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Eritrea (The Bradt Travel Guide) (Bradt Travel Guides) Paperback – 1 Jun 2002

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  • Paperback: 223 pages
  • Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides; 3rd Revised edition edition (1 Jun. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841620572
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841620572
  • Product Dimensions: 21.9 x 13.5 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,512,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Packed with everything the visitor needs to know.' Mail on Sunday 'Comprehensive... contains a wealth of pratical information.' Traveller Magazine 'More than archaeological sites, mountains or corralline seascapes, it is Eritreans who take pride of place in this comprehensive guide.' Eritrea Profile --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Edward Paice, author of the original "Bradt Travel Guide to Eritrea," is a full-time author with interests in history, natural history, and Africa. Edward Denison has updated this new edition of Eritrea, having originally visited the country as a student of architecture.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By L. Casini on 23 April 2008
Format: Paperback
I visited Eritrea for 10days, and the Bradt Guide has been invaluable to gain knowledge and understanding of the fascinating culture of this country and its people. Moreover the author has done a wonderful job in depicting the warmth and hospitality of the people of Eritrea and I was lucky enough to experience it myself.

I will certainly consider buying Bradt guides from now now. The Eritrea guide provided me with information on the country that goes in much more depth then "places to visit", "where to stay" and "where to eat" etc. A valuable read that goes beyond a touristic necessity.

I hope to return to Eritrea soon and I will certainly bring my trusted Bradt guide with me wherever I will go.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Albert Laterveer on 10 Dec. 2007
Format: Paperback
Dear sirs,

Nearly every year we travel to Eritrea. We have many friends there. We used the former edition of the Bradt guide. I think it is about the best guide I have ever seen. For Eritrea it is probably the only guide. At least the only serious one. So nothing but compliments.

The only criticism we have, is about the quality of one specific hotel. It is not as good as it was under the rule of the former owner. But I understand that the author cannot control all changes.

Albert Laterveer (Holland)
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By Marley on 2 July 2014
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Inaccurate & Uninspiring 23 Oct. 2004
By Laszlo Wagner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is one of the poorest guidebooks I have ever used!

In strong contrast to Bradt's excellent guide to neighbouring Ethiopia, this guide to Eritrea is so poor it is nearly useless.
Even before departure, I found that the book just failed to make Eritrea sound exciting - it made it sound dull.

The very weakest points are its maps!
Can you believe that a full page regional map of say, Western Eritrea, can have a grand total of four (yes, FOUR!) places in that region marked on it, fewer than are marked on the much smaller map for the entire country, and failing to show even the places that are described in the relevant section of the guide???
The city map for Asmara is a joke (I've uploaded a scanned image of it to see for yourself), with no names marked for most streets, and most of those that are marked being old names that were changed years ago.

Things to see & do? Very few described, very poorly.

History & politics? These chapters look as if they had been contributed by the propaganda department of the Eritrean government, with glorifying accounts of the heroic fight for freedom and no mentioning of the disgraceful present.

Flora & fauna? The author's knowledge seems to end at distinguishing a mammal from a bird - maybe.

The bottom line is that until Bradt gets a new author to rewrite this guide completely, you are far better off reading the shorter but much better chapter on this wonderful country in Lonely Planet's Ethiopia & Eritrea guide than wasting your money, like I did, on ordering this book.

The 2 stars were only given as an acknowledgement for the publisher's effort to put out a separate guide to this unusual destination, not for the actual value of this book which is closer to zero.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
good travel guide 25 Nov. 2005
By m_noland - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
To my knowledge this is the only guidebook in English devoted solely to Eritrea. The closest comparator is the Lonely Planet guide which covers both Ethiopia and Eritrea. As one might expect in a volume devoted purely to Eritrea, this volume has more information and detail (more maps of specific towns, for example) and the historical discussion of the origins of the independence movement is informative. As another reviewer mentioned, successive political regimes have changed the names of streets in downtown Asmara; in my experience, local people are familiar with both the "traditional" and the "official" names, and the use of the maps in this guide was not problematic. The one aspect in which the Lonely Planet guide tops this book is in that book's walking tours which I found quite useful.
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