There has been a huge amount of interest in Burma over the past several years. The following titles, ranging from weighty historical tomes to breezy comic books, greatly enhanced my last visit to the country. I recommend all, though if I was forced to chop this list in half, I would suggest George Orwell’s Burmese [...]
The British writer Patrick Leigh Fermor is surprisingly unknown in the United States. A few people have heard of his life-defining exploit — the capture of the general commanding Nazi occupying forces in Crete during World War II — a feat that achieved wider recognition thanks to a movie, “Ill Met by Moonlight.” But his books, though popular and [...]
Good books, like great travel, can take you places, spark your imagination and enrich your everyday life. We hope this suggested list of titles will inspire your next adventure or simply take you away to a land not yet traveled.
As we’ve continued perusing “New Horizons: The World Guide to Travel,” a guidebook published by Pan American Airways in 1955, we couldn’t help but marvel at some of its descriptions. Numerous locations detailed in the book have fallen into relative obscurity, and many favorite countries have since been ravaged by wars or revolutions. Below you [...]
The 19th-century American writer Thomas Gold Appleton famously said, “Good Americans, when they die, go to Paris,” and this is certainly the premise behind “Paris Was Ours,”an anthology of essays about the city by 32 writers, compiled by editor Penelope Rowlands. It struck me as the perfect read for a recent trip to Paris, so [...]
As hotels seek to distinguish themselves with extravagant amenities such as pillow menus and bath butlers, one hotel feature that has regularly offered me the most pleasure while traveling is a hotel library, or well-chosen books in guest rooms. During a recent stay at the lovely Yeatman hotel in Porto, I immediately felt more at [...]
We recently had the fortune to obtain “New Horizons: The World Guide to Travel,” a guidebook published by Pan American Airways in 1955. This fascinating little paperback covers 78 countries, offering unique insight into a different era of travel. Although the world has changed dramatically, we were delighted to find much that remains the same. [...]