*Starred Review* Even the most avid readers of travel guides and travel literature will not have encountered a book quite like this one. It is huge and heavy but reasonably priced, and it is vastly informative, which is its calling card. All the writers who contribute to the Lonely Planet travel guide series have put heads, knowledge, and experience together and come up with an A-Z series of capsule profiles of every country in the world, 230 in number. Each country gets a two-page spread, on which are placed, like luscious dishes set before one at a feast, illustrations that are typical of Lonely Planet's unique, non-picture-postcard brand of shots. The accompanying text presents a cogent rundown of the best experiences for gaining the essence of the place; books to read beforehand; music to listen to before you go; food and drink to consume once you are there; and a few brief but pungent closing comments on the trademark things to do and buy and see and what, ultimately, is the best surprise awaiting the tourist. For borrowers in the travel section to sit down, look at, and make notes from, without taking off the premises. Brad Hooper
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San Francisco Chronicle, November 14, 2004'Lonely Planet's photographs are technically perfect...and with all those images, every reader will find something to admire.'
This is not a small book! - about 10 x 14 inches in size, and each country gets only 2 pages. A few facts, and a half-dozen photos. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Gabbey2010
I saw it in the waiting room of my doctor, I just had the time to read of few pages, and I really wanted to get this book. Read more
As a travel agent I am always interested in information about countries that I have not visited and other people's take on countries that I have visited. Read morePublished on Feb. 5 2009 by K. R. Bradfield
Wow... all the countries in the world for 30$! Some of the images are breathtaking, and the description that comes with each country is enough to give an overview and want to make... Read morePublished on July 18 2007 by Valerie Crepeau