A Day in the Life of the Soviet Union
On May 15, 1987, one hundred photographers, fifty from the West and fifty from the Soviet Bloc nations, spent the day shooting pictures throughout the Soviet Union. The results of that shoot are beautifully displayed in this impressive volume. The accompanying text, which includes a pithy and insightful introduction by Harrison Salisbury and historical and social information on the people and places in each photograph, provides a wealth of lore on the country and its citizens.
A USSR Travel survival kit
Despite changes brought about by perestroika and glastnost, the Soviet Union remains a country in a difficult and uncertain state of transition. Still, the USSR is at once safe enough for the most cautious tourist and exotic enought for the most adventurous traveler. This detailed guide covers all accessible parts of the Soviet Union.
Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania (EYEWITNESS TRAVEL GUIDE)
This full-color DK Eyewitness Travel Guide is the ultimate companion to the rugged and romantic Baltic States of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. There are hundreds of color photographs and illustrations, as well as unique cutaways and detailed floor plans of all the must-see sights. Special features include in-depth examinations of the history, cultural heritage, traditional festivals, and local cuisine of the three Baltic States; illustrated maps of the region’s national parks, including Estonia’s Soomaa National Park and Lithuania’s Aukstaitija National Park; and explorations of medieval architecture in Tallinn, Arts Nouveau architecture in Riga and Baroque architecture in Vilnius.
Kyrgyzstan Lake Issyk-kul, Pearl of the Tien Shan
Lake Issyk-Kul, which means “the hot lake” in the Turkic languages of Central Asia, holds the title as one of the largest alpine lakes in the world. At an altitude of 1609 meters above sea level it is exceeded only by Lake Titicaca in Bolivia as one of the highest of the large mountain lakes. Two mountain chains of the Central Tien Shan range border the lake – in the north the Kungei – Alatau (in Turkic: “facing the sun”), and in the south the Terskei – Alatau ( in Turkic: “turned away from the sun”). About one hundred large and small rivers flow down into the lake from these peaks carving gorges and canyons into the mountain flanks.
Let’s Go Eastern Europe
Once again, Let’s Go’s young and budget-savvy researchers have left no stone unturned to bring you the real deal on one of the hottest travel destinations in the world. Completely revised and updated, Let’s Go Eastern Europe includes coverage of everything that makes a classic European travel experience–castles, cathedrals, cafe culture, exciting nightlife, unspoiled beaches, and fascinating history–all for a fraction of the Western European price.
Moscow & St. Petersburg
Gold-domed churches, sunset-hue palaces, lollipop-stripe cathedrals, lavish wooden dachas, and jeweled Fabergé creations all engage your imagination in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Follow in the footsteps of a tsar at the Kremlin, stamped by rulers from Ivan the Terrible to the Romanovs. Venture to still-imperial St. Petersburg and elbow with the spirits of Dostoevsky and Tchaikovsky.
The book is part of an excellent series focused on ancient cities in Italy and features color templates that flip back and forth between what the monument used to look like and what it currently looks like. A before and after feature that makes visualizing what monuments and cities looked like at their peak. Great for students and for helping children appreciate art history.
Russia By River
Ever since its first publication in 1993, the Russia by River guidebook has remained the only comprehensive insider guide dedicated exclusively to the Moscow—St. Petersburg river cruise. It is an indispensable companion for those taking the journey and an invaluable resource for those contemplating this fascinating adventure.
Russia Survival Guide
The definitive guide to independent travel and doing business in Russia. Now in its seventh edition, it includes loads of reference information, basic contact info (hotels, restaurants, hospitals, etc.) for over 80 Russian cities, plus information on everything from crime to communication to etiquette to in-country travel to business laws.
Stalin, The Court of the Red Tzar
This widely acclaimed biography provides a vivid and riveting account of Stalin and his courtiers—killers, fanatics, women, and children—during the terrifying decades of his supreme power. In a seamless meshing of exhaustive research and narrative ?lan, Simon Sebag Montefiore gives us the everyday details of a monstrous life.
The Hermitage, it’s extremely rich collections, priceless works of art and the magnificent palaces, in which one of the world’s largest museums is housed, are an inexhaustable source of subject matter for books, albums, films and modern publications. This publication is outstanding for the exceptional richness of the illustrative material. It truly is an album, containing an unprecedented quantity of illustrations: almost one thousand!
The Shadow of the Silk Road
To travel the Silk Road, the greatest land route on earth, is to trace the passage not only of trade and armies but also of ideas, religions, and inventions. Making his way by local bus, truck, car, donkey cart, and camel, Colin Thubron covered some seven thousand miles in eight months—out of the heart of China into the mountains of Central Asia, across northern Afghanistan and the plains of Iran into Kurdish Turkey—and explored an ancient world in modern ferment.