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Books That Will Take You Places You Haven’t Been.

Below, you’ll find the second best escape compared to travel – literature.  After finishing these reads the only book you’ll want to grab will be your passport! Thrilling Cities by James Bond creator Ian Fleming is a collection of non-fiction articles that were originally written for the London Sunday Times in 1959.  Fleming toured Hong Kong, Macau, Tokyo, Honolulu, L.A., Las Vegas, Chicago and New York.  This dashing read includes many passages edited out of the original version. Venice by Jan Morris is artistic portrait of one of the world’s most majestic cities written in 2004.  This celebrated novel takes place in 3 acts that illustrates the Venetian people, the city itself and the lagoon on which it rests is splendor.  Escapism at its best, you will lose your self in this entertaining masterpiece before booking a trip to go find yourself in Italy’s greatest city. Worlds to Explore -Classic Tales of Travel & Adventure from National Geographic - Sit back and open this treasure chest of narrative written by some of the most memorable adventurers in history and edited by Mark Jenkins.  Some of the people in our office consider this the finest collection of travel literature ever.  Travel with Teddy Roosevelt on safari, the Lindbergh’s charting sky paths across the seas, Sir Edmund Hillary climbing Mount Everest, Thor Heyerdahl looking for paradise in Polynesia and many more adventures.  Illustrated with over 100 vintage maps and photographs this inspiring collection is sure to bring out your inner explorer.
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