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on 23 December 2009
If you think this book will be a useful guide to exploring the U.S.A., you're wrong. As some other reviewers have mentioned, the size puts it firmly into the `coffee table' section. On that, it ticks all the correct boxes; the aforementioned size, the delightful colour photos, the quick readable text, and the facts and figures. Unfortunately, all this tome will ever be is something that people will pick up and flick through whilst waiting for something to happen.
All 51 states get mentioned, and the text for each is separated into a dozen small sections (Washington DC excepted) one of which is called `Trademarks', or what a state is famous for. A variety of `celebrities' and historical figures are name checked here. Whilst Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton and The Osmonds speak for themselves, how long will the queue be for those saying, "Yes, I've heard of Stephen Colbert, John Mellencamp and Andy Griffith"? Though I can't comment on the relative merits of what's included in this book and why the publisher chose to include what they have, there is one glaring omission. Within the text for Kentucky, nowhere is Muhammad Ali mentioned; along with Abraham Lincoln, surely the Bluegrass State's most famous son.
If you like looking at photographs, and they aren't the tourist ones you would expect, most being of a more travelogue nature, wait until this turns up in your local library or dentist waiting room. If you're planning a trip to the United States, don't be tempted.