Suggested Reading List
A Nervous Splendor, Vienna 1888-1889
Author: Frederic Morton
Description: A portrait of Vienna at the end of the 19th century, this book focuses on Crown Prince Rudolph, his devastating suicide and the rich texture of gossip and daily life at the Habsburg Court. It captures the political ferment, intellectual creativity, gaiety and despair of fin-de-siecle Austria.
Classical Music 101, A Complete Guide to Learning and Loving Classical Music
Author: Fred Plotkin
Description: Plotkin's primer on classical music is geared to the casual, intellectually curious listener and does an admirable job of describing how best to experience and appreciate the great works, both new and old.
Decoding Wagner, An Invitation to His World of Music Drama
Author: Thomas May
Description: Two accompanying CDs trace Wagner's growth as a composer, revealing the expressive richness that continues to make his art compelling and relevant for contemporary audiences.
Dvorak and His World
Author: Michael Beckerman
Description: A fascinating view of the Czech composer's personal life and his influence on the world around him.
Fin-de-Siecle Vienna: Politics and Culture
Author: Carl E. Schorske
Description: A landmark study of turn-of-the century Vienna -- one of the key chapters in modern intellectual history. Among its luminaries were Freud, Klimt, Kokoshka and Schoenberg.
Frommer's Vienna Day by Day
Author: Teresa Fisher
Description: With hand-picked recommendations and highlights, this compact guide offers the "must see" attractions of Vienna for a shorter visit.
Germany, Benelux, Austria Czech Republic Map
Author: Michelin Travel Publications
Description: This handy map shows road and river routes from Amsterdam and Berlin to Prague, Vienna, Munich and Salzburg at a scale of 1:1,000,000.
Lonely Planet Pocket Prague
Author: B. Gleeson
Description: A practical city guide to the city of Prague that fits in your pocket, with the top sites, the best walks, food, art, shopping, views, nightlife and more. Includes pull out city map.
Author: Peter Gay
Description: This concise, entertaining portrait delves into Mozart's complex relationship with his father, his daunting role as a child prodigy and his exploration of new musical territory.
Author: Borch Maps
Description: A handy, laminated map of Munich at a scale of 1:11,000.
Opera 101, A Complete Guide to Learning and Loving Opera
Author: Fred Plotkin, Placido Domingo (Introduction)
Description: A well-written introduction to opera, this volume includes a brief history of the art form, a guide to operatic terms and a review of 11 famous operas.
Author: Berndtson & Berndtson
Description: A laminated, detailed map of the center of Prague at a scale of 1:10,000.
Prague in Black and Gold, Scenes from Life in a European City
Author: Peter Demetz
Description: Both a history and accessible guide to the neighborhoods and architecture of the city.
Prague, A Traveler's Literary Companion
Author: Paul Wilson (Editor)
Description: This anthology of 24 vivid stories by Czech writers, contemporary and well-known, brings the city, history history, spirit and people to life and includes a helpful map for the traveler.
Prost! The Story of German Beer
Author: Horst D. Dornbusch
Description: The Munich-based aficionado weaves history and culture with the marvels and mysteries of German beer in this brief, authoritative guide.
Richard Strauss and His World
Author: Bryan Gilliam
Description: A collection of scholarly essays compiled for a festival at Bard College, analyzing the composer's music and legacy.
The Age of Insight, The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind, and Brain, from Vienna 1900 to the Present
Author: Eric R. Kandel
Description: A neuroscientist documents the work of five leading minds, including Sigmund Freud and Gustave Klimt, in 1900 Vienna, revealing how their critical breakthroughs in science, medicine, and art laid the groundwork for present-day discoveries in brain science.
The German Way
Author: Hyde Flippo
Description: This clever A-to-Z guide to quirks, attitudes, behavior and customs is a terrific resource for travelers seeking insight into why the Germans, Austrians and Swiss do what they do.
The Habsburgs, Embodying Empire
Author: Andrew Wheatcroft
Description: The Habsburgs ruled over more diverse peoples and cultures than any other European dynasty since the Roman period. With skillful scholarship and engaging style, Wheatcroft reveals the history of this family of eccentric monarchs.
The Hare With Amber Eyes
Author: Edmund De Waal
Description: Edmund de Waal unfolds the story of his remarkable family, a grand banking family, as rich and respected as the Rothschilds, who "burned like a comet" in early 20th-century Paris and Vienna.
The Lady in Gold, The Extraordinary Tale of Gustav Klimt's Masterpiece
Author: Anne-Marie O'Connor
Description: Washington Post journalist O'Connor recreates the intellectual and artistic milieu of turn-of-century Vienna in this haunting look at the artist Gustav Klimpt, his famous portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer, and the her niece, Maria Bloch-Bauer and her battle with the Austrian government to recover five Klimpt paintings stolen by Hitler. Ronald Lauder bought the Lady in Gold for the Neue Galerie in New York.
The Third Man and the Fallen Idol
Author: Graham Greene
Description: A haunting tale and penetrating portrait of Vienna after World War II, "The Third Man" is the result of Greene's collaboration with Carol Reed on the classic movie. "The Fallen Idol" is a separate tale of intrigue set in Britain.
Author: Berndtson & Berndtson
Description: A handy laminated map of the city center.
Vienna, A Traveler's Literary Companion
Author: Donald Daviau
Description: Organized by neighborhood, these 15 alluring tales introduce both the city and its writers, including Arthur Schnitzler, Robert Musil, Stefan Zweig and even Franz Kafka, who had a long and complicated association with the city.