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LONELY PLANET aims to cater for every independent traveller, whatever the destination, whatever the style of travel and whatever the phase of the journey.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 1 edition (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741047323
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741047325
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 1 x 12.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #587,572 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lonely Planet has always had a penchant for the slightly quirky approach - and this is no exception. It's a beautiful, interesting, coffee table style book lavishly illustrated throughout.

The book starts with its least successful bits - brief chapters on the biggest, longest etc, and then a series of themes too large to be at all meaningful in a book of this nature on Arts & Architecture, Music, Food and Drink etc. There are also brief looks at the major regions and several great Road Trips.

Then, we get into the meat of this large tome. Each state is given around four pages looking at:

- history
- landscape
- natural beauty
- trademarks
- people
- representations (particularly interesting)
- culture and traditions
- cuisine
- economy
- urban scene
- did you know?
- myths
- essential experiences

And each state has a number of full colour pictures - not your typical tourist images but often of people, food, etc.

It's totally dip-into-able and frequently fascinating. I've docked the book one star though because while some of the images are fantastic, the quality of others is not quite up to what I'd call "National Geographic standard".

In a country as large as the US, it's all too easy to identify omissions from various chapters (why no mention of the Sopranos in New Jersey for example) but that misses the point of this book in my opinion. Highly recommended.
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This is a great coffee table book. However, I was expecting better pictures. Most of the pictures are of fields or a brick building. I was expecting big pictures of major landmarks. LA skyline, Chrysler building, Empire State Building, the Sears Tower (though no longer called that), downtown New Orleans, Big Sur in California, Grand Canyon in Arizona, Graceland in Tennessee, Atlanta or Savannah in Georgia, etc. I didn't get it. I saw barbecue, animals, fields, trees, brick buildings, etc. Some of the facts were interesting but not necessarily what I wanted to read. Wish there were more fun facts. Lots of statistics and history. Wish more suggestions for things to see and do there. Could have been better but still interesting coffee table book. Got this one and the one of the countries around the world. Both are good. Made very great Christmas presents. My dad liked them.
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I originally bought one of these as a parting gift for a foreign exchange student from South Korea. She loved it and after thumbing through hers, I decided I wanted one for myself. The pictures are exquisite and the book is very thorough. If you enjoy travelling or daydreaming about your dream vacation in America, this book is for you!
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This was the best book that I ever purchased. In fact, I baught as many as they would let me. Meeting friends from all over the world, it was the best book to gift for those whom are not from the US. It explains so much about us, its scarey. 4 pages for each State...I even asked my friends if the 4 pages from their State were acceptable...and the authors were right on. From redneck games to route 66....I would definately recommend giving these to your friends overseas. I wish I had found this book earlier.
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