Suggested Reading List
A Taste of Croatia
Author: Karen Evenden
Description: This engaging memoir of a three-year sailing odyssey includes 100 enticing recipes.
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 history, art and culture with his travels through Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Romania and Greece in this regional portrait.
Black Lamb and Grey Falcon: A Journey Through Yugoslavia
Author: Rebecca West, Christopher Hitchens (Introduction)
Description: First published in 1941, this monumental work explores the complex history of Yugoslavia, its heroes, politics and culture. It's a big, challenging book -- some call it the best ever written on the Balkans.
Built to Last
Author: David MacAulay
Description: A compilation of MacAulay's books Castle, Cathedral and Mosque with updated research and new color drawings. MacAulay tells the fictional but accurate stories of how these structures were built, explaining their historical and cultural importance. Packed with wonderfully detailed illustrations, this book will appeal to all ages.
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.
Croatia Coast Map
Author: Freytag & Berndt
Description: A nicely shaded map covering the Dalmatian Coast from Porec to Dubrovnik at a scale of 1:200,000, perfect for the complex coastline.
Croatia, A Nation Forged in War
Author: Marcus Tanner
Description: A modern history of Croatia, from its medieval origins to Nazi occupation to the present day, written by the British correspondent who reported from the region during the events of 1993.
Death and the Dervish
Author: Mesa Selimovic
Description: The tale of Sheikh Nuruddin, the self-serving dervish of the title, set during Ottoman rule in 18th-century Bosnia. Selimovic (1910-1982) was a well-known Bosnian Muslim author.
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.
Early Christian and Byzantine Art
Author: John Lowden
Description: An illustrated guide to the architectural heritage of the early Christian period (860-1453), with a survey of the philosophy and intellectual climate of the time.
Author: Christopher Gravett
Description: Take a look behind the walls of these fascinating fortresses and learn how they were built to house hundreds of people and animals; how a young boy rose from lowly page to noble knight; and what life was like for the castle residents. With a CD of clip art and a poster.
Eyewitness Guide Croatia
Author: Eyewitness Guides
Description: Gorgeously illustrated and filled with excellent maps, this compact book offers a thorough overview of Croatia's history, traditions, cultures and sights.
Eyewitness Top Ten Dubrovnik & Dalmatian Coast
Author: Eyewitness Guides
Description: This slim guide, geared for visitors on a short stay, features color photographs and maps.
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 an award-winning Croatian journalist and novelist.
Island Dreams Mediterranean
Author: Jeremy Horner
Description: Corfu, Rhodes and Mykonos, Hvar and Procida (the setting for Il Postino) are all included in this photographic journey through the Mediterranean.
Lonely Planet Croatian Phrasebook
Author: Lonely Planet Publications
Description: A palm-sized handy guide to pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler.
Palgrave Concise Historical Atlas of the Balkans
Author: Dennis Hupchick
Description: The changing borders and complex history of the Balkans are clearly and concisely shown through 50 double-page maps and accompanying essays, organized chronologically.
Pirates Past Noon, Magic Treehouse Series #4
Author: Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca (Illustrator)
Description: A tale of adventure on the high seas, for children ages 6 to 9.
Stories of Hope and Spirit, Folktales from Eastern Europe
Author: Dan Keding
Description: A collection of illustrated stories from Croatia and other Eastern European countries perfect for the whole family.
The Balkans, A Short History
Author: Mark Mazower
Description: With eloquence and clarity, Mazower addresses issues of geography, nationalism and nation in this indispensable survey.
The Bridge on the Drina
Author: Ivo Andric, Lovette F. Edwards (Translator)
Description: These linked stories by the Nobel Prize-winning author capture the history and complexity of Christian and Muslim relations during Ottoman occupation. Hewn of stone, the bridge dividing the town of Visegrad was Andric's inspiration.
The Hired Man
Author: Aminatta Forna
Description: When Duro Kolak encounters a strange car in his small Croatian village of Gost, he offers its British occupants assistance in setting up a summer cottage. But tensions soon develop between the village residents and the foreigners, as painful memories from the Croatian War of Independence are awakened.
The Usborne Official Pirate's Handbook
Author: Sam Taplin
Description: A humorous but factual account of how to become a pirate for young readers.
Yugoslavia, Death of a Nation
Author: Laura Silber, Allan Little
Description: Called "one of the finest volumes to come out of the war" by the New York Times, this book combines eyewitness reports, political commentary and documentary photographs to elucidate the origins and aftermath of the breakup of Yugoslavia.
Zagreb, A Cultural History
Author: Celia Hawkesworth
Description: An illuminating account of the tumultuous but vibrant history of Croatia's capital, with a strong focus on the art and architecture of the city.
Zlata's Diary, A Child's Life in Sarajevo
Author: Zlata Filipovic
Description: Through her diary, the 11-year-old Zlata offers an intimate look at the effects of war and brutality, vividly describing her experiences during the Yugoslav Wars in a narrative often compared to The Diary of Anne Frank.