The 'Bradt Book', as it became known, is full of personal insights and background information that made an interesting read before I departed for my six week independant tour of Madagascar. For the independant traveler I would suggest that this book is of little use other than for swating mosquitos (of which there are very few in the winter months, July and August, anyway). For the traveler on an organised tour I would say this book is ideal (you wont be relying on the travel info to get by). I didn't meet any other travelers who were pleased with their purchace other than an Israeli couple who,on a cold and wet morning, used it to light their fire. There are mistakes in the book, which from an early stage led me to mistrust it. For example I went to the beach 'resort' Ifaty. The 'Bradt Book'describes a quieter village 'Mangily' being a few Kilometers up the beach, even giving the cost of getting there. After a noisy night staying near a bar called Alex's I decided to move. I checked my Bradt and Lonely Planet and realised the Bradt had made two villages from one. Mangily being the local name for Ifaty. How I laughed watching some poor individuals (Bradt book in hand) wondering up and down the beach looking for the mythical 'Mangily'. If you are planning an independant trip to Mad. don't buy this book other than for a pre-travel read. The new Lonely Planet is a much more reliable source of information and tends to give less subjective discriptions of places to visit/stay.