Iran (Bradt Travel Guides) Paperback – 20 Sep 2009
Customers Who Viewed This Item Also Viewed
Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
'Excellent on history and culture' TNT Magazine
About the Author
The first and second editions of this guidebook were written by Patricia Baker PhD, an independent lecturer and researcher specialising in Islamic art, who died in August 2008. This edition is updated by her close friend and colleague, Hilary Smith MPhil, a guide and lecturer who first visited Iran in 1976 and has been returning regularly ever since.
What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?
Top Customer Reviews
In particular, the book is shot through with an oddly paranoid take on Iran, which is understandable in the global context but in terms of day to day travelling was no help. It earned the nickname "The Book of Doom" due to the author's continued fretting on issues the LP said were no problem, and the LP was invariably right.
Two stars because it does have information and hey, the cover is cool.
The choice of guide books, however, is limited at the time of writing to just two: Lonely Planet and Bradt. Of the two, the LP guide is definitely the most useful with the greatest amount of accurate information about where to stay, how to get from A to B and other practicalities high on the priority list for the traveller. It's important to have a guide book for Iran because internet access is difficult and slow, cellphone networks congested and almost impossible to access in the daytime (especially in Tehran) and English not widely understood.
The Bradt guide, however, is not without value. It's written by Patricia Baker, an academic with an interest in Islamic art and costume, and the weight of content reflects these specialist cultural interests at the expense of travel practicalities.
The first 66 pages are devoted to Iranian history, politics and religion and to basic practicalities like best time to visit, visas, health issues and tour operators. The author tends to discourage independent travel to Iran and recommends an organised tour, as (according to her) Iranian officialdom is more comfortable with groups who can be managed and controlled more easily. I have to say I found travelling independently around Iran quite easy, especially with a positive attitude and the helpful and invariably accurate advice in the LP guide, so do not agree with Ms. Baker on this issue.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Because it was impartial and well researched. I went twice to Iran in 78 and am to show slides to our English-speaking club. Read morePublished on 9 Dec. 2013 by josette McKenzie
practical travel book giving good information to the travellers even for a first time in the country , would recommmendPublished on 14 April 2013 by MISS I RISSE