Suggested Reading List
A Traveller's History of Croatia
Author: Benjamin Curtis
Description: Curtis untangles with alacrity the complex history of this nation at the crossroads of Europe.
Balkan Ghosts, A Journey through History
Author: Robert D. Kaplan
Description: Kaplan interweaves the history, art and culture of Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Romania and Greece with his travels in this portrait of the region.
Bradt Mini Guide Dubrovnik
Author: Piers Letcher
Description: A helpful, condensed guide to the city in the popular Bradt series.
City of Fortune, How Venice Ruled the Seas
Author: Roger Crowley
Description: Crowley spins tales of three centuries of plunder and plague, imperial conquest and piracy in this riveting new history, chronicling the transformation of a tiny city of lagoon dwellers into the richest place on earth. City of Fortune is framed by two of the great collisions of world history: the ill-fated Fourth Crusade -- culminating in the sacking of Constantinople in 1204 -- and the Ottoman-Venetian War of 1499-1503.
Death at La Fenice
Author: Donna Leon
Description: The first of the tremendously good Guido Brunetti mysteries, all set in the author's beloved Venice, in which a famous conductor is found dead at the celebrated theater of the title.
Dubrovnik, A History
Author: Robin Harris
Description: Harris, a journalist who writes frequently on the Balkans, presents a comprehensive portrait of the historically important maritime city-state in this nicely illustrated, scholarly and readable history of Dubrovnik.
Fodor's Venice's 25 Best
Description: This shirt-pocket guide includes an excellent map of the city center and essential information.
Greece, A Traveler's Literary Companion
Author: Artemis Leontis (Editor)
Description: In this terrific anthology 24 modern Greek writers offer a flavor of their nation, its culture and people, its beautiful landscapes and rich history.
How We Survived Communism and Even Laughed
Author: Slavenka Drakulic
Description: These short essays capture the absurdity, struggle and day-to-day reality of being a woman in Yugoslavia under Communism. Drakulic is a Croatian journalist, novelist and contributing editor at The Nation.
Mediterranean Cruises Map
Author: Freytag & Berndt
Description: A double-sided, full-color map of the Mediterranean, including the Iberian Peninsula and Black Sea, North Africa and the Levant, at a scale of 1:2,000,000.
Mediterranean by Cruise Ship
Author: Anne Vipond
Description: The best-selling, compact guide, featuring excellent local maps, hundreds of color photographs, concise background information and recommended excursions for ports-of-call throughout the Mediterranean.
Montenegro, A Novel
Author: Starling Lawrence
Description: Steeped in atmosphere, this compelling tale of intrigue set in turn-of-the-century Montenegro evokes the tangled politics of the region -- Muslim, Turk and British. Lawrence follows the adventures of a reluctant British spy, Harwell Auberon, from the Adriatic to mountain villages, capturing the essence of the people and the land.
Pocket Rough Guide Athens
Author: John Fisher
Description: By the savvy editors at Rough Guide, these just-right guides are bundled with a pullout map.
Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea, Why the Greeks Matter
Author: Thomas Cahill
Description: Cahill brings to life ancient Greek society and civilization through the lives and words of politicians, playwrights, a poet, philosopher and artist in this eloquent and absorbing tribute.
The Ancient Guide to Modern Life
Author: Natalie Haynes
Description: In this light-hearted frolic through antiquity, Haynes considers modern life from the point of view of the ancients, musing on such questions as what Athenian democracy might teach present politics and the impact of Greek and Roman drama, literature and philosophy on the contemporary world.
The Ancient Mediterranean
Author: Michael Grant
Description: Grant explores the realms of archaeology, geography, art and economics to sketch this classic portrait of the ancient world, from prehistory through the Roman Imperium, and the influence on western civilization.
The Balkans, A Short History
Author: Mark Mazower
Description: A brief, provocative survey of the complex and often contentious history of the Balkans. With eloquence and insight, Mazower addresses the issues of geography, nationalism and modern nation-building in the region.
The Colossus of Maroussi
Author: Henry Miller
Description: Miller captures the spirit and warmth of the resilient Greek people in this inspired tale of a wartime journey from Athens to Crete, Corfu and Delphi with his friend Lawrence Durrell.
The Greek Myths, Complete Edition
Author: Robert Graves
Description: A new edition of Graves' classic collection illustrated by the comic book artist Ross MacDonald. This expert retelling by Graves, a poet, memoirist and the author of I, Claudius (ITL429), still remains the seminal modern translation of the mythologies of Ancient Greece.
The Middle Sea
Author: John Julius Norwich
Description: A marvelous writer who has already tackled Byzantium, the Normans in Sicily and Venice, Norwich spins his magic in this story of culture, trade and politics, royalty and rulers, wars and religion in the Mediterranean.
Author: Mary Beard
Description: A lively tale of the construction, significance and many uses of the 2,500-year-old architectural marvel.
The Way of Herodotus, Travels with the Man Who Invented History
Author: Justin Marozzi
Description: A Penguin Classics edition of The Histories in hand, Marozzi journeys from Herodotus' home town of Heliacarnassus, now known as Bodrum, to Baghdad, Babylon, Egypt and Athens, weaving tales of his hero with erudite and entertaining modern travel.
The World of Venice
Author: Jan Morris
Description: Morris displays her talent for research, anecdote and well-wrought prose in this spirited history of a beloved city.
Venice Is a Fish
Author: Tiziano Scarpa
Description: The hugely popular Venetian novelist, poet and playwright makes his English-language debut with these marvelously digressive essays on the many moods and pleasures of La Serenissima.