This very large heavy book 37cmx 30cm(15" x 12") was first published in 2011, has 280 pages, very full size beautiful colour pictures through out his book, but NO MAPS. Most of the large pictures open into next page making them even larger and one picture opens into 4 large size pages of flamingoes, stretching over my table. The book is so heavy that I had to read/watch it while it was left on a large table. MICHAEL POLIZA was a known actor as a teenager in Germany and appeared in 100 TV and film shows. Then he turned into a businessman in IT sector. In 1997, he took up photography in South Africa. Since 2006, he has been photographing from a helicopter. In December 2009, he was named as an ambassador for WWF.
In this book, Steve Bloom, Paul Mckenzie and Federico Veronesi, help Michael in conveying the beauty of Kenya, from Lake Turkana and Chalbi Desert in the north to Maasai Mara and Amboseli in the south.
As the most part of this book is taken up by these fantastic pictures, the text of these photos are at the rear of the book along with miniature pictures. I felt it better to start at the back of this book, see the small picture, read the text of that picture and then enjoy the enlarged picture, the page of which is posted under the small pictures. As you go through the pictures, you will see many areas tourist visit and many only dedicated visitors would visit. None the less, it covers the diverse beauty of Kenyan landscape, its people and animals. A map of Kenya would be a good idea when trying to find where these places are? For me, the Maasailand near LAKE MAGADI brings back memories of my childhood.
So if you want to see and keep some of the beautiful and amazing pictures of Kenya, including the Maasai Mara, coast of Kenya, rainforests, snow on Mt Kenya, huge waterfall of Karuru, vast deserts, volcanoes, dunes, rock formations, swamps, wildlife, Maasai and National Parks and Reserves, - buy this massive book. Having visited Kenya on Safari many times, it is truely a magical place. Some other large books on Kenya are:-
(1) The Peoples of Kenya, Joy Adamson 1967
(2) Eyelids of Morning, Peter Beard 1974
(3) Railways Across the Equator, Amin 1987
(4) Last of the Maasai, Amin 1987
(5) Mount Kenya, Reader 1989
(6) Snowcaps on Equator, C Ward 1990
(7) Kenya from The Air, Arthus-Bertrand 1994
(8) Portraits of Kenya, Amin 1995
(9) Samburu, Pavitt 2006
(10)Kenya, Pavitt 2008
(11)This is Kenya, Jean Hartley 1995(2005)
(12)A Railway to Nowhere, Stephen Mills 2012
(13)Guerrillas of Tsavo, Willson 2012
Having born in Kenya, I enjoyed reading and watching this book.
Read, watch and ENJOY.