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    1. Eyewitness Travel Guide to Jerusalem
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    2. The Temple of Jerusalem (Wonders
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    3. Lonely Planet Egypt (Lonely Planet
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    4. In the Rose Garden of the Martyrs
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    5. The Valley of the Kings: The Tombs
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    10. Libya: The Lost Cities of the
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    1. Eyewitness Travel Guide to Jerusalem & the Holy Land
    by Dorling Kindersley Publishing
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    Asin: 0789451700
    Catlog: Book (2000-05-01)
    Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing
    Sales Rank: 11316
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    The guide that shows you what other travel books only tell you!

    Flanked by Africa, Asia, and Europe, the Holy Land encompasses Israel, Palestine, and parts of Jordan and Egypt. Jerusalem is the walled city at its center divided into three parts: Modern Jerusalem, The Mount of Olives and Mount Zion, and the Old City -- the Old City is made up of the Jewish Quarter, the Muslim Quarter, the Christian Quarter, and the Armenian Quarter. Experience the Western Wall, Hurva Square, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and many other important sites. With more than 800 full-color photographs and detailed street-by-street maps DK's Eyewitness Guide: Jerusalem and the Holy Land details the history and beauty of this land from the Sea of Galilee to the Negev Desert. Whether you're visiting St. Catherine's Monastery or exploring the coral reefs in the Red Sea, this one guide is the only reference you will ever need. ... Read more

    Reviews (6)

    3-0 out of 5 stars For DK, I was not impressed
    I got this guide because I love DK books, but I was disappointed by several things: the map of Jerusalem is incomplete, there are numerous typos and grammatical errors throughout the book, there is outdated material in the book, there are several biased opinions about the cultures, and it does not acknowledge some precautions travellers should take in venturing into certain neighborhoods that could be dangerous.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource
    In preparation for, or in review of a trip to Israel, this guidebook is a must have. Outstanding pictures and concise, yet acuurate information abounds. One of the best Holy Land guidebooks on the market.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect Quick Reference!
    This book is a rare treat. I've had the Dorling Kindersley guide for San Francisco for quite some time now, and have always found it colorful and helpful. But I am not a frequent traveler, so it never occurred to me that a travel guide might be useful for other things than trip planning. As usual, it takes a friend to give you something you would never have bought for yourself. Now that I have this little guide to the Holy Land I don't understand how I ever did without it.

    These guides are beautifully made for their size, and will outlast most of the disasters that plague the serendipitous. Illustrations, maps, and diagrams are many and all easy to read, even for one with eyes as bad as mine. Sections on history intersperse deep dives into the land, its sights and points of interest. While some of the history is oversimplified, the descriptive information is clear as a bell. It is impossible to turn more than a few pages without coming up with a list of must sees and things to do.

    The largest part of the book covers Jerusalem thoroughly (136 pages). Smaller sections then introduce the Holy Land overall, the Coast and Galilee, the Dead Sea and the Negev, Western Jordan, and the Red Sea and Sinai. Whew! Quite a lot! There are also good references on hotels, restaurants, shops, and entertainment. It finishes up with a handy survival guide. All in a moderate size that is perfect for a backpack or tote bag. My only complaint it that the publisher did not provide any blank pages for notes.

    So what does a non-traveler such as I want with such a volume. The truth is that it is a marvelously handy reference for anyone who has an interest in biblical history, archeology, or religion. Its maps, pictures and very complete index make it useful for getting enough quick information to bring ones reading or research to life. It would be just as useful for a modern history or politics buff. What is nice, is that it isn't a weighty, encyclopedic tome, but instead is lightweight enough to carry along with one's research materials. This is the perfect present, not only for the traveler, but the scholar or dreamer as well.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A guide which shows what other guides just tell about...
    If you want to see the world, these eyewitness books are almost as good as traveling. This book has over 800 full-color photographs taken especially for this guide. They show you Jerusalem and the Holy Land at its best.

    You will find detailed and accurate street finder maps which give you instant access to each district. The unique cutaways and floor plans are fascinating and help you explore public buildings so you don't have to purchase other guides. The "survival" guide shows you how to use local currency, public transportation and telephones.

    The cafes, hotels and restaurants listed are in all price ranges. On the front and back covers, there is a flip out flap which gives information on the color coded pages and symbols used in the book. This is quite handy.

    I could not help thinking that this book would be invaluable for those interested in the politics of the regions discussed. Too often we just see a snippet of news and a flash of video and we have no idea where the action is taking place. This book explains the Muslim Quarter, the Jewish Quarter, the Christian Quarter and the Armenian Quarter. You will know where the Dome of the Rock is and were the Western Wall is located.

    The guide begins with a introduction on how to use the guide and then gives an introduction to Jerusalem and The Holy Land. If you want to know the history of the region, that is also included. You will find information on Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Religious holidays are fully explained and this makes this book invaluable for writers as well.

    You can visually take a walk called the Via Dolorosa, which is said to be the path Jesus took from where he was tried to Calvary. Countless pilgrims walk the route.

    If you are heading to the Holy Land, there is also a section of what to buy. I would personally look for the beautiful Armenian Ceramics and the Bedouin fabrics. I already order the Dead sea products from a company called ONZE and I see that this book also explains the vast range of creams, soaps and salts available. It is the best skincare line I have ever personally used and is good for use in dry climates.

    This book has it all and is visually stunning. Now I truly do want to visit the Holy Land. This is the best guide I have ever seen.

    4-0 out of 5 stars a great guide for photographers
    This is a great guidebook for photographers because it presents at least one photo of each potential destination. So you can get a pretty good idea whether it is worth venturing out from your hotel. The guide is compact and perfect for a one-week trip to Israel. I used it when on business there and had a few extra days to prepare a photo exhibit for If I were staying a month I'd probably want something thicker. Students on a budget will want to supplement this with a "How to get around cheaply" guide like the Lonely Planet or Lets Go. ... Read more

    2. The Temple of Jerusalem (Wonders of the World)
    by Simon Goldhill
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    Asin: 0674017978
    Catlog: Book (2005-03-31)
    Publisher: Harvard University Press
    Sales Rank: 428757
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    Book Description

    It was destroyed nearly 2000 years ago, and yet the Temple of Jerusalem--cultural memory, symbol, and site--remains one of the most powerful, and most contested, buildings in the world. This glorious structure, imagined and re-imagined, reconsidered and reinterpreted again and again over two millennia, emerges in all its historical, cultural, and religious significance in Simon Goldhill's account.

    Built by Herod on a scale that is still staggering--on an earth and rock platform 144,000 square meters in area and 32 meters high--and destroyed by the Roman emperor Titus 90 years later, in 70 AD, the Temple has become the world's most potent symbol of the human search for a lost ideal, an image of greatness. Goldhill travels across cultural and temporal boundaries to convey the full extent of the Temple's impact on religious, artistic, and scholarly imaginations. Through biblical stories and ancient texts, rabbinical writings, archaeological records, and modern accounts, he traces the Temple's shifting significance for Jews, Christians, and Muslims.

    A complex and engaging history of a singular locus of the imagination--a site of longing for the Jews; a central metaphor of Christian thought; an icon for Muslims: the Dome of the Rock--The Temple of Jerusalem also offers unique insight into where Judaism, Christianity, and Islam differ in interpreting their shared inheritance. It is a story that, from the Crusades onward, has helped form the modern political world.

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    3. Lonely Planet Egypt (Lonely Planet Egypt)
    by Andrew Humphreys, Siona Jenkins, Gadi Farfour, Anthony Sattin, Joann Fletcher
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    Asin: 1740594630
    Catlog: Book (2004-01-01)
    Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications
    Sales Rank: 26146
    Average Customer Review: 2.94 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    Music and sheesha smoke wafting from the open doorway of a Cairo coffeehouse, the rippling dunes and blinding white sand of the Western Desert, and the awe-inspiring temples of Abu Simbel and Karnak - our bestselling guide to the ancient land of the Pharaohs covers every corner of this inspiring country.

    • TAKE A CRUISE with our dedicated Nile Cruises chapter - we'll give you the low-down on everything that floats, from local feluccas to luxurious cruise ships

    • GET AROUND with our 128 detailed maps - including customized itineraries and a walking tour map to help you discover the medieval alleyways of Islamic Cairo

    • GET THE BACKGROUND on everything from pyramids to papyrus with our special sections on Pharaonic Egypt and the Egyptian Museum

    • DISCOVER THE OUTDOORS with our comprehensive coverage of Red Sea diving and desert safaris - we know every shipwreck and oasis!

    • TALK THE TALK with the help of our Egyptian Arabic language chapter ... Read more

    Reviews (18)

    2-0 out of 5 stars Didn't Meet My Expectations
    I just completed a three week trip to Egypt. Some of the areas I visited included Cairo, Sharm el-Sheik, Mt. Sinai, Western Desert, Alexandria, Luxor and Aswan. While the book does have solid information regarding places to stay, restaurants to eat at, Internet cafes, etc., it does not provide its readers with a good, thorough backgrounder on each of the areas I visited. This can especially be said for the temples visited in Luxor and Aswan. The book really didn't give you a feel of the history behind what you were looking at. In addition, it was not complete in that certain monuments were described while others didn't even make it into the book, it seems. What makes things particularly worse is that information you would expect to be physically near to each other is all over the book. One thing that had me a bit angry was a lack of information about the bus system and a lack of detail on the scarcely available maps. If I were to make one recommendation, it would be to have a nice, detailed map of each area of Egypt one would visit.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Extremely useful
    I spent about a month reading this book and the Rough Guide series while planning my trip to Egypt... Well, they were both OK, the RG by Dan Richardson is more practical while LP goes into more detail on places of interest. Incidentally, this is the first book I read with systematic description of Egyptian gods and their relationships. Through the fortnight trip (Hurghada - Aswan - Luxor - Cairo - Suez - Hurghada) the LP was what I read in the evening before going to museums or tombs and RG was what I carried around in my pocket through the day. I would recommend a serious traveller to buy both.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Lonely Planet--Egypt Correction
    There is one correction I'd like to add to the Lonely Planet, Egypt. I recently returned from Cairo, Egypt. I bought my papyrus art from Mr. Said (pronounced Saieed) and highly recommend him. However, go to his office (Delta Papyrus Center--21 El Ghouria St., 3rd floor #17, Cairo, Egypt) BY YOURSELF. There will be people trying to "guide" you to his office and then ask you to pay them. He will give you an excellent price, but go alone without any guide. Enjoy!

    5-0 out of 5 stars best LP guide i've used
    I have used several LP guides and this was the best one yet. I found the info to almost always be spot-on, and the writers of this edition present it to you with far more wit and humor than you would expect in a guide. I looked at a couple of the other reviews and noticed they were quite critical. This doesn't square with my experience at all. I spent 6 weeks in Egypt in spring 2003 and this guide was incredibly useful. Aside from the inevitable little mistake here and there, the only major inconsistency I found was that bus trips usually took about 20-30% longer than the guide estimated. that is, a 4 hour trip would usually take closer to 5. Other than that I had no complaints in 6 weeks of using this guide every single day.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Useful but use with caution
    This is a very useful companian as it is easy to read and in a format which is fairly ready to use as a quick reference. Prior to going to egypt it enthused and motivated me even more as it really conveyed the message that this is a truly amazing country to visit. It also provides some useful key tips, such as suggested itineraries and how to avoid AEO (Ancient Egypt Overload - getting fed up of seeing temple after temple...). It also seems to be a popular choice amongst other travellers, so to use this guide will provide some common ground when you meet people.

    The book's greatest shortcoming, however, is that the costs of hotels, goods and services are way off. Either the prices they quote are impossibly too low (especially their price they quote about a round trip down to Abu Simbel from Cairo, two days and nights on a felucca and luxor if you go through Amigo travel agents - a simple calculation proves that just the train ticket and the cheap hotels would be more expensive than the price the Lonely Planet claims) or too high (I managed to make some purchases for about half the prices quoted in the book). In addition, its descriptions of the quality of hotels are as accurate as one person's one-off experience.

    That said, it prepares and guides you very well for an adventure of a lifetime... ... Read more

    4. In the Rose Garden of the Martyrs : A Memoir of Iran
    by Christopher de Bellaigue
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    Asin: 0066209803
    Catlog: Book (2005-01-01)
    Publisher: HarperCollins
    Sales Rank: 80500
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    Beside the highway that leads south from Tehran, the necropolis of Ayatollah Rudollah Khomeini rises from the sweating tarmac like a miraculous filling station supplying fuel for the soul. However, the paint is peeling even before the complex has been completed, and the prayer halls are all but deserted.

    Iran's Islamic Revolution is out of gas, but what has happened to the hostage takers, suicidal holy warriors, and ideologues who brought it about? These men and women kicked out the Shah, spent eight years fighting Saddam's Iraq, and terrified the West with its militancy and courage. Now they are a worn-out generation.

    In this superbly crafted and thoughtful book, Christopher de Bellaigue gives us the voices and memories of these wistful revolutionaries. Mullahs and academics, artists, traders, and mystics: the author knows them as an insider -- a journalist who speaks fluent Persian and is married to an Iranian -- and also as an outsider -- a Westerner isolated in one of the world's most enigmatic and impenetrable societies.

    The result is a subtly intense revelation of the hearts and minds of the Iranian people -- and what it is to live among them.

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Well-written but Complicated Structure
    This is a beautifully written book by an author who knows the language and has lived in the country he writes about -- both qualities I look for in a writer who pens books about the Middle East. It shows us aspects of Iranian culture and history the mass media overlook, and humanizes the place and its people. But the way it is written -- in a series of interlocking vigniettes -- is very complicated. In the end you wish the author had just told a story with a more traditional narrative structure. Worth buying for the insights, but don't expect an easy read...

    4-0 out of 5 stars Well written and insightful, but not the complete picture
    Mr. de Bellaigue's prose is superb and he had many interesting experiences in Iran; It is obvious he wore out a lot of shoe leather writing this book.We are treated to a host of eclectic characters, from the daughter of murdered secular dissidents, to disillusioned former revolutionaries cum reformists, as well as the plight of everday Iranians who are getting by in a poorly managed, authoritarian theocracy.

    The problem I had with the book was Mr. de. Bellaigue's focus on seeing Iran through the lense of Shiite Islam. At one point he makes the absurd statement that "It is every Iranians' dream to go to Karballah (Iraq)". Anyone who spends more than a day in Tehran will see how hollow statements like these ring.

    Overall the book was very good, but if you're going to only read one book on contemporary Iran it should be Afshin Molavi's Persian Pilgrimages, which is in a class by itself.

    3-0 out of 5 stars strong prose, good insight, didn't care for style/structure
    In the Rose Garden of the Martyrs has many strengths and was the sort of book I wanted to like more than I did.The prose is sharp and vivid, with some inventively insightful images/phrases.The insights into Iran range from the large (politics, society as a whole, the future of the revolution) to the small and personal (rhetorical offerings of favors/courtesies not meant to be accepted, family tensions).But thanks to the episodic, impressionistic nature of the work, I never felt a strong sense of cohesiveness or narrative.
    "Memoir" is probably somewhat of a misnomer, as there is very little about Bellagiue's experiences in the book and "memoir" as well tends to imply a relatively straightforwardnarrative whereas Garden is actually more a collection of encounters/interviews/interactions with various members of Iranian society layered between descriptions/explanations of ancient (centuries ago) and more recent (especially 1970 on) Iranian history.
    On the one hand, it's a nice mix of abstract history and personal impact of thathistory, especially with regards to the Iraq-Iran war, which takes up much of the book's focus.On the other hand, the mosaic approach didn't quite add up for me, though it does perhaps make a nice companion piece to other, more mundane memoirs such as Persepolis and Reading Lolita in Tehran, two works I enjoyed more though they lacked the detailed history.
    The range of characters offers up a nice cross-section of Iranian society, the almost incomprehensible human tragedy of the war is vividly conveyed, and Bellaigue makes Iran come alive in human terms more than any magazine article or policy book can.Some of the characters I found more compelling than others, and one of the reasons I didn't find the book completely enjoyable is that I had less interest in Hossein Kharrazi, a military leader and martyr who takes up a significant portion of the book.
    While the nature of the anecdotal approach didn't do much for me, there's no denying the author's talent with language or his skills of social observation/analysis. I'm guessing the book would have gone down better over a few days, a chapter or two at a time, rather than one or two long reading stretches, more like how I would have read a collection of short stories.That would be my recommendation at least.
    Recommended, with a few reservations due to the structure and the somewhat inaccurate description of it as "memoir", Not as enjoyable from my viewpoint as Reading Lolita or Persepolis, but a good companion book, one that could be read a bit at time while reading the others more straight through.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Delivers the goods
    I loved this book. It is a unique blend of history, reportage, travelogue and memoir. It is flawed, because the author's voice doesn't feel fully formed, but this hardly matters alongside the absolute gems it contains. Rivetting description of Khomeni's oratorical style, anedotes which take you right inside the head of those who were ready to martyr themselves in the war with Iraq. I was in Iran in 1987 and this is the first book I have read that answers all the questions I have carried with me since then. Furthermore, anyone who can write a line like "matchsticks marinated in Chanel" to describe the privileged young women of North Tehran has a special place in my heart. I can't wait to read his novel, for the book has "novelist waiting to burst forth" written all over it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A great read...
    I ordered this book after reading Pico Iver's glowing review in the NYT.It more than lives up to the Bellaigue is a terrific writer with a painter's eye, an atist's sensibility and an investigator's tenacity.He manages to convey a sense and a feel for the place that is truly palpable, even for someone like me who's never been to Iran.The book is a memoir, a travelogue, a love story and so much more. I consider this book must reading since Iran will most likely be the next country we'll be in war with.Might as well know who the "enemy" is. ... Read more

    5. The Valley of the Kings: The Tombs and the Funerary of Thebes West
    by Kent Weeks
    list price: $65.00
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    Asin: 1586632957
    Catlog: Book (2001-10-01)
    Publisher: Friedman/Fairfax Publishing
    Sales Rank: 306842
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Take a spectacular armchair voyage to one of earth's most magnificent and ancient sites--shown in a resplendent oversized volume, lavishly illustrated with more than 800 pictures (including archeological reconstruction drawings); 6 gatefolds; and the finest paper. Conducted by a team of world-acknowledged experts, who provide the most up-to-date information available, it's the perfect mix of artistic brilliance and scholarly research. The Valley of the Kings and the tombs of the nobles are, together with the pyramids of Giza, among the world's most visited and best-known sites. Although millions come each year to gaze upon these ancient wonders, a significant portion of this remarkable place remains unseen by most. For the first time, an illuminating and spectacularly produced guide brings together both the artistic and the architectural features of the tombs and maps them out fully. The only photographer granted full access to the site over the past decade provides unrivaled color images of the funerary temples and private necropolises, and in addition, an exploration of their structures and embellishments features plans, photos, drawings of motifs, and hieroglyphs. To complete the presentation: walking itineraries in the Theban mountains, shown from many unusual vantage points. A visual treat, and an extraordinary adventure, for real and virtual travelers alike.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Buried
    This is the best book on the Valley of the Kings. I own John Romer's and Nicholas Reeves books,which I highly recommend,but this one I like best. This is a must own book if you love the tombs. It won't let you down. Well worth the money. Buy it before it goes out of print.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Took my breath away!
    Having read Kent Week's book "The Lost Tomb" I was impressed with his accessable writing style. So, seeing this book was like waving a red flag at a bull. I have been to many of the sights featured in this book and could not afford to visit all. To my joy, on opening this volume and seeing the quality of the photographs I realised now that I could! It is the next best thing to actually BEING tere and in some cases .. better! I know that sounds odd ... but in reality a lot of the KV paintings are covered with glass to prevent damage ... or you are not allowed to take a camera in ... even if you can, you may not use flash. So your own pictures always fall short. THIS is professionally lit, photographed and documented ... with great care taken to render the Theabian west bank in all it's glory. Bravo!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Treasure
    I had looked forward with great anticipation to the arrival of this book - and I am not at all disappointed. In the past few years a few books have been published which have delighted my eyes, Tutankhamun, by T.G.H. James, and Egyptian Treasures from the Egyptian Museum in Cairo and now the present work. They share in common the photographer - Araldo De Luca.

    De Luca is a consumate artist of light. Throughout this book you will see exquisite shots, described and formed by the light of Egypt - Medinet Habu at dawn, The Temples of Hatshepsut and Mentuhotep, from the air in the dawn light, at the precise moment that the entire Valley of the Kings lies in shadows between golden cliffs behind. There are more - photographs of objects and buildings that I have never seen, or at least not so clearly. De Luca has found the perfect vantage point for every shot, it seems, and has waited for the light to lift the ordinary into statement, explanation rather than simple recording.

    Sprinkled through the various essays - and each essay written by a distinguished expert in their field - are delightful drawings, diagrams and maps. We have sumptuous renderings of the interior of Tutankhamon's tomb, which are not so uncommon, but this volume goes on to show us drawings of the interior of Nefertari's tomb, and there's more! The tombs of the Nobles are pictured with the same fine sensitivity as well as the mortuary temples of the west bank.

    The essays take a back seat, at first glance, so truly wonderful are the photographs, but here you will find rich descriptions and explanations of the monuments and the objects found within them. Kent Weeks is the general editor; there is an introduction by Her Excellency Mrs. Suzanne Mubarek; Rita Freed, Melinda K. Hartwig, Erik Hornung, Christian Leblanc ... the list of eminent persons goes on.

    Congratulations to the publishers, Friedman/Fairfax, and to all those who produced this wonderful book, from type-setters to press persons. This is a treasure! Thank you! L.P.H.!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars "Valley of the Kings"
    With out a doubt one of the best and most stuning visual
    books I have ever seen about ancient Egypt. Dr Kent Weeks
    narative is both interesting and detailed yet should still
    appeal to the amateur with an interest in Egypt.
    The book details the modern exploration of the valley over the
    last few hundred years. It then details the great Temples of
    the Luxor area useing altitude photos, maps, line drawings, artist drawings floor plans and photos...lots of photos.
    The book then moves into the Valley of the Kings, tomb by
    tomb using the same type detailed drawings, photos, plans and
    artists renditions.
    There is also a detailed section of the Queens Valley using the same techniques as the rest of the book.
    But the star of the book is Araldo de Lucas photos. The clearity and detail of the close ups leaps off the pages
    and are as near flawless as one can get in colour and content. there are several fold out pages and the detail
    is incredable. This book is excellent in every aspect. A must for
    anyone interested in Ancient Egyptolgy . ... Read more

    6. Egypt (Eyewitness Travel Guides)
    by Not Applicable (Na )
    list price: $25.00
    our price: $16.50
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    Asin: 0789497182
    Catlog: Book (2003-09)
    Publisher: DK Publishing Inc
    Sales Rank: 7380
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    Book Description

    Covers: Cairo and its surrounding areas, the Nile Valley, Sinai, the Red Sea Coast, the Delta, the North Coast, and the Western Desert region. ... Read more

    7. Lonely Planet Middle East (Lonely Planet Middle East)
    by Andrew Humphreys
    list price: $24.99
    our price: $16.49
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    Asin: 1864503491
    Catlog: Book (2003-01-01)
    Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications
    Sales Rank: 69529
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Middle East on a Shoestring
    When one takes the initial steps of such an exotic trip as the middle east, a guide is needed to educate yourself on everything. Even the experienced traveler will find their trips to Europe did little to prepare them for the Middle East. This is why this guide does so much for the independant, and is so invaluable. Lonely planet has a history of helping people travel on a meagre budget, however gives a warm and caring introduction as to why indulging yourself occasionaly in the more expensive treasures can make your vaction. The authors expell the myths of all around violence in the region and firmly warns you where not to go. The religion and customs sections are so informative that I found myself prepared for the basics of Islamic life and ready to learn more. This book inspired me to take the unbeaten path and to still take in the wonderful tourist draws. Ive browsed through the two other major guides on the middle east, they dont compare to the thorough down to earth writing that Lonely Planet produces. Occasionaly, there could be more entries on Long Distance Travel (getting there and away) and there could have been more mention of the smaller budget tours that are offered in the region, however I still contend that this is the best pick for Middle East travel guides for all traveler of all Budgets. ... Read more

    8. Afghanistan: Crosslines Essential Field Guides to Humanitarian and Conflict Zones
    by Jonathan Walter, Charles Norchi
    list price: $29.95
    our price: $18.87
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    Asin: 297001761X
    Catlog: Book (2004-01)
    Publisher: Media Action International
    Sales Rank: 22949
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Updated to reflect recent events, this guidebook provides a unique and indispensable tool for anyone working and traveling in Afghanistan. Specially commissioned articles from leading experts in the field examine Afghanistan’s historical legacy and contemporary milieu, covering everything from the security situation and the resurgence of the Taliban to two decades of human rights abuses and the current situation of women. Street maps for all major cities, practical advice on daily survival, important contacts, and a list of key phrases make this an essential practical resource for any visitor to Afghanistan. Detailed information and statistics on key political and humanitarian sectors are included. This replaces 2970017601. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Best book on Afghanistan
    This is an excellent guide to Afghanistan. Both for the expert and the newcomer. Given the current security situation in Afghanistan, I would recommend the Essential Field Guide as a must to all US and Coalition soldiers and peacekeepers. It could save their lives and US policy.

    The guide provides exactly the sort of quick understanding with excellent overviews and infobriefs on culture, economies, health, environment, ethnic groups etc. that would prove more than useful through a more thorough understanding of this country and its people. Edward Girardet, who has written for the Christian Science Monitor and National Geographic, is also one of the top experts on the country since first reporting it at the beginning of the Soviet invasion. Apart from its information, the guide is simply a joy - and incredibly interesting - to read. Anyone serious about Afghanistan - aid worker, journalist, diplomat, academic, traveller, human rights advocate...should have a copy if not in their pocket then certainly on their bookshelves. Political science and journalism students should also study this as a must. It beats most other books on Afghanistan. Girardet and Walter and the Crosslines publishers should definitely do other books on humanitarian and conflict zones elsewhere. If they can do the same for Africa or the Middle East as they have with Afghanistan, they are doing an incredible service to all concerned.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Afghanistan fieldguide tells the full story
    Crosslines Essential Field Guide to Afghanistan tells the full story about Afghanistan in a way I can't find in any other book. Whether it's politics, culture or humanitarian information you're after - it's all in there. I never realised how big those Buddhas were that the Taliban blew up until I saw a picture in this book! If you want to understand more about the country at the centre of world news, this is the book to buy!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Update on the Essential Field Guide to Afghanistan

    Published by CROSSLINES Global Report and Media Action International (formerly the International Centre for Humanitarian Reporting-ICHR)

    The Crosslines Essential Field Guide to AFGHANISTAN Is the only detailed guidebook dealing with the current situation of the country available in English. Although certain elements in the book have been overtaken by recent events, the field guide is still essential reading for all journalists, aid workers, diplomats and military personnel operating in the region or otherwise interested in Afghanistan. Journalists and relief workers from the BBC, TIME, UNHCR, UNICEF and other media or aid groups have already informed us that the Essential Guide to AFGHANISTAN is the best thing going for quick and informed background information.

    The book features over 500 pages of political, humanitarian and military analysis, biographies of key Taliban and opposition players, essential information briefs on agriculture, medical relief, environment, culture etc. as well as all regions of the country, street maps, advice on health and security, phrasebooks in Persian and Pashto, contact details for diplomats, aid agencies and journalists. Specially commissioned essays written leading experts analyse the country's political, military, humanitarian, and cultural situation. All country data was collated through first hand field research the editors.

    The editors are Edward Girardet (a journalist and former correspondent for The Christian Science Monitor; also author of Afghanistan - the Soviet War) and Jonathan Walter (a former officer with the British Army's Brigade of Gurkhas, and editor of the World Disasters Report)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Handbook for relief workers in Afghanistan.
    This book was made for the use of relief workers working in Afghanistan. Aid for Aid participated in helping provide the maps for this book . ... Read more

    9. The Rough Guide to Egypt
    by Dan Richardson
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    Asin: 1843530503
    Catlog: Book (2003-03-01)
    Publisher: Rough Guides Limited
    Sales Rank: 48996
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Egypt is the oldest tourist destination on earth. Ancient Greeks and Romans started the trend, coming to goggle at the cyclopean scale of the Pyramids and the Colossi of Thebes. At the onset of colonial times, Napoleon and the British in turn looted Egypt’s treasures to fill their national museums, sparking off a trickle of Grand Tourists that eventually became a flood of travellers, packaged for their Nile cruises and Egyptological lectures by the enterprising Thomas Cook.

    Today, the attractions of the country are not only the monuments of the Nile Valley and the souks, mosques and madrassas of Islamic Cairo, but the natural wonders of the Red Sea, Sinai, and the Eastern and Western deserts: fantastic coral reefs and tropical fish, dunes and rockscapes – plus ancient fortresses, monasteries and rock art.

    The land itself is a freak of nature, whose lifeblood is the River Nile. From the Sudanese border to the shores of the Mediterranean, the Nile Valley and its Delta are flanked by arid wastes, the latter as empty as the former are teeming with people. This stark duality between fertility and desolation is fundamental to Egypt’s character and has shaped its development since prehistoric times, imparting continuity to diverse cultures and peoples over seven millennia. It is a sense of permanence and timelessness that is buttressed by religion, which pervades every aspect of life. Although the pagan cults of ancient Egypt are as moribund as its legacy of mummies and temples, their ancient fertility rites and processions of boats still hold their place in the celebrations of Islam and Christianity.

    The result is a multi-layered culture, which seems to accord equal respect to ancient and modern. The peasants (fellaheen) of the Nile and Bedouin tribes of the desert live much as their ancestors did a thousand years ago. Other communities include the Nubians of the far south, and the Coptic Christians, who trace their ancestry back to pharaonic times. What unites them is a love of their homeland, extended family ties, dignity, warmth and hospitality towards strangers. Though most visitors are drawn to Egypt by its monuments, the enduring memory is likely to be of its people and their way of life. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Best of several guide books we brought to Egypt
    While my companion and I had four guide books between us for our two week trip, the Rough Guide was the one that we constantly referred to. After a while, we didn't even look at the others, even though they had fancier and more colorful illustrations. By far, the Rough Guide gave us more, and more useful, information on the locations we visited than the others. The descriptions of the various neighborhoods and the sights along the way were most helpul in our planning for the one free day in Cairo that we had from our group tour. We also appreciated the discussion of customs and practices (the notes on baksheesh, for example, helped us gain a better understanding of a practice that many Americans found annoying). An added benefit: it weighed less than the fancier guides with glossy pages, so it was far easier to carry with us.

    4-0 out of 5 stars The Rough Guide to Egypt
    Overall I was quite pleased with this guide. It provided accurate information for transportaion details, hotels and restaurants and gave good basic introductions to the sites and cities, as well as what to expect in the culture. The city maps were accurate and the maps of ancient egyptian monuments were helpful and enough for me, though anyone with a serious interest in them will want to pick up something extra (the guide recommends titles). DOn't rely on the arabic section at the back - if you need to teach yourself any arabic for a trip you'd do best to buy an egytian arabic phrasebook as the rough guides section is small and can mislead your pronounciation. ... Read more

    10. Libya: The Lost Cities of the Roman Empire
    by Antonio Di Vita, Ginette Divita-Evrard, Lidiano Bacchielli, Robert Polidori
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    Asin: 3895088447
    Catlog: Book (1999-02-01)
    Publisher: Konemann
    Sales Rank: 524116
    Average Customer Review: 4.25 out of 5 stars
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Just one question!
    Having spent some ten years in Libya,I found this to be an enjoyable, and very readable book on a most significant, though generally overlooked area of Greco-Roman antiquity. There is still a vast amount of excavation needed, and politics have not helped. There is one point on which I should take issue, however: The author refers to the city of 'Lepcis' in Tripolitania. Either she knows of an alternative spelling, or this is a serious typo. To my knowledge, she is referring to the city of Leptis Magna.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Fascinating topic marred by poor photos
    The Roman ruins of Libya have been seen by very few Westerners in recent decades. They are in a remarkable state of preservation. The enormous basilica of Septimus Severus at Leptis Magna, while a ruin, looks like it could easily be put back together to it's former glory. The excellent state of preservation is due both to the desert climate and to the near complete absence of tourism. Eric Newby writing in "On the Shores of the Mediterranean" describes the difficulties he went through in arranging a visit under the Quadaffi government. This book was produced by Italian archaeologists who remarkably have been able to continue their field work during Libya's current international isolation. The book is marred by the poor reproduction of the photos. The pictures are almost all underexposed with muddy shadow areas, flat highlights and an overall lack of contrast. A pity but the book is still worthwhile for a look at sites that most people will never be able to see.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Roman Civilizations-Buried by Sand
    This book is magnificent.The first 180 pages are devoted to the western province of Tripolitania, where ruins of the Roman cities of Sabratha, Oea(present-day Tripoli),and Leptis Magna are located along the North African coastline in the Gulf of Sirte. The next 50-odd pages cover the eastern province of Cyrenaica toward Egypt where the Greco-Roman cities of Cyrene, Apollonia, and Ptolemais are found.

    The photographs of these cities are without a doubt some of the finest in existence.Heretofore,I have only seen random scenes of these ancient cities, but nothing organized in a book like this.

    Unless one has been to Lybia,as I have,it is difficult to imagine the splendor of these ruins.Greco-Roman ruins in Europe pale in comparison.A primary reason for their preservation is the dry climate,and their burial for 1000 years by the shifting sands of the Sahara from the 9th century A.D. Excavations began in the early 20th century.

    The Italian authors are experts in archeological research of the Roman era,specifically in North Africa where they have conducted many missions. Their knowledge of the rise and fall of these wealthy,elegant,and powerful cities and their importance to Rome is well presented in the text throughout the book. The writers describe what life must have been like in these cities,and provide accurate maps and reconstructions of their original dimensions where still buried by sand.

    For anyone interested in the period of history when these cities flourished-7th century B.C. to about the 4th century A.D.-this book is a must. If you don't like to read-just look at the pictures.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Good-looking picture book on Roman ruins
    This is a beautiful book showing some of the extensive Roman ruins left in North Africa. Highly recommended for enthusiasts and browsers.

    The book is pretty large, and the pictures are clear and give you a good sense of the urban spaces pictured. ... Read more

    11. Adventures in Ancient Egypt (Good Times Travel Agency (Paperback))
    by Linda Bailey, Bill Slavin
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    Asin: 1550745484
    Catlog: Book (2000-10-01)
    Publisher: Kids Can Press
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    Adventures in Ancient Egypt and Adventures in the MiddleAges mix fact and fiction for fast, funny and fascinating romps through the past.Kids will love each book¹s contemporary comic-book look with its zanyillustrations, speech balloons and guidebook. Parents and teachers will love thewell-researched story lines and solid factual information. In the first book, the Binkerton twins, Josh and Emma, and their little sisterLibby, stumble into the Good Times Travel Agency and take a once-in-a-lifetimetrip back to ancient Egypt! The trio soon find themselves running from kid-eatingcrocodiles, tomb robbers and some very angry soldiers. ... Read more

    12. Walking the Bible: A Journey by Land Through the Five Books of Moses
    by Bruce Feiler
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    Asin: 0380977753
    Catlog: Book (2001-04-01)
    Publisher: William Morrow
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    Average Customer Review: 3.98 out of 5 stars
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    Walking the Bible: A Journey by Land Through the Five Books of Moses is the story of Bruce Feiler's 10,000-mile trek from Mount Ararat to Mount Nebo, undertaken for reasons he did not understand at the outset and accompanied by a companion who was very nearly a stranger. In the book's first chapter, in characteristically understated style, Feiler suggests a viable parallel to his journey:

    Abraham was not originally the man he became. He was not an Israelite, he was not a Jew. He was not even a believer in God--at least initially. He was a traveler, called by some voice not entirely clear that said: Go, head to this land, walk along this route, and trust what you will find.

    Feiler, a fifth-generation American Jew from the South, had felt no particular attachment to the Holy Land. Yet during his journey, Feiler's previously abstract faith grew more grounded. ("I began to feel a certain pull from the landscape.... It was a feeling of gravity. A feeling that I wanted to take off all my clothes and lie facedown in the soil.") Feiler's attentiveness, intelligence, and adventurousness enliven every page of this book. And the lessons he learned about the relationship between place and the spirit will be useful for readers of every religious tradition that finds its origins in the Bible. --Michael Joseph Gross ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Refreshing New Pilgrimage Through the Bible's Stories
    Walking the Bible is an absorbing & informative travel memoir of Feiler's journeys through the first five books of the Old Testament. Feiler presents a refreshingly different perpective on this subject because he admittedly comes to the project as a young, semi-inactive-in-the-faith Jewish man. What he learns through the trip by reading, interacting, and observing doesn't seem to give him concrete "proof" of the historical veracity of the events, but nonetheless leads him down a path to understanding faith and to realization of the enormous meaning found within the Holy Land. His appreciation for that land and the conflict and beauty found within it are apparent throughout the book, and I found that appreciation to be contagious.

    The best thing about this book is that it enlightens and entertains on spiritual, historical, and travel adventure levels. Scholarly views on the interpretation of Biblical events as well as the geography and culture of the Holy Land are researched and well-presented. Avner Goren was a fantastic guide/mentor who has a greater knowledge of pre-historic and Biblical archaeology than most anyone else around -- his input is priceless. I highly recommend this book to anyone with a thirst for more knowledge about Old Testament times in the Holy Land, and particularly to those in their 20s or 30s who may come to the book with backgrounds similar to that of Feiler. I learned quite a bit, particularly in regards to the motivations of Israeli immigrants and Judaistic views on God's interaction with his people during Exodus. And yet that book does not proselytize in any way -- it simply presents the experiences on the journey.

    As to those reviewers who critize Feiler's undertaking of the Biblical journey as unoriginal: "Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it." - C.S. Lewis, MERE CHRISTIANITY

    I believe that most people will walk away from reading this book glad that they read it, laden with new information and, perhaps, new questions.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Part travelogue, part history book, part pilgrimage
    This book really should have been called "Walking the Torah," since it covers the Five Books of Moses and is written from a primarily Jewish perspective. I suppose the marketing people felt that "Bible" would have a wider sales appeal or something. Be that as it may, the most interesting thing about this book was the profound change in attitude that the journey brought to the writer himself. No, he didn't "get religion" and run off become an Orthodox Jew. However, he did gain a new appreciation for the Bible stories themselves, as well as the various people and places that the Bible describes.

    By his own admission, Bruce Feiler was a secular/Reform Jew who started out simply wanting to connect to the physical places mentioned in the Torah, i.e., to literally walk where his ancestors had walked. At first, Feiler thought of the Bible as a sort of Baedekers travel guide. He spent most of his preparation time reading history, geography, and archaeology. Once he got on the road, however, he soon discovered that the Bible is also "in the people" (his words). Whether they are true believers of many faiths or secularists who see the Bible as literature, the people who actually live in these biblical locations have a deep, almost mystical connection to the land itself -- a bond which goes beyond merely occupying a particular piece of real estate. Feiler grew to have this inner experience, too. As he himself explains, somewhere along the line he stopped thinking of The Book as a travel guide, and started seeing it as The Bible.

    Feiler's prose style is both creative and highly readable. While some have criticized his incessant junk food metaphors (chocolate mountains, cinnamon hills -- he was getting hungry maybe?), I found them rather amusing. On the one hand, here he is, talking about places mentioned in a Holy Book that is sacred to millions of people. On the other hand, he doesn't pontificate, nor does he idealize. He duly notes the the rampant commercialism at holy sites and, with a wry sense of humor, he comments on many strange justapositions of traditional and modern life. (The fire extinguisher kept near the "true burning bush" in St. Catherine's monastery on Mt. Sinai had me laughing out loud. Was the burning bush was expected to catch on fire?)

    As with most personal travelogues, there are things in this one that Feiler doesn't get right, even with his famous tour guide, Israeli archaeologist Avner Goren. (Who, by the way, was paid by Feiler to do this project, but so what? Hiring a guide is a time-honored travel practice, and more than one scholar has financed his research with moonlighting.) What I got out of the book was a deeper understanding of how the lay of the land in the Middle East influenced the Bible. This, in turn, opened up many Torah passages in new ways for me.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Walking the Bible
    Bruce Feiler, a nominal Jew, describes his journey to the Holy Land... His stories are fascinating as he and his guide retrace their steps while they explore the world of Old Testament characters and Biblical stories. It tells of Bruce's personal pilgrimage and spiritual awakening.

    5-0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC!!
    I just finished reading this book. INCREDIBLE! The author takes two years to walk through the Pentateuch (literally), meets all kind of people in the Middle East, does tremendous research into everything from geography to Bible history to Middle Eastern hospitality traditions, and serves the whole thing up as a delightful story and journey. His guide is a man named Avner who seems to know everyone who has any passion or interest in the Middle East. As he encounters God in the desert you encounter God with him.This was an intellectual and a faith building feast. I can't express how thankful I am for this book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Thoughtful Journey to the Holy Land and Beyond
    Walking the Bible by Bruce Feiler is an account of the author's journey to many of the famous places of the Bible, from Jerusalem, the Red Sea, Mt. Sinai ,Turkey and beyond. The concept of the book is certainly not original and anyone looking for a true history of the area won't find it here. What the reader will find is thoughtful, insightful , well-written look at a ancient region of undeniable importance to a large portion of the global population. Feiler did not intend his journey to be purely spiritual in nature but it's quite interesting to observe his spiritual renewal and growth during the course of this book. Feiler's observations and commentaries are well-balanced, accurate and fair. Whether you are a Jew, Christian or Muslim or member of another faith, this book has much to offer. ... Read more

    13. Streetwise Jerusalem
    by Streetwise Maps, Michael Brown
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    Asin: 1886705232
    Catlog: Book (2000-07-01)
    Publisher: Streetwise Maps
    Sales Rank: 36832
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    Revised yearly, STREETWISE(r) is the best-selling map of JERUSALEM, with coverage from Teddy Stadium to Ramot Forest. Localities covered are Caiaphas House, the Garden of Gethsemane, and the Tomb of Zechariah. Points of interest such as museums, hotels, parks, and popular sites are highlighted and fully indexed. The Old City is clearly indicated on a map inset. Laminated for durability, accordion folded to fit in your pocket or purse, STREETWISE(r) gives you JERUSALEM in a clear, concise, and convenient format.
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    14. Israel Travel Map
    by Not Applicable (Na )
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    Asin: 1859747604
    Catlog: Book (2001-06-01)
    Publisher: New Holland Publishers (UK) LTD
    Sales Rank: 153093
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    This user-friendly travel map has been specifically designed for visitors as a practical and informative guide to Israel. More than just a map, it includes detailed street plans of major towns and large-scale projections of popular tourist destinations. It includes a regional climate chart, full color photographs, concise place names index and much more. The map measures 5" x 10" folded and unfolds to an easily-manageable 28" x 39". ... Read more

    15. Lonely Planet Egyptian Arabic Phrasebook (Lonely Planet Egyptian Arabic Phrasebook)
    by Siona Jenkins
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    Asin: 1864501839
    Catlog: Book (2001-09-01)
    Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications
    Sales Rank: 63512
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Whether traversing the Nile or exploring Cairo’s labyrinthine alleyways, delve beneath the surface and discover the intriguing language and culture of Egypt. Confidently converse in Egyptian Arabic and ensure you don’t miss out on the friendliness and humour for which Egyptians are famous. Enhance your travels through this enticing country!

    • key to deciphering hieroglyphs
    • essential phrases for sightseeing, architecture & bargaining
    • comprehensive sections on diving, trekking & sport
    • everything from smoking a sheesha to sha'bi music
    • mouthwatering range of traditional cuisine
    • easy pronunciation throughout
    • cultural tips & essential etiquette
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Strange that a traveler's phasebook surpasses textbooks
    I lived in Egypt for nine months, studying Arabic intensively. I have bought probably twenty or so textbooks and phrasebooks on Arabic, both Standard and Colloquial Egyptian. Briefly, let me provide an overview of this book's strong and weak points:
    1. Excellent for someone who is genuinely interested in Egyptian Arabic, but perhaps too much for a week-long interest.
    2. Excellent vocabulary resource with a variety of subjects. I always used it as my first reference in everyday conversation. As far as I know, no one has written such a comprehensive yet approachable book for Egyptian Arabic.
    3. Weak on teaching Egyptian Arabic grammar. It gives an overview. If you have already had an introduction, you will be able to extrapolate grammar through common sense but this book does not explicitly break down sentence structure or conjugation.

    I gave this book five stars, despite its weaknesses, because it far superior to other Egyptian Arabic books-text books or phrase books. If you go to Egypt, enjoy it because it is a first-class adventure. ... Read more

    16. The Traveler's Key to Ancient Egypt: A Guide to the Sacred Places of Ancient Egypt
    by John Anthony West, Theosophical Pub House
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    Asin: 0835607240
    Catlog: Book (1996-01-01)
    Publisher: Quest Books (IL)
    Sales Rank: 294733
    Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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    Revised edition. A travel guide that explores the spiritual significance of the sights of Egypt. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The best book if you want something a little deeper.
    If you want a guide book with more than the basic superficial run of the mill tourist info this book is for you.

    Lots of maps, tips and explanations of the deeper meaning behind the sites you're visiting.

    I'm bringing this book with me on my trip!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Enhanced with maps, diagrams, and photos
    Now in a updated and expanded new edition, John West's The Traveler's Key To Ancient Egypt continues to be the definitive guide to all of the sacred places of ancient Egypt. The ideal traveler's guidebook is enhanced with maps, diagrams, and photos to accompany the history and spiritual significance of Egypt's art, architecture, mythology, religion, and ritual practices. From the Pyramids of Giza to the Valley of the Kings, this traveler's guide reveals the hidden meaning of monuments, ancient city sites, as well as new research on the dating of the Sphinx. Travel tips include tour information, Nile cruises, what to bring and what to wear, shopping advice, as well as information on money, hotels, and restaurants. If you are planning a trip to the Land of the Pharaohs, beginning with a thorough perusal of John West's The Traveler's Key To Ancient Egypt!

    5-0 out of 5 stars For any mind that is even slightly ajar, let alone open...
    This book is essential for any traveller to Egypt with a mind that is even slightly ajar, let alone open.

    West gives an alternative account of the meaning of the monuments and antiquities to be seen in Egypt, more esoteric (though certainly not more difficult to understand) than that which is usually presented in guide books. He points out the details which brought him to the conclusion that the Giza Sphinx is in fact closer to 13,000 years old than the 4,500 years old that has been traditionally believed, and has a different viewpoint to the orthodox school in many cases. He presents both sides of the argument, and gives the information necessary to make up one's own mind based on observation of what is actually there to be seen.

    On my first visit to Egypt, my companions and I felt rather sorry for tourists in groups with official guides, because they seemed to be missing out on at least half of the story, and in many cases the whole point.

    I was particularly impressed with West's analysis of the architecture of the Temple of Luxor, based on the work of Schwaller de Lubicz, and once it was pointed out how the whole building maps onto a plan of the human skeleton, I found it very difficult to refute.

    Whilst I did not always agree with his conclusions on every occasion, it cannot be disputed that West has raised thoroughly pertinent questions which conventional Egyptology has either glibly brushed under the carpet or failed to address at all.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best Guide to Ancient Egyptian Sites
    One of the most useful guides to ancient Egyptian sites! A visitor can read the descriptions to the tombs, monuments and temples prior to their visit - but the guide is most helpful during and after being awestruck! The guide is more of a historical, academic narrative to the many treasures of Egypt and is much more prefereable to the shallow descriptions of a traditional travel guide. In lieu of an ancient copy of Baedeker's, "Traveler's Key..." is the next best thing!

    4-0 out of 5 stars for open-minded readers
    The author provides a historical overview of Ancient Egypt and the development of Egyptology (by Kircher, Napoleon, Champollion, and Schwaller de Lubicz among many people). The book covers Egyptian Religion as well as the major religious and funerary texts. Giza, the pyramids and the Sphinx are discussed as are Saqqara, Memphis, Dahshur, Abusir, Meidum, Akhetaten, Thebes, Abydos, Dendara, Esna, Edfu, Aswan, Abu Simbel and Alexandria. A section is dedicated to the content of the Cairo Museum. Included are 5 appendices - dynasties and kings; sphinx and pyramid; glossary; bibliography; and travel tips. Both orthodox and unorthodox views are dealt with in this book, whose emphasis is mostly on the art and architecture of Ancient Egypt. With black and white illustrations, it is recommended for the open-minded reader. ... Read more

    17. Lonely Planet Jordan (Lonely Planet Jordan)
    by Anthony Ham, Paul Greenway
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    Asin: 1740591658
    Catlog: Book (2003-04-01)
    Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications
    Sales Rank: 123486
    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    Jordan has it all: the extraordinary carved city of Petra, Roman ruins, stark desert landscapes and a thriving capital.Delve into Jordan's rich culture with this comprehensive guide.

    • Stay in Bedouin tents or splash out on a beach-front hotel – all the options you need
    • See the best of Jordan's ancient heritage – let our section on Biblical Jordan guide you
    • Dive & snorkel, take a hike, camel trek or float on the Dead Sea – we'll tell you how
    • Get talking – use our handy Arabic chapter to mix with the locals
    • Get around – 31 detailed maps and a full-colour country map will show you the way
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Good Guide Book...but...
    Much more informative than LP's "Jordan & Syria" edition. There are a couple of beautiful pictures of Wadi Rum in here, and some decent background info on archeological sites around Jordan. Border crossing politics are made clear, and how to get around is succint. There is quite a bit of information packed into this book, covering everything from little-known facts about Bedouin life to opening/closing times at Karak Castle. The maps in this book are more useful than some other guides I've seen and I would have given this book 5 stars, but I know of another book superior to this one.... It's Matthew Teller's "Jordan-The Rough Guide".... ... Read more

    18. Innocents Abroad or the New Pilgrims Progress: Being Some Account of the Steamship Quaker City's Pleasure Excursion to Europe and the Holy Land : With Descriptions of Countries, Nations, Incidents
    by Mark Twain
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    Asin: 0451525027
    Catlog: Book (1997-04-01)
    Publisher: Signet Classics
    Sales Rank: 53458
    Average Customer Review: 4.48 out of 5 stars
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    The Innocents Abroad is one of the most prominent and influential travel books ever written about Europe and the Holy Land. In it, the collision of the American “New Barbarians” and the European “Old World” provides much comic fodder for Mark Twain—and a remarkably perceptive lens on the human condition. Gleefully skewering the ethos of American tourism in Europe, Twain’s lively satire ultimately reveals just what it is that defines cultural identity. As Twain himself points out, “Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” And Jane Jacobs observes in her Introduction, “If the reader is American, he may also find himself on a tour of his own psyche.” ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Classic Mark Twain - Characters we still recognize today
    This book describes a group tour of "Europe and the Holy Land" Samuel Clemens experienced and reported about 100 years ago. He describes, in a way that only Mark Twain can, the people he meets and the places they go from the point of view from the American West. One memorable example of his American perspective is a comparison of Italian mountains, lakes and rivers with his beloved Rockies, Tahoe, and Mississippi. He also paints humorous portraits of the tour guides and his fellow travelers. The first time I read this book I was on an organized bus tour in Europe and quickly realized how many of Twain's human observations on how tourists are treated still apply, which makes the humor very accessible.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The funniest book ever written-in the history of time!
    Ok, maybe that is a minor overstatement, but this is one hilarous book, to be read by people who have travelled, who plan to travel, and generally, people who want to laugh. A lot.

    The book is also surprising for its timeless points about the journeying of certain upper white, middle class people going on a grand tour of Europe. I frequently had to remind myself that it was written in 1869 because his observations and the behavior of his shipmates is so close to the way people I studied abroad with acted-only a few years ago.

    Twain also puts those "cosmopolitan" people who claim to have traveled, but don't know anything about any place they have been but and just like to lord it over everyone else that they have "travelled" and you have not.

    Reading this book is like listening to a very wise, old man tell you about his adventures. Its not like a book, more like one long conversation. Twain takes nothing seriously-not himself, his fellow travelers or the places they visit. The words are another adventure-sometimes, you know he is setting you up for something, other times he is serious for a while, then you end up in the middle of a joke.

    I know this is against the rules, but the other posters who don't like this book-don't be so serious and p.c. all the time. Twain is making humorous observations, at a time when a different standard was acceptable. Not to mention, he does manage to get a few zingers in there about what people are willing to accept and what they do not.

    You will laugh yourself silly and want to book a trip-not to Europe, just to anywhere, after reading this book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars As good as travel writing can get
    This book, along with Twain's 'Roughing It,' is often considered to be some of the best travel narrative ever put to paper. Certainly it deserves its acclaim. Twain, the irreverent All-American writer, took a trip halfway around the world in a steamer and visited many of the great sites of Europe and the Middle East. This is his account of his experiences, and the experiences of the group of 'Pilgrims' which accompanied him on this 'pleasure excursion.'

    One of the best things about Twain is his refusal to romanticize, even in the cases of the greatest places in the world. He does not hesitate to verbally abuse Paris, Florence, Damascus, even Jerusalem. He tells it how it is, refusing to admire the work of the great painters (Raphael, Michael Angelo, and co.) and asserting that everyone who ever wrote of the beauty of the Sea of Galilee was a downright liar. He has some good things to say, too (he seems to have approved of Athens), but mostly he spends his time dispelling the romantic images of the great places of the world. The result is hilarious, and certainly makes one realize that, despite the perfect images that Paris, Pisa, and Rome sometimes have in our minds, they are a far cry from paradise.

    Twain's wit, as always, is very sharp, and this book is an excellent example of it. His antics (and descriptions of them) are very funny, and his way of putting things a joy to read. Along the way, he pokes fun of the American "Pilgrims," who deface the sacred relics they visit and call every guide they have 'Ferguson.' This is certainly a classic in American Literature. Anyone interested in travel writing will profit greatly from this book, as will anyone who enjoys Twain's humor or just a good laugh.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent account of the Mediterranean & Holy Land in 1867.
    This is a fascinating, extraordinary account, written by Mark Twain in relation to his travels throughout the Mediterranean, the Holy Land & other points of interest around 1867.

    Many readers will be familiar with Mark Twain from their school-days , perhaps having read the author's stories of 'Tom Sawyer' & 'Huckleberry Finn'. Although factual, this book is itself just as enjoyable a read as the author's other classics.

    I obtained my rather ancient copy of this book primarily to investigate the author's account of his travels through the Holy Land during the 19th Century, and his observations of the Holy Land, it's terrain, population, culture and character at that time.

    Noting that the author had also spent some time in Gibraltar at any early stage in his journey, I thought that I might also be able to gather some perception of the accuracy of his accounts, having personally lived in Gibraltar for a period of time & being familiar with Gibraltar's history. I was not to be disappointed and was quite impressed with the writer's description of Gibraltar and his interpretation of it's turbulent history.

    I was also impressed with the writer's account of so many locations within the Holy Land and the considerable amount of time that he devoted to it in his book. So many of the Judaeo-Christian sites that I am very familiar with are admirably described by the author and are instantly recognisable even after so many years.

    However, unlike today, where many of these areas are quite heavily populated and where the land has flourished in recent times, the author's account paints an utterly different picture during the 19th Century. A picture which flies heavily in the face of the 'new historians' and the 'revisionists', many of whom allege that the Land even then was quite heavily populated by 'Palestinian Arabs' and was as verdant as the present day.

    Instead Mark Twain describes the Holy Land as being barely populated and just a collection of small villages in a dry, barren land, an outpost of the Ottoman Empire.


    I highly recommend this book to everyone. Please note that some copies under the title 'Innocents Abroad' do not include the coverage of the Holy Land trip. Please ensure that you obtain the correct copy. Thank you.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Humorous, entertaining 19th century travel.........
    In Innocents Abroad, Twain joins a passenger excursion to Europe and the mideast. Along the way, he and his fellow excursionists visit the Azores, Gibraltar, Paris, Venice, Istanbul, Damascus, Cairo and a host of places in between. Twain's acerbic wit is on full display as he offers up what are occasionally laugh-out-loud critiques of the places and people he encounters. Even his fellow passengers receive a ribbing, for which they often deserve, as they "chip" their way through the mideast removing souvenir pieces of religiously historic architecture. Innocents Abroad is not for the easily offended. This is a pre-PC view of the world which, properly judged for it's age, is highly entertaining.

    The second book of this volume is Roughing It. Here, Twain takes us on a sojourn to the American west in the company of his older brother. Roughing It is possibly the best contemporaneous account of life in America's 19th century western expanse and beyond. From stagecoach travel to silver mining, exploration and discovery to regional ecomonics, lifestyle, and lawlessness, Twain provides the reader a humorous look at the many facets of Manifest Destiny.

    As always, Library of America is a splendid publisher with an quality product priced attractively. I recommend this volume wholeheartedly.

    NOTE: This review is for the Library of America volume containing both Innocents Abroad and Roughing It by Mark Twain. ... Read more

    19. Lonely Planet Syria & Lebanon (Lonely Planet Syria and Lebanon)
    by Terry Carter, Lara Dunston, Andrew Humphreys
    list price: $21.99
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    Asin: 1864503335
    Catlog: Book (2004-08-01)
    Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications
    Sales Rank: 267122
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Sunlight on the ancient stones of Palmyra and Baalbek, the bustle of the Aleppo souq, the buzz of Beirut's nightlife, the decorative wonders of Damascene houses and picturesque villages beneath Mt Lebanon - our definitive guide is your essential companion in every corner of this diverse and hospitable region.

    • TEMPT YOUR TASTEBUDS with our dedicated Food & Drink chapter covering the region's mouth-watering cuisine written by expert authors and chefs
    • CONNECT WITH CULTURE through our comprehensive exploration of Syrian and Lebanese society and daily life
    • UNRAVEL THE PAST with our in-depth coverage of the region's lengthy history and myriad historic sites
    • FIND YOUR WAY using our 68 detailed maps, including customized itineraries maps and a full-color regional map
    • TALK THE TALK with the help of our Arabic language chapter ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars "As you wish"
    "As you wish" is the response to most questions in Syria, making the LP Guide very necessary. It contains excellent information on rarer sites and ruins along with very good historical information about them.

    The hotel information was very helpful since good lodging in Syria can be hard to find. The information on the souks is very good for those that like to shop. Finally in the same vain, their food section was very helpful for different budgets.

    The LP Guide is more detailed than the new Neos Guide published by Michelin, but unfortunately the maps are awkward to read in the LP guide and the detail maps to some of the less well traveled sites are not very reliable and the directions are poor. (I searched for a specifically described site near Aleppo for over an hour.) Overall though, it contains very detailed information, which is definately necessary in Syria since one is unable to find such information locally without considerable effort. I would recommend the Neos Guide for an overview and quality maps, and the LP guide for more detailed information. Both guides are necessary for a meaningful and hassle free trip.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best book for all your travel needs (in Syria, of course!)
    I've just arriving from a travel to Syria. I've travelled a lot and I've ever used LP guides. This is one of the best. During my travel in Syria sometimes I had asked to myself: where can I find this, that, those...all the answers, the most weird too, are in this book. During my visit to the dead towns (near Aleppo)the guide wared me about wild dogs. So, you can't believe it, I'll find the dog. The guide don't say how can I save my pour legs...but this was a my problem not of the book. Is like to have a friend with you who knows everything about this country ... Read more

    20. Frommer's Israel From $45 a Day (17th Ed)
    by Robert Ullian
    list price: $17.95
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    Asin: 0028620496
    Catlog: Book (1998-05-29)
    Publisher: Frommer
    Sales Rank: 855783
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