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61. Frommer's Beijing
by GraemeSmith, JoshChin, PeterNeville-Hadley
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Asin: 076453873X
Catlog: Book (2003-12-15)
Publisher: Frommers
Sales Rank: 102336
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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"...A good starting point for those who have felt the lure of the ancient Chinese capital but are unsure how to set about getting there. Should be one of the first books people turn to." —Pittsburgh Tribune, 5/2000

You'll never fall into the tourist traps when you travel with Frommer's. It's like having a friend show you around, taking you to the places locals like best. Our expert authors have already gone everywhere you might go-they've done the legwork for you, and they're not afraid to tell it like it is, saving you time and money. No other series offers candid reviews of so many hotels and restaurants in all price ranges. Every Frommer's Travel Guide is up-to-date, with exact prices for everything, dozens of color maps, and exciting coverage of sports, shopping, and nightlife. You'd be lost without us!

This is a detailed, user-friendly, and up-to-the-minute guide to Beijing, China's capital and its major gateway city. We'll take you to the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace, and the Great Wall, and show you how to plunge into the city's shopping scene and discover the best local restaurants. It can be difficult for Western visitors to communicate and find their way around in such a vast, fast-paced, and bewildering city, but we've made it easy for you to explore on your own, with detailed directions, accurate maps, practical logistical advice, and etiquette tips. We've also included a handy appendix of useful Chinese phrases, and establishment names are listed in both English and Chinese characters, making it easier for you to get around and find the places you're looking for. Our authors, experienced China travelers who've written about the country for years, offer valuable insights and paint a vivid picture of a city that's undergoing one of the most fascinating cultural and economic transformations in history. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Pretty useful, but missing some important aspects...
I bought this book because it was the most recently published travel guide on Beijing at the time (Dec '03). I have been living in Beijing for 3 months and have been to several of the places the book recommends. The facts in it are usually accuate; some prices, restaurant names, and phone numbers have changed since the book was published.

My main qualm with this book is the referencing... it is completely inconvenient. First of all, the Chinese characters of location names are listed in the back of the book, instead of with the desriptions (like most books). This makes is difficult to show people the characters of the place you are looking for if you're lost.

Also, if you are looking at one of the book's maps, and want to find out more about a certain location, there is no page reference. You have to look the place up in the index and then flip to the description.

Similarly, there are no map references in the sight-descriptions. (The book has several maps.) You have to guess which map the place would be on, based on the very basic directions given in the description. This can be a pain!!!

Otherwise, the book proved useful. My friends that had the Lonely Planet guide said that is was much less acurate than my book. Also check out Let's Go when deciding which book to buy. ... Read more


62. Mapping the Tibetan World
by Atsushi Kanamaru, Kotan Publishing
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Asin: 0970171609
Catlog: Book (2001-02-01)
Publisher: Kotan Publishing
Sales Rank: 130560
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Whether you are visiting the central Tibetan plateau or more easily accessible Tibetan areas in northern India, Nepal, Bhutan, or western China this is the guidebook that gives you all the information you require to truly explore this wonderful region. The Tibetan way of life thrives in many areas outside of the area commonly known as "Tibet".

With a unique collection of over 280 highly detailed, tried and tested maps in combination with more than 400 pages of practical travel information and 339 illustrations, color and black & white photographs, "Mapping the Tibetan World" is a one-stop guide and map book to this entire Tibetan region.

The more than 280 maps are clear, concise and packed with useful information as well as all the relevant towns, villages, monasteries, trekking routes and base camps as well as other points of interest along the way. There are country maps that cover all of the main Himalayan destinations including double page maps of Nepal and Bhutan. Bus route & highway maps, which help with planning your routes into the region and in getting around. The regional & local maps along with special ones showing large monasteries and sights of special interest will allow you to relax and soak up the atmosphere of the place without those nagging worries that you are missing out on something just around the corner. This collection of maps is the most comprehensive ever offered in a guidebook covering the Himalayas and many of them are simply unavailable anywhere else. Please see the Interior Artwork provided above for a taste of what to expect.

The travel information provided includes difficult to find bus and train timetables, air schedules, sample budgets and model routes as well as hotel rates, restaurant suggestions and hundreds of interesting sights to see. This is supplemented by a balanced look at the historical, cultural and religious backdrop to the Tibetan way of life.

There are language sections covering both the Tibetan and Chinese languages. Each town is identified by it's Tibetan and Chinese name (and at times Nepalese) and also by it's local name where the regional dialect is different. To further assist in your endeavors to get from A to B there is a full map and location index alongside an appendix crammed full of place names in English along with their names in Chinese characters.

Readers who stand to benefit from this book include: *Independent Travelers Any traveler planning to explore any part of the Tibetan Cultural Area, whether in Tibet, China, Nepal, India or Bhutan. *Group Tours Anyone who is joining a group tour to the Himalayas and is in search of background information on the history of the area, the culture and customs of the people or the festivals and complex world of Tibetan Buddhism.*Trekkers Those adventurous souls who are aiming to tackle the Everest routes from either the Nepal or Tibet side, challenging the Annapurna sanctuary or attempting Mt. Kangchenjunga among the many other peaks in the region. *Travel Professionals Travel and trekking agencies will be able to offer better organized and more in-depth travel packages to their clients by using this book. *Scholars & Others Anyone studying, researching or with a general interest in the region will gain invaluable information and gain access to a unique set of maps. You will gain further knowledge of the Tibetan people and the areas they call home and it will act as reference resource for years to come. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Ambitious & Successful
'Mapping the Tibetan World' is a very ambitious project, and one that succeeds brilliantly.

The once-great Tibetan world, though based on common culture and language, has splintered over the centuries into slabs attached to China, India and Nepal--with Bhutan the sole independent nation remaining. This book reassembles the complex jigsaw into a cohesive whole again, making it the perfect guidebook for travellers keen on visiting overlapping regions of the Tibetan plateau on a single trip.

The marvel is how all the complex data is compressed into 424 pages. The maps are highly detailed and many are not found in other sources: among them are excellent trekking maps.

If you want to explore the Tibetan sphere of influence, this is the book.

Michael Buckley, travel writer, author of Heartlands: Travels in the Tibetan World and the Tibet Travel Adventure Guide

3-0 out of 5 stars Perhaps my previous review offended...
I wonder what happened to my original review, which seems to have disappeared...

I had tried to go against the conventional wisdom about this book and recommend that, if one is not interested in purely religious destinations, another book might be in order.
This book is concerned only with religious destinations in Tibet.
Mountain climbers, trekkers, or bikers concerned perhaps with more terrestrial matters would be better served by a book with mile markers, better maps, and more information on lodging.

I was in Tibet in March of 2002 climbing Mt. Nojin Kansa. I had this book; another guy had a book I won't bother (this time) to name. I constantly referred to the other book for mile markers, pass altitudes, international phone providers, etc.

This book will get thee to a nunnery in short order. It will not provide the best maps or travel details.

5-0 out of 5 stars So good I bought it twice!
At first glance, I thought this guide would be difficult to use as I was so used to the layout of Lonely Planet. However, I quickly adapted to it and found it very informative and reasonably up to date. Most useful was the section on Buddhism when visiting the extraordinary temples in Tibet, as well as advice on routes to take and how to get places. Unfortunately, after a vehicle accident just outside of Lhasa, my book went missing somewhere between the side of the road and the hospital bed (don't let that put you off visiting this remarkable country!). So I was overjoyed when I discovered the guide again in Kathmandu, and bought another copy so I could continue to use it!

5-0 out of 5 stars portable encyclopedia of the Tibetan world i was waiting for
Mapping the Tibetan World is the portable encyclopedia of the Tibetan world i was waiting for !
I have now this wonderful little book always close to me so that i can read a bit here and a bit there whenever i have five minutes to spare.
It has informations on all aspects of Tibetan life, culture, history and geography as well as Tibetan Buddhist philosophy and symbols.
The many maps included makes it easy to plan your trip in Tibet and other Tibetan cultural regions.
The only suggestions i could make to the publisher would be a LARGE PRINT version for people who like me have bad eyesight, and may be a color coding to distinguish the various regions (chapters).
A wonderful job done by this team of young explorers, many thanks to them !

5-0 out of 5 stars Best guide to Tibet
This book is a must for travellers, it has easily the best set of maps to Tibet that I have ever seen and they are really easy to follow. The travel information is also very detailed, especially when it comes to the local public transport timetables and routes. I am also impressed that it covers in detail all the Tibetan areas in the Chinese controlled areas and beyond and not just around Lhasa. ... Read more


63. Armenia : A Historical Atlas
by Robert H. Hewsen
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Asin: 0226332284
Catlog: Book (1900-05-01)
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Sales Rank: 417914
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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From its conversion to Christianity to the Genocide during World War I, from the Soviet occupation to its recent independence, Armenia has seen a long and often turbulent history. In the magnificent Armenia: A Historical Atlas, Robert H. Hewsen traces Armenia's rich past from ancient times to the present day through more than two hundred full-color maps packed with information about physical geography, demography, and sociopolitical, religious, cultural, and linguistic history.

Hewsen has divided the maps into five sections, each of which begins with a chronology of important dates and a historical introduction to the period. Specialized maps include Ptolemy's second-century map of Armenia, as well as maps of Roman, Cilician, Ottoman, tsarist, and Soviet Armenia. Other maps show the Persian khanate of Erevan, the Caucasian campaigns of World War I, the Armenian Genocide, the Armenian monuments in Turkey and Transcaucasia, the worldwide diaspora, ground plans of selected cities, and plans of the great monastery of Echmiadzin in 1660, 1890, and 1990. The atlas concludes with maps portraying the Karabagh war and the new Armenian Republic, and an extensive bibliography compiles references to the vast historical, ethnological, and travel literature on the region.

The first comprehensive and authoritative atlas of any of the former Soviet republics, this book does not treat Armenia in isolation, but instead sets it within the context of Caucasia as a whole, providing detailed information on neighboring regions such as Georgia and Azerbaijan. Armenia: A Historical Atlas will be an essential reference and an important teaching tool for generations to come.


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5-0 out of 5 stars Invaluable historical atlas; couldn't be better
This is an amazing atlas presenting in-depth covering of the long and turbulent history of Armenia. There are numerous publications on Armenian history, but they either contain plain maps, or plan text. This one not only presents an enormous number of extremely valuable and rare historical maps covering about three thousand years' history, but also presents in a very reader-friendly style unbiased historical facts associated with every single map. More than that, it presents invaluable statistical information, such as the population by regions. It also presents very intriguing architectural data. One of invaluable features of the book is the coverage of the Armenian genocide and the first republic.
This is more than a book - it is a great treasure that anyone interested in history in general and Armenian history in particular MUST have.

5-0 out of 5 stars An outstanding accomplishment!
I cannot imagine a more comprehensive effort on telling -and mapping- the history of a people. This atlas is a delight to go to once and again. It contains a treasury of well-explained and well-presented historical facts on the Armenian nation, whose boundaries have suffered so many changes throughout the ages.
The price...is steep but well justified. My only comment would be that,if you are interested in a superficial or introductory work, you are paying here for more than you need. If, however, you want to go deep, this atlas is a must. In addition to the maps, the text is very rich and I can't think of any item of information on the Armenian people that would not be covered here.

5-0 out of 5 stars IT's BIG, I'll give it that.
Mr. Hewson's book requires a large coffee table with sturdy legs. Well worth the price, it will fascinate all ethnicities by its girth. The painstakingly rendered maps are only part of the magic. The accompanying research of each period of the history of this Region, (which encompasses more than just the Armenian culture) incorporates many sources to deliver a volume that is at once simple enough for the novice researcher and involved enough for those already familiar with the subject matter. ... Read more


64. Culture Shock! China: China (Culture Shock! Guides)
by Kevin Sinclair, Iris Wong Po-Yee
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Asin: 1558686150
Catlog: Book (2002-03-01)
Publisher: Graphic Arts Center Publishing Company
Sales Rank: 76237
Average Customer Review: 3.27 out of 5 stars
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You'll never feel intimidated and awkward about the customs and etiquette of another country again. With the insights provided in this CULTURE SHOCK! Guide, you'll learn to see beyond the stereotypes and misinformation that often precede a visit to a foreign land. Whether you plan to stay for a week or for a year, you'll benefit from such topics as understanding the rules of driving and monetary systems, religious practices and making friends. There are tips on political traditions, building business relationships, and the particular intricacies of setting up a home or office.Great for the business traveler, the foreign exchange student, or the tourist who makes a sincere attempt to cross the bridge into a new and exciting culture. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars The right book for people on the way to do business in China
I am doing business in China, and leaving there. I found the book comprehensive in covering the BASIC day to day behavior, and the do's and don't do's.

Since the book is a revised edition, it might lack some of the most up to date feelings in the Chinese business streets.

I feel it lacks specific expat issues like: Immigration issues, How to deal in markets, Medical care, etc.

Overall, this is one of the best prep books I read, and by far better then the three (!!) cross cultural seminars I took.

2-0 out of 5 stars OK, But There's More to Know (and Other Books Can Help You)
This guide offers useful tips on how western business people and visitors should behave around Chinese clients/hosts, but irritatingly leaves out any and all difficult information about Chinese habits and customs that the average vistor (including business people) may be bewildered by, due to their strangeness or initial unpleasantness, but which to know about will help them both cope with and understand China better (and ultimately, appreciate it more positively). When I lived in Hong Kong and was visiting China frequently (1990's), I (like other expats) supplemented books like Culture Shock China with Taiwanese writer Bo Yang's "The Ugly Chinaman and the Crisis in Chinese Culture." This book helped me to understand the underbelly of Chinese society that I was constantly running into (rude public actions and behaviour, personal habits I did not understand), aspects of China any westerner is bound to run into but which Kevin Sinclair shies away from dealing with.

I also agree with the other reviewers who wish Sinclair would stop going about how long he has lived in Hong Kong propping up the bar at the Better 'Ole or Foreign Correspondent's Club - being a long-term western resident in my day was a fact more to hide than to to shout about, and perhaps the author will, in future editions, use the valuable space lost to address the side of things westerners will be unprepared for with his book.

In addition to Bo Yang's useful book, I recommend a couple of others. Timothy Mo's The Monkey King, though a novel, gave insight into Chinese attitudes and actions that I found extremely helpful and accurate - I felt I met the characters in Mo's book repeatedly during my time in China. Another novel, Paul Theroux's Kowloon Tong, gives valuable insight into the mentality of long-term western residents of China/Hong Kong - like that of the author of this book, Culture Shock China.

2-0 out of 5 stars Odd viewpoint for a Westerner
The "Culture Shock" series is well-established and usually helpful, but the choice of this author to write what must be one of their more popular titles is baffling. Some of the insights are helpful, such as the section on religion, what to expect when traveling, food, etc. But the editing is poor and there is much repetition and unnecessary discussion of how China used to be, not how it is today. I agree with others that there seems an unnecessary emphasis on sexual issues and prostitution, including some of the author's own experiences, and a weird comment to the effect that while he often is approached by women, he prefers to do the choosing himself.

Sinclair's personal political views are rather unusual and keep intruding. Sinclair is an unabashed admirer of the system, and he says that for the Chinese, all they have to do is obey the law and they'll be fine. I think in general Westerners are far too judgmental in criticizing other countries and cultures, but Sinclair takes this attitude to an extreme. Again focusing on prostitution, he tells us that if arrested, pimps are hauled away and summarily executed--and this is perfectly OK with him! He maintains that religion is freely practiced, and when certain practices are suppressed, such as Falun Gong, it's justified based on the problems such cults have caused in the past.

There are better books out there, especially for the traveler who isn't taking up residence there. I wouldn't waste a lot of time on this one.

1-0 out of 5 stars You can find much better books available.
I purchased this Culture Shock book when I moved to China for a year to teach English. It was my first exposure to the Culture Shock series. I found this book to have a very discouraging view of China and the book gave me all sorts of false impressions of what to expect. Granted, I found the book was geared more towards the business traveler than others, but I found most of the advice to be useless or out of date. In fact, I found most of the impressions which the book created to be false after only a short time in China. If you are planning on going to China, I would recommend that you purchase a book such as the Lonely Planet or Rough Guide series instead. These books give a better feel for the history and culture than the Culture Shock book.

2-0 out of 5 stars A Bad apple in a good series of books
I like the Culture Shock Series. They give me the information I most want when I am going to visit a culture that is substantially different than my own. I think the Culture Shock editors need to find a new writer for their China book-or at least a new edition should be released with a better editing job. The author repeats himself over and over--which is annoying to say the least. But, more than that there is an arrogance in the presentation that is really grating. Nobody can really understand China like him and his buddies -- we are made to endure descriptions of them at bars together drinking and talking about the old days...who care?? He is so, so in-the-know that he gets to be hard to take. I guess if I were a businessperson going to China I might have found this book a little more useful. The author aims his discussions at business practices and attitudes toward trade. But he doesn't seem to understand that travelers might want a more full picture of the people and their culture-not just how to make a deal with the folks. I was really disappointed by things like in a chapter called "Tips for Survival" the author spends pages talking about how lonely the (sic) "wives" of all the western business people can get. And as a strategy he says these lonely women ought to go to a tourist hotel and use the gym there to find someone to talk to. Now that doesn't tell me much about the Chinese. Which is what I am looking for in the book. And, he says over and over that the Chinese are super friendly, etc. SO if they are friendly why not tell the lonely "wives" pointers on how to meet some of the locals to end their loneliness with some Chinese friends. That is just one example of a number of rather strange things in the book. There are plenty more. I gave it 2 stars instead of one because, if you were going to China to do business you might find it useful. I am going there on vacation and I didn't find what I was looking for. ... Read more


65. Mongolia: Empire of the Steppes (Odyssey Illustrated Guides)
by Claire Sermier, Helen Loveday
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Asin: 9622176895
Catlog: Book (2002-07-20)
Publisher: Odyssey Publications, Ltd.
Sales Rank: 123900
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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A colorful and informative guide to the land of the Genghis Khan—whose empire once extended from China to Europe—as it adjusts to life in the 21st century. Much of the old Mongolia is still to be found; herdsmen, horses and hospitality. And yet daily people flock to seek a more modern lifestyle in Ulaan Baatar, the capital city. The Mongolians have only recently shaken off the mantle of communism and are eagerly recreating their own national identity. This book helps the traveler better understand this transition while providing essential information for making a really worthwhile visit to this rugged and incomparable land.

• Illuminating insights into Mongolian customs and culture • Insightful analysis of Mongolia's different ethnic groups, cultures and traditions • Exceptional color photography • Special sections on traditional crafts, music, customs, etiquette and seasonal celebrations—including the famous Nadaam festival • Practical advice for getting around, what to see and do • The search for the tomb of Genghis Khan • Dinosaur eggs and recent discoveries from prehistory • 60 color photographs, 7 maps ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great information, great pictures
Like the Iran guide in this series, this book features good facts for people considering going to Mongolia, and enough pictures to make you seriously consider it. As with the Iran guide, it doesn't feature all the indepth fact and figures that would make it a helpful guide inside of the country, but it makes a great fact book. There's a brief section on the language in the back, oodles of address for getting a visa, and plenty of goregeous pictures. I can't think of a downside to this book, because it fulfills its purpose perfectly. Excellent work.

4-0 out of 5 stars Best Mongolia guide on the market
Unfortunately this wasn't published until a few days after I got back from my trip. This guide contains excellent descriptions of the cities and sites, along with the historic background you need to really appreciate Mongolia in the 21st century. Reading it after I got back helped refresh my memory - and put names to some of the photographs I took.

The only downside to this book is that the maps - a handful covering about five aimags (provinces) apiece - are so high-level as to be almost useless. The Lonely Planet guide, though out-of-date and surprisingly negative - has more and better maps. ... Read more


66. Tuva of Bust: Richard Feynman's Last Journey
by Ralph Leighton
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Asin: 0393029530
Catlog: Book (1991-01-01)
Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc
Sales Rank: 691947
Average Customer Review: 3.96 out of 5 stars
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A moving story of Richard Feynman and his friend Ralph Leighton's attempts to reach the land of Tannu Tuva.An adventure that is sure to inspire everyone.Well written and imaginative, this book is essential for fans of Feynman. Includes a 5-minute soundsheet of Tuvan throat-singing. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Extremely pleasant and informative book on lost land of Tuva
When I was a kid in the 1950s I collected stamps and had quite a few from a mysterious little land called "Tannu Tuva". It always intrigued me because though I could find it on the old globe we had at home (made before the USSR swallowed the unfortunate Tuvans in 1944)I never heard the slightest news from there, nor did I ever hear of anyone going or coming from that little red country sandwiched between the yellow Soviet Union and green Mongolia. Time passed. A lot of time. Fast forward in fact, forty years. One day I saw a new book advertised--TUVA OR BUST. I could scarcely believe that somebody else in America remembered that hapless little country that once issued diamond and triangle stamps with yaks, camels, archers, and horsemen on them. Yet, they had it at our local bookstore. I bought it and read it as soon as I got home. What a treat ! I had never heard of Richard Feynman, not being a physics aficionado, but he turned out to be a great character. I enjoyed reading about his years-long efforts with Ralph Leighton to get to Tuva. They went through all kinds of trouble and interesting side voyages. I strongly recommend that you read this book. For me, reading the book was only a beginning. I listened to the plastic disc of Tuvan throat singing that came with the book, and subsequently bought tapes and attended Tuvan concerts by the group Huun Huur Tu in Boston. I also became a "Friend of Tuva". You can find their website on the net. I still drive around with my 'Tuva or Bust' bumper sticker. All of this stemmed from reading this delightful book on a faraway, unknown country and two people's adventures trying to get there. A very pleasurable experience.

4-0 out of 5 stars funny, informative, and even a little inspiring
"Tuva or Bust!" is the story of three friends in the 1980s, who were determined to travel to Tuva, a little known land in Central Asia, which at that time was part of the Soviet Union. Their original motivation? As Richard Feynman says in the first chapter, "A place that's spelled K-Y-Z-Y-L (Tuva's capitol) has just got to be interesting!"

The book chronicles the adventures and misadventures of Ralph Leighton, one of Feynman's longtime friends. Though the book is subtitled "Richard Feynman's Last Journey," it's really Leighton's story; Feynman is more of an inspiration and a supporting character. Over several years, Leighton and his friends wrote letters, researched articles, read books, and became more and more fascinated by Tuva, a tiny country in the middle of nowhere. They learned, among other things, that Tuvans practice three different types of steppe herding lifestyles, within a hundred miles of each other, and that Tuva is the home of throat-singing, a musical technique in which a single person produces two notes at the same time.

Leighton's narration is chatty, reminiscent of Feynman's autobiographical works; one suspects Leighton learned to tell anecdotes from his friend. However, Leighton isn't as inherently fascinating a narrator as Feynman. Also, Feynman's persistent cancer, which kept him from participating in several preliminary trips, and finally killed him shortly before Leighton received permission for a group of Americans to travel to Tuva itself, casts a pall over the book.

Still, this is a fascinating story -- a great example of what people can do if they really care about a cause, and don't realize precisely how little chance they have of succeeding. It is also informative, if somewhat superficial in its description of Tuvan culture; I now want to know more about Central Asian peoples, and Tuvans in particular. But while the chapter "Reflections 2000," included in the new paperback version of "Tuva or Bust!" is interesting, I really don't think it was fair of Leighton to mention a new idea for a Tuvan monument to Feynman, and refuse to give any details. Now I want another reprint!

3-0 out of 5 stars Something To Do
A peculiar book: Ralph Leighton's TUVA OR BUST isn't really about Richard Feynman, who, the more one reads about him, begins to seem a genius, yes, but more than a little insufferable. He does instigate this whimsical notion of visiting Tannu Tuva (which had become Tuvinskaya of the U.S.S.R. (the book takes place from the late 1970s to Feynman's death in 1989), but the ball is picked up by Leighton, and Feynman is merely a supporting actor in the book.

The quest carries itself through many frustrations, mostly having to do w/ the hermetic paranoia of the Soviet Union, which seems to work like an enormous rural county: If you know someone, then things can be smoothed out; if not, then the official channels will be little help.

I'm not sure why anyone would read this book. There's no reason to if you're interested in Feynman, because, besides his concoctions to fit in at Esalen, amongst the New Age mumbo-jumbo, his mind is absent from the book. His personality & his drumming are there on occasion, but Feynman's thinking, no.

Leighton is not intrinsically interesting, and though a fluent writer, gives little sense of character. All the foreigners are forgettable, so the index is very handy. When a name turns up on page 150, say, then one can look it up to see which person this is.

As one reads, one begins to have the same thoughts about oneself that one has about Leighton's attempts to visit Tuva: Why am I going on?. Moreover, I think that one comes up with the same answer: Just to get through the damn thing. By the time that Leighton reaches Tuva (without Feynman, who died just a smidgen too soon), the appearance is anti-climactic, and the land is colorless: A Nevada trailer-park suburb, but with yurts instead of double-wides.

TUVA OR BUST! becomes a critique of bureaucracy. The slow, spirit-killing, mind-numbing bureaucracy of the Soviet Union ensured that Feynman would die without reaching Tuva. Our world, in which stupid little men can control our lives, is death to the spirit, and is death to the spirit of Feynman, insufferable though he may be, and inexplicably kow-towed to by everyone (you get the feeling that Feynman never opens a door for anyone or shuts one for himself).

TUVA OR BUST!, in its pedestrian prose, preaches, unwittingly, I think, for a freedom for whimsy, for the spirit, for the individual. At the same time, excepting the author and his male friends (his wife is also colorless), the book has no individuals. So, by the end, nothing: No Tuva to speak of, no more Feynman, nothing but an accomplishment to scratch off the list.

4-0 out of 5 stars Mostly Great, But Slightly Condescending!
Did you know of certain artists who painted scenes on a human hair! Yes, bring your magnifying glass! Or singing in 2 part harmony with only one singer! I surely did not before reading this book! However, as a stamp collector starting at a very young age (about 7) , I also was fascinated by the Tanna Tuva stamps, and still have a nice assortment of diamonds and triangles. This book is an amusing and informative read, not least in its descriptions of meetings between Soviet and western scholars during some of the "Bad Old Days" of the 1980's Cold War, including moments like the shooting of KAL 007 near Korea. At times , though, there does seem to be a slightly condescending attitude towards a small section of Siberia based on what seems "funny" to English speakers. Nonetheless a very worthwhile read, with many amusing anecdotes, not to mention the amazing cancer recovery attitude of Mr. Feynmann himself!

5-0 out of 5 stars Feynman's inspiration...
If you're reading this review, you've probably read dozens of witicisms from Richard Feynman, one of science's most colorful characters. Though the name suggests otherwise, this is really about a Feynman inspired journey.

Ralph Leighton and Richard Feynman spot a stamp from Tuva, which inspires Leighton's journey around the world. What makes the book an interesting read is that you can easily follow Feyman's curious energy in the actions and writing of the author. This really brings the heart of the book's value - this type of intellectual curiosity is not just the property of Richard Feynman. Anyone can chase a journey because it's fun or because it's there.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book, and hope that you do too. ... Read more


67. Fodor's Exploring China, 5th Edition (Fodor's Exploring China)
by Fodors, Christopher Knowles
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Catlog: Book (2005-03-01)
Publisher: Fodor's
Sales Rank: 66283
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68. Great Escapes Asia (Jumbo)
by Shelley-Maree Cassidy
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Asin: 3822819131
Catlog: Book (2003-10-31)
Publisher: Taschen
Sales Rank: 35247
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Find your inner Zen

Much more than a travel or holiday guide, Great Escapes Asia is first and foremost a paradisiacal photo album. Featuring opulent photographs of places that seem too perfect to be real, some of which look like James Bond movie sets or National Geographic subjects, this book will quickly convince you that an Asian sojourn is crucial to your mental and physical wellbeing. The icing on the cake is that not only do these hotels really exist, but—thanks to the pricing and contact information provided—you can succumb to their mysterious charms and book yourself a room (or houseboat, hut, or tree house, whatever the case may be).

Among the gems waiting for you in Great Escapes Asia:
• In Kerala, India, choose between luxurious tree houses suspended 25 meters off the ground or futuristic-looking, Star Wars-style houseboats made of bamboo poles, palm leaves, and coconut fibers
• Are you more the resplendent-resort or budget-bungalow type? Find the best of both in Bali
• The best place for a delectable cup of joe: a luxury lodge and spa on a java plantation in (you guessed it) Java
• In the Philippines, an organic resort composed of superimposed huts whose every room affords instant access to the beach via rope ladder
• Tadao Ando’s sprawling minimalist concrete-and-steel hotel attached to the contemporary art museum in Naoshima, Japan—the perfect place to contemplate on the relationship between humans and nature
• An exclusive hotel on a private island in Sri Lanka, once owned by Paul Bowles and frequented by Arthur C. Clarke and Peggy Guggenheim
• Thatched-roof cottages in India whose gardens overflow with mangos, nutmeg, and cardamom
• An Ayurvedic spa in the Himalayas where nothing matters but peace and relaxation
• In Myanmar, an elegant river cruise boat and a hotel on a breathtaking archeological site
• Chairman Mao’s former getaway in Beijing, where you can rent his lavish, traditionally-decorated suite complete with adjoining concubine rooms

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5-0 out of 5 stars A book to read, admire and love
This is not just a book, it's a piece to have in your living room, to read, to look and dream about. The photos are fantastic and the descriptions tell all you need to know about the place, includinding the prices and exactly locations. A book for you, your friends and family. ... Read more


69. The Sewing Circles of Herat : A Personal Voyage Through Afghanistan
by Christina Lamb
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Asin: 0060505273
Catlog: Book (2004-02)
Publisher: Perennial
Sales Rank: 44770
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Twenty-one-year-old Christina Lamb left suburban England for Peshawar on the frontier of the Afghan war. Captivated, she spent two years tracking the final stages of the mujaheddin victory over the Soviets, as Afghan friends smuggled her in and out of their country in a variety of guises.

Returning to Afghanistan after the attacks on the World Trade Center to report for Britain's Sunday Telegraph, Lamb discovered the people no one else had written about: the abandoned victims of almost a quarter century of war. Among them, the brave women writers of Herat who risked their lives to carry on a literary tradition under the guise of sewing circles; the princess whose palace was surrounded by tanks on the eve of her wedding; the artist who painted out all the people in his works to prevent them from being destroyed by the Taliban; and Khalil Ahmed Hassani, a former Taliban torturer who admitted to breaking the spines of men and then making them stand on their heads.

Christina Lamb's evocative reporting brings to life these stories. Her unique perspective on Afghanistan and deep passion for the people she writes about make this the definitive account of the tragic plight of a proud nation.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Should Be Required Reading
Christina Lamb brings the reality of Afghanistan's pains through the years to life. She shares the history and lets you meet the people making history now in that part of the world. She makes you understand how they think and why they think and act as they do. Everyone should read this book to know just why our country had to rid Afghanistan of the Taliban and has to stay there long enough to make sure the new government survives. It is one of the best, most educational books you can read.

5-0 out of 5 stars Just Plain wonderful says Jean Sasson
This marvelous book is beautifully written. It's a true story penned by a very courageous author who risked life and limb to discover the hidden lives in Afghanistan during some of the most dangerous periods of history, even during the days of the Russian invasion of Afghanistan! Please don't let anything keep you from missing this through-provoking, yet delightful book.

5-0 out of 5 stars An Excellent and Moving Adventure
The Sewing Circles of Herat is a five-star read and Christina Lamb is an adventurer in the grand tradition.

Taking her cues from the literature of Kipling and Tennyson, Lamb retells her journeys to Afghanistan and Pakistan from 1988 to late 2001. Literally dodging bullets and sharing the company of warlords, Lamb is a latter-day swashbuckler who will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Whether accompanying 'mullahs on motorbikes' in 1988 raids to dislodge the Soviet Union, interviewing a sinister Pakistani intelligence czar, or maintaining a correspondence with a young Kabul woman confined to a burkha in 2001, Lamb offers a vivid and sensitive first-person look at Afghanistan. And she gets around-- she's met and interviewed everyone from Hamid Karzi to Taliban stalwarts to the leading tribal warlords and their underlings. Nor does Lamb ignore ordinary citizens ranging from schoolteachers to housewives to glassmakers to shopkeepers: her depictions of daily life and acts of courage in the midst of deprivation and repression are among the best pieces in the book.

Lamb's Afghanistan and its people are romantic, exotic, haunting, and damaged by centuries of war. The book will deepen your understanding of this fascinating nation, even as it makes you wonder whether Afghanistan is doomed to repeat the cycles of the past or whether it will rise phoenix-like to transcend its history.

5-0 out of 5 stars "Mullahs on Motorbikes"
Reading THE SEWING CIRCLES OF HERAT is like embarking on a personal tour through Afghanistan's history, culture, and geography. Christina Lamb brings this complex and misunderstood country to vivid life. Most books in this genre attempt to tell the story from the outside-looking-in perspective but Lamb's extensive knowledge of Afghani history, people, and conflict results in a virtual first-hand account of this troubled nation.

Lamb first became acquainted with Afghanistan while covering the war between the mujaheddin and the Soviets for two years as a foreign correspondent. During this time she made many friendships and allies with the mullahs and possessed a deep appreciation and sympathy for Afghanistan that continued even after she returned home to London. Twelve years later Lamb returned to Afghanistan once again as a foreign correspondent after the media obsession with September 11th and the hunt for Osama bin Laden. It became apparent quite early that Afghanistan has suffered dearly as a result of the rise and fall of the Taliban. As Lamb travels throughout the country she blends her extensive knowledge of Afghani history and culture with her current observations. Most interestingly she was able to interview a former Taliban torturer, tour a madrassa (religious school) that is credited for educating such figures as Mullah Omar, and speak with her long-term friend Hamid Karzai who is now the appointed leader of Afghanistan.

Lamb's observations into the people and conflicts of Afghanistan are insightful and very interesting. After reading this I now have a renewed since of this country and am more understanding of current events. I especially appreciated all the photos that were included throughout the text. With the exception of frequent run-on sentences Lamb's prose is remarkable and very clear. She has the ability to make her subject matter come alive and I was continually interested throughout.

Highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Human Guide to the Ancient civiliazation of Afghanistan
This is an intensely personal encounter of the author with old friends and some not-so-friendly people in Afghanistan. A must read for understanding the deep cultural roots of conflict in the region. ... Read more


70. Lonely Planet Nepal (Lonely Planet Nepal)
by Bradley Mayhew, Lindsay Brown, Wanda Vivequin
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Asin: 1740594223
Catlog: Book (2003-08-01)
Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications
Sales Rank: 23267
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Keen on chilling in Kathmandu or hellbent on hiking the Himalaya? Wander the streets of Nepal’s historic Durbar Squares and trek to where the Himalaya meets the heavens with this action-packed guide to the mountain kingdom.

  • 55 detailed maps
  • tips for trippers pursuing a natural high
  • an illustrated colour section on the divine beings who watch over Nepal
  • the scoop on where to nosh out and where to doss down
  • a language chapter and glossary to help tackle the local lingo
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5-0 out of 5 stars The Traveler's Bible for Nepal
Before traveling alone to Nepal, Tibet and Thailand in the summer of 1998, one of the first things I did was purchase travel books. My main purpose was to find a book which would serve as my travel guide. This was a very important factor since I wasn't even going on a tour. The right or wrong book could make or break my trip. I spent many hours at local bookstores as well as online bookstores looking for the perfect travel guide. Space was a factor for me since I wanted to travel unencumbered by a lot of luggage so I decided to buy an appropriate all encompassing book for each of the three countries. The Lonely Planet's Travel Survival Kit for Nepal was a comfort to have on my travels AND it was also an indispensable source of information for planning the trip, before I even booked my flight! If I had a question, I could usually find the answer in the book. Some particularly helpful information covered vaccines I would need prior to the trip, suggested items I should think about taking with me, highlighted many, many places of interest and included their background and history, covered visas, passports and the necessary documents along with entrance and exit fees charged upon arrival and departure and much more. Also, there are specific sections on women traveling alone, recreational activites, photos and maps, places to stay and even a section of Nepali phrases and words. If I felt uncomfortable or wasn't sure about something, all I had to do was open up my Lonely Planet and find the answer! Above all, I would definitely recommend that you find the right book for you since travelers have different needs. Peruse the books inside and out at your local library or bookstore. You can ask for recommendations and read reviews like mine, but ultimately, you're probably going to be far from home, and you want to make certain you have the essentials. This book, for me, was one of those essentials!

4-0 out of 5 stars The book doesn't cover the whole country
It's undoubtely a very good guide, with lots of informations, but it only covers the southern part of Nepal, and contains no informartion about the Himalayan region (for example, cities such as Namche Bazaar and Lo Manthang are not covered). ... Read more


71. Frommer's China
by PeterNeville-Hadley, J. D.Brown, JoshChin, SharonOwyang, BethReiber, MichelleSans, GraemeSmith
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Asin: 0764567551
Catlog: Book (2003-12-16)
Publisher: Frommers
Sales Rank: 60320
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Experience a place the way the locals do. Enjoy the best it has to offer. And avoid tourist traps. At Frommer’s, we use 150 outspoken travel experts around the world to help you make the right choices. Frommer’s. Your guide to a world of travel experience.

Choose the Only Guide That Gives You:

  • Complete coverage of China’s top attractions, plus introductions to unique places unknown to other guidebooks.
  • Outspoken opinions on what’s worth your time and what’s not, written by former residents with comprehesive knowledge of the language and culture.
  • The most accurate, comprehensive, and practical help for the independent traveler.
  • Exact prices, so you can plan the perfect trip no matter what your budget.
  • The best hotels and restaurants in every price range, with candid reviews.

Visit us online at Frommers.com ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars I think tenley peterson is looking at a different book
My copy of this title has the Chinese in large, useful characters right next to the maps. Only if there's no map for a small town is the Chinese listed in the back, with the information for each town handily grouped together in alphabetical order.

And like every other guide book, the map for a town is in the middle of the text talking about that town. So what's hard to find? The hotels and places to see are right next to the map in most cases. And since the towns only have one map, what's to guess about which maps things are on?

I don't know about the Beijing and Shanghai guides, but of course there will be a lot of repeated information. The sights don't change, after all. The best place to eat is the same. Bus 47 still runs the same route. Of course lots of the information is the same. What do you expect?

But what I do agree on is that this books is waaaaay more accurate than any other I looked at. I'm no fan of the usual schmaltzy Frommer's style, but this book really tells it like it is. It has the most extensive, detailed and accurate practical information of any guide I've seen, including the do-it-yourself budget guides.

And while we're on the topic of Chinese, note that for every recommended restaurant there are recommended dishes, and the characters for them are given so you can just point to them to order. There's also a good long list of Chinese favourites you can buy anywhere.

And while the major destinations are covered, this guide also scores with some remote rural destinations I've not seen covered anywhere else, including LP. Even if you don't want to go there, it's fascinating to read about the real China away from the regular tourist routes.

You know, the first thing you want to check out when you buy a guide is the author biogs. Most of the writers on this guide speak Chinese and have lived in China. It really shows. All the LP and Rough guide readers were borrowing my copy all the time and making notes.

3-0 out of 5 stars Pretty good, but lacking in some important areas...
I bought this book because it was the most recently published travel guide on Beijing at the time (Dec '03). I have been living in Beijing for 3 months and have been to several of the places the book recommends. The facts in it are usually accurate; some prices, restaurant names, and phone numbers have changed since the book was published.

My main qualm with this book is the referencing... it is completely inconvenient. First of all, the Chinese characters of location names are listed in the back of the book, instead of with the desriptions (like most books). This makes is difficult to show people the characters of the place you are looking for if you're lost.

Also, if you are looking at one of the book's maps, and want to find out more about a certain location, there is no page reference. You have to look the place up in the index and then flip to the description.

Similarly, there are no map references in the sight-descriptions. (The book has several maps.) You have to guess which map the place would be on, based on the very basic directions given in the description. This can be a pain!!!

Otherwise, the book proved useful. My friends that had the Lonely Planet guide said that is was much less acurate than my book. Also check out Let's Go when deciding which book to buy.

I bought this book, Frommers Beijing, and Frommers Shanghai. Altogether they were pretty useful, but had a lot of repeating info between the main book and the city guides. ... Read more


72. Frommer's Thailand (Frommer's Complete)
by CharlesAgar
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Asin: 0764544527
Catlog: Book (2004-04-12)
Publisher: Frommers
Sales Rank: 31231
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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You'll never fall into the tourist traps when you travel with Frommer's. It's like having a friend show you around, taking you to the places locals like best. Our expert authors have already gone everywhere you might go--they've done the legwork for you, and they're not afraid to tell it like it is, saving you time and money. No other series offers candid reviews of so many hotels and restaurants in all price ranges. Every Frommer's Travel Guide is up-to-date, with exact prices for everything, dozens of color maps, and exciting coverage of sports, shopping, and nightlife. You'd be lost without us!

Frommer's holds the key to worry-free travel in this exotic land, with valuable cultural insights, the latest trip-planning advice, detailed maps, and smart tips on language, local customs, and getting around. You'll find honest, in-depth reviews of luxury beach resorts, high-tech business hotels, intimate inns, and simple guest houses and bungalows, all based on recent personal inspections.

We'll show you spectacular beaches, waterfalls, floating markets, majestic temples, ancient ruins, national parks, palaces, and traditional villages. We'll lead you to amazing restaurants, and even take you elephant trekking in the Northern Hills. You'll also rely on us to guide you through the confusing, bustling, but intriguing city of Bangkok (our author, who lived there while writing this guide, knows it intimately, and discovered all sorts of hidden surprises). With Frommer's in hand, you'll experience all the wonder of Thailand! ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars An excellent choice
I was lucky enough to select this guide for a week long trip to Bangkok and surrounding areas. The book had great maps and great suggestions for sites and methods of transportation. I would buy this again. ... Read more


73. Lonely Planet Trans-Siberian Railway: A Classic Overland Route (Lonely Planet Trans-Siberian Railway)
by Simon Richmond, Mara Vorhees
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Asin: 1864503351
Catlog: Book (2002-06-01)
Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications
Sales Rank: 113397
Average Customer Review: 2.75 out of 5 stars
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From Moscow, past the unique Lake Baikal and on to Beijing or Vladivostok, follow in the tracks of Victoria-era adventurers. Whether you plan to take one week or 10, this invaluable new guide will see you from one end of the world's longest train route to the other.

  • 35 maps covering routes as well as major cities
  • Russian, Mandarin and Mongolian language guides for that essential 'train talk'
  • includes the Trans-Mongolian and Trans-Manchurian branches of the line
  • advice on planning, from organising visas and permits to stocking up on a essentials alongthe way
  • in-depth features on history, literature and nature
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4-0 out of 5 stars Good, but fast outdated!
We've used the book in july/august 2002 for a trip from Beijing to Helsinki. Much information in the book, but a lot of it is copy-past'ed from the country guides.
Another reviewer remarked on the rapidly changing circumstances in the countries... no guide can outrun those.
We visited Beijing, Irkutsk, Listvanka, Jekaterinaburg, Moscow and Saint-Peterburg. Most of the time we found accomodation from the book. At that time, the Trans-siberian handbook (Thomas Bryn - ISBN 1873756704) was older.

We had both books: LP fresh of the press and Thomas Bryn's book - THE guide to have.
Thomas' had a new edition in february 2004. Best to take the most recent editions of guidebooks. The handbook is more interesting to read, so that's a must. You'll have plenty of time to read!

The trip is recommended to anyone: we found a british couple with 2 kids doing it! Don't be too easily discouraged, try to take the east-west trip (to avoid wagons full of tourists!).

3-0 out of 5 stars A Nearly Impossible Task
Given the pace that Russia, Mongolia, and China are changing and developing, it is an incredibly daunting task to write a travel guie attempting to cover all three countries in any level of detail. Inevitably hostels shut down, restaurants move, store hours change, and even train schedules fluxuate.

This book is a decent rough guide and the only one of its kind. For that reason I rated it a three. It was sufficient for my trip on the railway, but I wouldn't call it a "Survival guide" as such. I'm usually a huge supporter of The Lonely Planet, but in this particular instance they have not done a supurb job.

3-0 out of 5 stars Lot of information, but not correct
I was impressed about amount of information, but there are so many errors, especially in russian words and transcription, I can count up to 5 errors on page. Seems that publisher was in a hurry and didn't correct original text or author(corrector?) was not competent in this stuff.

1-0 out of 5 stars A poor second
I recently travelled on the Trans-Sib via Mongolia and so was very keen to see Lonely Planet's new release but having looked through it seems a very poor second as a travel companion to Bryn Thomas' handbook.

It seems to lack the detail you really need when on the train but does give some useful guides to places along the way, however lacks the concise detail that Thomas' guide gives.

Glossy, but not the definitive guide and why take two? ... Read more


74. Comrades and Strangers : Behind the Closed Doors of North Korea
by MichaelHarrold
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Asin: 0470869763
Catlog: Book (2004-08-13)
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Sales Rank: 129354
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In 1986, as a young graduate looking for some adventure before settling down to life in the suburbs, Michael Harrold answered, on a whim, an advertisement to become the first Briton to live and work in North Korea.  What he anticipated would be an exciting interlude in the world's most secretive country became seven years in which his initial scepticism, even cynicism, about the regime and society developed into growing empathy with the people around him.  From among the ranks of the VIP guests at the major state occasions, to the paddy fields working alongside the farmers, he saw the country as no outsider has ever done.  He loved, and lost, a young local girl, fell foul of the authorities and yet stood beside the people as they faced the mounting threat of US invasion.

This sensitive and entertaining memoir give a unique insight into life behind the closed doors of North Korea. ... Read more


75. Lonely Planet Tokyo (Lonely Planet Tokyo)
by Kara Knafelc
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Asin: 1740594509
Catlog: Book (2005-01-30)
Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications
Sales Rank: 137130
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They don't come any cooler than Tokyo.By turns hi-tech, lo-fi, conventional and outrageous, Tokyo is a city that shouldn't work but does.Promenade with the goths of Harajuku, feast your eyes on the blazing lights of Ginza, and unwind in an intimate izakaya.For a city as stylish as Tokyo, you need a smart and streetwise guide.This is it.

• INDULGE YOUR APPETITE in the finest local restaurants with our Japanese food chapter

• CATCH THE BULLET TRAIN with confidence, with 11 detailed color maps, and routes and prices from Akihabara to Ueno Zoo

• DO THE SHINTO SHUFFLE with walking tours to temples and shrines, gardens and palaces

• PICK UP THE PULSE of the city with our entertainment listings and City Life chapter

• REFRESH YOUR SENSES with easy day-trips to onsen, temple towns and the famed Mt Fuji ... Read more


76. Lonely Planet Korea (Lonely Planet Korea)
by Martin Robinson, Andrew Bender, Rob Whyte, John Banagan
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Asin: 1740594495
Catlog: Book (2004-04-01)
Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications
Sales Rank: 33702
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Densely forested mountains, colourful Buddhist temples and sleek modern cities - discover all this and much more with this bestselling guidebook.Korea's welcoming people, unique culture and incomparable cuisine make it one of the great destinations of Northeast Asia.Whatever your pleasure, we cover it all:North, South, eats, the works!

* BE INSPIRED by our new highlights and itineraries sections * GET AROUND with the help of over 100 detailed maps, including a full-colour map of Seoul

* DINE OUT in the best restaurants with our Korean menu decoder * UNDERSTAND - from religion to politics and war, our history and culture chapters will put you in the picture * GO NORTH! Check out our North Korea chapter - even stranger and more sinister than the plot of the Ian Fleming novel you bought at the airport ... Read more


77. China: The Beautiful Cookbook (Beautiful Cookbook)
by Kevin Sinclair
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Asin: 0002159996
Catlog: Book (1986-09-01)
Publisher: Collins Publishers
Sales Rank: 221685
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars This book is a must-have!
This was my very first "Beatiful Cookbook". I used it all the time, until it mysteriously disappeared after a dinner I cooked for friends... I am a Chinese food junkie and felt lost without it until one day at an airport bookstore found it again and was overjoyed to pay FULL price and cram it into my bulging suitcase.
It was worth it! I had an asian friend who read the book and was amazed at how authentic the dishes are. While I haven't been adventurous enough to make some of the dishes, I still love the photos and history, and have many favorite recipies!

5-0 out of 5 stars i've been there- and this is for real
This book encompasses all regions- not just Canton. And its genuinely authentic- just like what you would find at fine restaurants in China (i've been there). A lot of great regional recipes (good schezuan).

If i had to pick one cookbook for restaurant style chinese food, this would be it. Note,though, that: a) its authentic and assumes some knowledge (not a starter cookbook); and b) its not exactly homestyle comfort food. The dishes are spectacular, though. Beautiful coffeetable book. ... Read more


78. Being A Broad in Japan: Everything a Western woman needs to survive and thrive
by Caroline Pover
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Asin: 4990079108
Catlog: Book (2001-07-19)
Publisher: Alexandra Press
Sales Rank: 212066
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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“My encyclopedia, my translator, my phone book, my best friend!” —Western woman living in JapanBeing A Broad in Japan includes everything you need to make the most out of your life: case studies of Western women working in almost 50 different types of jobs; anecdotes from many of the 200 Western women interviewed; profiles of 23 women’s organisations; essential Japanese words and phrases; and indispensable resource sections listing telephone numbers and Websites for English-speaking housing agencies, banks, doctors, dentists, gynaecologists, therapists, lawyers, maternity classes, day care centres, employment agencies, labour unions, graduate schools, and MORE. An essential book for any Western woman living in Japan.

Read about: • Coping with culture shock. • Finding clothes and shoes that fit. • Avoiding hair disasters. • Cooking Japanese food. • Telling a chikan where to go. • Dating and the singles scene. • Organising contraception. • Getting married and divorced. • Adopting a baby. • Educating your child. • Finding a job. • Teaching gender studies in the English-language classroom. • Coping with reverse culture shock when you leave Japan. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Don't move to Japan without it!
This is the only book I have seen addressing women's issues in Japan. It specifically deals with the challenges Western women face when they live in Japan. It is quite thorough and well-written. The author and her work are very accessible and I would highly recommend this reference to any female planning a relocation. The book is not written for casual vacationers, but can provide useful insights into daily living, if you are curious.

5-0 out of 5 stars A neccessity for anyone coming here.
An excellent book which gives you a lot of information on aspects of daily life in Japan. And although it is aimed at women, it is totally relevant to men. I wish it had been available before I came here.

5-0 out of 5 stars Essential help for Japan newcomers and long-termers
Whether you're thinking of moving to Japan, or are already here, this book can help you deal with the day-to-day trials of being a stranger in a very strange land. It has both general info and stuff that's more likely to be of interest to women (childcare, finding a good English-speaking gynecologist, etc). All in all, a great resource for foreign women in Japan...

5-0 out of 5 stars The not so inscrutable Japan.
As a woman who arrived in Japan years ago, when there were next to no resources to help one settle into everyday life, I commend Caroline Pover for her almost monumental resource book for foreign women living in Japan. She covers almost every possible issue from job hunting and setting up one"s own business to dating to being a mother, and extremely important to anyone living in a foreign country --- how and where to get good health care --- and much more, listing a treasure of organizations, books, useful addresses and telephone numbers, and web pages. Included at the end of each chapter is a basic and useful Japanese vocabulary pertaining to the subject.
As a personal touch, a number of expatriate women involved in a variety of jobs tell their stories, sharing the frustrations and successes they have experienced in a country not always friendly to the working woman.
Because so much research was involved, a few references became out of date while the book went to press; it would have been helpful to have a loose page addition with corrections. Nevertheless, the book is invaluable for foreign women living in Japan and for any woman, married or single, who contemplates a move there. ... Read more


79. Wrong About Japan : A Father's Journey with His Son
by PETER CAREY
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Asin: 1400043115
Catlog: Book (2005-01-11)
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80. Blue Guide Turkey, Third Edition (Blue Guides)
by Bernard McDonagh
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Asin: 0393321371
Catlog: Book (2001-03)
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Company
Sales Rank: 294269
Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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Full of insider information, this is the book that official tour guides in Turkey rely on. The most visited areas along the Aegean and Mediterranean coastlines are covered in extensive detail. This highly acclaimed Blue Guide also provides more information on central and eastern Turkey than any other guide and unrivaled coverage of Turkey's wonderful artistic heritage. 35 illustrations, 75 maps and plans. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars not very useful to plan your own trip
Too short on practical details, won't help you to plan your own trip. I successfully planned my own trips in a few countries of the world with guide books and Internet, reserved my own hotels, pinpointed goals. This book does not help at all. It's more than a reading book (rather interesting one) than a travel guide. It does not tell you different ways to get places, how long a trip from usual gateways (Istanbul) can take, does not list your options (ferry, hydrofoil, bus, train). If I was writing such book I'd even provide sample timetables so the reader would know how often approximately the ferries or buses go. But this book is totally bent on history like history is all that is in Turkey. No beaches, no sports. So I have to hire a tour operator anyway and then what's the use of the history coverage then?

5-0 out of 5 stars Not for every traveler to Turkey....but
We returned in Feb 2003 after 3 months of independent travel in Turkey. We were there mostly to visit archeological sites and ruins, and we traveled with several other books. Nothing, however approached the exhaustive, invaluable and often overwhelming information that the Blue Guide provided us with.

There are many guidebooks that provide basic information on accomodations/restaurants/etc in TK for the casual tourist who will primarily be visiting Ephesus and the other major sites on the Aegean Coast of Turkey. There any book will do, and if you are traveling with a TK licensed guide this is one of the books that they will have had to master in the grueling University program that allows them to become licensed tour guides.

But if your interest in Asia Minor takes you even slightly off the well-trodden path, the Blue Guide is indispensible. I can't imagine understanding places like Boðazkale,Seleucia, Letoön, Xanthos,Iassos,Miletus, Stranoniceia without either this book or a licensed guide.

There is often little in the way of informational signage at the important yet lesser visited sites, and compared to other countries ,there is little published information available in book form at the sites other than glossy tourist-photo books.

I can not recommend the Blue Guide too highly to the specialist visitor to Turkeys rich archeological past.

5-0 out of 5 stars Travel Guides Don't Get Any Better Than This
The first thing to understand about Blue Guides is: they're not for everyone. In particular, they aren't for people who only want to have to take along a single guidebook when they travel. Although in recent years the series has begun to include some fairly sketchy data about hotels and restaurants, information about where to stay, eat or shop has never been the raison d'etre of this series. Rather, the purpose of the Blue Guides has always been to provide accurate and astonishingly comprehensive information about the history, architecture, art history, and literary associations of the countries or regions each guide covers. For those purposes, the Blue Guide has no peer. (The series has also always been distinguished by the abundance and excellence of its maps, city plans, and museum floor plans.) If you want to travel, miss nothing of any interest or significance, and come back with your mind much enriched and primed for further reading and exploration, then you're one of the people Blue Guides are written for.

Traditionally, Blue Guides were known for being authoritative and reliable, but the writing was typically understated and restrained. That began to change a few years ago, and now -- just as with the New York Times -- Blue Guide authors no longer shy away from writing marked by local color, word pictures, and individuality. At the same time, the series retains its old virtues of exhaustive research, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

Bernard McDonagh, the author of the Blue Guide: Turkey, is the Michelangelo of the new model Blue Guides. He began by authoring a volume for the series on Turkey's Aegean and Mediterranean coasts, which was widely acclaimed, and then expanded it to cover (almost) the entire country a few years later. I say "almost" because this volume covers Istanbul only in summary fashion, since there is another Blue Guide volume (by the estimable John Freely) that covers that great metropolis in microscopic detail.

The Blue Guide: Turkey's comprehensiveness immediately distinguishes it from the competition. The coverage of the best-known sites like Troy, Ephesus, or Aphrodisias, of course, is superb: Ephesus merits 22 pages, along with one full-page and another two-page plan of the site and its environs, and Aphrodisias gets 10 pages. But lesser-known sites like Assos, Priene, and many others that might receive a paragraph in most guidebooks are also covered in detail, usually with an excellent plan. Indeed, the book includes no less than 45 site plans of archaeological sites, including such relatively obscure ones as Nysa, Labraynda, Limyra, Sillyum, Sura, and Uzuncaburc.

For years, the secret behind the Blue Guide's comprehensiveness was its authors' willingness to mine obscure archaeological excavation reports and 18th and 19th century traveler's accounts for nuggets of information that would have escaped the less diligent. McDonagh lifts the veil on this technique, often quoting at length from the impressions of visitors from centuries past. And these are anything but tedious: for example, we have Lord Byron's observation that "The Troad is a fine field for conjecture and snipe-shooting, and a good sportsman and an ingenious scholar may exercise their feet and their faculties upon the spot . . . .", or Pliny's report that the tombs in the necropolis at Assos were made from stone containing "a caustic substance which consumed the flesh of bodies placed in them within 40 days," or the 18th century antiquarian Richard Chandler's recollections of sharing quarters with a Greek family in a sepulcher located amidst the ruins of Iasus.

The great delight and ornament of this volume, are McDonagh's reflections and word pictures, which grace the text the way similes grace the Iliad. A sampling follows.

"In summer the view from the temple [of Athena at Assos] is one of the most beautiful in W Turkey. Across the calm waters of the Bay of Edremit, Lesbos, homeland of the first settlers ion Assos, is clothed in purple haze. Far below lies the little harbour, from which St. Paul sailed on his missionary journeys, while on terraces cut into the steep slope of the hill the ruins of the ancient city protrude like sun-dried bones through the maquis."

"Miletus is not one of the most attractive sites in SW Turkey. During late autumn, winter, and early spring much of the area is an unpleasant morass. In summer this becomes a drab brown wilderness covered with thorny scrub. A sense of profound melancholy broods over the ancient city, a feeling of abandonment and decay that is accentuated by a monotonous landscape little relieved by the occasional tall clump of reeds or the jagged stump of a ruined building."

"The dervishes no longer dance in the semahane. The sema is now held in a high school gymnasium in another part of Konya. Presented as an exhibition of folklore, for some it is nothing more. However, others find it a moving religious experience. The dervishes who take part in the sema today live in the world. They are bus mechanics, teachers, schoolboys. They are no longer obliged to submit to the extended novitiate and strict discipline of the past. Yet, when they dance, the air becomes charged with a feeling of great spirituality and the spectators forget the bleak setting in which the sema is being held, are no longer conscious of the icy temperature and discomfort of the unheated arena." "The attraction of Ulucinar lies more in its delightful situation and relaxed atmosphere than its historical associations. To stand on the bridge over the small river and watch the fishermen land their catch, to swim from the clean beach of the Arsuz Hotel, to enjoy an excellent meal on the terrace within a few metres of the sea, these must be sufficient reward for even the most demanding traveller."

Whether you're a first-time visitor to Turkey or a veteran -- or even an armchair traveller -- you could hope for no better companion and guide than Bernard McDonagh. ... Read more


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