Suggested Reading List
A Short History of Byzantium
Author: John Julius Norwich
Description: A richly detailed and evocative history of the span of the great empire from the fourth to the 15th century, brimming with intrigue, palace revolution and treachery.
Ancient Greece: Art, Architecture, and History
Author: Marina Belozerskaya, Kenneth Lapatin
Description: This lively illustrated guide covers the architecture, painting and sculpture of Ancient Greece from the third millennium to the end of the Hellenistic period. With 282 color and 28 black-and-white illustrations.
Ancient Turkey, A Traveller's History
Author: Seton Lloyd
Description: A lively tale of cultures and conquest, from the Hittites to St. Paul, that illuminates the living past of Turkey's archaeological treasures. This classic by Professor Lloyd, first director of the British Institute of Archaeology at Ankara, is now in a 25th anniversary edition.
Author: Neal Ascherson
Description: In this skillful regional portrait, Ascherson weaves his own travels and impressions with a fascinating account of the Black Sea's history. From ancient mythology to modern politics, he admirably never loses sight of the sea itself.
Borderland, A Journey through the History of Ukraine
Author: Anna Reid
Description: Reid, the former Kiev correspondent for The Economist, combines first-person reports, interviews and history in this vivid portrait of the region and its people. With chapters on Kiev and Odessa
Eyewitness Top Ten Athens
Author: Eyewitness Guides
Description: A compact illustrated guide in the popular series, featuring favorite attractions, events, restaurants, shops and excursions in Athens.
Golden Treasures of Troy, The Dream of Heinrich Schliemann
Author: Herve Duchene
Description: A colorful pocket-size encyclopedia, this jewel of a book tells the complete story of Schliemann and his extraordinary discovery of Troy.
Author: Borch Maps
Description: A laminated, colorful map of Istanbul at a scale of 1:11,000.
Author: Joseph Kanon
Description: A gripping tale of an American undercover agent in 1945 Istanbul who descends into a murky, marvelously atmospheric cat-and-mouse world of compromise and betrayal.
Istanbul, Memories and the City
Author: Orhan Pamuk
Description: Nobel Prize-winner Orhan Pamuk writes with dazzling grace of the city of his birth, a magical place of crumbling mansions and Ottoman riches.
Lonely Planet Pocket Istanbul
Author: Verity Campbell
Description: A practical city guide to the city of Istanbul that fits in your pocket, with the top sites, the best walks, food, art, shopping, views, nightlife and more. Includes pull out city map.
Mediterranean Cruises Map
Author: Freytag & Berndt
Description: A double-sided, full-color map of the Mediterranean, including the Iberian Peninsula, the Black Sea, North Africa and the Levant, at a scale of 1:2,000,000.
Odessa, Genius and Death in a City of Dreams
Author: Charles King
Description: King (Black Sea, The Moldovans) writes with verve not only of the history of this great port city but also of noteworthy personalities, including Alexander Pushkin, Isaac Babel and Nobel Prize-winning biologist Ilya Mechnikov.
Return to Ukraine
Author: Ania Savage
Description: An engaging account of a return journey to Ukraine by a journalist who fled the country with her family in 1944. Savage interweaves history, modern travelogue and personal anecdote.
Street Without a Name, Childhood and Other Misadventures in Bulgaria
Author: Kapka Kassabova
Description: Born in 1973, Kassabova traces her coming-of-age in Communist Sofia and bittersweet return to a land transformed over the last 30 years in this captivating, candid memoir and travelogue.
The Georgian Feast
Author: Darra Goldstein
Description: Historian and food expert Goldstein explores the food, traditions and geography of Georgia, as beautiful as it is bountiful, in this savory cultural history. With illustrations by delightful 19th-century primitivist Niko Pisosmani.
Author: Mary Beard
Description: A lively tale of the construction, significance and uses of the 2,500-year-old architectural marvel.
The Towers of Trebizond
Author: Rose MacAulay, Jan Morris (Introduction)
Description: Mixing high farce, archaeology, history and lively travel writing, Rose MacAulay's impossibly witty short novel is back in a new edition. Originally published in 1956, MacAulay follows the adventures of English missionaries traipsing across Turkey from Istanbul to Trabzon.
Turkish Reflections, A Biography of a Place
Author: Mary Lee Settle
Description: Settle's captivating travelogue is a richly detailed portrait of contemporary Turkey, its people, monasteries, myths, archaeological treasures and living traditions. Exemplary.
Yalta, The Price of Peace
Author: Serhii Plokhy
Description: Harvard historian Plokhy puts readers in the room with Churchill, Stalin and Roosevelt over those tumultuous eight days in February, 1945.