Lake Garda. Riva del Garda, 1999 | Italy © Martin Parr/MAGNUM PHOTOS

The best journey could come from a book by chance, as China was for me (chosen while reading the brilliant autobiography of pianist Lang Lang!). Or, once you’ve already chosen your destination, you maybe need to start reading about it, for depth and better understanding of people and places before leaving…


CLICK your favorite Country, in the following menù:

Middle East: Afghanistan, Lebanon, Iran, Iraq, Islam, Israel – Palestine

USA: Racism, LGBT Rights

Africa: Rwanda

Asia: Russia, China, Cambodia & VietnamIndia


MIDDLE EAST

AFGHANISTAN

Marja’s new district chief Hagi ZAHIR (far left top) meets with local elders in Marja’s district center, 2010 | Marja, Helmand Province | AFGHANISTAN © Moises Saman/Magnum Photos

# Linsday Addario – It’s what I do (2000) – Click here

# Robert Fisk – The Great War for Civilisation: The Conquest of the Middle East (2005) – Click here

# Khaled Hosseini – The Kite Runner (2003)

# Peter Hopkirk – The Great Game (1990) – Click here

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LEBANON

Achrafieh district. Civil War, 1978 | East Beirut | LEBANON © Raymond Depardon/Magnum photos

# Robert Fisk Pity the Nation: Lebanon at War (2010) – Click here

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IRAN 

Girls play football in their school courtyard, 1998 | Tehran | Iran © Abbas/Magnum photos

# Robert Fisk – The Great War for Civilisation: The Conquest of the Middle East (2005) – Click here

# Michael Axworthy – Revolutionary Iran: A History of the Islamic Republic (2013) – Click here

# Shirin Ebadi – Until We are Free: My Fight for Human Rights in Iran (2016)

# Ryszard Kapuściński – Shah Of  Shahs (1982) – Click here

# Farah Pahlavi – Mémoires (2003)

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IRAQ

Refugees live in a former military base in Qasir and Macos that has been deserted by the Iraqi army. Saddam Hussein’s portrait has been shot up, 1991 | NORTHERN IRAQ, Liberated Kurdistan © Susan Meiselas/Magnum photos

# Zerocalcare – Kobane Calling (2016) – Click here

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ISLAM

Sultan Kadarat village. A veiled teacher of the Islamic Center of Ibn Taimyah (financed by Saudis)., 1995 | Cotabato | PHILIPPINES © Abbas/Magnum photos

# Oriana Fallaci – The Force of Reason (2004)

# Oriana Fallaci – The Rage and the Pride (2001)

# Tiziano Terzani – Letters Against the War (2002)

# Manji – The trouble with Islam (2003)

# Malcom X – The Autobiography of Malcolm X (1965) – Click here

# Muhammad Ali, Islam David Remnick – Cassius Clay: King Of The World (1998)

# Graham E. Fuller – A World Without Islam (2010)

# Gilles Kepel – Jihad: The Trail of Political Islam (2000) – Click here

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ISRAEL – PALESTINE

Palestinian and Israeli soldiers await the arrival of new Palestinian police in Gaza at the Rafah crossing near the Egyptian border. The Jericho-Gaza Agreement of May 4, 1994 specifies that negotiations over control of the border crossing will continue, 1994 | Jericho | ISRAEL © Susan Meiselas/Magnum photos

# Joe Sacco – Palestine (1997)

# Oriana Fallaci – Interview with the history (1976) – Click here

# Oriana Fallaci – Interviews with history and power (2016) – Click here

# Susan Abulhawa – Mornings in Jenin (2011)

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USA

USA – RACISM

Muhammad ALI, during training in Chris Dundee’s Gym, 1970 | Miami Beach | Florida © Thomas Hoepker/Magnum photos

# Malcom X – The Autobiography of Malcolm X (1965) – Click here

# Martin Luther King Jr – The Autobiography of Martin Luther King by Clayborne Carson (1998) – Click here

# Billie Holiday – Lady Sings the Blues (1956)

# David Brun-Lambert – Nina Simone, the biography (2005)

# Muhammad Ali, Islam David Remnick – Cassius Clay: King Of The World (1998)

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USA – LGBT RIGHTS

Demonstration in Greenwich Village to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Gay Revolt at Stonewall, 1994 | New York City | USA © Paul Fusco/Magnum photos

# Cleve Jones – Stitching a Revolution (2000)

# Harvey Milk Armistead Maupin – Milk, a pictorial history of Harvey Milk (2009)

# Cindy Ruskin – The Quilt, stories from the NAME Project

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AFRICA

RWANDA

Kisenyi. Beach, 2014 | Rwanda © Carl De Keyzer/Magnum photos

# Romeo Dallaire – Shake hands with the Devil (2003)

# Ryszard Kapuściński – The Shadow of the Sun (1998)

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ASIA

RUSSIA

Lemov at National Bolshevik party demonstration, 1998 | Moscow | RUSSIA © Abbas/Magnum photos

# Peter Hopkirk – The Great Game (1990) – Click here

# Ryszard Kapuściński – Imperium (1993)

# Ryszard Kapuściński – The Shadow of the Sun (1998)

# Tiziano Terzani – Goodnight, Mr Lenin: A Journey Through the End of the Soviet Empire (1993)

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CHINA

A guard and child in Bugs Bunny mask in the Forbidden City, 1984 | Beijing | China © Thomas Hoepker/Magnum photos

# Peter Hessler – River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze (2001) – Click here

# Pearl S. Buck – The Good Earth (1931)

# Leslie T. Chang – Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China (2008) – Click here

# Lang Lang – Journey of a Thousand Miles: My Story (2008)  – Click here

# Henry Kissinger – On  China (2011) – Click here

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CAMBODIA & VIETNAM

The troops of the 1st. Cavalry Division during an operation near the Ashau Valley in the northern part of South Viet Nam, 1968 | Vietnam © Philip Jones Griffiths/Magnum photos

# Tiziano Terzani – Ghosts: Despatch from Cambodia (2008)

# Tiziano Terzani – Giai Phong! The Fall and Liberation of Saigon (1976)

# Oriana Fallaci – Nothing, and so be it (1969)

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INDIA

Udaipur. Woman fills her water pot at one of the city’s pumps. 1999 | Rajasthan | India © Ian Berry/Magnum photos

# Gregory David Roberts – Shantaram (2003)

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