You will add enjoyment to your journey by knowing and understanding more about Turkey. With that in mind, Travel Turkey is proud to annouce the opening of its on-line store in affilliation with Amazon.com.
You can purchase any of these books directly from our pages by following the links to Amazon.com. Here's our short list of suggested reading:
Traveler's History of Turkey
by Richard Stoneman
Stoneman’s book is a MUST for tourists and travelers alike. This slim volume covers 5,000 years of Turkish history and will give you an even better appreciation of this unique country that sits between East and West. It’s an “easy” read and well-organized. One caveat: Read it before you go!
Turkey: An Architectural Guide for Travelers
by John Freely
You needn’t be a student of architecture to find this book useful for planning what ancient sites you want to see while in Turkey. If you’re planning to visit Ephesus (Efes) without a tour guide, then the maps, the explanations of the site, and its history are worth the purchase of the book alone. On other sites, the book provides sketches and photos that help you envision what the lumps of dirt you’re looking at once were! For architecture novices there is a handy glossary of common terms.
Companion Guide to Turkey
by John Freely
Another useful tome on Turkey by author of Classical Turkey.
Fez of the Heart
by Jeremy Seal
Jeremy Seal lived and traveled throughout Turkey. It’s difficult to say if you’ll enjoy reading it before or after you leave home. It offers a British perspective on the Turkish experience with the added benefit of being well written.
Center: Acts of War
by Tom Clancy and Steve Pieczenik
Tom Clancy is best known for his novels that have been made into movies: Patriot Games, Russia House and the Hunt for Red October. His Op Center books have his trademark of military details and history. Visitors to Turkey will enjoy this thriller that takes place in, well, Turkey. The early pages of the book provide a nice overview of Turkish history in this century. Beyond that it will give you some insight of the geopolitical significance of Turkey in the Middle East and U.S. interests there. It’s a nice book to read on the plane and then either swap or sell once you’re in Turkey!
by George E. Bean
Although George Bean wrote this guide nearly 50 years ago, it’s still an important book for those interested in finding and visiting the old Lycian, Roman and Greek ruins that Turkey is world famous for. Many of his books are out of print, but I found Lycian Turkey in the bookshop at the British Museum (London). Aegean Turkey is also an important book. You best bet would be to try your local library.
The Histories by Herodotus
There are many translations of The Histories. My favorite is by Aubrey De Selinco. Herodotus is considered the “grandfather” of written history. He was born in what is now the resort town of Bodrum nearly 3,000 years ago. He wrote about ancient Greek history and especially about the Persian Wars. As you take your Bosphorus boat trip, you’ll have a better idea of the history that happened on its banks. If you’re interested in the Greek history that transpired on what is now Turkey then you will find this delightful reading.
World of Herodotus
by Aubrey De Selinco
Mr. de Selinco’s love and admiration for the ancient Greeks is contagious. He writes about the Greek world in Herodotus’s time and shares his insights with readers. It’s scholarly, but written for those who simply have an interest or curiosity about the ancient Greeks.
And the Explorers of the Classical Age
by Ann Gaines
A beautifully illustrated children's book.
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