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Libya Handbook: The Travel Guide (Footprint Handbook) Paperback – 1 Nov 2000


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  • Paperback: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Footprint Handbooks (1 Nov 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1900949776
  • ISBN-13: 978-1900949774
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 1.9 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,622,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Libya is North Africa without the hassle of the Tunisian resort or the pressure and poverty of Egypt or Morocco. Read the first page
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Jan 2001
Format: Paperback
I bought this book at Gatwick Airport on my way to Tripoli: I only wish I had checked out the Amazon web site for books on Libya beforehand so I could have read it before I got on the plane.
When I told my friends I was going to Libya for a holiday, many looked at me in amazement, if not horror. To be honest, I felt a bit like that myself, as judging by the reports I had heard over here, Libya was a hotbed of international terrorism. Reading this book on the plane to Tripoli was a great reassurance: it said that the Libyan people are friendly (true), that travellers will not get hassled (also true) and it provided lots of useful information for visitors to this interesting and little known country.
The weather in Tripoli in December was, as the guide had promised, perfect: blue skies and bright sunshine. One of our first trips in Libya was to Leptis Magna, a Roman city about 90 minutes drive from Tripoli. The Footprint Libya Handbook gave lots of background reading for this trip and also to other sites, such as Sabrata. Libya has fantastic archaeological sites, I had never heard of them before I went there but they were all in this book.
The book also contains useful cultural background material: what clothes and behaviour are acceptable, what to expect from Libyan people and so on. It tells you how to find your way around the old city in Tripoli: a maze of alleyways and shops with sacks of spices, henna, gold and copper smiths, handloom weavers and much more. Believe me, without a book it is easy to get lost in this exotic warren!
Libya is changing fast and perhaps it will not be long before it becomes a popular tourist destination.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By "keithb03uk" on 6 Jan 2004
Format: Paperback
I used this book when I was in Libya over xmas 2003/new year 2004.
The book is great when you want to know about the history of the country. It has lots of in depth material and is well regarded by the Libyan guides that I met.
However, it is now 3 years old and in desperate need of an update. For instance, I was told that the statues held in store at the Temple of Zeus in Cyrene are no longer there and that they have been transferred to a local museum (which has yet to be opened).
The maps could be improved as well.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Mar 2001
Format: Paperback
This is the best guide to Libya available. The author has obviously spent a lot of time in Libya and explains the ins and outs of travel there so you can make the best of your time in Libya - a fascinating country. Visit it now before the rush and don't forget the Footprint guide.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
It may not be Lonely Planet, but it is almost as great. 28 July 2001
By Maurizio Giuliano - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Libya is a wonderful country yet to be discoveted, which only opened up to foreign tourism in year 2000 amidst a deep economic crisis caused by internal factors as well as a foreign embargo. Finally, Libya is accessible for foreign travelers - and, not less importantly, reasonably safe. Yet, given the relative lack of infrastructure, and as the volume of tourism is still low, travelers are unlikely to really experience Libya unless they are in a group, which may not always be pleasant. In order to truly get to know this wonderful nation, the independent traveler needs some help. And indeed, in this wonderful guidebook is contained plenty of useful, if not invaluable, advice, on what to see in Libya, how to move around, and how to have a great time altogether. The author has clearly put an incredible amount of time and great effort into researching all and any information that can be useful to the traveler, and has done a great job overall. To my knowledge, this is the best travel guide to Libya, and I would strongly recommend to pack it in your luggage before setting off. Yet, one aspect on which this guidebook is rather weak (compared for example to Lonely Planet guides), is on Libyan people and society. This means that the guidebook is a little better suited for those wishing to visit historical sites etc, rather than those wishing to get into Lybian politics, society, culture, and Lybian life in general. Yet, it is still a useful tool in that respect too.
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Not Baedeker, DK Eyewitness or Knopf Guide, but O.K. 11 Aug 2009
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
It is basically black & white plus in color three pages with 4 photos on each, one "big" country map on 2 pages, and one small on one page. There are over 50 small schematics. A half of them are quite general maps, and among the rest are quite detailed plans and site plans of antiquities. There are a few meaningless drawings with painted halftones of mainly buildings.
The book is clearly organized, well written and done typographically. The content seems to match that of the best including the depth and extend of information. A lack of similar guides from Baedeker, DK Eyewitness or Knopf Guides makes it quite attractive.
Not Baedeker, DK Eyewitness or Knopf Guide, but O.K. 13 Aug 2009
By Eugene Tenenbaum - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The guide is almost entirely black & white except color three pages with 4 photos on each, one "big" country map on 2 pages, one small on one page, and 1 page with a desert sand photo. It includes over 50 schematics ranging from long maps occupying bottom halfs of two pages to tiny ones sized 1.5 x 1.5 inch. 33 of them are rudimentary maps, site plans, and antiquity plans. The rest are very rudimentary drawings with painted halftones of mainly buildings. In other words, its artwork is poor.
The guide is written well and has excellent layout and typography determining its superior clarly and ease of browsing. The information is deap, extensive, practical, and useful including historical background. It is well published and bound. The softcover is sturdy and resilient. There are no similar guides from the industry leaders: Baedeker, DK Eyewitness or Knopf Guides.
Not enough pictures 5 Dec 2013
By bachspal - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
It's OK as a travel guide, but I was hoping for more pictures, so it wasn't right for me. I decided to keep it because the facts are there, if no the images.
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