Suggested Reading List
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.
Blue River, Black Sea
Author: Andrew Eames
Description: By bicycle, boat and on foot, British adventurer Andrew Eames (The 8:55 to Baghdad) weaves entertaining tales of his travels and the people he meets along the Danube from the Black Forest to Romania and the Ukraine into an insightful contemporary portrait of the region.
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.
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.
Danubia, A Personal History of Habsburg Europe
Author: Simon Winder
Description: Winder, author of Germania (GER270), considers the legacy of the Habsburg Europe in this charmingly digressive history and travelogue.
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.
Gottland, Mostly True Stories from Half of Czechosovakia
Author: Mariusz Szczygiel
Description: A cultural history told through a collection of stories about human survival during Czechoslovakia’s 80-year existence. Szcygiel focuses on artists, writers and performers who responded with craftiness when confronted with the absurdity and pressures of their eras.
Author: HEMA Maps
Description: A map of Hungary at a scale of 1:300,000.
Life with a Star
Author: Jiri Weil, Philip Roth (Introduction)
Description: A fictional account of the Holocaust told through the story of a young Czech Jew.
Lonely Planet Czech Phrasebook
Author: Lonely Planet
Description: A palm-sized guide to pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary.
Lonely Planet Hungary
Author: Steve Fallon
Description: A practical guide in the popular series.
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.
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 Essential Guide to Being Hungarian, 50 Facts and Facets of Nationhood
Author: Ist Bori (Editor)
Description: Twelve authors well-versed in the manners and mindset of the Hungarians offer this illuminating guide to national character.
The Good Master
Author: Kate Seredy
Description: First published in the 1930s, this novel tells of two cousins who ride horses across the Hungarian plains, encountering shepherds and gypsies en route. It's all marvelously evocative of the folk customs and lifestyles of old Hungary. Ages 9-12.
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.