Suggested Reading List
A Tall Man in a Low Land
Author: Harry Pearson
Description: Pearson, a British travel writer, journalist and comic is an entertaining guide to Belgium and its traditions, culture, beer and chocolate.
A Time for Trumpets, The Untold Story of the Battle of the Bulge
Author: Charles B. MacDonald
Description: A massive, authoritative history of the Battle of the Bulge.
Author: HEMA Maps
Description: A colorful map of Belgium and Luxembourg at a scale of 1:250,000.
Author: Michelin Travel Publications
Description: Covering the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg at a scale of 1:400,000.
Culture Smart! Belgium
Author: Mandy Macdonald
Description: A concise, well-illustrated and practical guide to local customs, etiquette and culture.
Eyewitness Guide Belgium and Luxembourg
Author: Inc. Dorling Kindersley
Description: Another gem in the Eyewitness series, this superb guide is handsome, convenient and up-to-date; it's the guide to carry. Featuring color photography, dozens of excellent local maps and a region-by-region synopsis of the country's attractions.
Eyewitness Guide Brussels, Bruges, Ghent & Antwerp
Author: Rebecca Miles
Description: This superbly illustrated guide features color photos and maps of city neighborhoods, with information on history, culture and sightseeing.
Flemish Art and Architecture 1585-1700
Author: Hans Vlieghe
Description: A lavishly illustrated overview of the art of the southern Netherlands from 1585-1700.
Good Beer Guide Belgium
Author: Tim Webb
Description: The sixth edition of Webb's invaluable guide to breweries, beers and bars.
King Leopold's Ghost, A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa
Author: Adam Hochschild
Description: An enthralling narrative of the 19th-century colonization of the Belgian Congo, written by an award-winning journalist. The focus of the book is Belgian King Leopold, who oversaw the colonization.
Making of the Middle Ages
Author: Richard W. Southern
Description: A classic history of 10th to 13th century Europe, covering culture, politics and major personalites.
Neither Here Nor There, Travels in Europe
Author: Bill Bryson
Description: Bryson deploys his famously cranky humor in this romp through European capitals. He's great fun to read and insightful on quirks of character.
Author: Dorothy Dunnett
Description: From the reigning queen of historical fiction comes this fast-paced, thoroughly-researched novel of ambition and worldly goods in 15th-century Bruges. This is the first volume in her House of Niccolo series.
Painting and the Market in Early Modern Antwerp
Author: Elizabeth Honig
Description: An insightful, illustrated study of the transformation of Flemish society.
Author: Charlotte Bronte
Description: Bronte's last published work, also known as the Brussels novel, is an emotionally complex, somber tale that draws on the author's schoolteacher days. Villette is also a realistic portrait of the cosmopolitan city.