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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Purple Moon Publications; 1st edition (July 18, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615210589
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615210582
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #348,808 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael Shapiro's lyrical text paints a vivid picture of Guatemala and when combined with Kraig Lieb's evocative photography the result is a stunning portrait of this Central American country. This book makes me want to jump on the next plane to Antigua. --Robert Holmes, National Geographic Photographer and three-time Travel Photographer of the Year.
This hauntingly beautiful book has brilliantly captured the current-day life and culture of the Maya in Guatemala. Michael Shapiro's text and Kraig Lieb's photos will cement their reputations as among our leading travel writers and photographers. --Arthur Frommer, founder, Frommer's Guides ---
The Maya of Guatemala have preserved the colorful tapestry of their culture against all odds, and their wondrous country is fittingly celebrated with the publication of this beautiful book. --Bill Newlin, publisher, Moon Handbooks - --Bill Newlin, publisher, Moon Handbooks

This hauntingly beautiful book has brilliantly captured the current-day life and culture of the Maya in Guatemala. Michael Shapiro's text and Kraig Lieb's photos will cement their reputations as among our leading travel writers and photographers. --Arthur Frommer, founder, Frommer's Guides ---Arthur Frommer, founder, Frommer's Guides

The Maya of Guatemala have preserved the colorful tapestry of their culture against all odds, and their wondrous country is fittingly celebrated with the publication of this beautiful book. --Bill Newlin, publisher, Moon Handbooks - --Bill Newlin, publisher, Moon Handbooks

This hauntingly beautiful book has brilliantly captured the current-day life and culture of the Maya in Guatemala. Michael Shapiro's text and Kraig Lieb's photos will cement their reputations as among our leading travel writers and photographers. --Arthur Frommer, founder, Frommer's Guides ---Arthur Frommer, founder, Frommer's Guides

The Maya of Guatemala have preserved the colorful tapestry of their culture against all odds, and their wondrous country is fittingly celebrated with the publication of this beautiful book. --Bill Newlin, publisher, Moon Handbooks ---Bill Newlin, publisher, Moon Handbooks

About the Author

Kraig Lieb worked as a photographer for Lonely Planet Publications for 14 years (1998 - 2012). during this time, his photos appeared in over 80 Lonely Planet books, including 4 covers, Central America on a Shoestring, Southeast Asia on a Shoestring, Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks and Bangkok. Lieb first travelled to Guatemala in 1990 and was captivated by its vibrant people, Mayan culture, monumental history, and architecture from the pyramids of Tikal to the colonial treasures of the highlands. His Guatemala photos have appeared in numerous Lonely Planet books, including the cover of Lonely Planet's Central America on a Shoestring. His photographs have been published by National Geographic, the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, TIME Magazine, The BBC, USA Today, Amnesty International, UNESCO, NBC, Condé Nast Traveler, Oxford University, Cambridge University, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Brisbane Times, Art.com, and Yahoo, and used in advertising by Marriott, Hilton, Kodak, Forbes, Dior, Microsoft and Vietnam Airlines. Since graduating from Penn State University in 1984, Lieb has worked, lived and travelled extensively throughout Southeast Asia, North America, and Central America. For 4 years in the mid-1990s, Lieb was based in Vietnam, working with Image Design / Visionary Vietnam, a leading postcard and book publishing company. From 2002 - 2006 he was based in Antigua, Guatemala. Lieb's work can be found on art prints, postcards, greeting cards, calendars, magazines and books throughout Asia, North America, Central America and Europe. Lieb runs Purple Moon Publications which publishes postcards, books, calendars and art prints in Guatemala, Cambodia, and Northern California.

Michael Shapiro, a writer whose work has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, first visited Guatemala in 1989. During six journeys to Guatemala over the past two decades, Shapiro has developed a deep affection for the land and its effervescent Mayan people. Shapiro's 2004 book, A Sense of Place: Great Travel Writers Talk About Their Craft, lives, and Inspiration includes interviews with Bill Bryson, Frances Mayes, Paul Theroux, and Pico lyer. His essay,,The Longest Day, was selected for The Best Travel Writing 2005. Shapiro has bicycled through Cuba for the Washington Post, celebrated Holy Week in Guatemala for the Dallas Morning News, and floated down the Mekong River on a Laotian cargo barge for an online travel magazine. His stories and photographs also appear in the San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times and New York Times. In 2006, Shapiro won the Bedford Pace award for his National Geographic Traveler cover story on author Jan Morris's corner of Wales. The Society of American Travel Writers recognized Shapiro with a 1998 Lowell Thomas award. Shapiro has appeared on U.S. national television networks including CNN and PBS.


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Mr. Lieb's work is a joy to behold.
Wesley Bower
The photography captures the expressions of the individuals and you feel as if you know exactly what they are thinking and feeling.
Mary Kay
I look forward to seeing more of his books in the future.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Albert Wen on November 28, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Kraig Lieb is a very well traveled photographer. If you have traveled in Asia, you would have seen Kraig's work. Kraig has been a Lonely Planet photographer for 10 years and I have seen his photos in many Lonely Planet guides for Asia.

Guatemala showcases his most recent work, stunning photographs of the people, land, traditions and celebrations of the land of the Maya. His photographs capture the colors, mysticism and vibrancy that only Guatemala can provide.

If you have been to Guatemala, Kraig's photographs will bring back memories. Preparing for your first trip, or looking for a gift for a first time visitor? This book is for you.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ashna 26 on December 14, 2008
Format: Paperback
never was there a book more colorful and insightful than this journey through the land of the maya!! i've never been to guatemala, but with the amazing photos by kraig lieb each time i open the book, i feel as though i am standing next to the camera, amongst this amazing culture with inspiration to witness and learn more! there is a very compelling harmony between shapiro's vibrant writing and lieb's breath-taking photos! i am grateful to be a proud owner of this beautiful portrait of guatemala, and give the highest recommendation! the only thing missing is the plane ticket you'll wish you had after you've bought the book!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Wesley Bower on December 7, 2008
Format: Hardcover
It is obvious that that Michael Shapiro and Kraig Lieb have a deep respect and affection for the people, land, and customs of Guatemala. The photographs provide a personal and intimate view of life in Guatemala. Great photography does not occur without an intimate knowledge of the subject matter, and the pictures in this fine book are as breathtaking as they are revealing. Mr. Lieb's work is a joy to behold.

The book takes the reader across Guatemala, and Mr. Shapiro's writing is well informed and fascinating. Both men are veterans of travel books and guides, and this fine entry in their respective catalogs is a great primer for a trip to the land of the Maya, or at least the next best thing to being there.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mary Kay on November 24, 2008
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book as I have other books that Kraig Leib has photograhed. In my opinion, this is his best work. He captures the essence of the people of Guatemala through his lens. He is able to do this as people are going about their everyday life, you feel you are 'with' them during each photo; but it is natural and never posed.

The photography captures the expressions of the individuals and you feel as if you know exactly what they are thinking and feeling. The colors are stunning and well balanced.

The cover captures a large vista of a ciy--that as you 'enter' the book, you feel you have decended that vista and are now into the lives of the people photographed. This is a stunning piece of artwork to match the fabulous writing of Michael Shapiro.

I'd highly recommend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rob de Jonge on March 4, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The cover of this book is an incredible photo that in a single image captures the historical and modern-day essence of Guatemala. It is a book to be amazed by, a book that will remind you of or compel you to visit this beautiful country with its wonderful people. And it is not just the cover! Each and every image in this book is absolutely stunning. Each and every page tells a tale, highlights details or looks from afar. And all combined it is a gorgeous book that you will never regret buying. I've given mine a prominent place on my book-shelf, showing the full front cover instead of just sliding it in with the masses. And I've ordered another one for a friend. Do it right, and get the hardcover.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Laura Read on January 22, 2012
Format: Paperback
It is a lovely book written by an acclaimed writer and seasoned visitor to Guatemala. The photography rejects tourism cliches and instead captures unusual moments that convey the authentic spirit of this special country.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Russell on December 2, 2008
Format: Paperback
It's no surprise that the photos in this book are amazing with Kraig Lieb as the photographer. And with Michael's knowledge of Guatemala this book is a must have for anyone with any interest in Guatemala
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