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Between Olympus and Aegean By Adam YAMEY
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Ants, bacon, collagen, and chlorine. These are not the first words that usually spring to mind when thinking about summers in Greece. The holidays that Adam Yamey spent in this country in the 1970s... More > and 1980s with the professor and his wife were far from ordinary. This book provides an affectionate portrait of two remarkable people with whom the author spent many unconventional vacations. It also describes how the author travelled with them through a Europe which has undergone many transformations since these trips were made. Adam's book is richly illustrated with his own photographs, many of them showing places that time has changed beyond recognition.< Less
TWIXT OLYMPUS AND AEGEAN By Adam YAMEY
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This is the hardback version of Adam Yamey's fascinating travelogue "Between Olympus and Aegean". This book describes the peculiarly individual camping holidays that the author made to... More > northern Greece with the ant loving professor and his wife. Dodging the Yugoslav police, stalking ants, camping in the wild, and enjoying olives in the shadow of Mount Olympus were some of the many things that made these trips to Greece so unusual.< Less
SCRABBLE WITH SLIVOVITZ - Once upon a time in Yugoslavia By Adam YAMEY
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Adam Yamey visited Yugoslavia frequently over a period of more than 20 years. He criss-crossed the country from north to south and east to west. During his travels,he stood in the footsteps of... More > Archduke Ferdinand’s assassin in Sarajevo and those of Emperor Diocletian in Split, ate Chinese food in Novi Sad and offal at Rtanj, and also played Scrabble with Yugoslavs all over Serbia. In this profusely illustrated, trail of memories, the author describes the friendships that he made with Yugoslavs all over the country, and how these led to his deeper understanding of, and love for their country. As the years passed, the author began noticing small things, which made little sense at the time, but later turned out to be portentous. These were early signs of the troubles that were to lead to the disintegration of Yugoslavia soon after the author's last visit to the country in 1990. Join the author in the exploration of a country that no longer exists.< Less
FROM ALBANIA TO SICILY By Adam YAMEY
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Albanian communities have been in existence in Sicily for over 500 years. Albanians have been living in Sicily since the 15th century. They have preserved their language and and traditions that... More > pre-date the arrival of the Ottomans in the Balkans. This volume is about the descendants of the Albanians who left their Balkan homelands when they were invaded by the Ottoman Turks in the 15th century. Known as the Arbëreshë in Sicily and the other parts of Italy where they settled, many of the descendants of these refugees have managed to continue their Albanian traditions, culture, and language whilst integrating harmoniously with their Italian neighbours. In this book, Adam Yamey describes his visit to the Sicilian Arbëreshë people and illustrates it with a profusion of fascinating photographs. Combining personal observation with in-depth research, this - at times entertaining, and always informative - personal travelogue is one of only a few books in English about Sicily's Albanians.< Less
ALBANIA ON MY MIND By Adam YAMEY
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The people of Albania achieved independence in 1912, having endured several centuries of Ottoman domination. After the First World War, they lived under a series of dictatorships beginning with that... More > of King Zog. He was followed by Mussolini, and then by Hitler. They were ‘liberated’ by the Communist partisans at the end of the Second World War, only to be subjected to yet another dictatorship. This was led by Enver Hoxha. During his 30 year ‘reign’ Albania became even more impenetrable to outside observers than North Korea is today. In this book about Albania, published to celebrate 100 years of Albania’s independence, Adam Yamey describes how his almost obsessive interest in the country developed and what he discovered about life inside the country’s closely guarded, tightly sealed borders when he managed to visit it in 1984, the last year of Enver Hoxha’s life.< Less
Rediscovering Albania By Adam YAMEY
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Adam Yamey’s informative travelogue offers a new and interesting look at Albania: its valiant people, its intriguing history, its wonderful landscapes, and its myriad attractions. The author,... More > who first visited the country in 1984 when it was ruled by a Stalinist dictatorship, rediscovers Albania now that it has become a democracy. Profusely illustrated, Rediscovering Albania introduces one of Europe’s lesser-known countries.< Less
Exodus To Africa By Adam YAMEY
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From Mosenthal to Mandela … ... a FRESH look at the story of the Jews in South Africa . Jewish migration to South Africa began as a trickle at the beginning of the 19th century and became... More > an exodus by its end. Always a minority in the European population of what eventually became South Africa, the Jews who emigrated there from Europe during the 19th and 20th centuries have played a disproportionately large role in the country’s development. Often escaping from repression and hostility in Europe, they arrived in a country which was no stranger to oppression. From the jail-breaker to the soap-maker who became Senator; from the dentist who made noodles in Cape Town to a man imprisoned for defying apartheid: Adam Yamey tracks the story of Jewish settlement in South Africa, illustrating it with the stories of members of his family to exemplify landmarks and trends in this fascinating history.< Less
Soap to Senate: A German Jew at the dawn of apartheid By Adam YAMEY
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**A new insight into the genesis of apartheid** Franz Ginsberg left Germany in 1880. He settled in South Africa as an 18-year-old photographer, escaping the restrictions on Jews, only to adopt a... More > homeland with escalating restrictions on ‘black’ and other non-European people. Franz flourished as a manufacturer of a large variety of domestic products, becoming well-known as an industrial pioneer. Soon, his concern for people’s welfare plunged him to politics. From 1927 onwards, as one of the 32 elected Senators of the Union of South Africa, he attempted to mitigate the racist policies that many of his fellow legislators promoted. During his progression from Town Councillor to Senator, Franz questioned the law-making processes that were to lead eventually, after his death in 1936, to the establishment of apartheid. Franz Ginsberg, the author’s great-grandfather, battled for a better world in a time not yet ready for that change—leaving a unique story and legacy on the blueprint of our modern world.< Less
A Boer In Bangalore By Adam YAMEY
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Many Indians, including MK Gandhi (the future ‘Mahatma’), moved from the subcontinent to South Africa, particularly during the 19th century. Until the 2nd Anglo-Boer War broke out in... More > 1899, relatively few, if any, South Africans travelled to India. This illustrated book is centred around the impressions that India, and in particular Bangalore, made on an observant Boer leader who was taken to India in 1901. Illustrated.< Less
Charlie Chaplin waved to me By Adam YAMEY
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ONLY read this book if nostalgia and fascinating tales of travel appeal to you. Adam Yamey’s coming-of-age stories are set in three continents during the 1950s, 60s and ‘70s. They... More > explore a wide selection of topics ranging from St John the Baptist’s index finger to John F Kennedy’s untimely death, from Archimedes bath to Pearl Harbor, from Mozart to Mussolini, and much more. The reader will encounter many celebrities including artists, economists, musicians, philosophers, and millionaires, as well as a US politician and a judge. Join the author on a series of memorable and sometimes unusual journeys made during his youth, and discover which malevolent dictator’s hand he shook and whether Charlie Chaplin really did wave to him. This memoir of vacations made during childhood and adolescence is richly illustrated with photographs taken by Adam Yamey. His travelogues "Albania on my Mind" and "Scrabble with Slivovitz" have already met with much critical acclaim.< Less