Here are some suggestions for books, biographies, and travel guides should you wish to read up on Turkey, Turkish history, and the region’s archaeology before your cultural tour. The books are in no particular recommended order. This list of books is not required reading!
UK visitors interested in purchasing these books, may click on the main title. US visitors wishing to buy, please click on ‘(USA)’
Byzantium / Constantinople / Istanbul
The Blue Guide: Istanbul is the best guidebook to Istanbul, and is filled with concise information about all the visible historical monuments of every period.
Istanbul: The Collected Traveller An Inspired Companion Guide (USA) Barrie Kerper - A unique guide combining fascinating articles from a wide range of writers, woven together with the editor’s own brilliant advice and opinions.
Modern History and General Turkey Books
Sons of the Conquerors: the Rise of the Turkic World (USA) Hugh Pope - covers all corners of the modern Turkish world with verve and style.