Certainly, this oversized coffee table book would not make an efficient travel companion - too heavy to cart around and too cursory to provide a comprehensive reference for global travel. "The Travel Book" does, however, provide a staggering visual feast.
The breathtaking images in this awe-inspiring book truly showcase the world's diversity; they cover each of the 230 countries existing today. The accompanying text for each country borders on minimal but the writers have creatively used standard sections: "Best Time to Visit" (time of year and, in some cases, when in history was the best time to be present), "Essential Experiences" (the top five to eight things to do in that country), "Getting Under the Skin" (what to read, listen, watch, eat and drink), "In a Word" (the one word or expression in the country's native tongue that epitomizes its spirit), "Trademarks" (what immediately comes to mind when thinking about the country) and "Surprises" (interesting trivia and arguable observations).
Those with the most intense wanderlust will love poring through the book, getting a sense of each country's identity.
This is a huge, heavy book but it has a chapter, with pictures and special sights, for every country in the world. Great for the coffee table - not so hot for reading in bed!
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