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PAKISTAN. Buy these 5 items as a set for $89 including shipping, 15% off the retail price. With free shipping on anything else you order.  Buy Package

War at the Top of the World, The Struggle for Afghanistan, Kashmir, and Tibet

PKN09
Eric Margolis
Routledge
2002
288
0415934680
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
An overview of geography, religion and politics of the High Himalayas, and its strategic value to Pakistan, India and China. Updated throughout in this second edition, with a new chapter on the Taliban.
$42.95

Meatless Days

PKN13
Sara Suleri
University of Chicago Press
1991
186
0226779815
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Suleri's memoir of childhood and adolescence in postcolonial Pakistan is an ambitious book, as remarkable for its thoughtful analysis of history as for its wonderful, writerly sense of place.
$14.00

K2, Triumph and Tragedy

PKN05
Jim Curran
Houghton Mifflin Company
1997
0395485908
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
This is a tense account of disaster on the world's second highest mountain in 1986. The author was on the mountain when 13 climbers in 9 different expeditions died.
$16.95

Culture Smart! Pakistan

PKN27
Safia Haleem
Kuperard
2013
168
1857336771
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A concise and practical guide to local customs, etiquette and culture with a short overview of the land and people along with practical travel advice.
$9.95

Pakistan Map

PKN08
Nelles
Nelles Maps
2
3865740618
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A map of Pakistan with good topographic relief at a scale of 1,500,000.
$11.95

Spectrum Guide to Pakistan

PKN07
Camerapix
Interlink Publishing Group
1998
358
1566562406
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
An excellent overview of the history, nature and attractions of Pakistan.
$22.95

Trekking in the Himalaya

HML130
Kev Reynolds
Cicerone
2013
252
1852846054
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
An absorbing primer as well as a celebration of the Himalaya's scenic magnificence, this is an inspirational and detailed guide to 20 memorable treks by a veteran expedition leader.
$29.95

Al-Qur'an: A Contemporary Translation

ISL02
Ali Jamale Ahmed
Princeton University Press
2001
571
0691074992
PAPER
Religion
0
0
0
0
A handsome bilingual edition of the Holy Book of Islam as elegantly translated by the Pakistani novelist, critic and diplomat Ahmed Ali.
$22.95

Midnight's Descendants, A History of South Asia Since Partition

ASA96
John Keay
Hachette
2014
392
0465021808
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
An illuminating history of South Asian countries India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, their interconnectedness and present challenges.
$29.99

Modern South Asia: History, Culture, Political Economy

IDA192
Ayesha Jalal, Sugata Bose
Routledge
2011
270
041577943X
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
This scholarly, brief history of India up to the 1990s is particularly good at its coverage of the post-Independence political landscape. It's a popular textbook, co-authored by a Pakistani and an Indian.
$44.95

Pakistan, A Modern History

PKN06
Ian Talbot
Macmillan
1998
435
0230623042
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A detailed, comprehensive survey of Pakistan's history and politics -- for the dedicated reader only.
$40.00

Price of Honor, Muslim Women Lift the Veil of Silence on the Islamic World

ISL19
Jan Goodwin
Plume
2003
363
0452283779
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
A heart-breaking account based on interviews with women from all walks of life in 10 countries in the Middle East, Arabia and Central Asia.
$17.00

Raj, The Making and Unmaking of British India

IDA87
Lawrence James
St. Martin's Press
2000
544
0312263821
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
An anecdotal, engrossing mostly military history of the East India Company.
$29.99

Three Cups of Tea, One Man's Mission to Fight Terrorism and Build Nations . . . One School at a Time

PKN20
Greg Mortenson, David Oliver Relin
Penguin Putnam
2007
352
0143038257
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
The fascinating true story of American nurse Mortenson who attempted to scale K2 in 1993 and ended up sheltered in a remote Pakistani mountain village. In return, he set up the village's first school, a project which expanded into the 50-school Central Asia Institute
$18.00

How to Read Islamic Carpets

ISL112
Walter Denny
Yale University Press
2015
176
030020809X
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
A handy, instructive guide to judging the quality, origin and level of craftsmanship of Persian rugs, useful for travelers, students, professionals and collectors alike. Fifty-five examples of Islamic carpets are illustrated with new photographs and revealing details.
$25.00

Beyond Belief, Islamic Excursions Among the Converted People

ASA14
V.S. Naipaul
Vintage Books
1999
432
0375706488
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Revisiting his "Among the Believers", Naipaul returns to the Islamic nations of Indonesia, Pakistan, Malaysia and Iran.
$17.95

Empires of the Indus, The Story of a River

PKN25
Alice Albinia
W. W. Norton & Company
2010
368
0393338606
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Albinia follows the great river from Pakistan upstream and back in time, tracing 2,000 miles of geography and five millennia of history.
$16.95

I Am Malala, The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban

PKN28
Malala Yousafzai, Christina Lamb
Little Brown and Company
2014
336
0316322423
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
The story of Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban while peacefully protesting her right to go to school in Pakistan's Swat Valley. She survived to tell her tale and became the youngest Nobel Peace Prize nominee.
$16.00

The Great Hill Stations of Asia

ASA13
Barbara Crossette
Hachette
1998
272
0465014887
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
A modern tour of the mountain enclaves of colonial Asia -- appreciative, magnificently researched and engaging.
$16.00

Walking the Himalayas

HML142
Levison Wood
Hachette
2016
304
031635242X
HARD COVER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Explorer Levison Wood recounts his six-month, 1,700-mile trek through Afghanistan, Kashmir, Pakistan, India and into the foothills of the Himalayas, describing the landscapes, people and dangers that he meets along the way.
$27.00

Epic, Stories of Survival from the World's Highest Peaks

HML37
Clint Willis (Editor)
Thunder Bay Press
1997
342
1560251549
PAPER
Anthology
0
0
0
0
A terrific collection of great writing about mountaineering.
$17.95

Shame

PKN12
Salman Rushdie
Random House
2000
320
0312270933
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
This is Rushdie's fictionalized account of the first 40 years of Pakistan and the reign of the Bhutto clan. Though the author takes his usual liberties with magic, coincidence, and parallel lives, the book is a historical novel at its core.
$17.00

A Naturalist's Guide to the Birds of India, Including Pakistan, Nepal and Bhutan

IDA731
Bikram Grewal
John Beaufoy Publishing
2015
176
1909612073
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
A handy field guide to 280 bird species common to the Indian subcontinent. In beautiful John Beaufoy style, the guide’s colorful and high-quality photographs are accompanied by detailed species descriptions, size distribution, preferred habitats and nomenclature.
$17.95

A Photographic Field Guide to the Birds of India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh

IDA758
Bikram Grewal
Princeton University Press
2017
792
0691176493
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
All of the greater Indian Subcontinent's birds are represented in this Princeton field guide. Designed for easy field identification, it profiles over 1,375 species with over 4,000 color photos, up-to-date maps and the latest distribution information.
$45.00

Birds of Pakistan

PKN23
Richard Grimmett
Yale University Press
2009
288
0300152493
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
This compact, authoritative field guide is by the same team that produced the superb Birds of India features 93 color plates.
$44.00

Photographic Guide to Birds of the Himalayas

HML31
Bikram Grewal
Ralph Curtis Publishing
2017
144
1472938267
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
A pocket guide to 250 birds found from the foothills up to high elevations ranging from the Hindu Kush and Kashmir to Arunachal Pradesh in the Eastern Himalayas. With brief descriptive information, maps and 260 full-color illustrations.
$16.00

For Kids

Under the Persimmon Tree

CAS141
Suzanne Fisher Staples
Macmillan
2008
288
0312377762
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
A gripping story set in northern Afghanistan and Peshawar, Pakistan during the aftermath of 9/11.
$9.99

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Heaven's Command: An Imperial Progress

IDA20
Jan Morris
Harvest Books
2002
554
0156027747
PAPER
History
0
0
1
0
A wonderful portrait of early (pre-1897) British colonial rule in India, Central Asia, Africa and elsewhere. Morris weaves historical accounts, character studies and much imagination into this readable, compelling tale.
$38.95

A Photographic Guide to the Birds of India and Nepal

IDA46
B. Grewal
Ralph Curtis Publishing
1998
144
0883590344
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
A slim pocket guide to 252 of the most conspicuous birds of India and Nepal.
$15.95

Himalayan Passage, Seven Months in the High Country of Tibet, Nepal, China, India, & Pakistan

HML05
Jeremy Schmidt
Mountaineers
1992
336
0898863430
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
National Geographic expert Jeremy Schmidt and photographer Patrick Morrow recount their circumnavigation of the Himalayas, accompanied by their wives. Their journey by bike, truck and foot across Tibet, Nepal, China, India and Pakistan is illustrated with 32 pages of color photographs.
$18.95

Kim

IDA65
Rudyard Kipling
Penguin
2011
432
0141442379
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
For the sheer pleasure of its prose, insight into the British in India and its extraordinary sense of place, you can't do better than Kipling's Great Game classic about a boy who travels the Grand Trunk Road with the Dalai Lama.
$10.00

Birds of India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives

FG43
Richard Grimmett, Carol Inskipp, Tim Inskipp
Princeton University Press
2012
384
0691049106
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
Thoroughly revised, with 73 new plates and many others updated or repainted, the second edition of the masterful Birds of India now features all maps and text opposite the plates for quicker and easier reference.
$39.50

In Xanadu, A Quest

CAS50
William Dalrymple
Vintage Books
2012
314
1864501731
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
An intrepid traveler and entertaining writer, Dalrymple deftly observes the people and places he encounters on a journey from Jerusalem across Central Asia to China along the Silk Road, ending, like Marco Polo, at Xanadu, the summer palace of Kubla Khan.
$17.00

The Sikhs

IDA178
Patwant Singh
Alfred Knopf
2001
304
0385502060
PAPER
Religion
0
0
0
0
A comprehensive overview for the traveler to Punjab, the historical homeland of the Sikhs. This is the story of a people, their struggles against prejudice and their battles to preserve their faith.
$19.00

Among the Believers, An Islamic Journey

ISL17
V.S. Naipaul
Random House
1982
430
0394711955
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
A provocative, insightful account of Naipaul's travels in the 1979 through the non-Arab Islamic nations of Iran, Pakistan, Malaysia and Indonesia. Naipaul interweaves description and incident with interviews and thoughts on the role of religion.
$18.00

Soldiers of God: With Islamic Warriors in Afghanistan and Pakistan

CAS81
Robert D. Kaplan
Vintage Books
2001
278
1400030250
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
A firsthand report from the region, originally published in 1990 and with a new final chapter on how the Taliban came to power.
$16.95

South Southeast

ASA34
Steve McCurry
Phaidon Press
2001
160
0714839388
HARD COVER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
A remarkable portfolio of striking photographs taken in and around Afghanistan, Burma, India, Pakistan and other sites in South and Southeast Asia over a long career. Saturated with color, light and evocative of daily life.
$65.00

The Tiger Ladies, A Memoir of Kashmir

IDA207
Sudha Koul
Beacon Press
2002
224
0807059196
PAPER
Travel Narrative
1/1/2112
0
0
0
0
Koul interweaves the story of her Kashmiri family -- and especially of its women -- with tales of gods and goddesses, myths and cultural history, paying plenty of attention to the pleasures of food, fine textiles, and the life of the mind.
$19.00

The Dust of Empire, The Race for Mastery in the Asian Heartland

CAS96
Karl Meyer
Hachette
2004
256
1586482416
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
An engaging report on politics and struggles in 20th-century Central Asia, the Caucasus, Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan and Russia.
$15.00

Where the Indus is Young, Midwinter in Baltistan

PKN16
Dervla Murphy
Sickle Moon
2012
270
0719565154
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
For three months Dervla and six-year-old Rachel explore Little Tibet, high in the Karakoram Mountains, traveling on foot and by pony along the Indus Gorge and into nearby valleys. Originally published in 1977.
$35.00

Savage Summit: The True Stories of the First Five Women Who Climbed K2, the World's Most Feared Mountain

HML68
Jennifer Jordan
HarperCollins
2008
300
0060587156
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
The stories of five women who made it to the top of K2 from 1986 to 1995, told in order of their summits: Wanda Rutkiewicz, Liliane Barrard, Julie Tullis, Chantal Mauduit and Alison Hargreaves.
$13.99

A Woman's Asia

ASA49
Marybeth Bond (Editor)
Traveler's Tales
2005
310
1932361197
PAPER
Anthology
0
0
0
0
These thirty-five personal, often hilarious accounts of women's adventures from China to Sri Lanka to Turkey to Bhutan, not only illuminating the everyday, oft-overlooked cultural practices of Asia, but also giving a glimpse into the thoughts and feelings of the female traveller.
$17.95

Flashman and the Mountain of Light

IDA291
George MacDonald Fraser
Plume
1992
394
0452267854
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
In this 9th installment in the rollicking, meticulously researched series the sardonic Flashman is off to the Punjab for more lechery, cowardice and aggrandizement in the service of Her Majesty.
$16.00

South Asia

IDA308
Sumit Ganguly (Editor)
NYU
2006
256
0814731775
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A scholarly history of modern South Asia, including India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka.
$25.00

City of Sin and Splendour, Writings on Lahore

PKN19
Bapsi Sidhwa
Penguin Putnam
2006
392
014303166X
PAPER
Anthology
0
0
0
0
A collection of verse and prose, essays, stories, chronicles and profiles of people centered around Lahore.
$14.00

The Indus River

PKN21
Shane Mountjoy
Chelsea House Publishers
2005
0791082431
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
An interesting history of the Indus River, the chief river of Pakistan and founding site of the anceint Indus Valley civilization.
$45.25

Hindu Rulers, Muslim Subjects: Islam, Rights, and the History of Kashmir

IDA377
Mridu Rai
Princeton University Press
2004
335
0691116881
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A scholarly, challenging history of Kashmir from the 1846 Treaty of Amritsar, which created the princely states of Kashmir and Jammu, until the forced accession of Kashmir to to India in 1947.
$39.95

The Khyber Pass, A History of Empire and Invasion

PKN22
Paddy Docherty
Sterling Publishing Company
2008
1402756968
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Docherty chronicles the history of the Khyber Pass in this riveting tale of invasions and conquerors.
$24.95

Previous Convictions, Assignments from Here and There

TVL460
A. A. Gill
Simon and Schuster Inc.
2008
307
141657249X
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
This latest collection of the British columnist's covertly insightful reports from far-flung locales include Haiti, Brazil, Greenland, Manhattan, Mykonos, Pakistan and the Sudan. He skewers local customs and pastimes in the forst section (golf being the easiest and most hilarious target).
$19.99

Stones Into Schools

PKN26
Greg Mortenson
Viking
2009
448
0143118234
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Mortenson continues his moving tale of promoting peace in Pakistan and Afghanistan with this sequel to Three Cups of Tea.
$16.00

The Ghosts of K2, The Epic Saga of the First Ascent

HML138
Mick Conefrey
Oneworld Publications
2016
336
1780748736
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
With new access to interviews, diaries, letters and archives, Conefrey tells the fascinating history of K2 -- the lives it's claimed, why it was much harder to climb than Everest and how, in 1954, it was finally conquered.
$14.99