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The Great Game

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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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CENTRAL ASIA & THE SILK ROAD. Buy these 5 items as a set for $104 including shipping, 15% off the retail price. With free shipping on anything else you order.  Buy Package

The Great Game

CAS09
Peter Hopkirk
Kodansha America
1994
565
1568360223
PAPER
History
0
1
1
0
Hopkirk's spellbinding account of the great struggle for European supremacy in Central Asia takes us over the high mountain passes and through the scorching deserts and caravan towns of the Silk Road, capturing the glamour, intrigue, treachery and adventure of the time.
$18.00

The Lost Heart of Asia

CAS07
Colin Thubron
HarperCollins Publishers
2008
374
0061577677
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
In this classic narrative, Thubron recounts his travels to Samarkand, Bukhara and throughout Central Asia in the wake of the breakup of the Soviet Union. A fine writer, intrepid traveler and insightful observer, he's an outstanding guide to the history, people and culture of the region.
$15.99

The Silk Road, Two Thousand Years in the Heart of Asia

ASA36
Frances Wood
University of California Press
2004
270
0520243404
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
Wood draws on hundreds of archival photographs, manuscripts and paintings from the British Library in telling this lively story of the art, culture and history of diverse trade routes.
$30.95

Lonely Planet Central Asia

CAS42
Lonely Planet
Lonely Planet Publications
2014
512
1741799538
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A comprehensive, detailed guide to travel in the region, including Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
$34.99

Central Asia Map

CAS37
Nelles
Nelles Maps
2011
2
3886186644
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
An up-to-date, double-sided shaded relief map at a scale of 1:1,750,000.
$13.95

The Ancient Silk Road Map

ASA58
Odyssey Maps
Odyssey Maps
2011
2
9622177883
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
Three large annotated color maps, which include dozens of photographs, expert commentary and illustrated Silk Road sites.
$15.00

Lonely Planet Central Asia Phrasebook

CAS38
Justin Jon Rudelson
Lonely Planet Publications
2008
239
1741046041
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A handy pocket phrasebook that focuses on pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler on the Silk Road.
$8.99

A History of Inner Asia

CAS51
Svat Soucek
Cambridge University Press
2000
384
0521657040
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A compact, accessible introduction to the history of Eurasia from the arrival of Islam to Russian conquest, covering the present-day countries of Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Sinkiang and Mongolia. With 13 maps and dynastic charts.
$45.99

Empires of the Silk Road

CAS171
Christopher I. Beckwith
Princeton University Press
2011
504
0691150346
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Beckwith rescues Central Asia from the periphery of world affairs with flair and scholarship, depicting millennia of empires, trade and cultural life on the Silk Road.
$16.95

Everyday Life in Central Asia, Past and Present

CAS148
Jeff Sahadeo (Editor)
Indiana University Press
2007
401
0253219043
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
Dozens of scholars and ethnographers contributed to this lively reader on the peoples, cultures and customs across Central Asia.
$28.00

Foreign Devils on the Silk Road

CAS22
Peter Hopkirk
University of Massachusetts Press
1984
252
0870234358
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Hopkirk's rousing tale of Sven Hedin and other larger-than-life archaeological raiders of the early 20th century captures the excitement of discovery -- and the glories of the Silk Road.
$26.95

Lost Enlightenment, Central Asia's Golden Age from the Arab Conquest to Tamerlane

CAS227
S. Frederick Starr
Princeton University Press
2015
680
0691165858
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Starr brings to life the great flowering of ideas and advances of Central Asia’s medieval enlightenment, showing how, between the years 800 and 1200, Central Asian societies led the world in trade and were at the vanguard of mathematics, philosophy, history, geology, astronomy and science.
$22.95

Religions of the Silk Road

CAS52
Richard C. Foltz
St. Martins
2010
208
0230621252
PAPER
Religion
0
0
0
0
A scholarly survey of cultural traditions, and especially religions, along the trade routes through China and Central Asia from antiquity to the 15th century.
$34.00

Silk Road: Monks, Warriors & Merchants on the Silk Road

CAS111
Luce Boulnois, Helen Loveday (Translator)
Odyssey Publications
2011
575
9622177212
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A history and guide to the Silk Road, organized chronologically and featuring a nice selection of contemporary photographs.
$19.95

The New Great Game, Blood and Oil in Central Asia

CAS112
Lutz Kleveman
Grove Press
2004
291
0802141722
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
An eyewitness account of current policies and conflicts in the Caucasus and Central Asia, full of interviews, anecdote, history and polemic.
$15.00

The Silk Road, A New History

CAS214
Valerie Hansen
Oxford University Press
2015
320
0190218428
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A professor of Chinese and world history at Yale, Hansen draws on original sources and the latest archaeology for this magnificently illustrated tale of the overland routes across Asia and the life, history, and culture of fabled Silk Road cities Niya, Kucha, Turfan, Samarkand, Chang'an, Dunhuang and Khotan.
$21.95

The Silk Road, A Very Short Introduction

CAS212
James A. Millward
Oxford University Press
2013
168
0199782865
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Millward's pocket history highlights the important exchanges of goods, ideas and spiritualities that traveled the Silk Road, the Mediterranean's link to Persia, India and China.
$11.95

Traditional Textiles of Central Asia

CAS19
Janet Harvey
Thames & Hudson
2009
160
050027875X
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
Harvey surveys the embroidery, silks, velvets, felts and other rich textile traditions of the Silk Road in this spectacularly illustrated guide.
$24.95

Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

CAS106
Jack Weatherford
Crown
2005
352
0609809644
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Weatherford interweaves his own travels and field work on the Central Asian steppe, much of it on horseback, with a lively portrait of Genghis Khan and the world of the medieval Mongols.
$16.00

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.
$15.95

Life Along the Silk Road

CAS44
Susan Whitfield
University of California Press
2015
312
0520280598
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
With insight, scholarship and dramatic flair, Susan Whitfield recounts the lives of ten diverse individuals on the ancient Silk Road, including four tales set in Dunhuang. With a superb 15-page history of Central Asia.
$29.95

Marco Polo, The Journey That Changed the World

CAS240
John Man
William Morrow & Company
2014
396
0062375075
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
John Man travels in the footsteps of Italian merchant Marco Polo, bringing to life the exotic world that he uncovered, one of huge armies, untold riches, unusual spices and the great Mongol emperor Kublai Khan.
$15.99

Shadow of the Silk Road

CAS133
Colin Thubron
HarperCollins
2008
363
0061231770
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Thubron returns to Central Asia in this lyrical, erudite account of a 7,000-mile trek across Asia, visiting archaeological sites, people and cities from Xi'an and Dunhuang to Samarkand, Bukhara, Afghanistan and Iran.
$15.99

The Rise and Rule of Tamerlane

CAS11
Beatrice Forbes Manz
Cambridge University Press
1999
231
0521633842
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
A portrait of the great nomadic conqueror who rose to power in 1370 on the ruins of the Mongol Empire and led campaigns from Moscow to Delhi.
$35.99

The Travels of Marco Polo

CAS05
Marco Polo, Cliff Nagel (Translator)
Penguin
2016
480
0241253055
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
The memories of a 13th-century journey to China along the Silk Road, among the most famous travel accounts ever. Describing exotic plants, birds, precious gems, silks and spices with a merchant's eye, this superb geographer recounts his 20 years of travel.
$16.00

Birds of Central Asia

CAS209
Raffael Aye
Princeton University Press
2012
320
069115337X
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
This compact Princeton Field Guide features 141 superb color plates and excellent introductory chapters on the region.
$39.50

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The Silk Roads, A Route and Planning Guide

CAS21
Paul Wilson
Trailblazer
2011
447
1905864329
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A compact, practical guide to the network of ancient trade routes extending from Turkey and the Mideast across Central Asia to China.
$24.95

Odyssey Guide The Silk Road, Xi'an to Kashgar

CAS13
Judy Bonavia
Odyssey Publications
2008
368
9622177611
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
With photographs, maps, essays and lively sidebars on people, literature, food, religion, nature and customs, this is a terrific guide.
$24.95

Night Train to Turkistan: Modern Adventures Along China's Ancient Silk Road

CAS77
Stuart Stevens
Grove Press
1988
239
0871131900
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
An entertaining account of hard travel from Beijing to Kashgar, following the route of Peter Fleming and his classic News from Tartary.
$13.00

China Adventure Map

CHN06
National Geographic
National Geographic Maps
2011
2
1553411706
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A double-sided, full-color map of China, at a useful scale of 1:4,375,000, which shows roads and cities. Printed on tear- and water-resistant paper.
$11.95

Khubilai Khan, His Life and Times

CAS10
Morris Rossabi
University of California Press
2009
348
0520261321
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
This fascinating, scholarly portrait of the culture and politics of 13th-century Asia examines Khubilai Khan's rise to power, the submission of Korea and the attempted invasion of Japan.
$34.95

Islamic Art and Architecture

CAS17
Robert Hillenbrand
Thames & Hudson
1999
288
0500203059
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
Covering 1000 years and the geographic scope of Islam, this book is a wide-ranging guide to the arts of Islam, including architecture, calligraphy, ceramics and textiles.
$29.95

A Ride to Khiva

CAS16
Peter Hopkirk (Introduction), Frederick Burnaby
Oxford University Press
2002
390
0192803670
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
The rousing real-life adventure of a Brit snooping in Russian Central Asia in 1875. The imposing Captain Burnaby rode a thousand miles across steppe and desert, through blizzards and snowdrifts, to forbidden Khiva.
$35.95

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

Central Asia: 130 years of Russian Dominance

CAS26
Edward Allworth
Duke
1994
672
0822315211
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A scholarly overview of foreign influence in the region.
$35.95

The Central Asian States, Discovering Independence

CAS27
Gregory Gleason
Perseus
1997
256
0813318351
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
A timely analysis of the emergent independent republics of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. With maps and illustrations.
$43.00

The Mummies of Urumchi

CAS34
Elizabeth Wayland Barber
W. W. Norton & Company
2000
240
0393320197
PAPER
Archaeology
0
0
0
0
A look at the ancient culture of the Silk Road based on the extraordinarily well-preserved Caucasoid mummies unearthed in Urumchi in the Tarim Basin of Central Asia.
$24.95

A History of Russia, Central Asia and Mongolia: Volume I: Inner Eurasia from Prehistory to the Mongol Empire

CAS35
David Christian
Blackwell Publishers
1998
472
0631208143
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A comprehensive history of the region from the Stone Age to the 13th-century Mongol Empire. This book will appeal to the traveler with a serious interest in the cultural origins of the region.
$75.95

The Search for Ancient China

CHN69
Corinne Debaine-Francfort
Thames & Hudson UK
1999
160
050030095X
PAPER
Archaeology
0
0
0
0
With information on everything from jewelry to emperors' tombs and terracotta warriors, the Great Wall and the dazzling 400-year history of the Han Empire, this shirt-pocket survey of discovery features 150 illustrations.
$15.95

Genghis Khan, His Life and Legacy

MGL24
Paul Ratchnevsky, Thomas Nivison Haining (Translator)
Blackwell Publishers
1993
336
0631189491
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
This scholarly biography of the 12th-century conqueror, ably translated from the German, offers great insight into life on the steppes of Central Asia and expansion of the Mongol empire. With illustrations, maps, chronology and dynastic tables and a new introduction.
$44.95

The Empire of the Steppes, A History of Central Asia

CAS43
Rene Grousset
Rutgers
1989
687
0813513049
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
The classic history of the region, originally published in 1939 and translated from the French.
$48.95

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

Odyssey Guide Kyrgyz Republic

CAS47
Rowan Stewart, Susie Weldon
Odyssey Publications
2008
318
9622177913
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A comprehensive, stunningly illustrated guide to Kyrgyzstan, its cities, traditional cultures, alpine meadows, lush valleys and rugged mountains.
$24.95

Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil, and Fundamentalism in Central Asia

CAS49
Ahmed Rashid
Yale University Press
2010
319
0300163681
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
This revised edition of Rashid's prescient account of the rise of Islamic fundamentalism in Central Asia in the 1990s includes a new chapter covering the period from 2000-2009.
$22.00

The Golden Peaches of Samarkand, A Study of T'ang Exotics

CAS53
Edward Schafer
University of California Press
1985
399
0520054628
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
A marvelous study of the court of T'ang Dynasty China, and the many splendid works of art that were given in tribute.
$41.95

Hundred Thousand Fools of God

CAS59
Theodore Levin
Indiana University Press
1999
346
025321310X
PAPER
Music
0
0
0
0
An engaging account of adventures in ethnomusicology in contemporary Central Asia, Levin is a wonderful guide to musical traditions in Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. With an accompanying CD featuring the traditional music of Central Asia.
$29.95

Sir Aurel Stein, Archaeological Explorer

CAS61
Jeanette Mirsky
University of Chicago Press
1998
585
0226531775
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Mirsky captures the excitement, derring-do, fortunes and controversy surrounding Stein's discovery of tombs, temples and monasteries and other ancient treasures of the Silk Road.
$30.00

Riding the Iron Rooster

CHN133
Paul Theroux
Mariner Books
2006
528
0618658971
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
A wry account of utterly exhausting, exasperating travels, mostly by rail, throughout China for an entire year. Theroux gets himself to every corner of the huge country and includes memorable passages on his experiences in Mongolia, Xinjiang, Manchuria and Tibet (where his journey ended).
$16.95

Ultimate Journey, Retracing the Path of an Ancient Buddhist Monk Who Crossed Asia in Search of Enlightenment

CAS64
Richard Bernstein
Alfred Knopf
2002
352
0679781579
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
In this journey of self-discovery, Bernstein travels across Central Asia from China to India, loosely in the footsteps of the seventh-century Buddhist monk Hsuan Tang. An engaging, informative account of travels.
$16.00

Eric Shipton, The Six Mountain Travel Books

EXP12
Eric Shipton
Mountaineers
2011
800
0898865395
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
Shipton's extraordinary adventures in the mountains of the Himalayas, East Africa, Central Asia and Patagonia, now in paper.
$34.95

Samarkand, A Novel

CAS69
Amin Maalouf, Russell Harris (Translator)
Interlink Publishing Group
1998
304
1566562937
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A fictional history of Persia featuring Omar Khayyam, the 11th-century poet and author of the "Rubaiyat." Written by Lebanese novelist Amin Maalouf.
$14.95

The Afghans, Peoples of Asia

CAS70
Willem Vogelsang
Blackwell Publishers
2001
384
0631198415
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
A wide-ranging history of the people and culture of Afghanistan.
$115.95

Afghanistan's Endless War: State Failure, Regional Politics and the Rise of the Taliban

CAS73
Larry Goodson
University of Washington Press
2002
264
0295980508
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A scholarly analysis of Afghanistan's devastating recent history.
$25.00

Buddhist Art and Architecture

ASA30
Robert Fisher
Thames & Hudson
1993
216
0500202656
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
A wide-ranging, illustrated survey of Buddhist art, architecture and iconography in the excellent World of Art series. It includes examples from throughout Asia.
$21.95

The Silk Road Journey with Xuanzang

ASA31
Sally Wriggins
Perseus
2003
352
0813365996
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
A nicely illustrated account of an extraordinary, 16-year trek from Xi'an to India by way of Central Asia in search of the origins of Buddhism by Xuan-Zang, the famous 7th-century Chinese monk.
$25.00

Monkey, A Journey to the West

ASA32
David Kherdian
Shambhala
2005
224
1590302583
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
The 16th-century Chinese epic of adventure and pilgrimage, brilliantly retold by David Kheridan. It's the wild tale of the encounters of the rogue-trickster Monkey and his Buddhist companion Tripitaka on the Silk Road.
$16.95

Marco Polo and the Discovery of the World

EXP22
John Larner
Yale University Press
1999
264
0300079710
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
A scholarly, insightful study of the impact of the Venetian merchant-explorer's impact on European ideas and knowledge of the world.
$61.00

Jihad, The Rise of Militant Islam in Central Asia

CAS84
Ahmed Rashid
Penguin Putnam
2003
281
0142002607
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A history and political analysis of the five Central Asian republics -- Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. Rashid sees these volatile, resource-rich nations as keys to understanding the future of the region.
$17.00

Heritage of Central Asia, From Antiquity to the Turkish Expansion

CAS91
Richard N. Frye, Bernard Lewis (Introduction)
Markus Wiener
1995
265
155876111X
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Frye writes with authority and style in this clear, well-written survey of the people, history and culture of the region.
$22.95

Between Mecca and Beijing, Modernization and Consumption Among Urban Chinese Muslims

CHN180
Maris Boyd Gillette
University of Chicago Press
2002
296
0804746850
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
An academic study of the minority Muslim population of Xi'an.
$25.95

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

Northwest China Map

CHN202
MapLink
MapLink
2002
2
0783498160
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
This bird's-eye map takes in the region from Dunhuang west across the Taklamakan to Almaty, Bishkek and the Pamirs. With shaded relief, archaeological sites, roads, tracks and paths, railroads and trade routes.
$9.95

Silk Road Countries Map, Central Asia

CAS100
Gizi Map
2003
2
9632041380
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A map covering the Silk Roads and surrounding territories from western China and India across Asia to Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the Black Sea at a scale of 1:3,000,000.
$14.95

Forbidden Journey

CAS101
Ella Maillart
Northwestern University Press
2003
312
0810119854
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Maillart's classic account of her journey with Peter Fleming from Peking across the Taklamaken through Xinjiang to Kashmir.
$22.95

Chasing the Sea

CAS103
Tom Bissell
Pantheon Books
2004
388
037572754X
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Self-confessed adventure junkie, Bissell skillfully interweaves anecdote, history and grim reports on ecological disasters in this smart, funny and informative account of travels through Uzbekistan and Central Asia in 2001.
$18.00

Kazakhstan Map

CAS107
Gizi Map
2002
1
9630083159
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
This excellently detailed map of Kazakhstan extends well beyond the borders to include Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan, as well as part of western China.
$14.95

Mapping the Silk Road and Beyond

CAS113
Kenneth Nebenzahl
Phaidon Press
2011
176
0714844098
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
This visually stunning collection of 80 rare illuminated manuscripts, early modern masterpieces and archival maps traces two millennia of exploration across Asia.
$29.95

This is Not Civilization

TKY117
Robert Rosenberg
Mariner Books
2005
304
0618562060
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Opening in an Apache town in Arizona and closing in the midst of the devestating 1999 earthquake in Istanbul (with a detour to Kyrgyzstan en route), Rosenberg's debut novel follws the fate of an antic, globe-trotting young man trying to make sense out of the world.
$17.95

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 in the Great Game

CAS120
George MacDonald Fraser
Plume
1995
336
0452263034
PAPER
Literature
3/15/2012
0
0
0
0
What caused the Sepoy Mutiny, a pivotal moment in the Raj? How about Harry Flashman, the reluctant, much-decorated coward, cad and womanizer at the center of George MacDonald Fraser's wildly entertaining, irreverent series of historical novels.
$16.00

Lost Cosmonaut, Observations of an Anti-tourist

EUR199
Daniel Kalder
Scribner
2006
288
0743289943
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Kalder's offball, offbeat and rather strange report from forgotten corners of the republics of Tatarstan, Kalmykia, Mari El and Udmurtia in what was once the Soviet Union. Kalder revels in being no-place.
$19.95

The Spice Route, A History

ASA52
John Keay
University of California Press
2007
288
0520254163
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
John Keay draws on ancient logs, traveler's accounts and maps for this rousing history of trade in cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, pepper, gums, resins and other costly goods from antiquity to the 17th century.
$29.95

Modern Clan Politics, The Power of Blood in Kazakhstan and Beyond

CAS135
Edward Schatz
University of Washington Press
2004
250
0295984473
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
An etnographic examination of politics in Kazakhstan.
$30.00

The New Central Asia, The Creation of Nations

CAS136
Olivier Roy
NYU
2007
272
0814776094
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Roy, a leading expert on the region in France, charts the rapid emergence and development of the Central Asian states in this concise history of the Central Asian republics since the Soviet collapse.
$27.00

Radical Islam in Central Asia, Between Pen and Rifle

CAS137
Vitaly V. Naumkin
Rowman & Littlefield
2005
336
0742529304
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A political history of Central Asia's militant Islamic orginizations, including the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, Hizb at-Tahrir al-Islami, and the Islamic Revival Party of Tajikistan.
$39.95

The Transformation of Central Asia, States and Societies from Soviet Rule to Independence

CAS138
Pauline (E Jones Luong (Editor)
Cornell University Press
2003
400
0801488427
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
This collection of scholary essays examines the formation and evolution of the Central Asian States.
$30.95

The Day Lasts More than a Hundred Years

CAS139
Chingiz Aitmatov
Indiana University Press
1988
368
0253204828
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
First published in 1980 under the Soviet regime, this novel by a famous Kyrgyz writer mixes the story of a man traveling through the steppes to bury a friend and the tale of two cosmonauts aboard a space station.
$24.00

Absurdistan

RUS321
Gary Shteyngart
Random House
2007
333
0812971671
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Shteyngart, a young Russian immigrant himself, riffs on the privilege and behavior of the new breed of Russian oligarchs along with many more less politically correct targets in this outrageous first novel set in the Bronx, St. Petersburg and oil-besotted Absurdsvani.
$16.00

Genghis, Birth of an Empire

CAS145
Conn Iggulden
Random House
2007
528
038534421X
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
The author of the best-selling series of novels on Julius Caesar takes on the legendary warrior in this gripping and historically accurate novel.
$16.00

Odyssey Tajikistan and the High Pamirs

RUS331
Robert Middleton
Odyssey Publications
2011
722
9622178189
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Impressive in its scope, this stunningly illustrated, indispensable handbook covers the traditional cultures and rich history, trekking and mountaineering opportunities, wildlife and extraordinary scenery of Tajikistan with authority and verve. With 250 photographs and 17 exceptionally good maps by Markus Hauser.
$34.95

The Baburnama: Memoirs of Babur, Prince and Emperor

CAS149
Zahiruddin Babur Shah, Salman Rushdie (Introduction), Wheeler M. Thackson (Translator)
Modern Library
2002
608
0375761373
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
The candid memoir of the first Moghul emperor of India (universally known as Babur), descended from Tamerlane.
$22.00

Bradt Guide Kyrgyzstan

CAS154
Laurence Mitchell
Bradt Publications
2015
320
1841628565
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
An outstanding guide to the country, its people, history and allure in the pioneering British series. With a strong focus on adventure activities and a section of suggested overland routes to China, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.
$27.99

Odyssey Guide Kazakhstan

CAS156
Dagmar Schreiber
Odyssey Publications
2010
576
9622178146
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A beautifully illustrated overview of the history, culture, architecture and nature of Kazakhstan.
$34.95

A Splendid Exchange, How Trade Shaped the World

WLD141
William J. Bernstein
Atlantic Monthly Press
2009
496
0802144160
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Primates may share food but only Homo Sapiens trade, says William Bernstein in this far-reaching, dare we say splendid, hymn. An economist (and fine writer), he considers not just silk and spices, sugar and tea but also the considerably less savory exchange of opium and slavery in this sweeping tale.
$18.00

The Great Cities in History

WLD171
John Julius Norwich (Editor)
Thames & Hudson
2009
304
0500251541
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
This inspired book depicts the rise and fall of cities from earliest Mesopotamia through the great trading centers of the first millennium to medieval Europe and the modern megalopolis. Each entry is magnificently illustrated in color and is paired with an essay by diverse dignitaries including Jan Morris (New York), Colin Thubron (Samarkand), Simon Schama (Amsterdam) and Michael Coe (Angkor).
$45.00

Insight Guide Silk Road

CAS200
Insight Guides
Insight Guides
2017
464
1786715937
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
From Xi’an across Central Asia to Turkey, this gorgeously illustrated guide covers the sweep of the Silk Road.
$24.99

On the Noodle Road, From Beijing to Rome, With Love and Pasta

CAS232
Jen Lin-liu
Penguin Putnam
2014
400
1594632723
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Lin-liu, an American living in China, sets out on a culinary journey from China and across Central Asia, all the way to the Mediterranean. Her highly personal account explores what can still be felt of cuisine’s storied migration along ancient trade routes.
$16.00

For Kids

Emperor's Silent Army, Terracotta Warriors of Ancient China

CHN182
Jane O'Connor
Viking
2002
48
0670035122
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Visually engaging and informative, this book introduces the Terracotta Army of the first Qin emperor to middle readers.
$17.99

Marco Polo for Kids, His Marvelous Journey to China

CHN189
Janis Herbert
Chicago Review Press
2001
144
1556523777
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Travel along with the famous Venetian and do some things he may have done.
$17.95

Tales Told in Tents, Stories from Central Asia

CAS126
Sally Clayton, Sophie Herxheimer (Illustrator)
Frances Lincoln
2004
60
1845070666
HARD COVER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
Beautifully illustrated, this collection of 12 enchanting tales from across Central Asia illuminate life and culture in Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Afghanistan.
$17.95

The Road to Samarcand

CAS147
Patrick O'Brian
W. W. Norton & Company
2008
272
0393333167
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
A rip-roaring tale of adventure on the high seas and across Central Asia by the incomparable Patrick O-Brian, originally published in 1954 and geared for teenagers. The dramatis personae includes an American teenage boy (just orphaned), a seafaring uncle and elderly archaeologist cousin; the adventures are many.
$14.95

How I Learned Geography

GEN506
Uri Shulevitz
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
2008
28
0374334994
HARD COVER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
A 2009 Caldecott Honor Book (his fourth), Uri Shulevitz's wise, beautifully drawn tale is also his most personal. "We traveled far, far east," he writes, "to another country, where summers were hot and winters cold, to a city of houses made of clay, straw, and camel dung, surrounded by dusty steppes, burned by the sun. In this story, drawing on his childhood memories of World War II, Shulevitz shows how a map, and imagination, took a little boy far away from the hungry and misery of exile in Kazakhstan. Dedicated to the memory of his father (who brought back the map one day from the market, rather than a crust of bread).
$17.99

You Wouldn't Want to Explore With Marco Polo!

TVL490
Jacqueline Morley
Franklin Watts
2009
32
0531205185
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
The hilarious illustrations and light-hearted tone, helpful hints and glossary in this popular series for ages 7-10 will entice even reluctant readers.
$9.95

Looking for Marco Polo

ASA85
Alan Armstrong
Yearling Publishing
2011
304
0375833226
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Drawing on the Travels of Marco Polo, Alan Armstrong weaves the medieval adventurer with the story of an eleven-year-old-boy back in Venice, awaiting news from his anthropologist dad who has gone missing in the Gobi.
$6.99

Chengli and the Silk Road Caravan

CAS201
Hildi Kang
Perseus
2011
200
1933718544
HARD COVER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Chang'an China in 630 A.D, 13-year-old Chengli joins a caravan on the Silk Road to search for information about his father -- and how he died.
$14.95

Who Was Genghis Khan?

CAS238
Nancy Harrison (Illustrator), Andrew Thompson (Illustrator), Nico Medina
Penguin Putnam
2014
112
0448482606
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
An illustrated chapter book biography of Genghis Khan, the feared leader of the Mongol Empire who conquered nearly all of Asia.
$5.99

Genghis Khan: The Brave Warrior Who Bridged East and West

MGL85
Yijin Wert (Translator), Li Jian
Simon and Schuster Inc.
2015
42
160220991X
HARD COVER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
An illustrated, bilingual introduction to Genghis Khan that follows the ruler from his childhood days in a Mongolian tribe in Eurasia to his efforts to bring political stability to the Silk Road and increase communication between the east and the west. For children ages 5 to 8.
$16.95