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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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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

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

Odyssey Guide Xinjiang

CHN508
Jeremy Tredinnick
Odyssey Publications
2012
304
9622177905
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
This beautifully, authoritative illustrated guide covers with authority the archaeological and cultural riches, Silk Road legacy and fascination of China's enormous Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.
$29.95

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

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

Rough Guide to Beijing

CHN760
Simon Lewis
Rough Guides
2014
216
1409341984
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A comprehensive guide to Beijing in the hip, literate and very infomative Rough Guide style. It's divided cleanly between practical information and illuminating background on culture and history.
$19.99

The Silk Road, China and the Karakorum Highway

CAS213
Jonathan Tucker, Paul Theroux (Foreword)
St. Martins
2014
288
1780763565
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Tucker includes historical sites, works of art, travelers' accounts by ancient and modern travelers, legends, poetry and literary excerpts, photographs, maps and site-plans in this compact guide to the Silk Road in China, from Xian to Kashgar.
$25.00

China, A History

CHN710
John Keay
Hachette
2011
578
0465025188
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Keay's judicious history covers 5,000 years in China, from the time of the Three Dynasties through Chairman Mao and the current economic transformation of the country.
$24.99

Eurasian Crossroads, A History of Xinjiang

CHN469
James A. Millward
Columbia University Press
2009
352
0231139241
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Millward's engaging survey of Xinjiang's rich environmental, cultural and ethno-political heritage will appeal travelers, students and anyone eager to learn about this strategic crossroads at the center of Asia.
$45.00

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

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

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

K2, Life and Death on the World's Most Dangerous Mountain

HML111
David Roberts, Ed Viesturs
Broadway Books
2010
0767932609
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
Focusing on seven of the mountain's most dramatic campaigns, from his own troubled ascent to the 2008 tragedy, Viesturs and Roberts crafts an edge-of-your-seat tale of K2, raising questions of risk, ambition, loyalty, self-sacrifice -- and the price of glory.
$16.00

K2, the Savage Mountain

HML108
Charles H., M.D. Houston
Lyons Press
2008
184
1599216086
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
The remarkable first-hand account of the 1953 first American expedition, led by Dr. Houston.
$18.95

No Way Down, Life and Death on K2

HML110
Graham Bowley
HarperCollins
2011
253
0061834793
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
Bowley interviews surviving climbers and many Sherpas, porters, and family and friends, for this dramatic account of the disaster on K2 in August 2008 in which many were injured and 11 died.
$14.99

The Last Man on the Mountain

HML109
Jennifer Jordan
W. W. Norton & Company
2011
302
0393339971
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
Jordan brings back with vivid clarity the life and death of middle-aged, inexperienced Dudley Wolfe, of Boston and Rockport, Maine, who set out to become the first man to climb K2 in 1939.
$16.95

The Last Step, The American Ascent of K2

HML107
Rick Ridgeway
Mountaineers
2014
379
1594858616
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
Ridgeway's riveting account of 67 days on the mountain and the first American summit with Louis Reichardt, Jim Wickwire and John Roskelley in September 1978. Ridgeway and companions pioneered the Northeast Ridge.
$21.95

From Heaven Lake, Travels Through Sinkiang and Tibet

HML19
Vikram Seth
Vintage Books
1987
178
039475218X
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
An unconventional, award-winning travelogue of a 1981 trip to India from China via the Himalayas by the marvelous Indian novelist Vikram Seth.
$15.00

News from Tartary

CAS46
Peter Fleming
Northwestern University Press
1999
384
0810160714
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Fleming's rousing account of a 3,500-mile jaunt from Peking to Sinkiang and on to India, a classic of imperial British wit and style.
$18.95

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

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

More Books

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

Trekking Tibet

TBT10
Gary McCue, George Schaller (Introduction)
Mountaineers
2010
416
1594852669
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
An indispensable guide, featuring pre-trip planning, discussions of the most scenic routes and an overview of Tibetan culture and history.
$29.95

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

Conquering the Desert of Death, Across the Taklamakan

CAS68
Charles Blackmore, Peter Hopkirk (Introduction)
St. Martins
2008
268
1845115821
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
Blackmore's vivid account of tenacity and courage is all the better for its matter of fact detail and generous credit to the Uyghur camel handlers who made it possible.
$18.00

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

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

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.
$33.95

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

Monkey, Folk Novel of China

ASA88
Arthur Waley (Translator)
Grove Press
2005
224
0802130860
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
The 16th-century Chinese epic of adventure and pilgrimage, as faithfully translated by Arthur Waley. It's the wild tale of the encounters of the rogue-trickster Monkey and his Buddhist companion Tripitaka on the Silk Road.
$16.00

Worth Looking For

Along the Silk Road

CAS78
Elizabeth ten Grotenhuis (Editor)
University of Washington Press
2002
144
0295981822
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
1
A nicely illustrated collection of essays on the art, culture and music of the Silk Road with contributions by art historian ten Grotenhuis (who edited the volume), Yo-Yo Ma and others associated with the Silk Road Project.
$24.95

Lonely Planet Pakistan & the Karakoram Highway

PKN17
Sarina Singh, Lindsay Brown, Owen Bennett-Jones, John Mock
Lonely Planet Publications
2008
432
1741045428
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
1
A practical guide to Pakistan and the Karakoram Highway, featuring plenty of practical information for the traveler.
$26.99

Wonders of The Himalayas

HML104
Francis E. Younghusband
South Asia Books
1993
210
8120608755
HARD COVER
Exploration
0
0
0
1
First published in 1924, this Great Game classic covers Youngblood's many treks and adventures throughout the Tibetan Plateau, including Turkestan, Hunza, Kashmir and the Chinese Karakaram.
$48.50