jersey with his growing realization of the horrors suffered by his family in the Armenian genocide of 1915 in Ottoman Turkey.
$16.99

Eastward to Tartary

CAS45
Robert D. Kaplan
Random House
2001
364
0375705767
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
A glimpse into the people and history that color the countries of Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, the Caucasus and finally Central Asia, in a loosely organized travelogue by the author of the acclaimed Balkan Ghosts.
$16.95

Among the Russians

RUS106
Colin Thubron
HarperCollins Publishers
2001
224
0060959290
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
The marvelous account of a 10,000-mile journey by car from St. Petersburg and the Baltic States south to Georgia and Armenia in 1981. A gifted writer and intrepid traveler, Thubron grapples with the complexities of Russian identity in this lyrical book.
$14.99

Hadji Murad

CCS18
Leo Tolstoy, Aylmer Maude (Translator)
Modern Library
2003
192
0812967119
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A short war novel by the incomparable, masterful Russian writer. Set in the 19th-century Caucasus it is inspired by Tolstoy's time as a soldier and narrates conflicts between the occupying Russians and Muslim groups in the region.
$15.00

Black Garden, Armenia and Azerbaijan Through Peace and War

CCS24
Thomas De Waal
NYU
2013
406
0814760325
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A highly praised portrait of the region that weaves an account of the author's travels throughout the South Caucasus with an analysis of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
$27.00

Flashman at the Charge

CCS29
George MacDonald Fraser
Plume
1995
288
0452264138
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
In this installment in the rollicking, masterfully researched series of historical novels, our disreputable hero finds himself in Crimea -- and a participant in the Charge of the Light Brigade.
$16.00

A Hero of Our Time

RUS316
Natasha Randall (Translator), Mikhail Lermontov
Penguin Putnam
2009
174
0875010490
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
The story of the bored and cynical antihero Pechorin. A subtle, psychological and brooding masterpiece of Russian Romanticism originally published in 1840, it influenced later 19th century greats including Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky and Chekhov.
$15.00

Crimea: The Great Crimean War, 1854-1856

CCS33
Trevor Royle
St. Martins
2004
564
1403964165
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A well-researched military and diplomatic history of the Crimean War. Thorough and detailed yet readable, Royle's battlefield descriptions are especially well-done.
$39.99

Gentlemen of the Road

MDE125
Michael Chabon
Random House
2008
224
0345502078
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
This medieval adventure by Pulitzer Prize-winner Chabon is set in the Caucasus Mountains, where two thieves for hire are responsible for the fate of the empire of the Khazars.
$15.00

The Oil and the Glory, The Pursuit of Empire and Fortune on the Caspian Sea

CCS40
Steve LeVine
Random House
2007
470
0375506144
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
A cogent and dramatic account of the scramble for oil and influence in Central Asia after the collapse of the Soviet Union.
$30.00

My Brother's Road, An American's Fateful Journey to Armenia

CCS42
Markar Melkonian
St. Martins
2008
330
1845115309
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Melkonian spent seven years unraveling the mystery of his brother's journey, one so complex that it transformed his brother from a California kid into the leader of an army in Armenia.
$24.95

A Spy by Nature

CCS44
Charles Cumming
Griffin Publishing
2008
355
0312366361
PAPER
Mystery
0
0
0
0
Introducing the London School of Economics graduate and reluctant British spy Alec Milius. When he lands a prime job for a British oil company, Alec finds himself trapped in a world of secrets and lies that could cost him his life.
$18.99