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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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Midnight in Siberia, A Journey into the Heart of Russia

RUS518
David Greene
W. W. Norton & Company
2015
336
0393351874
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
In this eye-opening travelogue, the former NPR Moscow bureau chief takes a 6,000-mile ride on the Trans-Siberian Railroad, capturing the soul of contemporary Russia.
$15.95

Modern Mongolia, Reclaiming Genghis Khan

MGL37
Paula Sabloff (Editor)
University of Pennsylvania Press
2002
148
092417191X
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
This slim primer, richly illustrated with 120 color photographs, covers the sweep and excitement of 20th-century Mongolian history, the country's nomadic heritage and the legacy of Genghis Khan.
$19.95

Nicholas and Alexandra

RUS69
Robert Massie
Ballantine Books
2000
613
0345438310
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
This entertaining and well-researched history traces the royal relationship and explores how a disease determined the destiny of rulers, the disintegration of the empire and the course of Russian history.
$20.00

Trans-Siberian Handbook

RUS73
Bryn Thomas
Trailblazer
2014
528
1905864566
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This guide features maps, history and practical details for cities and sights from Moscow to Irkutsk and Vladivostok.
$22.95

Russia Map

RUS264
International Travel Maps
ITMB
2011
2
1553413865
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A double-sided map covering the full route of the Trans-Siberian railway at a scale of 1:6,000,000.
$12.95

Culture Smart! Mongolia

MGL84
Alan Sanders
Kuperard
2016
168
1857337174
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A concise, no-nonsense guide to local customs, etiquette and culture with a short overview of the land and people along with practical travel advice.
$11.99

DK Eyewitness Top Ten Moscow

RUS513
Matthew Willis
DK Publishing
2014
128
1465410406
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A compact, illustrated guide in the popular series, featuring favorite attractions.
$14.00

Odyssey Guide Mongolia

MGL31
Carl Robinson
Odyssey Publications
2010
536
9622178081
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
For this comprehensive illustrated guide, Robinson incorporates contributions from friends and colleagues, including American Museum of Natural History paleontologist Mark Norrell and Smithsonian ethnographer William Fitzhugh.
$29.95

Eagle Dreams, Searching for Legends in Wild Mongolia

MGL82
Stephen Bodio
Skyhorse
2015
224
1629144797
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
Charmed from a young age with Kazakh nomads, Stephen Bodio travels to Mongolia, circa 1990. The country has just celebrated its independence, but Bodio is more interested in traditional life as he explores the birthplace of falconry and observes the time-honored traditions that have survived the ages.
$19.95

Moscow, A Cultural History

RUS292
Caroline Brooke
Oxford University Press
2007
256
0195309529
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Caroline Brooke explores the birth and various stages and reinventions of Moscow, from a 12th-century fortress to invasion by Napoleon in 1812 to the rise and fall of communism. Part of the Cityscapes series.
$36.95

Moving With The Seasons

MGL80
Liza Carter
Liza Carter Art
2013
189
0989018709
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
Writer and photographer Carter collaborated with a Mongolian family in making this book, an intimate season-by-season account of nomadic Mongolian life on the steppe. Carter’s personable prose and excellent photography capture the people’s daily lives, in many ways still untouched by modernity.
$48.00

Siberia, A Cultural History

SIB65
Anthony Haywood
Oxford University Press
2010
288
0199754187
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Haywood traces the history of the region from early indigenous cultures through Stalin's reign to the present with aplomb.
$16.95

To the Edge of the World, The Story of the Trans-Siberian Express

SIB76
Christian Wolmar
Hachette
2016
320
1610396367
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Weaving together fascinating personality sketches, vivid travelogue and socio-economics, Christian Wolmar examines the success of the Trans-Siberian Railroad, the vital artery that stretches 6,000 miles across the impressive landscape of the expansive nation.
$17.99

Women of Mongolia

MGL07
Martha Avery
University of Washington Press
1996
187
0937321052
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
An astoundingly diverse sample of contemporary Mongolian women from every segment of the country. Each woman is profiled with a photograph and a brief first-person description of her life.
$19.95

Dead Mountain: The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident

RUS553
Donnie Eichar
Chronicle Books
2014
288
1452140030
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
Eichar explores the mysterious deaths of the nine hikers involved in the Dyatlov Pass Incident in a gripping narrative that draws on journal entries and photographs, government documents and his own experience following in the footsteps of the doomed party through the Ural Mountains.
$15.95

Lake Baikal

SIB72
Jim Denevan
Distributed Art Publishers
2011
176
1934435430
HARD COVER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
In 2010 artist Jim Denevan traveled to Siberia's Lake Baikal to create a stunning, ephemeral artwork: he and his team inscribed the ice with a series of circles based on the Fibonacci sequence (where each number is the sum of the previous two). This gorgeous, oversize book (12 1/4 x 9 1/2 inches) documents the project in 90 full-color photographs by Jake Burghart and Peter Hinson and includes a documentary DVD. It's a splendid introduction to the region's harshness and beauty.
$65.00

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

Genghis Khan, His Conquests, His Empire, His Legacy

CAS242
Frank McLynn
Da Capo Press
2016
704
0306825171
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
In this astute biography, McLynn measures the deeds of Genghis Khan against the conclusions of history. Although Khan and his Mongol hordes have the historic ill repute of being a bunch of criminals and thugs, McLynn captures Khan’s genius as an empire-builder and innovator.
$19.99

In Siberia

SIB14
Colin Thubron
HarperCollins
2001
304
006095373X
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
1
0
0
Thubron captures the beauty, personality, contradictions and harsh nature of this huge land in this classic account of a 15,000-mile, cross-continental odyssey from the Yenisei to Baikal, Khabarovsk and Magadan.
$14.99

The Consolations of the Forest

SIB74
Sylvain Tesson
Rizzoli International
2013
243
0847841278
HARD COVER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
A Parisian journalist chucks it all to live alone for five months in an isolated hut on the shores of Lake Baikal in this reflective account that tackles not only chopping firewood and finding food but also questions like "how should a person live?"
$24.95

The New Tsar, The Rise and Reign of Vladimir Putin

RUS567
Steven Lee Myers
Vintage Books
2016
592
0345802799
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Complicated world leader, former KGB agent and man of enormous ambition, Myers' Putin has few scruples and quickly silences dissenters. A keen and insightful biography by the former New York Times Moscow bureau chief.
$19.00

Wild East, The New Mongolia

MGL27
Jill Lawless
Perseus
2000
230
1550224344
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Lawless captures the startling contrasts of emerging technologies, MTV culture and crumbling Soviet heritage on the wide, open plains in this entertaining tale of life in modern Mongolia.
$16.95

The Blue Sky

MGL79
Galsan Tschinag
Milkweed Editions
2007
224
1571310649
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Set in the Altai Mountains of northern Mongolia, this novel confronts the clashes between the nomadic Tuvan people's ancient way of life and the pervasive influence of modern society. First of a trilogy that includes MGL78 and MGL77.
$15.00

The White Mountain

MGL77
Galsan Tschinag
Milkweed Editions
2014
272
157131072X
HARD COVER
Literature
3/23/2018
0
0
0
0
This gripping and lyrical novel is Tschinag’s third installment on life in Mongolia, a coming-of-age story which details the vanishing culture of his native Tuvan people. It finds Dshurunkuwaa, now an adult, using his shamanic powers and poetic gifts to describe the tragedy and magic of life in his native Altai Mountains.
$24.00

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The Snow Leopard

NPL03
Peter Matthiessen
Penguin
2008
368
0143105515
PAPER
Exploration
0
1
0
0
The most perceptive, acutely observed and personal of all his books, Matthiessen's account of a five-week journey through Nepal with naturalist George Schaller combines their quest for the elusive cat with a moving introduction to Buddhism and the people and culture of the Himalayas.
$17.00

Essential Tibetan Buddhism

TBT15
Robert Thurman
HarperCollins
1996
317
0062510517
PAPER
Religion
0
0
0
0
The foremost Western scholar of Tibetan Buddhism, Thurman has chosen well from that tradition's sacred literature and helpfully includes suggested further reading, explanatory notes and a directory of sacred sites.
$14.99

Mongolia Map

MGL03
Gizi Map
2012
1
9638680881
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
This attractive map (1:2,500,000) includes a small street plan of Ulaanbaatar.
$14.95

Lonely Planet Mongolia

MGL04
Michael Kohn
Lonely Planet Publications
2014
304
1742202993
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A comprehensive guide in the Lonely Planet style featuring 46 maps, background detail on the country and culture and practical information for the traveler.
$29.99

Lonely Planet Mongolian Phrasebook

MGL19
J. Bat-Ireediu
Lonely Planet Publications
2014
212
1743211848
PAPER
Language & Phrasebooks
0
0
0
0
A handy pocket guide to Khalkh Mongolian, the language spoken in Mongolia and surrounding parts of Russia and China.
$9.99

Dinosaurs of the Flaming Cliffs

MGL17
Michael Novacek
Doubleday
1997
352
0385477759
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
Novacek pens an amazing tale of discovery in the Gobi Desert that captures the thrill of exploration and the challenges of field work as well as the story of paleontology and travel in the footsteps of the legendary Roy Chapman Andrews.
$18.95

The Secret History of the Mongols, The Origin of Chingis Khan

MGL20
Paul Kahn
Cheng & Tsui
2005
240
0887272991
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
The 13th-century Mongolian account of the life of Chingis Khan, adapted as a prose poem in the tradition of Virgil and Homer. It's a heroic tribute rich in details about the daily life, history and culture of the nomadic clans of Central Asia.
$34.99

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

Mongolia in the 20th Century: Landlocked Cosmopolitan

MGL28
Stephen Kotkin (Editor), Bruce Elleman (Editor)
M.E. Sharpe, Inc.
2000
336
0765605368
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A comprehensive, scholarly survey of Mongolia's history over the past hundred years, including Mongol communities in Russia and China.
$52.95

Riding Windhorses: A Journey into the Heart of Mongolian Shamanism

MGL29
Sarangerel Odigan, Julie Ann Stewart
Simon and Schuster Inc.
2000
210
0892818085
PAPER
Religion
0
0
0
0
An heartfelt, wide-ranging introduction to Mongolian and Siberian Shamanism and culture by a practitioner who now makes her home in Ulaanbaatar.
$16.95

The Mongols

MGL38
Stephen Turnbull
Osprey Publishing
1986
48
0850453720
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Short, yet informative, this military history of the Mongol Empire in the Men-at-Arms series features full-color depictions of the medieval Mongols, archival illustrations and an overview of Mongol history, warfare and sieges.
$17.95

In the Empire of Genghis Khan, A Journey Among Nomads

MGL40
Stanley Stewart
Lyons Press
2004
266
1592281060
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Mixing anecdote and history, this spirited tale is an epic journey across Eurasia to Mongolia, much of it on horseback. Stewart captures the warmth and spirit of people he encountered.
$14.95

Bradt Guide Mongolia

MGL44
Jane Blunden
Bradt Publications
2014
448
1841624160
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Once the student of explorer and historian Owen Lattimore, Blunden draws on her long association with Mongolia (and many friends) for this comprehensive, up-to-date guide.
$29.99

Hearing Birds Fly

MGL45
Louisa Waugh
Little Brown and Company
2004
270
034911580X
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
A transporting account of the people, landscapes and challenges of life in westernmost Mongolia. The author is attuned to the diverse ethnic mix of the region with its dominant population of Muslim Kazakhs, Mongol Halkhs and Altai Tuvans.
$17.95

Modern Mongolia, From Khans to Commissars to Capitalists

MGL46
Morris Rossabi
University of California Press
2005
397
0520244192
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Rossabi documents the dramatic changes in Mongolia since the collapse of the Soviet Union in this detailed analysis of Mongolia's political economy, recent economic changes and prospects. A detailed, comprehensive portrait.
$38.95

Birds of Europe, Russia, China, and Japan: Passerines: Tyrant Flycatchers to Buntings

EUR276
Norman Arlott
Princeton University Press
2007
240
0691133727
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
This Princeton Illustrated Checklist, spanning all of the Russian Arctic, Europe, China, Mongolia, North Korea, South Korea, Japan and the Middle East, features 80 color plates with range maps and succinct descriptions.
$29.95

Walking the Gobi

MGL56
Helen Thayer
Mountaineers
2008
272
1594851123
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Thayer weaves her experiences on a camel trek with a portrait of the region's nomadic cultures and natural history.
$17.95

Wolf Totem

CHN471
Jiang Rong
Penguin Putnam
2009
544
0143115146
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Defiant, unyielding, feared, hunted and revered, the great Mongolian wolf is the heart and center of Rong's epic tale of a young man from Beijing and his surprising encounters on the Mongolian steppe. A stirring epic, allegory and elegy for a vanished way of life, the novel won the first Man Asia Prize.
$17.00

Mongolian Buddhism, The Rise and Fall of the Sangha

MGL60
Michael K. Jerryson
University of Washington Press
2008
240
9749511263
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
In a pioneering account of Mongolia's official religion, Jerryson tells its history from the ascent of Buddhism in the 13th century to its decline under the Soviet Union.
$24.95

Birds of Mongolia

MGL62
Sundev Gombobaatar
Princeton University Press
2013
224
0691138826
PAPER
Field Guide
4/1/2018
0
0
0
0
This first modern field guide to the diverse birds of Mongolia features 83 color plates, species descriptions, and maps.
$35.00

The Bloody White Baron

MGL66
James Palmer
Hachette
2011
274
0465022073
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Palmer turns his biography of the rabidly anti-Semitic madman Baron Nikolai Maximilian von Ungern-Sternberg -- and his improbable reign as the last Khan of Mongolia -- into a fascinating tale of politics run amok in Mongolia and the Russian Far East.
$15.99

The Secret History of the Mongol Queens

MGL71
Jack Weatherford
Crown
2011
336
0307407160
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Weatherford (Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World) turns to the wives and daughters of the great medieval leader in this bold history of the women of the Silk Road.
$15.00

Khubilai Khan's Lost Fleet: In Search of a Legendary Armada

CAS184
James P. Delgado
University of California Press
2010
240
0520265858
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Drawing on evidence from his underwater expeditions, marine archaeologist Delgado reveals the fate of Khan’s 13th-century navy, for 700 years considered little more than legend, in this popular account.
$23.95

The Mongols, A Very Short Introduction

MGL76
Morris Rossabi
Oxford University Press
2012
160
019984089X
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
Rossabi, a leading historian, revises the popular perception of the Mongols as savage conquerors to show them as wise rulers who adopted shrewd economic policies, patronized the arts and helped foster peace in the lands they controlled.
$11.95

Birds & People

BRD122
Mark Cocker
Trafalgar Square
2013
595
0224081748
HARD COVER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
Part natural history and part cultural study, this book describes and maps the entire spectrum of human engagements with birds, drawing in themes of history, literature, art, cuisine, language, lore, politics and the environment.
$75.00

Snow Leopard, Stories from the Roof of the World

HML127
Don Hunter (Editor)
Univ Press Colorado
2012
190
1607321939
HARD COVER
Anthology
0
0
0
0
George Schaller, Peter Matthiessen, Avaantseren Bayarjargal and other scientist-adventurers contribute to this collection of first-hand accounts.
$26.95

The Gray Earth

MGL78
Galsan Tschinag
Milkweed Editions
2014
320
1571310851
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
The second novel in the trilogy by Tschinag. The Tuvan shepherd boy Dshurukawaa is torn between a deep interest in shamanism and the pressures of a boarding school that attempts to rid Tuvan of their language, traditions and spirituality.
$16.00

Walking Home from Mongolia, Ten Million Steps Through China, from the Gobi Desert to the South China Sea

MGL81
Rob Lilwall
Trafalgar Square
2014
304
1444745301
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
In this extraordinary travelogue, Lilwall takes us 3,000 miles from the Gobi Desert to Hong Kong, showing us the rapidly industrializing cities of rural China.
$15.99

On the Trail of Genghis Khan, An Epic Journey Through the Land of the Nomads

CAS239
Tim Cope
Bloomsbury USA
2015
528
1608194469
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Inspired by the nomadic tradition, award-winning adventurer Tim Cope travels by horseback across the entire length of the Eurasian steppe from Karakorum, the ancient capital of Mongolia, through Kazakhstan, Russia, Crimea and Ukraine, to the Danube in Hungary, documenting the unbounded hospitality of the people of the steppe.
$22.00

The Tiger Queens, The Women of Genghis Khan

CAS243
Stephanie Thornton
New American Library
2015
486
0451417801
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
This gripping work of historical fiction reimagines the women who stood beside the great Genghis Khan and ensured his triumph. Thornton's heroines are compassionate warriors who sacrifice for their families and Khan’s fragile new kingdom.
$16.00

Hunting With Eagles, The Kazakh Eagle-hunters of Mongolia

MGL83
Palani Mohan
Aa Balkema
2015
128
1858946433
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
In this collection of 90 dramatic images, award-winning photographer Palani Mohan celebrates the world of Mongolia’s Kazakh tribes, nomadic peoples who hunt on horseback with golden eagles. His duotone photographs and explanatory text show a way of life that is rapidly changing.
$50.00

Wild by Nature

WLD298
Sarah Marquis
St. Martins
2016
320
1250081971
HARD COVER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Sarah Marquis’ memoir captures her incredible 10,000-mile hike from Siberia and the barren Gobi across five countries to the tip of Thailand where she continued by boat to complete the journey at her favorite tree in Australia.
$26.99

For Kids

Dragon Bones and Dinosaur Eggs, A Photobiography of Explorer Roy Chapman Andrews

MGL26
Ann Bausum
2000
64
0792271238
HARD COVER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Bausum's absorbing biography of Chapman Andrews, one of the greatest fossil hunters, features archival photographs of daring camel-and-car Central Asiatic Expedition to the Gobi, which made big news in the 1920s (bringing back the first dinosaur eggs ever discovered).
$17.95

Horse Song, The Naadam of Mongolia

MGL61
Ted Lewin, Betsy Lewin
Aa Balkema
2008
32
1584302771
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
FAMILY
Caldecott winners Ted and Betsy Lewin depict the splendor of the Naadam festival and the intricacies of Mongolian culture in this terrific, gorgeously illustrated account of their travels. Geared for children, enjoyable for the whole family.
$19.95

Saving the Ghost of the Mountain, An Expedition Among Snow Leopards in Mongolia

MGL69
Sy Montgomery
Harcourt Books
2009
74
0618916458
HARD COVER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Montgomery brings you into the world of wildlife biologist Tom McCarthy in this as-it-happens tale of discovery in Mongolia.
$18.00

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