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Tour du Mont Blanc

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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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MONT BLANC. Buy these 4 items as a set for $65 including shipping, 15% off the retail price. With free shipping on anything else you order.  Buy Package

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

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

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

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

Mont Blanc Touring Map

SWZ90
Edition MPA
MapLink
2015
1
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
Portraying the great mountain in panoramic detail, this Swiss-produced map depicts hiking trails with walking times. Not waterproof-- not the greatest for on the trail.
$19.95

Gran Paradiso

ALP46
Gillian Price
Cicerone
2013
220
185284499X
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Part of the authoritative Cicerone series on walking, this guidebook describes 28 day walks through the stunning Gran Paradiso National Park.
$22.95

Wildflower Wonders

NAT244
Bob Gibbons
Princeton University Press
2011
192
0691152292
HARD COVER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A naturalist and tour leader, Gibbons covers when and where to witness impressive displays of wildflowers in this beautifully illustrated, oversized survey of 50 sites. His vote for the most flowery place in the world: the kaleidoscopic grasslands of Mount Rainier.
$27.95

Cuisines of the Alps

CEU38
Kay Shaw Nelson
Hippocrene Books
2004
197
0781810582
HARD COVER
Food
0
0
0
0
Subtitled "Recipes, Drinks, and Lore from France, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Italy, Germany, Austria, and Slovenia," this colorful tour of the region's rustic cuisine offers more than 140 recipes, a section on regional wines and historical information.
$24.95

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

The Alps, A Human History from Hannibal to Heidi and Beyond

ALP51
Stephen O'Shea
W. W. Norton & Company
2017
304
039324685X
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
In an entertaining narrative, O'Shea drives, hikes and climbs through 500 miles of the Alps while musing on the historic personalities who braved the forbidding range, including Napoleon, Hitler and James Bond. A thoughtful introduction to the Alps.
$26.95

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

Scrambles Amongst the Alps: In the Years 1860-69

ALP02
Edward Whymper
National Geographic
2002
320
0792269233
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
Edward Whymper’s classic account of Victorian-era mountaineering captures the geography, beauty and allure of the Alps.
$16.00

A Tramp Abroad

EUR78
Mark Twain, David Eggers (Introduction), Kerry Driscoll (Introduction)
Random House
2003
400
0812970039
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Written 11 years after Innocents Abroad, this is Twain's second foray into European travel. Filled with his characteristic wit and humorous observations, it documents his journeys through Germany, Switzerland, France and Italy. Now with an introduction by Dave Eggers.
$17.00

Mountain Lines, A Journey Through the French Alps

ALP52
Jonathan Arlan
Skyhorse
2017
264
1510709754
HARD COVER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Overcoming nerves, poor physical condition and days of bad weather, author Jonathan Arlan narrates a 2015 trek through the French Alps. As he slowly conquers the Grand Traverse route from Lake Geneva to the Mediterranean, Arlan learns the true meanings of
$22.99

Hotel du Lac

SWZ05
Anita Brookner
Vintage Books
1995
184
0679759328
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Funny, stylish and spellbinding, Brookner's novel tracks the story of a romance novelist seeking evasive peace and quiet at the luxurious Hotel du Lac in Switzerland. Winner of the Man Booker Prize.
$15.95

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

The Walk

SWZ75
Robert Walser, Susan Bernofsky (Translator)
New Directions Publishing Corporation
2012
96
0811219925
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
In this classic novella by the Swiss modernist, freshly translated, Walser writes that "it is on walks that the lore of nature and the lore of the country are revealed, charming and graceful, to the sense and eyes of the observant walker."
$10.95

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

Wild Flowers of Britain & Northern Europe

EUR371
Andrew Cleave
John Beaufoy Publishing
2015
160
1909612448
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
A colorful field guide featuring commonly encountered species of the fields and gardens of Europe.
$14.95

More Books

The Italians

ITL05
Luigi Barzini
Touchstone
1996
352
0684825007
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
The definitive portrait of the Italian people, this is a classic, scholarly essay on the Italian character. Though first published in 1964, it's still worth reading for its insight, grace and wit.
$17.00

Why Switzerland?

SWZ04
Jonathan Steinberg
Cambridge University Press
2015
400
0521709555
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
A masterly overview of the idiosyncrasies of Switzerland, its history, language, politics and identity as a naysayer at the center of Europe.
$39.99

The Magic Mountain

SWZ07
Thomas Mann
Modern Library
1996
755
0679772871
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
In this classic novel of ill health in a sanatorium in the Swiss mountains, the author explores disease as a symbol of the sick, capitalistic society of pre-World War I Europe.
$19.00

I'm Not Stiller

SWZ08
Max Frisch
Harvest Books
1994
384
0156849909
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A masterpiece of post-WWII fiction about a man who claims not to be himself.
$27.95

Daisy Miller

SWZ09
Henry James
Penguin
2007
126
0141441348
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A classic story of a young American woman's innocent flirtation and its misinterpretation by a sophisticated European man, set in Lac Leman and Chillon. This is James' first fictional work to gain mass popularity and one of his great American female portraits.
$8.00

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

Trentino Alto-Adige Map

ITL42
Touring Club Italiano
Touring Club Italiano
2015
2
2186054M
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A colorful regional map of the Italian Dolomites at a scale of 1:200,000.
$13.95

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

Walking

WLK04
Henry David Thoreau
HarperCollins
1994
92
0062511130
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
Slip this pocket edition of Thoreau's meditations on the spiritual benefits of this most civilized form of travel in your daypack for inspiration.
$9.99

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

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

Altitude Illness: Prevention and Treatment

REF02
Stephen Bezruchka
Mountaineers
2005
128
0898866855
PAPER
Reference
0
0
0
0
Bezruchka, a mountaineer and M.D., includes case studies, frequently asked questions and simple methods of diagnosis and treatment in this indispensable pocket guide.
$8.95

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

Glacier Ice

SCI07
Austin Post, Edward R. LaChapelle
University of Washington Press
2000
145
0295979100
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
A classic book of extraordinary black-and-white aerial photographs of mountains and glaciers by two devoted men of ice. Ed LaChapelle’s text is paired with Austin Post's stunning aerial photographs of glaciers from Alaska and Chile to Switzerland and the Himalayas.
$35.00

Michelin Green Guide French Alps

FRN197
Michelin Travel Publications
Michelin Travel Publications
2015
520
2067197568
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A compact, practical guide to the region in the classic Michelin style.
$21.99

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

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

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

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

Grenoble/Chambery Map

FRN256
IGN
IGN
1
2111005312
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A regional, topographic map of eastern France, From Grenoble to Chambery at a detailed scale of 1:100,000.
$12.95

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

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

Cham

ALP39
Jonathan Trigell
Serpent's Tail
2009
1852429585
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A young British author who lives in Chamonix, Trigell captures the beauty of the region, the allure of the slopes and the decadent vibe of the ski bum sub-culture in this edgy thriller.
$16.95

Bodies from the Ice

SCI268
James M. Deem
Houghton Mifflin Company
2008
58
061880045X
HARD COVER
Science
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Deem (Bodies from the Ash, Bodies from the Bog) offers kids a glimpse into prehistory, glaciology, archaeology and grisly fun in this overview of 5300-year-old Alpine Iceman Otzi and other through mummified human remains.
$17.99

For Kids

Count Karlstein

SWZ21
Philip Pullman
Random House
2000
256
0375803483
HARD COVER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
An entertaining gothic thriller set in a Swiss village in 1816.
$6.99

Banner in the Sky

SWZ23
James Ramsey Ullman
HarperCollins
1988
256
0064470482
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
A suspenseful tale of a young boy determined to keep his father's mountaineering dream alive.
$8.99

Bloomability

SWZ31
Sharon Creech
HarperCollins
1999
288
006440823X
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
A coming-of-age tale set in an international boarding school in Lugano, Switzerland.
$6.99

Heidi

SWZ32
Johanna Spyri
Sterling Publishing Company
2006
263
0517189674
HARD COVER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
The beloved tale of a little girl who is sent to live with her curmudgeonly grandfather in a remote Alpine village. This handsome hardback edition retains the quaint prose and buoyant disposition of Johanna Spyri's 1880 original.
$9.95