This book is frustrating in that it is so exceptionally good that after you read it you want to immediately buy the author's books on London, Moscow, Tokyo. Shanghai, Rio, Berlin, or wherever you're heading next, irrespective of whether you have been there many times or not. But the trouble is, those books don't exist and aren't likely to because the author of PRAGUE: ARTEL STYLE has a full time job running the very successful company she founded in Prague in 1998, ARTEL GLASS, which services the luxury crystal market by providing elegant glassware with a modern twist on design. I thought I knew Prague reasonably well until I began paging through this treasure trove of a book. With her ability to probe and to find fascinating little known aspects of Prague I think she could probably write a guide book about my small, insular home town in New England that would open my eyes to important things there that I didn't know. In the introduction to this book she shares a lot about herself. She certainly is multi-gifted. She obviously has enormous "situational awareness" as the CIA would say, so maybe there is a terrific future for her in international surveillance ! Then again, she could spend the next decade branching ARTEL GLASS into some of the major capitals of the world. Then again, she could teach the fundamentals of how to start your own very successful business at Harvard Business School. Then again she could have a terrific new career writing guidebooks patterned after this one about Prague, and they would for sure drive other guide books off the the market. And in connection with the latter, it's easy to see a television travel series with the same unique twist she brings to guide books. Trouble is, she has only one life to lead and she will have to choose. But if anyone is going to Prague, I now know for certain what guide book they should decide to choose. Hands down.
Kenneth E. MacWilliams