2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 30 October 1999
The format of this book was a little confusing. It opens with a general section on regional history, culture and general information. The remainder of the book is divided between the two countries. Each country's section opens with a description of its history and culture, which is confusing - I couldn't remember whether the vital piece of information I wanted was in the Jordan section or the general section. There is a HUGE amount of information here - mainly aimed at the independent tourist - but there semed to be lots of useful info missing too. The section on Petra was invaluable, but I could find nothing at all about Little Petra. Lonely Planet might consider granting each country its own volume; each could then be extended to fill some of the gaps.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 5 March 2000
Some of the world's earliest civilizations thrived in what are now Jordan and Syria, and it is therefore not surprising that hundreds of historical and archaeological sites are to be found in the region. This book offers in-depth coverage of the main sites along with clearly written practical information on everything else travellers need to know about to help them make the most of their visit: historical, cultural, and political notes, a helpful language section, a detailed glossary, maps, photos, and accommodation and restaurant listings. Be sure to read the book before you go, and bring it along with you.
An ideal complement to the above guidebook is Sonia Uvezian's fascinating and highly informative "Recipes and Remembrances from an Eastern Mediterranean Kitchen: A Culinary Journey through Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan." This landmark volume should be required reading for anyone who plans to travel to the region or who is simply interested in its history, cooking, and culture.