Archive for the ‘Books’ Category

Book of the Week – Turkey: What Everyone Needs to Know

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

Turkey: What You Need to KnowOur book partner, Longitude books is always searching for new books to inspire and inform your travels.

Author Andrew Finkel has spent twenty years studying Turkey while writing for leading publications like The Economist, Time, and The Daily Telegraph. Now he condenses twenty years of work into one book, explaining Turkey’s positon culturally, historically, and geographically, and leading the reader through its complex political landscape and competing priorities.

The Turkish people are legendary for their hospitality. If you’d like to experience it, please join us on one of these upcoming tours to Turkey.

Book of the Week – State of Wonder

Friday, August 26th, 2011

State of WonderOur book partner, Longitude books is always searching for new books to inspire and inform your travels.

This week, they’ve recommended you curl up with State of Wonder – A Novel, by Ann Patchett. A master at creating stories the reader can disappear into, Bel Canto author Ann Patchett brings the Amazon to life with a story of the epic journey of a pharmaceutical researcher who travels there to locate the body of a colleague who died there under mysterious circumstances. The vivid jungle backdrop plays its own pivotal role in the mystery that unfolds.

Click to plan your own Amazon adventure with Smithsonian Journeys.

Book of the Week – Mountain Light, In Search of the Dynamic Landscape

Friday, August 19th, 2011

Mountain Light - Galen RowellOur book partner, Longitude books, is on the hunt for new books to inspire and inform your travels.

This week, spend some time perfecting your landscape photography skills with Mountain Light, In Search of the Dynamic Landscape, by Galen Rowell.

Acclaimed photographer and photojournalist Galen Rowell generously shares his techniques for making vivid, visually arresting landscape photographs. This book includes 80 of Rowell’s most phenomenal mountain photographs, with technical instructions and details on the conditions under which he made each picture.

You’ll come away with a deeper understanding as to how these unusual photographs were made and some useful techniques on making your own photos shine.

Smithsonian Journeys tours abound with wonderful opportunities to make photos. Click here to request or download our current catalog and plan your next adventure and here to see our 2012 tour lineup.

Book of the Week – The Great Sea

Friday, August 12th, 2011

Our book partner, Longitude books, is on the hunt for new books to inspire and inform your travels.

The Great Sea - cover imageThis week, plan a journey through Mediterranean history with The Great Sea by David Abulafia.

Coming in September, Abulafia uses zest, detail, and anecdote to examine the sweep of Mediterranean history from the time of Troy to the mid 19th century. He argues that the great port cities—Alexandria, Trieste and Salonika and many others—prospered in part because of their ability to allow many different peoples, religions and identities to co-exist within sometimes very confined spaces.

Abulafia brilliantly describes the lives of the individuals who’ve populated the region over the centuries, using the experiences of bankers and bakers, pirates and priests, as well as artists and armorers to make the region come alive for you.

If you’re ready to set sail, click to learn more about all of our journeys to the Mediterranean.

Here at Smithsonian Journeys, we can’t get on a plane without a good book or two.

What do you like to read when you travel?

Book of the Week – The Smithsonian Atlas of the Amazon

Friday, August 5th, 2011

Our book partner, Longitude books, is always searching for new books to inspire and inform your travels.

Smithsonian Atlas of the AmazonThis week’s book is a real stunner—The Smithsonian Atlas of the Amazon, co-authored by Michael Goulding, Ronaldo Barthem, and Efrem Ferreira.

The Amazon River flows from the world’s largest rainforest into the Amazon delta, and to Atlantic Ocean, covering a distance of more than 4,000 miles. With more than 150 maps and 300 photographs, all in striking color, this is the first comprehensive view of the Amazon and its thirteen major tributaries.

Not only that, you’ll learn more from the authors about the black water tributaries, the effect of the Amazon’s freshwater on the ocean, and how deforestation affects this region and its biodiversity.

Intrigued by the Amazon? Click here to learn more about exploring it with us.