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on June 25, 2015
While the text is interesting and informative, except for a poorly written and edited introduction, this book's weak point is its photography--which is unfortunate in a book that calls itself a VISUAL tour of Britain and Ireland. Most of the photographs, including the one on the cover, lack sharpness, focus, and detail. Many of these, I feel sure, were shot with high-speed film (inherently less sharp), in rather dark existing light (another enemy of sharpness and detail), with zoom lenses (not as resolving as normal lenses), and the resulting images were then cropped, blown-up, or otherwise altered, which also compromises picture quality.

Please note that National Geographic did not send out a photographic team (no doubt because of financial reasons), but elected to license
photography from a number of contributors. Frankly, I feel if these were the best pictures that could be located, it would have been better to scrap the book rather than put out an inferior product. This book of "vague" photographs does no one, especially the countries presented, any credit and shows an indifference which I find insulting.
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on May 19, 2013
I've now received National Geographic's next edition of, "Britain and Ireland". This is the third book by N.G. of Great Britain I have and it's as beautiful as the last two. You can't go wrong with their quality of photos, their telling of the stories behind those photos and their history telling in general. It's always a treat to open these books and discover new and interesting facts that have been revealed since the last edition. Highly recommend this edition.
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on March 15, 2017
Beautiful book. Made me homesick!
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on September 9, 2011
Just as is, it's a beautiful book with the incredible photos of National Geographic. It covers the entire Britain and Ireland comprehensively, all the places that you don't want to miss when you plant to go there. It has quite extensive history of each places, makes you appreciate more when you visit there. A must read before you visit the U.K./Ireland.
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on December 2, 2015
A good guidebook. Think I might like Frommer's guides a little better for it's practical info, including what sights or tourist features are "over-rated"
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on April 7, 2014
A fantastic pictorial of Britain and Ireland. This book makes you feel like you are there. A must for those planning to visit either Ireland or Britain or a great souvenir when you get home.
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on February 18, 2013
I have been very impressed with this book. People that come over to my place eventually pick it up and start reading it. The pictures, the way it is written, and the information it contains is alluring. You find yourself wanting to read more. Well worth getting.
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on May 1, 2012
This was a gift for my mother and from the comments she has given me, she was very happy with the book, its condition and the speed and safe delivery. As I haven't seen the product myself, I can't comment on the book and its contents. This is more of a review of the seller. Thanks for making my mother happy.
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on February 28, 2014
Making our first trip to Ireland and wanted a overview and not a Fordors type compilation. Narrative, coffee table style book has the style desired. Unfortunately, 80% of the book is on Britain.
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on April 2, 2013
One of the Greats books that I have purchased on Great Britain. It's more than the purchase price. I love this book.
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