Suggested Reading List
A Concise History of Hungary
Author: Miklos Molnar, Anna Magyar (Translator)
Description: The author, a Hungarian historian, narrates the history of Hungary from little-known origins to 1988, encompassing the Magyars, the Austro-Hungarian empire and the Soviet era.
A History of Slovakia, The Struggle for Survival
Author: Stanislav K. Kirschbaum
Description: A historian from Bratislava traces his nation's roots from the first arrival on the Danubian Plain to Slovakia's declaration of independence in 1993. A particularly solid discussion of the Communist period and the nation's relationship with the Czechs and Hungary.
Between the Woods and the Water
Author: Patrick Leigh Fermor
Description: Fermor continues with youthful adventures in Hungary and Romania, culminating with his arrival at the Iron Gates on the Danube.
Beyond the Chestnut Trees
Author: Maria Bauer
Description: Bauer interweaves recollections of her youth in Prague with an account of a return visit 40 years later in this affectionate, classic memoir.
Author: Berndtson & Berndtson
Description: A convenient map of the city center at a scale of 1:11,000.
Bury Me Standing
Author: Isabel Fonseca
Description: This marvelous portrait of the Roma, also known as the Gypsies, offers insight into their music, foods, religions and folk traditions and also examines their influential but complex relationship with Eastern Europe.
Cadogan Guide Vienna, Prague and Budapest
Author: Cadogan Guide
Description: Three authors teamed up for this in-depth cultural guide to the history, architecture, artistic heritage and sights of these three capital cities.
Central Europe Map
Author: Freytag & Berndt
Description: This colorful regional European map, like the sister map Europe Grand Tour (EUR185), covers from Paris and Amsterdam to Vienna, Prague, Warsaw, Budapest, Rome and Dubrovnik.
Culture Smart! Slovakia
Author: Brendan F. R., Ph.D. Edwards
Description: More than a quick reference on customs and manners, this pocket includes covers government and recent politics.
Czech and Slovak Republics Map
Author: Michelin Travel Publications
Description: Showing the route of the Danube between Regensburg and Budapest, this regional map shows Budapest, Vienna and Prague.
Author: Imre Kertesz, Tim Wilkinson
Description: Drawn from Kertesz's own experiences in Auschwitz and Buchenwald, this powerful novel by a Pulitzer Prize-winner tells the story of a teenage boy deported from Budapest to the Nazi death camps in 1944.
Lonely Planet Czech Phrasebook
Author: Lonely Planet
Description: A palm-sized guide to pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary.
Open Letters, Selected Writings: 1965 - 1990
Author: Vaclav Havel, Paul Wilson (Editor)
Description: This inspired anthology of writings by the Czech poet-president Vaclav Havel collects 25 essays, letters and speeches written between 1965 and 1990, including those that directly influenced the Polish Solidarity movement.
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 an accessible guide to the neighborhoods and architecture of the city.
The Book of Fathers
Author: Miklos Vamos
Description: Vamos turns this giddy memoir, following 10 generations of the men in his family, into a chronicle of the culture and politics of Hungary.
The Coasts of Bohemia, A Czech History
Author: Derek Sayer
Description: A sensitively written and lively portrait of the highs and lows of Czech history over the past century with special attention to the fate of Prague in war and peace.
The Complete Stories
Author: Franz Kafka
Description: All of Kafka's stories, including The Metamorphosis, A Hunger Artist, and In The Penal Colony.
The Great Escape, Nine Jews who fled Hitler and Changed the World
Author: Kati Marton
Description: Marton weaves a dramatic tale of wartime diaspora in Hungary through detailed profiles of nine Hungarian Jews who rose to success and fame after fleeing from Hitler.
The Haunted Land, Facing Europe's Ghosts After Communism
Author: Tina Rosenberg
Description: In this groundbreaking book, a journalist reports on how the newly democratized people of East Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic have confronted the horrors of their former governments.
The Magic Lantern, The Revolution of '89 Witnessed in Warsaw, Budapest, Berlin, and Prague
Author: Timothy Garton Ash
Description: With a chapter each on Warsaw, Budapest, Berlin and Prague, this eyewitness account by an astute journalist and historian shows these vibrant cities during a time of great change.
The Palgrave Concise Historical Atlas of Eastern Europe
Author: Dennis Hupchick, Harold Cox
Description: The changing borders and complex history of Eastern Europe as told through 52 maps and accompanying essays, organized chronologically. An excellent reference, the book shows the rise of Poland, changing borders of the Ottoman Empire, Hapsburgs and fate of Yugoslavia in admirable clarity.