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    1. Hey Ranger! : True Tales of Humor & Misadventure from America's National Parks
    by Jim Burnett
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    Asin: 1589791916
    Catlog: Book (2005-04-25)
    Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing
    Sales Rank: 4933
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    In his thirty years with the National Park Service, Jim Burnett has seen it all: baotramp mishaps that have sent cars into the water; skunks in the outhouse and bears at the dumpser; visitors looking for the bridge over the Grand Canyon. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great book for everyone!
    This book is a good read for anyone who enjoys reading about how incredibly dense other people can be!I love the acronyms he uses, and I especially like the chapter titled "Back It Up Right Here!"and "Thousands of Chickens!"Jim Burnett has a great sense of humor and I'm sure he has more stories to tell!I really hope he writes another book - I'll be sure to get it!

    5-0 out of 5 stars I haven't read this book....
    ...quite yet (though I certainly intend to), but, as a former Park Ranger, I'm going to give it 5 stars. I heard the interview on NPR with Mr. Burnett and he sounded like he had some terrific and hilarious stories in the book. I can confirm that I've seen otherwise reasonable people ask incredibly stupid questions or do completely off-the-wall things while on vacation, so I can well believe the veracity of the author. I'm looking forward to reading this. I may be a law student now, but I still bleed gray and green.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A fun book for almost anybody
    I enjoy travel and visiting parks, and even though I don't consider myself to be an `outdoorsman," I really liked this book. The author is a great, conversational story-teller and has a wonderful sense of humor. If you like Garrison Keillor you'll enjoy this style of writing. He has come up with some really funny acronyms to describe why things often turn out differently that we expect, such as the "oops" factor (outcome outside of planned scenario). My son always thought he wanted to be a park ranger and I'm giving him a copy of the book. Like the previous reviewer I was surprised at some of the things I learned about their jobs. This is a fun read and the short chapters made it easy to enjoy even with my busy schedule.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Hey Ranger!
    I thoroughly enjoyed reading, Hey Ranger!, especially the amusing style the author uses to tell of the incidents he encountered and the so called fringe benefits a Park Ranger's family endures.The chapter titles grab your attention and relates well to what's told in that chapter."Don't feed the skunks" is one of many hilarious accounts of how people depend on a Park Ranger to solve their mistakes. I really enjoyed the use of abbreviations such as C.U.B.S. (Constitutionally Unable to Behave Sensibly), that adds to the funny explanations of brainless situations people get into. His own personal chapter account of one of his moves in, " Mister, It's not to late" was so funny I found myself laughing out loud.This book proves that a Park Ranger's job is more than just riding around in a truck enjoying National Park scenery as some people think. It's hard to put down and I'm sure you will find it entertaining. ... Read more


    2. Birnbaum's Walt Disney World 2005 : Expert Advice from the Inside Source (Birnbaum's Walt Disney World)
    by Birnbaum
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    Asin: 0786854286
    Catlog: Book (2004-10-01)
    Publisher: Disney Editions
    Sales Rank: 2038
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    Birnbaum's Walt Disney World, the most respected and well-known name in travel guides, takes readers to the world's most popular tourist attraction. Since our guide is the only guide that's official, this book includes the most accurate information on prices, changes, and new attractions for 2005. Highlights include the lowdown on Disney's latest attractions, including Mickey's PhilharMagic, a 3-D film spectacular where Disney magic meets Disney music, and Wishes, the new nighttime fireworks extravaganza. Get the scoop on the World's newest lodging facility, the deluxe Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa as well as the newest value resort-the colorful and quirky Pop Century. ... Read more


    3. The Imagineering Field Guide to Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World
    by The Disney Imagineers
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    Asin: 0786855533
    Catlog: Book (2005-06-01)
    Publisher: Disney Editions
    Sales Rank: 1094
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    The first in a series of pocket-sized paperbacks will answer the question, "What would it be like to walk through the Disney Theme Parks with an Imagineer by your side?" The Imagineering Field Guide to The Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World provides that experience: pointing out details and telling stories, back stories, and Imagineering insights never before heard, condensed into a portable, easily-referenced park guide. You'll never spend time at Walt Disney World the same way again.Each spread contains fascinating textual information and related images (drawings, photos, graphics) such as: ... Read more


    4. US Army Survival Manual: FM 21-76
    by Department of Defense
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    Asin: 0967512395
    Catlog: Book (1992-01-01)
    Publisher: Apple Pie Publishers
    Sales Rank: 13160
    Average Customer Review: 4.38 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Ok, But...
    I like this book and enjoyed reading it. However, I agree with a previous reviewer who recommended Greg Davenport's books (Wilderness Living and Wilderness Survival) in addition to or instead of the US Army Survival Manual. Davenport covers the same material but avoids all the military issues found in this manual.

    5-0 out of 5 stars civilian version
    The material includes information on Navigation, Health & Hygiene, Hazards, Foods (Vegetables, Wild Plants, Fish and tons of different ways to catch them that actually work; other food from fresh water, reptiles, insects, catching birds, mammals, and more), Find Water, Water from Plants, Survival water still, Fire making, Cooking, Preserving Food in the wild, Climate and Weather, Travel, Shelter, Clothing, Health, Survival at Sea, Poisonous Snakes, signaling for help, and more ...

    One very nice treat the version sold here differs from the real surplus military version in that it offers color photos of the plants, and it is very comprehensive. While there are specialty books on edible and poisonous plants that are more complete, the material here is very adequate for inclusion in this manual. All in all, one of the best books on the subject, well rounded and very detailed. I have a library of books on this subject and while one reviewer thought this book had too much info and wanted a simpler book, I would say that if you had it with you in an emergency you would not think so. Keep it in the trunk of your car with your roadside tools, you never know when you might need some help. Oh, and remember this book has been modified for civilian use. The original title of "FM 21-76" was "Survival, Evasion, and Escape" rahter than just "Survival". The portions of the book dealing with evasion and escape have been removed, since it has been deemed by someone that civilians will never need this.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Awsome Book
    This book is awsome, and although some people dislike the military references (using you gun, hide from the enemy)i thought it was interesting and sometimes a bit humerous. I gave this book 5 stars because it is EXACTLY what a military survival book should be. Now, if it was written SPECIFICALY for civilians i would give a worse score becase of the military reference.

    The thing i disliked about this book the most was the lack of information about surviving in what i consider a "normal" envirement. It has the desert, arctic, and tropical, but i want to know how to survive in the wilderness where i live (Northern MN). I was also disappointed with the plants. I know that they were having to cover the whole world pretty much but i would have liked it better to have a few more plant descriptions as only about 4 of the plants listed live were i live. I would also have liked to have a better description of how to prepare the plant (the most tastey way possible with little supplys so that you don't end up spitting it out cause it tastes like ****.

    Overall: Great for the military, entertaining and very informative for civilians but doesn't cover living/surviving in the Deciduous and Coniferous forests very well. I wouldn't recomend this to someone who wants information about edible plants as it has very little. For that i would recomend the Peterson Field Guide To Edible Plants (i own it, its very good, but i have trouble making any of the food taste good).

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good except for Jungle/Desert Survival
    The U.S. Army field manual on Survival is a good basic guide, standard reading for our troops, and unlike some survival manuals, it is fairly well written and organized. I have yet to find a survival enthusiast who didn't have this book or Greg Davenport's Wilderness Survival in their personal library, and that tells you something. One of the bigger drawbacks to the book is its sketchy coverage of jungle and desert survival - for these areas you'll definitely want additional reading on these topics, as there's a lot more information to be had! If you're interested in those environments, Jeff Randall's Adventure Travel in the Third World book is excellent for jungle survival, while Mark Johnson's The Ultimate Desert Handbook is definitely the best desert survival book out there.

    4-0 out of 5 stars We all have different ideas
    The information in a survival manual that makes it good or bad depends entirely on whether you've read the right one when the need hits. I went through the US Army Survival Training in 1963. The skills learned since then by the military are incorporated into this book. It isn't the be-all-end-all, but anyone who intends to read a single survival manual won't feel cheated by buying this one. ... Read more


    5. Over the Edge: Death in Grand Canyon
    by Michael P. Ghiglieri, Thomas M. Myers
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    Asin: 097009731X
    Catlog: Book (2001-05-25)
    Publisher: Puma Pr
    Sales Rank: 7851
    Average Customer Review: 4.51 out of 5 stars
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    Gripping accounts of all known fatal mishaps in the most famous of the World's Seven Natural Wonders.

    Two veterans of decades of adventuring in Grand Canyon chronicle the first complete and comprehensive history of Canyon misadventures. These episodes span the entire era of visitation from the time of the first river exploration by John Wesley Powell and his crew of 1869 to that of tourists falling off its rims in Y2K.

    These accounts of the 550 people who have met untimely deaths in the Canyon set a new high water mark for offering the most astounding array of adventures, misadventures, and life saving lessons published between any two covers. Over the Edge promises to be the most intense yet informative book on Grand Canyon ever written. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Respect The Canyon
    I haven't been to the Canyon yet, but it's on my list of destinations to make in my lifetime. After reading "Over the Edge: Death in Grand Canyon" I'll know to be careful when I get there. I was unaware that the place is so hazardous--other than the obvious, that a fall off the edge is likely fatal. I read the book for the reason I assume the authors (and certainly the publisher) expect people to read it: morbid curiosity. And I suspected that was going to be the intellectual depth of their work. I was wrong.

    The book is not highbrow literature by any stretch, but there is more research invested than I expected. The writers, Michael Ghiglieri and Thomas Myers, both experienced canyoneers, exert maximum effort to dissect the statistics and draw conclusions about the causes of death and what steps individuals and/or regulatory agencies might do to prevent more. This level of detail may be a turnoff to some readers, but I found it interesting and useful.

    The authors can rest assured they've written an entertaining book that, through its popularity, might even help prevent an unnecessary death someday. ...

    5-0 out of 5 stars Over the Edge
    This book is a must read for anyone planning to venture into the Grand Canyon. It chronicles every known death in the canyon and on its rims. Morbid? Perhaps, but the book's real aim is to keep you the reader from making the sorts of decisions that have led to hundreds of people's deaths.

    The fatal incidents are grouped into categories: falls from the rim, falls within the canyon, heat/dehydration, drowning, etc. Some cases are covered in just a sentence or two; others are described in riveting detail. It's a hard book to put down.

    Having made 15 backpacking trips into the canyon, most of them a week long, I figured I knew everything there was to know about safe and sensible behavior in the canyon. But even for me this book was a real eye-opener. For someone going to the canyon for the first time or the hundredth time, "Over the Edge" just might be a life-saver.

    5-0 out of 5 stars death
    i really liked this book,cause it told me everything about the canyon that a traverler, really needs to know before he goes there,the canyon is the most beautifull sight to behold in all its glory,its really amazing, and majestic,but at the same time it can be dangerous,we must have a respect for the canyon, this book will not only tell you about the dangers from falling,and drowning,but will tell you the full history of the grand canyon,these are events that really took place,i hope that everyone who intends to visit the grand canyon,will read this book first,so they can enjoy all the grand canyon has to offer,and live to tell about it....

    5-0 out of 5 stars Preserve your Life; read this book!
    Having just returned from my second cross-canyon hike, and my third trip to the bottom of Grand Canyon, I say this simply: BUY AND READ THIS BOOK BEFORE YOU PLAN YOUR TRIP! I was somewhat surprised to find that the book contains much, much more than just tales of death. The two authors are supremely qualified to write about the canyon: One is a former ranger there, and the other is a former doctor there, and both have hiked extensively for years there. The advice they give is some of the best I've ever read in any source, and their explanations of phenomena like flash floods, for example, are the best I've ever seen. I wish I had read this book before my first trip, which was done with an overweight pack and too little knowledge. My last trip was better, with a pack that weighed 33 pounds (vs the 65 of the first one).
    BUY and READ this book!!!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fabulous reading!
    Born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, I have visited the Canyon numerous times throughout my life. And the one question that has always been with me when I see the Canyon is "How many people fall off each year?". In the gift shop of El Tovar, I discovered this book, however, was stuck paying the gift shop price!! The book not only answered my rather morbid question; it took me on a complete journey of stories of those with poor judgement, freak accidents, and those who were just innocent victims of the unknown in such a tremendous place. It is such an eye opener to all of those who have been to the Canyon...and also for those planning to someday visit! I would even be as to so bold so say that those who haven't been to the Canyon SHOULD read this book before entering...it could possibly save your life. This is one of the greatest books I have ever read...and will recommend it to all who are interested in learning a completely different, if not macabre version of what should be a fun, relaxing, family vacation spot! ... Read more


    6. The Inca Trail, Cusco & Machu Picchu, 2nd: Includes The Vilcabamba Trail and Lima City Guide
    by Richard Danbury
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    Asin: 187375664X
    Catlog: Book (2002-10-01)
    Publisher: Trailblazer Publications
    Sales Rank: 13897
    Average Customer Review: 4.38 out of 5 stars
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    The Inca Trail from Cuzco to Machu Picchu is South America's most popular hike. This practical guide includes 27 detailed trail maps, plans of eight Inca sites, plus guides to Lima, Cuzco, and Machu Picchu. Fully updated new edition includes detailed new guide to the Vilcabamba Trail.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Preparation for the Inka Trail to Machu Picchu
    This book gives wonderful advice and preparation if you are going to hike on the Inka Trail to Machu Picchu. There is great advice for safety, route descriptions, and is best for preparation. Info is given on the history of the land, its people and culture, food, places to stay, as well as safety tips for health in the region.
    However, as another reviewer said below, a professional tour guide would serve you well.
    Overall a great guide for preparing to walk solo on an ancient and breathtaking trail.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Nothing can beat a tour guide
    This book was good as a general introduction to the trail and to get an idea of what to expect. However, while actually in Machu Picchu, nothing can beat a tour guide. More than half the book is dedicated to the trail and preparing for the hike, so if you have done this already or you are going with a group, this entire section will not be very helpful. The remainder of the book gives an average description of the site while leaving some serious gaps. Tour guides are great in this respect. The maps of the trail itself were a bit confusing and lacked detail. I would have preferred to buy another book on the subject. However, after looking at the books both in the states and while I was in Peru, I discovered that this is the best book out there - unfortunately. So if you want advance information on the trail and the ruins before you get there (and can get yourself a tour guide), buy this book. Just don't expect much.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Invaluable companion on the Inca Trail and Cuzco/Lima
    I got this book as a gift just as I was to embark on a most magical 10 day trip to Lima/Cuzco and to hike the Inka Trail to Machu Picchu from Km-82. It is a treasure. I carried it along everywhere that I went. The Lima section needs some updates (Archaeological Museum is CLOSED on Mondays!) and I wish there were more spanish to english phrases but these are nits, the history and the trail description are fantastic and that is the main intent of the book. You do not need any other book! Good show.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Beware for the updates section
    I bought this book because of the maps and the information it gave as to how to be a good independent backpacker. If it were not for the hidden pages at the end of the book, I would give this book 10 stars. Hidden at the back of the book, you have an update section. This section mentions that independent backpacking is no longer allowed. The only thing usefull about the book now is its sections about lima and cuzco but if I wanted a normal guide book, I woul buy the Lonely Planet, not this one

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Detailed Description of Machu Picchu!
    Richard Danbury's book gives a detailed description not only of Machu Picchu and Cusco, but a host of other ruins in the area. The maps provided are detailed and allow a self-tour of each site. Reccomendations for side tours are terrific, plus he provides alternate trails to Machu Picchu for "the road less traveled". There is a brief chapter on Lima, as well as shopping and travel tips for the region.

    Great book! ... Read more


    7. Birnbaum's Walt Disney World for Kids, by Kids 2005 (Birnbaum's Walt Disney World for Kids By Kids)
    by Birnbaum
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    Asin: 0786854294
    Catlog: Book (2004-10-01)
    Publisher: Disney Editions
    Sales Rank: 9744
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    Children are perhaps Walt Disney World's biggest fans. Eavesdrop on any playground or classroom, and you're bound to hear excited talk about who went to Walt Disney World and what they did each day-or minute. Kids can be wonderful sources of information, and our book is written specifically for children who range in age from 8 to 14. ... Read more


    8. Walk Away the Pounds : The Breakthrough 6-Week Program That Helps You Burn Fat, Tone Muscle, and Feel Great Without Dieting
    by Leslie Sansone
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    Asin: 0446577006
    Catlog: Book (2005-01-03)
    Publisher: Warner Books
    Sales Rank: 24537
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    The #1 name in fitness videos delivers her first book on the principles, exercises, and recipes for healthy living. Leslie Sansone and her fitness videos have been more successful at getting women up off the couch and walking than anyone or anything else in the fitness industry. The secret? Removing the intimidation that keeps so many women from getting started. Now, in her first book, Leslie includes a breakthrough 6-week program to help readers easily walk away the pounds, using walking and strength-training routines to burn fat, firm muscle, and increase metabolism. With chapters devoted to diet and nutrition, obesity, and the elderly, WALK AWAY THE POUNDS is infused with the infectious blend of motivation, warmth, and spirit that has made Leslie famous and given millions of women a new chance at healthy living. ... Read more


    9. Frommer's Best RV and Tent Campgrounds in the U.S.A.
    by Not Available
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    Asin: 0764559699
    Catlog: Book (2004-04-19)
    Publisher: Wiley
    Sales Rank: 17586
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    Covers campgrounds in every state except Hawaii
    * One out of every ten vehicle-owning households in the U.S. owns an RV, and 150 million Americans enjoy camping
    * Reviews nearly 5,000 campgrounds that accommodate RVers and families traveling by car
    * Includes "Campground Awards" for privacy, cleanliness, security, facilities, and best setting
    * Formerly titled The Unofficial Guide to the Best RV and Tent Campgrounds in the U.S.A.
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    10. Classic Hikes of the World: 23 Breathtaking Treks
    by Peter Potterfield
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    Asin: 0393057968
    Catlog: Book (2005-02-07)
    Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
    Sales Rank: 11726
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Inspiration and information to help you plan (and dream about) your next big trek.

    This book will help you realize your dreams of hiking among the world's highest peaks and most scenic canyons, discovering wilderness far from the clamor of civilization, encountering rare birds and animals, glorying in sunsets over glacier-clad ranges, and feeling the joy and achievement of hiking some of the world's most spectacular trails.

    Peter Potterfield has selected the great hikes of the world from personal experience, having hiked and photographed hundreds of trails to arrive at this selection. The adventures described range from weekend overnights to four-day hut trips to epic journeys that take a few weeks out and back. None requires technical mountaineering skill. Features include details on trail conditions, levels of difficulty, best seasons, approach strategies, hazards, and maps. Hikes include: John Muir Trail, California; Wonder Lake to McGonagall Pass, Alaska; Tour de la Vanoise, French Alps; Kungsleden, Swedish Lapland; K2 Base Camp; Grand Canyon rim to rim; Mount Kilimanjaro; Cerro Fitz Roy, Argentina; and Shackleton's Crossing, South Georgia. 115 illustrations. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book !
    I will skip the debate about which hikes are the world's greatest, and greatly admire this book as a current, concise and nicely illustrated presentation.Potterfield lays it out as clearly as a trail guide and attractively as a travel agent.But most of all, these are all hikes he has made. Very professional and personal.

    This book has made me change my choices of which hikes to ad to my life list (Buckskin Gulch, Utah) and which to just read about in amazement (Kalalau Trail, Hawaii).

    I was thrilled to see that I had been in the areas close to some trails that he describes: Grand Canyon, Mt Rainier, White Mountains of New Hampshire, Vancouver Island, and the North Cascades.The book inspires me to revisit these places with better plan and preparation.

    And he re-hikes one of the great survival hikes in history: the Shackleton Crossing of South Georgia Island.Nice to read of Potterfield's crossing of the same route - even well equipped he labels it a moderate physical challenge, but a much greater psychological challenge - even for a modern trek, weather there is the biggest factor

    I found some hikes that I should re-considered now - The John Muir Trail seems not to be the over-crowded trail I had thought it to be, and is back on the list.

    I wasn't looking for a technical manual, nor a travel brochure, this hits just right - human impressions of some great hikes, clear suggestions for what I may find there, and discussions of logistics, strategy, hazards and seasons.

    I got two copies of this excellent book, deciding that it would make a great gift for a well-traveled relative who is now an armchair trekker.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Okay, but could be better.
    I saw this book on Amazon and purchased it right away.The title itself is deceptive.Classic hikes of the world would lead one to believe that the hikes would come from all continents.However, almost half (11 out of 23) are from North America.Furthermore, the selection looks as if it was written for and culled from the brochures of an adventure travel company.Of course, like many adventure travel brochures, the pictures are really nice.

    If you are looking for a book on the world's best treks then I suggest that you look for Classic Treks : The 30 Most Spectacular Hikes in the World by Burkett and McGrady, Top Treks of the World by Razetti, or Trekking Great Walks of the World by Cleare.In my opinion, any of these would be a better choice than Potterfield's book. ... Read more


    11. Don't Waste Your Time in the Canadian Rockies: The Opinionated Hiking Guide
    by Kathy Copeland, Craig Copeland
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    Asin: 0968941974
    Catlog: Book (2004-07)
    Publisher: Hikingcamping.Com
    Sales Rank: 134277
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    This all-new, fifth edition describes 138 dayhikes and backpack trips in Banff, Jasper, Kootenay, Yoho, and Waterton national parks, as well as Mt. Robson and Assiniboine provincial parks. Here’s the discerning advice you need to create rewarding adventures. This guide rates and reviews trips as Premier, Outstanding, Worthwhile, or Don’t Do. 260 colour photos reveal this stunning wilderness. Trail maps for each trip enhance the comprehensive route descriptions ... Read more


    12. The Complete Idiot's Guide to RVing
    by Brent Peterson
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    Asin: 002864171X
    Catlog: Book (2001-10-03)
    Publisher: Alpha Books
    Sales Rank: 5392
    Average Customer Review: 4.36 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars THE COMPLETE IDIOT'S GUIDE
    The Complete Idiot's Guide to RVing
    By Brent Peterson

    "Complete" is the key word here. (The "Idiot's Guides" are what I always search for at bookstores when I need help with anything from computer programs to minor auto repairs.) I cannot think of one subject relating to RVing that has been left out of this book. Our very own Brent Peterson's new book covers ever so many topics regarding the RV lifestyle. Jody Schaeffer has illustrated The Complete Idiot's Guide to RVing with photographs being provided by Gary Bunzer. Peterson was generous in giving credit to those that double-checked and edited his information.

    Though Peterson had been taken on camping trips in his young years, he hadn't really been a true RVer until after he had been working for some time as a RV editor. This book has been written with humor and honesty, including many of the mistakes he made along the way, and how and what he learned from those mistakes.

    The Complete Idiot's Guide to RVing opens with basic information regarding exactly what advantages RVing can offer you, such as freedom and choices during your trip, and what you can expect from RVing. With nearly 10 million RVs on the roads, it is not just older retirees enjoying the freedom a RV offers, but all types of travelers of all ages are enjoying even weekend getaways. There is an extremely useful pre-trip reference checklist at the beginning of the book that tells you what to check for, step by step, with the engine, exterior, interior, cockpit, towed vehicles and what to check for as you leave..

    First you will learn of the various types of RVs and towables that are available and how to zero in on what will fit you and your expectations of a RV. Once you have narrowed your choices, Peterson walks you through the maize of what to look for on the inside and outside of your rig choices and explains what you need to watch out for when purchasing the vehicle. Topics include everything from pushy salesmen to plumbing systems.

    Peterson then teaches you all about towing vehicles including information on the amount of weight and the various types of weight ratings, hitches, brakes, safety chains, mirrors, tow bars, tow dollies, trailers, fifth-wheels and how important checking all connections before leaving are. Included are many driving tips, the Seven Deadly Driving Sins, getting lost, navigation systems and the importance of weight limits. Also discussed are how to choose where you will be spending the night, hookups, weather conditions and staying in touch with civilization while traveling.

    Throughout the book are listed many helpful hints that include classifications, such as "One for the Road" which has extremely helpful information on everything from weights, amps and volts to where fish are biting. "Road Scholar" which gives extra hints and information on all things concerning RVs and gives a bit of reassurance for the instances you might think you've really screwed up. "Pull Over" sections are the more important issues to look out for. "RVocabulary" covers the special language reserved for the RV crowd. Each chapter ends with "The Least You Need to Know" which boils down all chapter information to the more pertinent facts.

    Whether you are a fulltime RVer or just entertaining the thought of buying a rig, this 372 page book is a must have. You can buy the book at any Barnes & Noble bookstore for $16.95, or directly on line at www.amazon.com or at www.idiotsguides.com. The day that I checked at Amazon they were having a sale and "The Complete Idiot's Guide to RVing" by Brent Peterson was on sale for $13.26.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book for a newbie
    We bought this book before we purchased our first new to us RV. Because we were new to the RV world, this book was perfect for us. The first half of the book explained types of RV, the second half the different systems in the RV. I found the book easy reading and informative and now that we have had our RV for a year, we still refer to this book from time to time. I think it's well written and worth buying and I highly recommend it!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Super Helpful
    As a new RVer, I found the book extremely accessable and easy to understand. It has plain explanations on all systems, which is helpful for a non-techie like me. My first few times out I kept it at hand while trying to get a handle on the dump stations, and it made the experience a lot less stressful.
    Not only is it informative, but it also is a good read, unlike many of the other books that are dry and boring. I only wish I had gotten it before I bought my RV, so I could have benifited from his advice on selecting and buying motorhomes.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Almost worthless
    As a new RVer, I was hoping to get some quality advice from an experienced pro. Unfortunately, most of the advice is either common sense (you can't drive an RV like a sports car) or overly generalized (an anti-sway device will help your trailer track straight) with little truly useful information.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect for Absolute Beginners
    In anticipation of our first ever RV purchase we bought this guide and the "Dummies" one. This guide is humorously written and easy to follow. The "for Dummies" guide barely skimmed the surface of what's-what and left me with more questions than answers. This guide, however, answered all of my questions regarding disposal, electricity, etc.. Because of the author's wit and wisdom, I found it a thouroughly enjoyable read and would highly recommend it to anyone considering a first time RV purchase. ... Read more


    13. Walking Magazine The Complete Guide To Walking: for Health, Fitness, and Weight Loss
    by Mark Fenton
    list price: $24.95
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    Asin: 1585741906
    Catlog: Book (2001-03-01)
    Publisher: The Lyons Press
    Sales Rank: 23173
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    A 52-Week Plan for increased energy, reduced stress, improved mood, permanent weight loss, and a longer, healthier life from the experts at Walking Magazine.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars I love this book!
    I've bought this book four times now, because I show my copy to a family member or friend and they get so excited about it, I give them my copy and then have to go buy another one. This is the best walking book I've ever come across, with good information for the total beginner or the experience walker who just wants some extra motivation. Buy it!

    5-0 out of 5 stars really gets you walking
    i've been walking for a long time but this book got me walking every day instead of once in a while and taught me how to get the maximum out of my walks. i've stopped obssessing about my weight and my whole attitude towards my body and towards the concept of regular exercise has changed. the best thing about this book is that it is a daily, weekly and yearly companion that keeps you on the exercise regime. fenton's writing is guiless and honest -- a friendly push out the door. no criticism, just encouragement to start enjoying the natural movement of your own body. his frankness and simplicity are refreshing.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Fitness Book!
    This is one of the best written fitness books out there (and I've read a ton of 'em). Fenton covers topics from how to start a beginning walking program to competetive speed walking, and everything in between. It's well written and presented and is actually fun to read. More importantly, you'll learn it's fun to walk for fitness. A great start for beginners, but also a good motivator for seasoned exercisers.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Walk this way!
    The Complete Guide to Walking is everthing you need to get started with (or to get better at) a walking program. Mark Fenton covers just about every topic you can think of asking about, from beginning to advanced programs, gearing up for walks, and treadmills, to stretching, nutrition, strength training, and getting you motivated and enthusiastic about walking. His easy writing style, his humor and enthusiasm go a long way to get you off the couch and out the door to enjoy all the pleasures of a good walk. The book itself is beautifully laid out with many color photos, interesting sidebars and stories, and a one-year log incorporated into the book to help you along. The resource list is comprehensive, with clubs, apparel, gear manufacturers, strollers, and walkable-community information. I am using this book as my guide for weight loss and better health, and give it my highest recommendation. If you've never been able to get with any kind of physical activity consistently, this is the book that will help you do it! ... Read more


    14. Marathoning for Mortals
    by John Bingham, Jenny Hadfield
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    Asin: 1579547826
    Catlog: Book (2003-05-02)
    Publisher: Rodale Books
    Sales Rank: 15672
    Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    Once considered a feat for superhuman athletes, the marathon is now within every mortal's grasp. Former couch potato John Bingham has joined forces with coach Jenny Hadfield to create a winning plan that works for every mortal--even you.

    In Marathoning for Mortals, you'll find the courage to train, the willpower to persevere, and the tenacity to finish one mile after another. John and Jenny stick with you every step of the way, from your first insecure thoughts to your last-minute jitters to your supreme joy at the finish line. In Marathoning for Mortals, you'll find:

    8 training programs to run, run-walk, walk-run, or walk the half-marathon and marathon

    The advice you need to physically, mentally, and spiritually reach your dreams

    Tips to help you customize your training, buy the right shoes and apparel, and eat the best foods

    Guidance for common motivational, physical, and emotional roadblocks

    Join John and Jenny on an amazing transformative journey where the finish line is just the beginning.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Go the Distance! Have some fun too!
    Marathoning is more than a physical effort. It is also mental and spiritual. Body and mind both must be conditioned for the 26.2 mile adventure. This book addresses the whole person's preparation for a marathon. Bingham stresses that each person can find success at their own level.

    A few years ago, I joined "Team In Training" to do a marathon while raising money to fight cancer. A noble goal, but I had never done more than a 5K. In fact I am a cancer survivor myself! I read this book cover to cover, and followed the ideas. Foure months later, I finished my first marathon! I have done a few more since then too!

    If you are a hot-shot runner, go write your own book. Want a technical book in running? Go get one. This book is for the rest of us who just want to do the marathon, go the distance, and have some fun too!
    Thank You John!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
    This is an excellent book for whomever needs some help on his/her training. It explains in perfect detail how to train for a full or half marathon according to your current level. It tells you what to expect, how to prepare yourself, and especially it makes a lot of emphasis on cross training (which means training by doing other sports other than running). Cross training is a key component in a good routine. Few authors put so much emphasis on this. He also explains the importance of stretching and using other sports for your benefit. I really think this is one of the best books you can get if you don't know anything about training for a marathon and you are planning to train for one.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Ultimate Bingham
    Bingham always has a great perspective inside each edition of Runner's World. 'Marathoning for Mortals' keeps the same tone while connecting the dots of his 'high five' mantra into a training regiment.

    You'll get high praise from Bingham while "Coach Jenny" brings it back to the training. They cover everything for the beginner as well as the the runner who is looking to take on his/her third/fourth marathon.

    It takes you month by month through the training, anticipating every heartbreak and muscle ache. If you're thinking about marathoning, then start here, then move onto Galloway or Higdon.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good for beginners
    I purchased this book for a friend who is a beginning runner and wanted to achieve a lifelong dream of running a marathon. I did look through it before gifting it and found it to be full of doable advice for the average person. Mr. Bingham does not take the elitist attitude some runners have towards the sport of marathoning; that it has been cheapened by the influx of "mere mortals" who dare to venture out on to the 26.2 mile course with nothing more than a pair of shoes and a few weeks of training. Instead, he maintains that there is a place for everyone in the pack (and I agree) All runners pay the same entry fee. The "mere mortal" may have put in just as much training as the elite runner to get to the finish line. Some can cross the line in just over 2 hours, others require 3 or 4 times that long. In my opinion (and Mr. Bingham's) if they have given it all they have for 26.2 miles, they have run the same race. Anyone contemplating this lifetime achievement (I will NEVER forget the feeling of crossing the finish line at my own first marathon) but who fears that it is out of their reach, should buy this book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Everything one needs to know
    A great easy-to-read book that gives you interesting info about what distance running means for your body, and what it takes for you to be prepared both physically and mentally, to get to the start line. John's and Jenny's explanations, experiences and suggestions encouraged me to revisit my training routine for, as I kept on reading, I realized how my original approach was not helping me to get the best out of my effort. I made some adjustments and they have resulted in evident improvements.

    If you are not one of those seasoned-supersonic runners in the world, I'm sure you will find the book of great help, and at times, even a source of inspiration. ... Read more


    15. Maui Trailblazer: Where to Hike, Snorkel, Paddle, Surf, Drive
    by Jerry Sprout, Janine Sprout
    list price: $15.95
    our price: $13.56
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    Asin: 0967007240
    Catlog: Book (2004-11-01)
    Publisher: Diamond Valley Company
    Sales Rank: 15300
    Average Customer Review: 4.82 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    With outdoor activities for everyone at every level, Maui Trailblazer is all you need to explore the best of the island. Discover the best spots for hiking, snorkeling, kayaking, surfing, and biking, plus tranquil places for birdwatching, relaxing, and swimming. You'll find activities for families, day excursions to Lanai, Molokai, and Molokini islands, historical legends and archaeological sites. Handpicked accommodations, campgrounds, and restaurants for all budgets keep you comfortable and well-fed. A "Best Of" section, recreational outfitters, and practical transportation and safety tips allow you to pull off a flawless trip.

    137 hikes and strolls: tropical rain forests and remote valleys, coastal bluffs and lava tubes, Haleakala crater and the Hana Highway, cascading waterfalls, pools, beaches.

    44 snorkeling beaches and reefs, including hike-to-coves and the secret places tour boats go.

    16 spots to kayak or canoe the coast

    38 beaches for surfers, including board, body and boogie, plus the windsurfing and kite-boarding hot spots

    10 maps and more than 200 photographs

    9 driving tours with directions to cultural sites

    A Resource Links section covering a travelers every need with addresses, weblinks and phone numbers for outfitters, rental and tour companies, visitor info offices, public agencies, ferries, stables, galleries, shops and museums.

    Appendices include free hula shows, luaus, farmer's markets, what to pack, climate, history and fauna, budget friendly B&B's, rustic cabins, mid-priced condos to luxury hotels. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Maui's Best
    Our short Hawaiian vacation consisted of 3 days of business meetings on Oahu and three playing on Maui. The two islands contrasted greatly. Thankfully, this book offered us an entire new perspective of island life and guided us to some wild stretches of beach that were definitely off the beaten path. Loaded with photos so we knew what to expect and great maps that quickly got us to snorkeling areas where the water was clean and clear. We recommend this book, it deserves five stars.

    5-0 out of 5 stars strongly recommend
    Expertly organized, expertly written with enough detail to keep you going for months. I like every book in the series. The one for Maui is particularly good as it explores many of the little known areas not listed in any of the standard guidebooks. It made touring around alot of fun and the practical advice it offered like knowing the rules of the road and getting to Hana in one piece made all the difference. Read it on the plane and you'll get off knowing exactly where to head. Here's a hint: Big Beach. You'll be in the swing like a local. Paradise found!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Hanging out and recharging on Maui's beaches
    I just returned from a solo trip to Maui. I used Maui Trailblazer guide exclusively to plan my agenda prior to my arrival. My friends had told me this was the sunny island where the best beaches were and I started on my quest the afternoon I arrived - my condo host supplied the boogieboard. First day, all day spent on Baldwin Beach transitioning to a slower pace.<br /> <br /> Expect to find good freebie tips and directions to beautiful snorkel coves and island dayhike hops. It has a nice mix of opinion, humor, and solid to-do, to-see ideas. Hemingway would have loved this place.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Our Island
    I'm in the tourism service industry and have lived on Maui most of my life. When visitors ask me which book I'd choose to tour the island, I tell them this one. It's unbiased, activity heavy and contains safety advice that keeps people out of trouble.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Do It Yourself Guide
    With all the diverse interests of our family, Maui Trailblazer suited us well. The trail instructions were easy to follow and gave us plenty of options. It introduced us to Molokai where we stayed for two nights. The beaches were surprisingly empty there. I recommend it to anyone who likes to day hike. ... Read more


    16. Sedona Hikes: 130 Day Hikes and 5 Vortex Sites around Sedona, Arizona, Revised Eighth Edition
    by Richard K. Mangum, Sherry G. Mangum, Richard K Mangum, Sherry G Mangum
    list price: $16.95
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    Asin: 1891517074
    Catlog: Book (2004-04)
    Publisher: Hexagon Pr
    Sales Rank: 56170
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    The best Sedona hiking guide! The 130 hikes in this edition have been totally revamped and now include a beautiful photograph for each hike. First released in 1992, the authors have worked constantly to keep this guide updated and current through this latest edition.

    The very use-friendly format features each hike shown on facing pages with complete directions to the trailhead, description of the hike, photograph and map. Also included is an elevation change graph, season-to-hike chart, difficulty and mileage graph and a how-crowded icon. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Sedona Hikes is the VERY BEST!
    If you can buy only one book about Sedona area hikes, buy this one. Don't give it a second thought. Yes, there are other books but this one is the very best, bar none. That's all that matters. Get your money's worth. Think about this, the authors published their first books in 1992 after researching the hikes for SEVEN YEARS! Then they proceed to put out five MORE revised editions since then. That means they have published six editions in 9 years!! All of that updated knowledge is contained in the 6th edition. Having this book is like having your own personal hiking guide. You get over 250 pages for a mere [amt]!. Their descriptions are the most up-to-date and the best researched. The writing and photography come from a genuine lifelong love for the place, not a desire to make money from a hiking book. We bought their first edition in 1992 and carry it right alongside our 6th edition. We wouldn't leave home for a hike in that area without the 6th edition. It's the Bible, as far as we are concerned. Good luck and happy hiking!

    5-0 out of 5 stars What More Could One Ask For?
    Accurate, informative, easy to use, clear, concise and loaded with hikes -- what else could a person ask for from a hiking guidebook? My wife an I bought this book from adventuroustraveler.com for a short stay we had in Sedona this spring. Not only did this book help us maximize our time there by making recommendations and providing explicit maps and distances for every hike, but it gave us a lot of useful information about the history and geology of the area. Even though we only had the chance to make a handful of hikes, we feel we got the most out of them, and a lot of that had to do with this book. We look forward to going back to Sedona and taking the book with us and recommend it for anyone else who plans to visit, too.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Sedona's best trail guide book!
    "Sedona Hikes" is an excellent guide for the stunning red rock country. Everything about this book is quality. Boasting 135 hikes this is money well spent. Now in it's fifth edition the book has really come together. As an avid hiker I can say this book hits on several areas in gleaming fashion. Directions to the trailheads are precise and easy to follow. The size of the book is appropriate to carry in a water backpack. Trails covering the entire area are included. At first I thought the vague trail maps could be better. After further consideration I realized the trail descriptions are so good you really don't need a map. Important trail information is included such as distance, effort and features. Time needed to hike the trail helps plan your day. I would categorize the authors as light day hikers. Most just visiting the area would fall into this category so the book is a real hit. If you plan on a longer hike, on some of the trails, you will need to go elsewhere for the information. I've used and carried this book on countless hikes. Since the last printing the Red Rock fee has come into effect on several trails. I'm sure this will be included in the sixth edition. - joe bartels Webmaster of HikeArizona.COM & TrailDEX

    5-0 out of 5 stars new history
    richard and sherry please email me at rudedogazusa@aol.com i think you will be happy that you did. i'm a lost lost friend (remember me as rudy chavez justice court) i have tried to find both of you for awhile,. history is what you will receive with no record of it! i tried to give the books to everyone thru my attorney but whopps! no one would take it. this is just what might help start a new historical quest for knowledge.. please contact me. thanks

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great description of day hikes in the Sedona Area
    This is a wonderful book describing many day hikes in the Sedona AZ area. A number of people in the area said this was the best book for hiking. We really enjoyed the hiking and this book helped us find the best places to go (and what to expect when we got there.) ... Read more


    17. Frommer's Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks
    by EricPeterson
    list price: $10.99
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    Asin: 0764542850
    Catlog: Book (2004-02-16)
    Publisher: Frommers
    Sales Rank: 59512
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    Frommer’s Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks is packed with all the facts, tips and descriptions you need to have perfect park vacation, in a pocket size guide:

    • The most memorable park experiences, from Old Faithful and Mammoth Hot Springs, to Snake River raft trips.
    • Great places to stay in and near the parks, ranging from historic lodges to family-friendly motels—plus a complete campground guide for each park.
    • A fully illustrated nature guide to help you spot and identify bald eagles, bison, wildflowers, and more.
    • The best hikes, from ranger-led interpretive walks to challenging backcountry overnights.
    • What to see and do outside of the parks: rodeos, chuckwagon feeds, IMAX nature films, an elk preserve, Jackson Hole’s bars and boutiques, and more.
    • Detailed, accurate park and trail maps
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    5-0 out of 5 stars OUSTANDING!!!
    This book is Outstanding. Peterson does a great job of telling you about all the Important places in Yellowstone. Anyone who wants to travel there should by this books. Peterson's eloquent prose delivers the goods. A tour de force!

    5-0 out of 5 stars better than his last one
    this book is a lot better than Petersen's previous efforts. Well written, well organized, thoroughly detailed, and chock full of insightful insights. Bravo, Mr. Peterson!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Right to the detail
    Can you imagine writing 243 pages on just 2 National Parks? That's why I say it's right to the detail!

    Like all Frommer's books, the author starts with his recommendations - best vacations, best hotels, best eateries, best sights etc etc - with regards to the region in question (in this case YST & GRT). And it's really not about pure reporting the facts, but personal opinions that encourage rather than dictate your own opinion-forming process.

    Other useful information includes month-by-month temperature information, road closures, where to get money, ATM machines etc, and, my favorite of all, When-to-go guide. There's even a section that talks about towns and cities bordering Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Parks, though they are not part of the region proper!

    As we go deeper, the book will further the divide the regions into smaller sub-regions, such as Old Faithful Area, Norris Jct Area and Jackson Hole. You want to know which town really suits you and will make your vacation a memorable one. There's even a map showing which town is nearest to which attractions. For example if you love the Old Faithful, you won't want to fly into Jackson Hole; or if you wanna river raft in the Snake River, Cody is not the right place to reside during your stay!

    By the look of how much I know as mentioned above, you know how good the book is! ;O)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Attention To Detail
    As my wife and I were planning our vacation to Yellowstone, we stumbled upon this wonderful resource. Mr. Peterson has done an excellent job presenting accurate and insightfull information that made our preproduction a true breeze! The format of this book was extremely user friendly and it allowed us easy access as we navigated through all of the endless routes and hotels surrounding the park. Bravo! This guide was instrumental in helping us to plan a very wonderful and memorable trip! ... Read more


    18. Central Park, An American Masterpiece: A Comprehensive History of the Nation's First Urban Park
    by Sara Cedar Miller
    list price: $45.00
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    Asin: 0810939460
    Catlog: Book (2003-04-01)
    Publisher: Harry N Abrams
    Sales Rank: 7910
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Gorgeous Book Commemorating America's 1st Public Park
    Commemorating the 150th anniversary of Central Park, photographer and historian Sara Cedar Miller celebrates the aesthetic, cultural and historic significance of America's first public park with the book "Central Park, An American Masterpiece." This is the park's definitive illustrated history, and offers some of the most gorgeous photographs I have seen on the subject - a difficult task given the number of pictures that have been drawn, painted and photographed of the Manhattan landmark. The book includes over 200 color illustrations, original plans and drawings alongside modern photos, giving the viewer/reader an historical perspective.

    Accompanying Ms. Miller's work, portraying the park throughout the seasons, is a well written text which highlights the conception and creation of the park and its art and architecture. This is a big, beautiful picture book that would make a wonderful addition to any home or library. It's a wonderful gift idea. I know as I have given it numerous times.

    Ms. Miller is the parks official historian and photographer and has been since the mid-1980s.
    JANA

    5-0 out of 5 stars A book as worthy as the park it celebrates
    Sara Miller has put together an outstanding book: a book as vast and detailed as the Great Park itself. For those not familiar with the park and its history, this is an invaluable introduction to the political, demographical, economic and, especially, aesthetic thinking that went into the creation of 800 acres of gorgeous park space in the middle of Manhattan. For those seasoned veterans of NYC history, this is a welcome reminder of the enormous vision and efforts of Calvert Vaux and Fredrick Law Olmsted, as they conceived the park.

    Nota Bene: A lot of books have gorgeous photos but the print job is miserable ... Others have high-qualtity prints but the photos aren't that interesting ... This book has glorious prints and an expert print job. Pick up this book.

    Rocco Dormarunno, author of The Five Points and The Five Points Concluded ... Read more


    19. Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why
    by Laurence Gonzales
    list price: $14.95
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    Asin: 0393326152
    Catlog: Book (2004-10-30)
    Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
    Sales Rank: 4998
    Average Customer Review: 4.26 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    "Unique among survival books...stunning...enthralling. Deep Survival makes compelling, and chilling, reading."—Penelope Purdy, Denver Post

    After her plane crashes, a seventeen-year-old girl spends eleven days walking through the Peruvian jungle. Against all odds, with no food, shelter, or equipment, she gets out. A better-equipped group of adult survivors of the same crash sits down and dies. What makes the difference?

    Examining such stories of miraculous endurance and tragic death—how people get into trouble and how they get out again (or not)—Deep Survival takes us from the tops of snowy mountains and the depths of oceans to the workings of the brain that control our behavior. Through close analysis of case studies, Laurence Gonzales describes the "stages of survival" and reveals the essence of a survivor—truths that apply not only to surviving in the wild but also to surviving life-threatening illness, relationships, the death of a loved one, running a business during uncertain times, even war.

    Fascinating for any reader, and absolutely essential for anyone who takes a hike in the woods, this book will change the way we understand ourselves and the great outdoors. ... Read more

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    2-0 out of 5 stars Restates The Obvious..
    After reading many glowing reviews of this book by self-proclaimed survival experts and others, I was looking forward to my copy. Unfortunately, I don't think this book brings anything new or astounding to the survival literature genre.

    Many critics have painstakingly noted that Deep Survival does not deal with the mechanics of 'how to' survive, but rather the psychological mindset of how successful survivors dealt with their situation - it's almost as if they believe this element hasn't been dealt with by others (nonsense, of course). Indeed, many people celebrating this book seem to ridicule the idea of actually acquiring survival skills or planning for unforseen situations, as Deep Survival doesn't focus on this aspect. Despite this, some of the book's own survival stories, such as Steve Callahan's lifeboat ordeal, pay testament to the importance of someone who not possessed the correct mental attitude, but ALSO pre-acquired survival knowledge such as knowledge of edible fish and improvised sea navigation AND carried emergency equipment (three solar stills) that proved to be instrumental in his survival.

    In a nutshell, the book takes 300 pages to deliver what should be three very self-evident messages: Don't bite off more than you can chew, know when it's time to quit, and don't be afraid to call for help when you're in trouble. I think most mature people can understand and practice that advice. But if you're the type of person that needs repeated examples of survival stories for this to sink in, then you need this book. Otherwise, forget it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Simply wonderful
    Those who are focusing on whether or not Gonzales is actually instructing you on how to survive in the wild are completely missing the point of Deep Survival. As a totally urban chick who'd rather die than hike, I bought the book not because I wanted to learn about mountaineering, but to investigate why I've survived a blood disorder that has killed others. And thanks to this book, I've gotten my answer. Gonzales beautifully explains and explores the paradox that must be absorbed completely if one is to live through a catastrophe--which is that to survive something, you must surrender to it, basically fall into it, accepting all the pain and suffering, if you're ever going to get out of it. When you're able to quickly adapt to a new reality and make this new place--however frightening--your new home, you've a much better chance of surviving than the person who's in denial. For one thing, your sense of spirituality and wonder deepens, and this is a tremendous life force in and of itself. It helps you enjoy where you ARE, instead of frantically trying to get to where you think you should be. This is simply a great life lesson, whether you're lost in the woods, or just trying to live a happier existence.

    He explains the paradox so well--that in order to survive, one must surrender, yet at the same time not give in. There must be a sheer raw determination to win the game, yet an acceptance of possibly losing it as well, which paradoxically, gives you an edge. And if you can muster a playful spirit on top of it all, well--then you're just golden. A *great* read.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Most Important Book You Will Ever Read
    As a person who spent 23 years in the military and many days in dangerous environments, I have to say, you must read this book slowly and memorize the lessons. Whether you are a city person or a country person, this book contains information you may need in an instant. This book explains many of the lessons I learned thought the great college of hard knocks. Had I read this book I would have been so much better prepared to face the many of the challenges I have survived. I made many decisions that lead to my survival. This book would have made that easier. Many times I was in for more danger than I understood. This book would have made my life safer. It will make your life safer. The first chapters are difficult. The end is exciting. The whole book is essential both to your knowledge and your library. Buy it here now.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
    I was very excited when I first started reading this book because the concept is so promising. I was expecting story after story of outdoor adventures gone bad along with an analysis of why the people did (or didn't) survive. Whatever this book is, it definitely isn't that.

    I gave up on this book after four chapters, so maybe it gets better later on, but the parts I read were very haphazardly put together. Accounts from real life survival stories are intermixed with the author's philosophy on survival physiology. In addition, the author often makes back references to small facts from earlier scenarios, which is very disrupting to the rhythm of the story.

    I would recommend reading the annual "Accidents in North American Mountaineering" series instead.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Survival skills for the wilderness and life.
    Deep Survival Review

    Last year my family visited the west (Sedona, Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce, Lake Powel). Upon arrival at Bryce I walked from the lodge to the canyon. Despite warning signs and the fact that I had all the information I needed right before my eyes if it had not been for a lady sitting on a bench at the edge of the canyon I warning me I would have walked right off the edge of the canyon and fallen surely to my death. I was about thee inches from the edge when she spoke to me and I 'perceived' that I was about three inches from the edge and the next step would be my last.

    I thought a lot about that experience as I read Deep Survival. The author's discussions about perception of danger and the lack of it leading to deep trouble in the wilderness, on you home street or in business was invaluable. This is a wonderful thought provoking book. It caused me to think back over several trips into the wilderness I have taken and I now view them quite differently. It will also affect future explorations. This book kind of reminds me to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.

    My recommendation: Get this book. I originally read a library copy but I have ordered my own copy so I can mark it up and highlight important passages. If you love the adventure of life get this book so adventure does not turn into tragedy. ... Read more


    20. Be Expert with Map and Compass
    by BjönKjellström
    list price: $18.95
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    Asin: 0020292651
    Catlog: Book (1994-06-10)
    Publisher: Wiley
    Sales Rank: 15362
    Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    "Required reading for the beginner in map and compass work, as well as for those interested in serious Orienteering. In simple, clear, concise terms the basics of map and compass work are described and illustrated."
    —George T. Hamilton, Appalachia

    This new, enlarged edition of Be Expert with Map & Compass includes everything the beginner needs to know about the increasingly popular sport of Orienteering: understanding map symbols; traveling by map alone, by compass alone, or by map and compass together; finding bearings; sketching maps; and traveling in the wilderness. Other updated sections cover competitive Orienteering, how to join an Orienteering event or organize your own, and useful hints for competitive and wilderness Orienteering. In addition to the revisions throughout, the author has interspersed the text with reminiscences of his more than fifty years of experience with map and compass. Drawing crowds of 25,000 participants at international events, the sport of Orienteering is more popular than ever. The Orienteering world championships were held in the United States for the first time in 1993. For Orienteers and scouts, avid outdoorspeople, and anyone who wants to feel more comfortable in the wilderness, this updated guide is an indispensable reference. ... Read more

    Reviews (10)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good Introduction
    Be Expert with Map and Compass provides a good introduction to land navigation and the sport of orienteering. The first two sections discuss how to navigate with a map alone and a compass alone. Separate discussions of these two components give the reader a strong understanding of how they work and how they can be useful. The third section then deals with the combined use of map and compass. These sections gently move up in difficulty and make navigating with a map and compass easy to learn. The last section is an introduction to the sport of orienteering and provides information on how to get involved, the rules of the game, and how to set up a competition. Even if you are not interested in competitive orienteering, the book is a good way to learn how to get about with a map and compass.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very easy to use and understand orienteering book
    Completely foreign to this subject I was searching for a book to use to teach our homeschool group about orienteering and map reading. The book has an excellent method of learning about mapping and using the compass with hands on projects for a group. The kids had a grand time with the classes and the parents learned a lot, too. Loved all the references that were included to order maps and supplies.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Well explained, well structured!
    Good book!

    This book is divided in two parts:

    One that explains in a very easy way how to use map and compass and the other part is an explanation about an activity or sport called orieenting

    if you are not interested in orieenting maybe the second part of this book will be useless for you.

    BUT the first part (how to use the map and compass) worths every dollar spent, instructions about how to use your map and compass is meticulously explained, and well structured.

    5-0 out of 5 stars How To Find Your Way, On Your Own Terms
    I read this book preparatory to joining a local orienteering club, to refresh skills gleaned from the Army long ago. It is an excellent small text, simply presented, with a fine sample map for use with some examples and problems. While there are descriptions of orienteering competition, one good thing about this activity is that you can pursue it on your own terms (so long as you don't interfere with others) and be as competitive or un-competitive as you wish.

    5-0 out of 5 stars As it tittles says, its a good book for beginners to experts
    I found this book very helpful I had already orientering skills but this book helped me to develop even more my skills, it will be easily understood by any person, since beginners to experts.

    The book also covers a lot of topic of orientering competitions which I dindt found useful for me, but maybe you do. ... Read more


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