This book has its purpose, but does not appear to be written by someone who is actually a birder. Beyond the frustrating technical errors that drive a nerd like me crazy, such as the "fowl in focus" boxes that call all birds fowl (I know the definition, but I have never met a birder who calls a swallow fowl), the book contains surprisingly few details about the actual locations such as times when specific species are best viewed or places where these species are most likely to be found. If you are going to a new region, have no local contacts, and are not proficient at using Google and Mapquest to find the birding hotspots then the vague descriptions of potential locations and very specific endless directions may be for you. Though the photos are good, they are often of birding locations rather than the birds you would see there. I'll keep it on my shelf in case I go somewhere new, but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone except for those not proficient with other tools to search for birding locations.