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Very bad book
on 22 April 2010
This is a very disappointing book.The countries are not really covered.One cannot have an overview of Africa by reading this book.Too many pages are unnecessarily spent on the standard features like visas,places to stay in the capitals,dangers,etc. Furthermore, mostly big towns are covered.There are no references to the indigenous cultures of each country,no indication of the comparative merits of each place within each country,and,above all,no comparison of the various countries--so one cannot decide which are the best countries to visit.Finally,most countries are presented in a positive light,as if each writer set out to compete with the rest,which does not help at all.Books of this sort,that cover many countries,must help the reader decide which countries are worth visiting and which are not,something that this book utterly fails to do--an excellent example of a book that succeeds in this,but from another part of the world,is Moon's "South Pacific".