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A beautiful book that transcends the travel genre,
This review is from: The Travel Book: A Journey Through Every Country in the World (Lonely Planet Travel Book) (Hardcover)
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Certain imprints represent benchmarks in specific areas - such as Oxford for atlases and Collins for language studies. Lonely Planet and Rough Guide - with their feet in "real" travelling - have used this starting point as a means of developing in a variety of directions. Rough Guides exist to all sorts of subjects, and with this book Lonely Planet are pushing firmly in the direction of coffee table books!
That sounds a little negative - it's not supposed to. This is the sort of book - global in scope, egalitarian (the USA and the Dominican Republic receive the same coverage), large format, filled with gorgeous photos - that would fit comfortably on the coffee table of the most right-on, well-travelled people. The added information is thought-provoking, though superficial, and insufficient to make any travel plans much more substantial than "Hey, why don't we go to Tajikistan?"