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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications; 5th Revised edition edition (1 Oct 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741044510
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741044515
  • Product Dimensions: 36.3 x 27.3 x 3.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 688,917 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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San Francisco Chronicle, November 14, 2004
'Lonely Planet's photographs are technically perfect...and with all those images, every reader will find something to admire.'

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73 of 74 people found the following review helpful By J. C. Pothecary on 14 Jun 2006
Format: Paperback
This is an amazing book. If you are interested in seeing people and their ordinary but colourful lives across the world then this is the book for you. Its format is especially clever in that it is an A-Z rather than grouping countries by region, which means that every time you turn over a page a completely different part of the world comes alive.

As a previous reviewer found, if you want cliched picture-postcard views of physical stuff eg landscapes etc or loads of stats about different places, then you will be disappointed. Of course you could find photograghs of landscapes etc and tonnes of stats on the internet so needn't buy a book at all!

If you are interested in getting a feel for a place, for its people, its culture and its intrigue then this is definitely the book for you. It is written by travellers for travellers, not for someone doing a geography project.

It does what no other book has managed to do for me - it exactly captures the mood of places I have been to and that gives me faith that the moods of other places have been captured accurately. As I turn the pages I can't help but get excited, immersing myself in the mood that seeps off the page.

It's easy to read and still fascinates me. I love reading it especially when feeling bored of life or when its raining outside. It is a wonderful source of inspiration as well. After reading it, my list of must-go-to-places has tripled! This book deserves to be treasured by anyone interested in travelling the world, seeing its sights and meeting its people.

A fantastic buy!
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87 of 89 people found the following review helpful By Ms. N. C. Turnill on 17 Mar 2006
Format: Paperback
I am a big fan of Lonely Planet, I love their travel guides and I have found them immensely helpful in my travels around the globe. When I spotted this on display in Waterstones I was very excited and I was thrilled to receive it for Christmas.
This book contains information on ALL of the countries in the world in alphabetical order, 230 entries in total. This list of countries comes from the United Nations list of defined countries and does not generally include the foreign dependencies of these countries, whether self-governing or Crown colony. However as they wanted to include some of the more popular and beautiful travellers destinations they have included some dependencies for example Bermuda, New Caledonia, the Cayman Islands and French Polynesia. They also include fine distinctions such as England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales as separate entries as they do with Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan for example and they include Antarctica and Greenland even though strictly speaking these are not countries per se.
Each country features a double page spread which is primarily composed of big, bold and vivid pictures providing an insight into the people and places of the country in question. The pictures will make you want to visit pretty much every country in the world, regardless of that countries woes or wars. The book truly proves that there is some good and some beauty in every corner of the globe.
A small section of written information and a map of each country is found on each page along the right hand side. Basics such as the Capital, population, religions and languages spoken are all includes as well as the best time of year to visit. These basics are followed firstly by the ‘essential experiences’.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Pepper #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Feb 2005
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is physically a heavyweight - both in weight and size. It is lavishly illustrated and devotes two pages to each country on earth regardless of size or economic standing. The photography is wonderful and it is a classic coffee table book. However, I have marked it down slightly as it is inclined to be in my (minority) opinion a slight "triumph of form over content" - it's comprehensive coverage inevitably means that the information is inclined to be a bit superficial for my taste. Overall, though it is a lovely gift and most people eulogise about it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By D. Harris on 2 April 2007
Format: Paperback
Lonely Planet are famous for being in every backpackers back pocket, this book should be on every travellers coffee table! It gives a really brief but informative overview of each and every country, providing you with facts, best time to visit, some history, languages, phrases and all the other best bits, for example the cuisine on offer and some amazing photographs!

get it get it get it!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ms. K. Hemingway on 22 Jan 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is the perfect book to spend a rainy Sunday afternoon with. You will need a couple of pillows to prop it up with as it's huge.
I was even more excited about many of the further reading recommendations listed. The only problem is that 5 of the 6 books being recommended are out of print. So don't get too excited about the books listed in this publication you wont be able to find them.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D. Bichan on 11 Nov 2005
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An absolutely fantastic book. It's may be a touch short on the reading but the eye candy is higher than first rate. Although the written word is lacking what is written is very interesting and informatative and sometimes funny. My only complaint is that it would be great for toilet reading (true male) but it's a bit heavy for that.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Sacha Bunatyan on 5 Nov 2006
Format: Paperback
I browsed through this book in a shop and was about to add it to my Christmas wish list. I went to the entry of my country of birth - Ukraine and was disappointed to see that the main picture (taking over 50% of a page) was taken in Leningrad (St Petersburg), which is in Russia. It made me doubt about all other information this book presents. Still, it's a nice idea for a book.
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