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Zimbabwe (Bradt Travel Guides)
Zimbabwe (Bradt Travel Guides)
by Paul Murray
Edition: Paperback
Price: 11.89

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this guide and book your flights!, 23 Sep 2013
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My copy of the first edition of this guide served us very well on tours of Zimbabwe in 2011 and 2013. With all the changes that have taken place in the country over recent years, trying to provide accurate and detailed information in print is almost impossible. The online updates the author put on the Bradt website between editions were incredibly useful and my old book was peppered with deletions and scribbled-in amendments. Now this excellent second edition has come out in plenty of time for me to plan the next trip and I can happily recommend it to anybody thinking of visiting. The guide is comprehensive and contains answers to more or less anything a visitor might want to know. Self-driving is a great way of getting around and there is an excellent section on this, as well as improved maps and much fuller entries on where to stay and eat.
Zimbabwe needs tourists to support its economic growth and visitors are made welcome everywhere. This book will enable you to move around with confidence and in comfort, with some real treats along the way.


Dubrovnik & Dalmatian Coast Marco Polo Guide (Marco Polo Guides) (Marco Polo Travel Guides)
Dubrovnik & Dalmatian Coast Marco Polo Guide (Marco Polo Guides) (Marco Polo Travel Guides)
by Marco Polo
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.24

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Pointless, 8 Aug 2012
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I ordered this book because it was the cheapest and most up to date guide on Dubrovnik, where I'm planning a weekend break. I could not have been more disappointed: there are only actually 7 pages about the city and it is lacking in the most basic practical information, eg. there are no suggestions for transfers from the airport to the city. The pull-out map is small-scale and covers a huge area, including part of the east coast of Italy, but there is only the sketchiest streetplan of Dubrovnik. I won't be buying any more Marco Polo guides!
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Mugabe and the White African
Mugabe and the White African
Price: 5.55

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed feelings, 8 Aug 2012
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It's very hard to rate this book: it is a highly subjective account of the author's horrifying experience of violence but, as it doesn't pretend to be objective, that isn't necessarily a fault. As an atheist, I found it difficult to relate to the author and his religious fervour, but I know a lot of people in Zimbabwe, black or white, find their christian beliefs a source of comfort and strength that helps them endure the difficulties of daily life there. I have never found it easy to sympathise with the white farmers, who had it so good for so long, but their treatment by the government in recent years has been brutal and appalling - two wrongs don't make a right. The issue of land redistribution should have been handled many years ago and achieved within the law. Read alone, this book will give a distorted view of the situation in Zimbabwe, unless the reader is already familiar with the country and its politics. For anyone reading extensively around the subject, Ben's story has its place.
The documentary film with the same name is well worth seeing.
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Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness
Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness
Price: 3.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Witty and well written, 29 Jun 2012
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Alexandra Fuller's parents are exceptional people who have led fascinating lives and this is the third book I've read in which they have been featured. Although it's been a few years since I looked at the others ('Don't let's go...'and 'Scribbling the cat'), I did feel that a lot of the material was very familiar and being reused, albeit from a different perspective. That said, it is very well put together and captures the atmosphere and attitudes of those periods in 'white' Africa.


Insiders' Guide(r) to Tucson, 7th (Insiders' Guide to Tucson)
Insiders' Guide(r) to Tucson, 7th (Insiders' Guide to Tucson)
by Mary Paganelli
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.08

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful guide for any visitor to Tucson, 28 May 2012
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I bought this to plan a 'homeswap' holiday to Tucson and found it gives a good overview of the city and its surrounding area. As well as helping us make plans for our stay and maybe do some advance booking of attractions, I'm sure we will use it during our trip: eg. the restaurant section is extensive and detailed. What's missing are decent maps and the photo section is a bit skimpy.


Zimbabwe Handbook (Footprint Handbook)
Zimbabwe Handbook (Footprint Handbook)
by Lizzie Williams
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 12.16

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good basic overview, 3 Jan 2011
I used to know Zimbabwe well and plan to visit again soon, so was keen to see this book - Footprint guides are normally my first choice when planning a trip. Until Bradt published theirs last year, there were no recent guides, and it is useful to now have 2 for comparison. This is a small, slim volume that seems to cover all the essentials and can easily slip into a bag to take with you. Excellent for its purpose, but if you want a more detailed and entertaining read, I'd go for the Bradt.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Transcend 2Gb SD Card, 15 Dec 2010
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Arrived promptly. Popped the card into the photo frame and loaded the pix, works fine. Trouble-free transaction, the way it should be.


Berlin (Lonely Planet Encounter Guides)
Berlin (Lonely Planet Encounter Guides)
by Andrea Schulte-Peevers
Edition: Paperback

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good basic guide let down by its maps, 1 Dec 2010
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This book is good as a quick reference for planning a short trip and is convenient for carrying in bag or pocket. It is written in an interesting and accessible style, suitable for a diverse readership. Unfortunately, it is badly let down by the mapping. The city map has to be detached for use, which means it is easy to lose, and there is no obvious relationship between it and the small area maps in the book, making it difficult to plan routes. We found ourselves constantly switching between the two formats and, with hindsight, it might have been better just to buy a decent map to supplement the book.


Zimbabwe (Bradt Travel Guides)
Zimbabwe (Bradt Travel Guides)
by Paul Murray
Edition: Paperback
Price: 15.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well-written, up-to date and practical guide to an amazing country., 15 Aug 2010
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I pre-ordered this book, the first guide to Zimbabwe to have come out in recent years, because I was keen to read the author's impressions of a country I already know and love, but have not visited in 15 years. I think the book will appeal to two sorts of reader:people like me, who are hankering to revisit one of Africa's most beautiful countries, but unsure if the time is right, and 'serious' travelers, keen to get off the tourist track. In his introduction, entitled 'Should you go to Zimbabwe', the author makes a good case for both types of visitor to start planning a trip. Although today's Zimbabwe is, in many ways, very different to the comfortable and luxurious destination tourists enjoyed in the late eighties and early nineties, it is clearly still a very special place and the demise of the Zim dollar has brought some sort of stability to a troubled nation.
The book goes into considerable detail over the practicalities of how to organise a visit, where to go and what to look out for. There are clear warnings about potential hazards and entreaties to check information before turning up anywhere, as businesses close down and reopen without warning. The message seems to be not to book anything too far ahead and to have a flexible itinerary and a relaxed approach.
Although the author is relentlessly positive about the country, his view is not rose-tinted and I enjoyed his frank and, at times, sarcastic accounts of places best avoided.
As a result of reading this, I am now planning to visit in 2011. By then, as the book acknowledges, some parts of the guide will be out of date, but it makes a very good starting point.


The Last Resort
The Last Resort
by Douglas Rogers
Edition: Paperback

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Simultaneously funny and depressing picture of life in Zimbabwe, 7 Jun 2010
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This review is from: The Last Resort (Paperback)
Part memoir, part political journalism, this book is an interesting mixture of family anecdotes and commentary on contemporary Zimbabwe.
This book is a good enough read to appeal to people who have little or no knowledge of white africans, but it is also a real treat for those of us who already know and love the place.


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