The Cities book sounded promising, particularly in view of the Lonely Planet guides' reputation. It should have been the perfect book to use to plan which city break holiday you wanted to do next. In a way, it is - you can view information and photographs on lots of cities, done in the same format to enable comparison. In other ways though, that's part of the problem. It felt as though keeping the format the same for each city was more important than making the content relevant for each city. Some of the places I've already visited had entries that didn't mention some of the highlights of going to them, and some of the facts were a bit dubious in places. And as others have mentioned, if it's a tourist guide, do you really need a list of imports and exports? Some of the photographs were excellent, but others were poor. The book overall is perhaps worth borrowing from a library (if you can find it there!) as a guide to where to go next, but I don't think its the kind of must have guide that you need to buy. Once you've made your shortlist of destinations, you'll need to find some better information on each place before you make a final decision! This could have been a great book, but it feels as though someone decided to collect the information they already had catalogued into one book, and then added lots of filler, general statistics and library photographs to make a book, rather than putting together unique research and photographs for each destination.
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