I have awaited this book's release for months, and on the day it came out--June 6, 2011--I finally bought the one copy at my local bookstore (you know the ones we still have to support or they'll be gone like Route 66). I was NOT disappointed. "Ghost Towns of Route 66" is crammed with gorgeous photos, and not just the small playing-card size that too many R66 books try to get away with. No, these are usually large, and most are in color. The author writes concise and interesting notes about the scenes (Hinckley and James have collaborated on other projects before this one, and they work well together), and the book shows a great knowledge of the subject without being dense with minutiae. What I've found most enjoyable in the 24 hours I've had this book (remember, it just came out yesterday) is reading it alongside my laptop and exploring each site online for more photos and information (if I had one critique of the book it'd be that I want MORE of it--double the pages, and more stories of the sites--can we have a Volume 2?). I mean, come on, it combines ghost towns and Route 66--you can't lose! There are a LOT of books that print photos of the R66 kitsch, but this one gives you the sense that you may be seeing parts of Route 66 that won't last much longer, and the author/photographer are capturing treasures that are slipping away. I love Route 66, and I love ghost town photo books, but this book is superior to the gazillion other rushed Route 66 "product" souvenir books.