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"...It is much more than a guidebook..." - Far Eastern Economic Review

"...It is one of those rare travel guides that is a joy to read whether or not you are planning a trip..." - New York Times

"...His panoramic shots of mountain valleys are dizzying and lovely; so too are his photographs of religious ceremonies, with the villagers dressed in their finery..." - New York Times

"...Essential traveling equipment for anyone planning a journey of this kind..." - Asian Wall Street Journal

"...The Odyssey guide is a good read, full of historical background; the one to read before you go..." - The Times

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Africa

"...... a thorough guidebook which makes all of Egypt's mysteries accessible... From exciting Cairo to the quiet, unspoiled Biblical Sinai, Egypt offers historical background and contemporary cultural insights that enrich a trip to Egypt. Robert Morkot shares the basics of Egyptian food, etiquette and customs, shopping and sports ... Detailed maps, hotel and airline information, and an introduction to the hieroglyphic alphabet make this book an essential guide to a fascinating country..." - Egypt Fifth Edition, Midwest Book Review

"...An excellent and in-depth guide offering an insight into the history, culture, mysticism and the legends concerning these fascinating islands..." - Seychelles Fifth Edition, Publishing News

"...An excellent and in-depth guide offering an insight into the history, culture, mysticism and the legends concerning these fascinating islands..." - Seychelles Sixth Edition, Publishing News

"...It is a superb and even inspirational book...." - Socotra First Edition, Edward O. Wilson University Professor Emeritus at Harvard University

"...The Socotra islands, in the Arabian Sea off the Horn of Africa, are home to many plant and animal species found nowhere else...First settled by man several thousand years ago, this unique environment is populated by a small group of fishers and pastoralists. In 2003, Socotra became a UNESCO Man and Biosphere Reserve. Socotra: A Natural History of the Islands and their People by Catherine Cheung and Lyndon DeVantier (Socotra Conservation Fund/Odyssey) is the first full natural history of the flora, fauna and people of these islands. ..." - Socotra First Edition, Nature (Vol. 445, 4 Jan 07)

"...it's a splendid achievement - rich, fascinating, scholarly, wonderfully comprehensive and beautifully produced...." - Socotra First Edition, Tim Mackintosh-Smith, winner of the Thomas Cook / Daily Telegraph prize for Yemen: Travels in Dictionaryland (1997), and author of Travels with A Tangerine (2001) and The Hall of a Thousand Columns (2005)

"...When an advance copy ... arrived at my door, I was quite frankly gobsmacked. I had not known what to expect, but I had not expected such a magnificently presented, fabulously illustrated and so wide-covering and exhaustively researched a tome as this. It is without doubt the definitive study of the unique natural history of this extraordinary island and its no less unique people in a moment of change - whether at ground level, above ground, below ground, or in the depths of the surrounding sea, past, present and future. And the range of its illustrations - from close-ups of widow spiders and paper moths to wide-angle panoramas of the ancient landscape and its oceanic setting, and Socotrans past and present - is unsurpassed. But this is not just the definitive study, and a synthesis and treasure trove of the combined knowledge of divers and researchers in the last decade; it is also unsurpassed as a celebration of these precious things, and a rallying bugle-call for their understanding and conservation. Perhaps only two other books in the island's history come anywhere near to it as volumes to treasure in terms of both their invaluable definitive text and their wonderful illustrations - Dr Henry Forbes' pioneer The Natural History of Sokotra-and Abd-el-Kuri' of 1903, and more recently Dr Anthony Miller's and Dr Miranda Morris's Ethnoflora of the Soqotra Archipelago. If you value Socotra you will treasure this book - buy it now while stocks last ! ..." - Socotra First Edition, Douglas Botting, Leader, Oxford University Expedition to Socotra 1956, author of 'Island of the Dragon's Blood' (1958) - the first account of the island since the 19th century (and still in print !)

"...The book is a stunner. It is rare to find such a detailed study of a part of the Middle East that is so poorly known in the 'West' ..." - Socotra First Edition, Dr. David Lawrence, The Australian National University

"...I love the Middle East where I have travelled widely for 40 years in search of birds. Socotra is a jewel of those travels and this book is a great and learned tribute to a truly remarkable island. ..." - Socotra First Edition, Richard Porter, author of 'Birds of the Middle East' and 'BirdLife International's' Middle East adviser.

"...natural history in the Darwinian class. A unique and enchanting book..." - Socotra First Edition, Work Boat World Magazine

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Asia

"...I especially recommend 'The Silk Road' by Judy Bonavia, a good general tour guide on the region..." - The Silk Road Seventh Edition, Forbes Magazine

"...The best guidebook to bring is the Uzbekistan volume in the Odyssey series, written by Calum Macleod and Bradley Mayhew. It is one of those rare travel guides that is a joy to read whether or not you are planning a trip..." - Uzbekistan Fifth Edition, The New York Times

"...Quintessential guidebook...glorious!..." - Uzbekistan Fifth Edition, Houston Chronicle

"...Quite excellent. No one should visit Samarkand, Bukhara or Khiva without this meticulously researched guide..." - Uzbekistan Fifth Edition, Peter Hopkirk, author of The Great Game

"...The best guidebook on Uzbekistan available. Land in Tashkent without it at your peril..." - Uzbekistan Fifth Edition, Tom Bissel, author, 'Chasing the Sea: Lost Among the Ghosts of Empire in Central Asia'

"...Whoever goes to Mongolia must absolutely take this guide..." - Mongolia Second Edition, Anda, the premier journal of Mongolian studies in France

"...is the most complete and up-to-date guide..." - Mongolia Second Edition, Le Monde

"...up-to-the-minute information about these fast-changing metropolises (and) what makes this book so worth reading are the many special topics, literary excerpts and archive pictures and illustrations sprinkled throughout, which meld with the main text and colourful contemporary pictures to present as full and comprehensive an understanding of China's urban powerhouses as you'll find anywhere in print..." - Beijing and Shanghai First Edition, SILK ROAD, Inflight Magazine

"...indispensable... It not only provides a cornucopia of practical information and cultural insight, but takes the traveler on a splendid journey through the extensive map of the Russian soul..." - Moscow, St Petersburg Second Edition Revised, Isabel Allende

"...As the designer of Russia?s first ever golf course in Moscow, I and my international crew had the pleasure of using Ms Nordbye's guide extensively as we placed the Reds on the Greens! A definite 'Don't Leave Home Without It!..." - Moscow, St Petersburg Second Edition Revised, Robert Trent Jones, II

"...Those who want to fuel their Silk Road reveries should read this seminal book by Luce Boulnois, a world-renowned authority on the history of the fabled trade route. Into this beautifully wrought work, spanning more than 10 centuries, Boulnois has poured a lifetime of prodigious, passionate scholarship. For today?s aspiring wayfarers, the book includes an extensive list of museums around the world that house Silk Road artefacts, and basic travel information and advice..." - Silk Road First Edition, Erling Hoh, Far Eastern Economic Review

"...Visitors to this ultimate Asian heartland could have no better traveling companion than Odyssey's guide..." - Kyrgyz Republic Second Edition, Neil Taylor, travel industry guru

"...The information - on history, sights, touring out of town and leisure activities - is concise, well-presented and up-to-date..." - Exploring Chiang Mai First Edition, The Nation

"...much more than a guidebook..." - Exploring Chiang Mai First Edition, Far Eastern Economic Review

"...a colorful and authoritative guidebook to Chiang Mai..." - Exploring Chiang Mai First Edition, Lonely Planet

"...Concise, highly readable general guide. Well illustrated in color, taking the reader from the river?s source in Tibet to the Yellow Sea..." - Yangzi Seventh Edition, Traveller

"...for coverage of Chongqing and the Gorges, and of the more placid and historically notable sites below Yichang and downriver to Shanghai, it is unrivaled..." - Yangzi Seventh Edition, Simon Winchester

"...This has made my day!..." - Yangzi River Map First Edition, Simon Winchester

"...Wonderful..." - Yangzi River Map First Edition, Richard Bangs, Slate Magazine's 'Well-Traveled'

"...The China Guide Series...has done a great deal to open visitors' eyes to less well-known locations which can offer the traveler unique ranges of sights and experiences..." - China Seventh Edition, Far Eastern Economic Review

"...In-depth guide to the history, culture and peoples of Guizhou province, featuring color photographs, excellent maps and a very good overview of the ethnic minorities of the region..." - Guizhou Province Second Edition, Longitude Books

"...Corrigan's easy familiarity, knowledge and enthusiasm for her province and its arts shines through; her text is informative and interesting, and her photographs are a visual delight..." - Guizhou Province Second Edition, Eric Boudot, Textile Specialist

"...among the best...really does contain something for everyone..." - New Zealand Fifth Edition, Destination New Zealand

"...This is a small book, but it's packed with great photos of figurines from the period. The text is straightforward and well written. ..." - Women of the Tang Dynasty First Edition, Amazon Reviewer

"...Whoever goes to Mongolia must absolutely take this guide..." - Mongolia First Edition, Anda, the premier journal of Mongolian studies in France

"...An excellent guide, well-written, with beautiful photographs....." - Angkor Fourth Edition, The New York Times

"...Full of historical information; the one to read before you go..." - China Eighth Edition, Times (London)

"...A handsomely illustrated, compact guide...strong on culture..." - China Eighth Edition, Longitude Books

"...The China Guide Series...has done a great deal to open visitors' eyes to less well-known locations , which can offer the traveler unique ranges of sights and experiences..." - China Eighth Edition, Far Eastern Economic Review

"...Among the best...really does contain something for everyone......" - New Zealand Sixth Edition, Destination New Zealand

"...helps guests feel more at home in the city... a collection of clearly designed maps and tips about local sites..." - Beijing Walks First Edition, Travel and Leisure

"...offers an alternative perspective to conventional destinations and details six walking tours of important historic sectors around the Chinese capital ... great for history buffs..." - Beijing Walks First Edition, Business Traveller Asia Pacific

"...Peter Hibbard's knowledge of the city is encyclopedic..." - Shanghai - The Bund First Edition, Conde Nast Traveler

"...a neat blend of the historic and the hip...fascinating archival material aplenty..." - Shanghai - The Bund First Edition, The Weekend Australian

"...handsomely illustrated, compact guide - the first to the region..." - Kamchatka First Edition, Longitude Books

"...What a fantastic production - I think it is great! I just couldn't put it down; what with the fascinating text and the wonderful pictures, it really is one of the best travel books I've ever read ..." - Kamchatka First Edition, Brian Black, BywordTV, Cologne

"...the breathless account of an intrepid, unmistakably Irish traveller, thrilled with living and moving at the edge of her comfort zone, written with irrepressible good humour and boundless energy..." - Kamchatka First Edition, Irish Times

"...an outstanding description of one of the most appealing places on earth to visit. If you want to know more about Yunnan, the book by Jim Goodman has it all..." - Yunnan First Edition, Reinhard Hohler, Chiang Mai

"...... covers all corners of Yunnan, fairly realistically divided into a chapter on popular regions and off the beaten path ones. Better still, at least for me, the author just happens to concentrate on the very thing I am interested in, that is minority cultures, and offers great, detailed info on these for each region. That info is presented in a lively, sympathetic style - a great read. The photos are great, too - as usual for Odyssey guides ......" - Yunnan First Edition, Amazon Reviewer

"...Exploring Phuket & Phi Phi is a comprehensive and fascinating handbook for the area that breezes through the sort of logistical details so readily available online in favor of in-depth examinations of the history, culture, politics and ecology of the region...." - Exploring Phuket & Phi Phi First Edition, New York Times

"...The travel section (by Bradley Mayhew) reflects the wisdom of an experienced modern Silk Road traveler. It is succinct and broadly impressionistic, packed with practical advice and information...." - Silk Road Second Edition, Orientations

"...Those who want to fuel their Silk Road reveries should read this seminal book by Luce Boulnois, a world-renowned authority on the history of the fabled trade route. Into this beautifully wrought work, spanning more than 10 centuries, Boulnois has poured a lifetime of prodigious, passionate scholarship. For today's aspiring wayfarers, the book includes an extensive list of museums around the world that house Silk Road artefacts, and basic travel information and advice...." - Silk Road Second Edition, Far Eastern Economic Review

"...the most eloquent statement yet of the case for classifying Russian history apart from that of the rest of Europe. Russia's self-distancing from the EU will ensure that Dr Knobloch attracts attention, even where he does not command assent..." - Russia and Asia First Edition, Professor Felipe Fernandez-Armesto, Tufts University

"......" - Russia and Asia First Edition,

"...[Knobloch] shows a great civic courage in stressing the Asian element in Russia's culture... many Western specialists will regard it as an expression of 'racism'... [He is] undoubtedly right to stress the Oriental element in Russia. While Russian 'high culture' of the past three centuries is certainly Western, her low culture and her politics are suffused with Oriental elements. ..." - Russia and Asia First Edition, Professor Richard Pipes, Harvard University

"...An extremely stimulating work...draws attention to a number of facts and events which, until now, remained more or less unnoticed in scholarly literature. The author introduces new viewpoints into traditional historiography...which should contribute to a deeper understandingof relations among substantial features of Russian history..." - Russia and Asia First Edition, Professor K.V. Maly, Charles University, Prague

"...Edgar Knobloch introduces the reader to a dimension of Russian history that is both fascinating and relatively unknown - how the Central Asian side of Russia, with its steppe frontier, has had such a profound influence on Russian civilization in general. ..." - Russia and Asia First Edition, Professor Norman Stone

"...... poetic prose that captures the very essence of the brave, proud people of Afghanistan......" - Land of the High Flags First Edition, New York Times

"...A unusually vivid memoir of lost Afghanistan and its people, first published in 1964 and returned to print with a new afterword by the author, who maintained a lifelong relationship with the country that so captivated her in the 1950s...." - Land of the High Flags First Edition, Longitude Books

"...... an interesting writer, gifted with insight... and a vivid graphic sense; every experience she offers us - of people or place or weather - is received and fully shared...." - Land of the High Flags First Edition, The New Yorker

"...Her book will remain a faithful account of what Afghanistan was like ..." - Land of the High Flags First Edition, James A. Michener

"...Your Xinjiang guide proved a hit ..." - Xinjiang First Edition, Stephen Goodwin, The Alpine Journal

"...a cultural guide with excellent colour photography and frequent use of literary excerpts...concise practical advice included..." - Kyrgyz Republic Third Edition, Standfords

"...... this guide to Kyrgyzstan is almost perfect. It contains a lot of detail on places to visit throughout the country, accompanied by lots of interesting background info, beautiful, inspiring photographs while at the same time providing the important practical details like accommodation (with contact details and actual prices) and transport as well as permits. Outlines trekking possibilities, too ... this book is the one to get!..." - Kyrgyz Republic Third Edition, Amazon Reviewer

"...Full of historical information; the one to read before you go..." - China Nineth Edition, Times (London)

"...A handsomely illustrated, compact guide...strong on culture..." - China Nineth Edition, Longitude Books

"...The China Guide Series...has done a great deal to open visitors' eyes to less well-known locations , which can offer the traveler unique ranges of sights and experiences..." - China Nineth Edition, Far Eastern Economic Review

"...A uniquely enterprising and detailed guide, full of new and fascinating things..." - China: Museums First Edition, Colin Thubron

"...For those who have always suspected that China's cities held, hidden away, immense treasure-houses of things both wondrous and bizarre, here is the definitive, comprehensive and quite marvellous guide. In creating this beautiful book, the authors have performed a singular service - both to those who are fascinated with China, and to China herself, who can now proudly show off her achievements to a wider audience than ever before..." - China: Museums First Edition, Simon Winchester

"...Absorbing...takes the reader on a journey through the streets, hearts and minds of Beijing...captures a panoramic view, vivid and unvarnished, of a unique moment in time as an historic city grapples the past and embraces the future..." - Beijing: Portrait of a City First Edition, James McGregor

"...a gloriously idiosyncratic mix of form and flavour that takes us into territory no guidebook can reach. There is immense substance here, but that is almost beside the point. This is not just a book to learn from; it is a treat to be savoured'...." - Beijing: Portrait of a City First Edition, Jonathan Watt, Guardian

"...a colorful guide to China's ancient capital in the Odyssey series, noteworthy for its excellent maps, hundreds of color photographs and plain old good writing (not something you an always count on in a guidebook)...." - Xi'an, Shaanxi & The Terracotta Army Second Edition,

"...excellent book... so different from the usual travel trash churned out these days...great subject, great area, writers know what they're talking about ... intelligent and serious guide to Xi'an ..." - Xi'an, Shaanxi & The Terracotta Army Second Edition, www.thetraveleditor.com

"...Colorful, practical guide, well illustrated with many astonishing photographs. Provides an in-depth general introduction to this kingdom's history, culture and ecology, with a comprehensive itinerary ranging from the major cities to the remotest monasteries. Special sections on selected topics, plus literary excerpts, including J. Claude White on an inter-sex mudfight...." - Bhutan Sixth Edition, Traveller

"...The bible of Bhutan guidebooks..." - Bhutan Sixth Edition, Travel & Leisure

"...Stunningly illustrated throughout, it mentions just one hotel and one restaurant. This book is about serious exploration...Robinson describes it all, reaching right out to the edges of the country where tourists are never seen. More importantly, he describes the people as he goes along, with a very good section on good Mongolian manners...this book is essential for planning a trip, or a perfect present for an armchair traveller. ..." - Mongolia First Edition, Royal Society for Asian Affairs (RSAA)

"...the magnificent Mongolia book...by far the most superior guide on the market..." - Mongolia First Edition, Lisa Choegyal, Tiger Mountain Trekking

"...With the panache of a practiced foreign correspondent, author Carl Robinson reels in friends and colleagues, including American Museum of Natural History paleontologist Mark Norrell and Smithsonian ethnographer William Fitzhugh, for short contributions on topics of interest for this much anticipated, comprehensive guide. No punter (he's based in Australia), Robinson doesn't just cover the highlights; he spent two months traveling 10,000 miles all over the country (the size of Alaska) with a driver and guide. A couple places in particular made a huge impression," he reported to us in a recent e-mail, "including the Great Eastern Steppe and the Volcanoes of Dariganga. Classic flat, the steppe includes the last untouched grasslands in the world, where if you're lucky, as we were, you'll witness tens of thousands of migrating white-tailed gazelles...." - Mongolia First Edition, Longitude Books

"...spread after spread of majestic colour photos, and a thorough, curiously successful mix of personal narrative, cultural primer, and literary excerpts. Great for pre-trip inspiration, and perfect bedside reading while snuggled up in your ger..." - Mongolia First Edition, Wanderlust

"...a guide rich in detail that truly distills the spirit of Asia's land of nomads..." - Mongolia First Edition, Real Travel Magazine

"...up-to-the-minute information about these fast-changing metropolises (and) what makes this book so worth reading are the many special topics, literary excerpts and archive pictures and illustrations sprinkled throughout, which meld with the main text and colorful contemporary pictures to present as full and comprehensive an understanding of China's urban powerhouses as you'll find anywhere in print..." - Beijing & Shanghai Third Edition, SILK ROAD Inflight magazine

"...awe-inspiring photography and no-expenses spared production - worth getting acquainted with for the sensational visual introduction alone..." - Iran Fourth Edition, Real Travel Magazine

"...a reader to be studied before planning a trip. The first 170 pages deal with history, geography and culture of Iran, in more depth than in most other travel guides. The authors are all experts in their fields, with a great love of Iran, and they have been allowed by the editors to indulge their sometimes idiosyncratic enthusiasms in long articles about religion, poetry, calligraphy, music and even Christian churches... Those who read this book will see that there is much more behind the veil, which it will take years to understand. What this book does so well is to arouse the desire to go out there and find out more. The guide section, refreshingly, canters over the standard tourist sites, which are well described in other books, and takes the reader off-piste to all sorts of interesting corners of the land, where no group tour will ever go... The photographs are stunning, combining the monumental with the intimate, showing new angles on old subjects and bringing them to life by the inclusion of people, and there is a very useful list of books for further reading. This book is an excellent introduction to Iran, which scratches deep below the surface. It makes an excellent read for the armchair traveller as well. ..." - Iran Fourth Edition, Iran Society Journal, November 2010

"...This almost 500-page guide brings together some deeply impressive research and the expertise of four authors to produce a handsome guide to a country most of us know next to nothing about. Far from the single-minded image of Iran that is popular in the media, full of religious fundamentalists out to suppress human rights while taking every opportunity to rail against the West, this book attempts to encompass the breadth and depth of a country that for thousands of years has been a crossing point for Asian and European cultures and a true melting pot for entire civilisations and cultures...The initial 100-odd pages focus on Iranian history, a hefty shift for any guide book, followed by a very useful 'facts for the traveller' section, where basic questions are answered in confidence. There are good entries on Islamic art, music, architecture and geography, before we get into the meat-and-bones descriptions of specific cities and areas. The chapters are packed with information and laced with special breakout essays by Bruce Wannell (the one on religion is particularly illuminating). Listings for accommodation are at the back of the book, with a particularly good list of websites. This feels like an old school, intelligent guide for a traveller who doesn't want their hand held - which is no doubt exactly the type of person who would choose to visit Iran..." - Iran Fourth Edition, The Irish Times

"...A stunning guide, packed with history, that no visitor to Iran should be without...." - Iran Fourth Edition, Christina Lamb, foreign affairs correspondent, 'Sunday Times' (London)

"...I did quite a bit of research before I chose this travel book, and find it to be the most recent and best quality of useful travel information...." - Iran Fourth Edition, Amazon reader

"...I think it looks wonderful: wish I'd had it when I did In Xanadu..." - Asia Overland First Edition, William Dalrymple

"...Asia Overland is a taut single volume which skillfully collects 2000 years of travelling experiences in Russia and Central Asia ... but its real aim is to create a sense of timeless wonder, tempting the latent Romantic to explore the wonders of a vast region still relatively unknown in Western Europe and the United States...an absolute must-have for anyone with an interest in Russia and Asia and their history, people and customs..." - Asia Overland First Edition, Julian Gallant for the GB-Russia Society

"...The historical and geographical scope of this book is vast, and the sheer variety of peoples, customs and anecdotes can be dizzying; but then, the distances traveled astonished even locals. Anton Chekhov, riding the newly built Trans-Siberian in the 1890s, commented on the never-ending larch, spruce and pine forests: 'Over the first 24 hours you pay no attention to it, by the second and third day you are full of wonderment, and by the fourth and fifth you experience the sensation that you will never manage to emerge from this green monster' ... Asia Overland is richly researched and well organized ... a fine addition to the travel trunk and warm encouragement to anyone looking to offset their carbon footprint. ..." - Asia Overland First Edition, Steppe magazine

"...Beautifully illustrated...well-written and drawing upon numerous resources, Asia Overland should appeal to readers fascinated by the region's history just as much as it would to travellers planning to set out along either of these great routes. Omrani succeeds in painting a vivid picture of the peoples seen along the way...A very engaging read from start to finish. ..." - Asia Overland First Edition, Real Travel (Book of the Month, August 2010)

"...From recollections of the drunks who stumbled out of Moscow and St Petersburg's bars to the traditional nomad tribes of Mongolia, this engaging book reveals in candid detail what people thought of the rough - and often savage - landscapes they encountered..." - Asia Overland First Edition, Wanderlust

"...First-class storytelling... will take you through the ups and downs, and leave you aching to take off...." - Asia Overland First Edition, Time Out

"...I really enjoyed this book. The author mixes in a series of historic travelogues with the history of the Trans-Siberian Railroad and the Silk Road in a way that made me feel like I was traveling along these routes in the 1600-1800s. Photos are amazing, too. Now, I have several new future travel destinations!..." - Asia Overland First Edition, Amazon reader

"...He cannot conceal his love. What a happy circumstance: the artist from Munich discovered Oman but didn't keep his experiences to himself. Instead he supplemented them with extensive research and has produced a sensitively written, clearly laid-out, easy-to-use guidebook..." - Oman First Edition, Frankfurter Rundschau

"...Georg Popp perceptively describes the country and people together with routes to the remotest areas of Oman, as well as providing practical travel tips. The whole [guide] is enriched with a multitude of excellent photographs, the majority of which have been taken by the author himself ..." - Oman First Edition, Orient Magazine

"...I used the Afghan guide across the country and thought it was fabulous. Odyssey has invented a wonderful new format for guidebooks that deserves to change the genre for ever ..." - Afghanistan Second Edition, William Dalrymple

"...a gem of a book..." - Afghanistan Second Edition, The Literary Review

"...If travel books came with warnings, the one for AFGHANISTAN: A COMPANION AND GUIDE would read, "Caution: may inspire actual voyage". But then, this lavishly produced guide could not help do otherwise - especially if you're partial to adventure..." - Afghanistan Second Edition, TIME Magazine (UK and European Editions), August 22nd 2005

"...well illustrated... its photographs... give an idea of the unequalled beauty of the country in all its variety... It is strong on the history... full of sensible tips. Above all, it is authoritative and as well-informed as only extensive travels inside the country can make it... If the country deters all but the most dauntless, it will serve as a vade mecum for them and for the rest of us a reminder of what we are missing..." - Afghanistan Second Edition, Spectator

"...This is a superb book as I'm sure you agree and will be the standard reference book on Afghanistan for years. The launch in London gathered the cream of British journalism and politics and I was very impressed..." - Afghanistan Second Edition, Radek Sikorski

"...Thorough and beautifully illustrated, this book is a comprehensive - and fun - window into Afghan history, culture and traditions. A must-have for travel readers and a gripping read for anyone with even a passing interest in Afghanistan...." - Afghanistan Second Edition, Khaled Hosseini, author of 'The Kite Runner'.

"...what we have all been waiting for. Bijan Omrani and Matthew Leeming have compiled a masterful and elegant guide to this most alluring of countries. Packed with history, rich in whimsical detail, it is a treat for anyone contemplating a trip to Central Asia's greatest treasure, and a fine read for the armchair traveller. Highly recommended..." - Afghanistan Second Edition, Justin Marozzi, author of Tamerlane: Sword of Islam, Conqueror of the World

"...much more than just a guidebook - the contents page alone had me gripped! The chapter on places to stay in Kabul had me crying with laughter... required reading for anyone with any interest in Afghanistan..." - Afghanistan Second Edition, Christina Lamb, Sunday Times, author of 'The Sewing Circles of Herat'

"...It might seem madness of publish a guide of nearly 800 pages to a country that is still on the Foreign Office 'blacklist', but this one, strong on history and sumptuously produced, can be enjoyed even by adventurers who never leave the armchair..." - Afghanistan Second Edition, Daily Telegraph (UK)

"...wonderful books on Afghanistan...I know they will inform my reporting and travels..." - Afghanistan Second Edition, Mark Thompson, Time Magazine

"...for the independent, do-it-yourself traveller seeking to reach some of the most out of the way and least visited corners of Central Asia, this is the book. There is no other in the English language...." - Kazakhstan Second Edition, The Royal Society for Asian Affairs

"...a superb guide..." - Tajikistan Second Edition, Dr. George Schaller

"...Tajikistan and the High Pamirs ranks as the most comprehensive guidebook ..." - Tajikistan Second Edition, Conde Nast Traveler

"...a unique guidebook, with no parallel anywhere else in the world, and a fascinating read - I am very much looking forward to the arrival of the new edition, which will bring back wonderful memories and get me thinking about the return trip......" - Tajikistan Second Edition, Malachy O'Neill

"...What was the best journey on which a book took you? At the moment it is the book by Robert Middleton and Huw Thomas Tajikistan and the High Pamirs. Tajikistan was once part of the Silk Road, the trade route linking the eastern and western parts of the Eurasian continent. The paths of many explorers crossed here. The book is actually a travel guide, but it also offers much background information, describing many historical encounters with the Russians and their neighbours. I am usually fascinated by books that talk about peoples and their inter-relationships. ..." - Tajikistan Second Edition, Barbara Ehringhaus (La dame du Mont-Blanc) interview with Fair unterwegs, May 2012

"...I read the general chapters of your Tajikistan book with great interest and growing amazement. So much research, such a wealth of information and historical links with a distant and unfamiliar cultural environment, from the Scythians to the ancient world of Alexander, along the Silk Road, from the early Moslem conquests to the Great Game and on to the rise and fall of the Soviet Union. From time to time I set foot on a few islands of memory, such as the Pamir incident and Curzon's opinions on Russian policy in Central Asia, or the quotation from Chaucer's The Court of Love otherwise, the rest was virgin territory for me. I do not expect ever actually to set foot on the Roof of the World, but my heartfelt thanks for this voyage of discovery...." - Tajikistan Second Edition, Helmut Reihlen, Berlin

"...As soon as I found out about a complete Tajikistan guidebook, I jumped on it and ordered it. There isn't anything out there yet as complete as this guide for this gem of a country. And what I especially liked was the mixture of historical as well as practical advice. At such a crossroad of civilizations, there is no way you can leave the history out of Tajikistan and this guidebook managed to teach me about Tajikistan's far and recent past while dreaming of my next trip there!..." - Tajikistan Second Edition, Mathieu Paley

"...a rare combination of profound research into history and extremely useful practical advice...this book is written with great love for Tajikistan, for the magic of the Pamirs and for the simple people of this extraordinary region ... each time I open [this book] I seem to breathe the divine rarefied air of the high mountains..." - Tajikistan Second Edition, Professor Mikhail A. Rakov, Menlo Park, California

"...An encyclopaedic source on Tajikistan and especially the Pamirs, with chapters devoted to the various adventurers, travellers and spies who roamed these mountains in the past. Middleton and Thomas both worked for the Aga Khan Foundation in Tajikistan -Middleton for eighteen years - and this book demonstrates their deep knowledge of this subject. Add the books enticing maps, the photographs of wide, yak-grazed plains and deep river valleys, the vivid portraits of its people and the reader is likely to want to become a Central Asian Neil Armstrong or Buzz Aldrin over night..." - Tajikistan Second Edition, Steppe Magazine

"...Passionnant. Ce n'est pas un livre mais une bible, un guide, un livre d'histoire, de politique, de civilisation et de geographie. Contrairement a ce que je m'etais imagine je ne le lirai pas d'une traite mais m'y baladerai et le consulterai lorsque je voudrai m'evader. J'y ai remarque de nombreuses expressions identiques a la langue turque. Merci encore. ..." - Tajikistan Second Edition, Ralf Polikar

"...Odyssey's Tajikistan guide is now the benchmark for others to measure themselves against. No guidebook I have read about Central Asia can match its erudition and scope. The section on the exploration of the Pamirs, for example, is a fascinating and beautifully written account of a neglected story - readers of Peter Hopkirk or Colin Thubron will feel completely at home with its tone and the real life exploits of the explorers it describes ..." - Tajikistan Second Edition, Huw Owen, Oxford (Travel Consultant)

"...well written, decorated with good photos; provides a highly interesting insight into a country which is far away from us - physically and mentally. The text brings this country and its people so close to me that I almost believe I am there! ..." - Tajikistan Second Edition, Ekkehard Feustel, Dusseldorf

"...Let me congratulate you on the superbly researched publication Tajikistan and the High Pamirs. Your story of the discovery and conquest of the Pamirs is based on an evaluation of a wide-ranging mass of data. By reading the historical chapters I can establish many relationships where before there was only fog. When I now travel from Osh into the Pamirs, the many travel memoirs written by Russians and other Europeans - who then had little idea what lay behind the mountains - flash up in my mind; when I look out in the morning over the Ak-Su towards Pamirsky Post and Mustag-Ata I can almost see the yurt village below the barracks...." - Tajikistan Second Edition, Tobias Kraudzun, Free University of Berlin, Berlin

"...a never-ending source of valuable information for our 2009 Tajikistan tour. We know no other travel guide that offers such a detailed account - geographical and historical, but also cultural and ethnological - of this fascinating country. Warmest congratulations to the authors of this professional and accomplished book..." - Tajikistan Second Edition, Globotrek, Bern

"...A very complete guide with a lot of precious and hard to get practical, historical and geographical information. A must-have book for anyone attracted by the roof of the world...." - Tajikistan Second Edition, Horizons Nouveaux

"...During the Pamir-Forum in Bern, I proposed that Tajikistan and the High Pamirs would be a useful book to distribute in Tajikistan to all the English-speaking opinion leaders who are working in NGOs. During my travels I have noticed that there are many Tajik people who are eager to obtain more information about their home country and that this book would be a most comprehensive reference for them...." - Tajikistan Second Edition, Margrith Sengupta, INDO ORIENT TOURS GmbH, Zurich

"...In my experience, Rooney is the most accessible writer when it comes to learning about the Angkor temples. I consider her Angkor to be a classic, as far as guides are concerned. It is divided into two parts. The first is a scholarly (but not overly so) explanation of history, legends, art, and architecture. The second is a guidebook, which takes you through Angkor's temples, citadels, and barays, no matter how small. She lays the foundation for a knowledgeable visit, from types of building materials to the gods encountered on bas-reliefs. Her tour of Angkor Wat galleries, for example, makes the stories clear without overwhelming with detail. If you have time for only one book, this is it...." - Angkor Sixth Edition, Kim Fay, To Cambodia With Love, A Travel Guide for the Connoisseur (Things Asian Press, Singapore 2011)

"...An excellent guide, well-written, with beautiful photographs..." - Angkor Sixth Edition, The New York Times

"...The best guide is Dawn Rooney's Angkor..." - Angkor Sixth Edition, The Telegraph (UK)

"...Don't leave home without 'Angkor' by Dawn Rooney..." - Angkor Sixth Edition, San Francisco Chronicle

"...Myanmar has become THE "must-see" destination in Asia and seasoned Burma traveler Caroline Courtauld, who fell in love with the country in the mid-seventies, has written the most definitive guidebook yet! This is the ONLY book you will need since it is packed with information regarding the country's most important historical and architectural sites with easy-to-read maps, as well as practical and useful information on the best hotels, restaurants, and markets. Enchanting and evocatively colorful photos (taken by the author) capture the exquisite, unspoiled scenery and charming demeanor of the country and its people. Also included is background on the fascinating history and culture. This book is a treasure and provides invaluable insight into this fascinating country. ..." - Myanmar First Edition, - Nina Simonds, award-winning Asian cookbook author

"...I have read it from cover to cover and am full of admiration..." - Myanmar First Edition, Sir Martin Morland CMG, Former British Ambassador, Myanmar

"...The Myanmar book is LOVELY : really lovely!!..." - Myanmar First Edition, Simon Laxton, Abercrombie & Kent

"...Hong Kong is one of the world's leading aviation hubs and the colourful history of its success makes fascinating reading. Hong Kong High is a must read for anyone interested in Hong Kong, Asian aviation, and the history of aviation in general...." - Hong Kong High First Edition, Martin J Craigs, CEO Pacific AsiaTravel Association, TTG Travel Personality of the Year 2013

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Australia

"...Opens up a wide spectrum of all there is to enjoy in Australia - with insights into the nation's history along the way. Highly recommended..." - Australia Fifth Edition, Christopher J. Koch, author of The Year of Living Dangerously

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Central Asia

"...I especially recommend The Silk Road by Judy Bonavia, a good general tour guide on the region..." - Silk Road Eighth Edition, Forbes magazine

"...beautifully photographed and extremely informative book...a trustworthy guide to this remarkable region..." - Silk Road Eighth Edition, Silk Road inflight magazine

"...The best guidebook to bring is the Uzbekistan volume in the Odyssey series, written by Calum Macleod and Bradley Mayhew. It is one of those rare travel guides that is a joy to read whether or not you are planning a trip...." - Uzbekistan Eighth Edition, New York Times

"...richly photographed and terrifically detailed..." - Uzbekistan Eighth Edition, Conde Nast Traveler

"...Quintessential guidebook...glorious!..." - Uzbekistan Eighth Edition, Houston Chronicle

"...Quite excellent. No one should visit Samarkand, Bukhara or Khiva without this meticulously researched guide..." - Uzbekistan Eighth Edition, Peter Hopkirk, author of The Great Game

"...An exemplary guidebook and the only one devoted specifically to Uzbekistan...." - Uzbekistan Eighth Edition, The Observer (UK)

"...The best guidebook on Uzbekistan available. Land in Tashkent without it at your peril..." - Uzbekistan Eighth Edition, Tom Bissel, author, 'Chasing the Sea: Lost Among the Ghosts of Empire in Central Asia'

"...I found this book just about perfect! ... This book has hit the balance between history, sights and practical information very well. The result is a guide that offers enough background info to be interesting rather than boring, enough info on where to go to let you go off the beaten track if you wish, and a range of accommodation options ranging from homestays to upmarket hotels, with actual prices noted. And of course, as usual with this series, it has absolutely gorgeous photography, a very important point in a book about this country, where the stunning architecture is a main attraction. As an added bonus, it even offers information on the most rewarding side-trips you can make to neighbouring Central Asian countries. Really, it is better than I had hoped - if you want to visit Uzbekistan, take this book. It is better than Lonely Planet!..." - Uzbekistan Eighth Edition, Amazon Reviewer

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Europe

"...Nothing is as insightful as comprehensive guidebook. The best one I have encountered on Georgia is Roger Rosen's ......" - Georgia Third Edition, Robert D. Kaplan, author of 'Eastward to Tartary'

"...The best guidebook to Georgia..." - Georgia Third Edition, The New York Times

"...The most comprehensive and insightful guide to Georgia......" - Georgia Third Edition, Hon Tedo Japaridze, Ambassador of Georgia to the United States, Canada and Mexico

"...indispensable... It not only provides a cornucopia of practical information and cultural insight, but takes the traveler on a splendid journey through the extensive map of the Russian soul..." - Moscow, St Petersburg, And The Golden Ring Fourth Edition, Isabel Allende

"...one of the finest, most personal guides to Russia...stunning photography, excellent cartography and well-chosen literary extracts..." - Moscow, St Petersburg, And The Golden Ring Fourth Edition, Russian Life

"...As the designer of Russia's first ever golf course in Moscow, I and my international crew had the pleasure of using Ms Nordbye's guide extensively as we placed the Reds on the Greens! A definite 'Don't Leave Home Without It!..." - Moscow, St Petersburg, And The Golden Ring Fourth Edition, Robert Trent Jones, II

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North America

"...The Big Apple Circus - how much darker our town and the world would be without it!..." - Big Apple Circus First Edition, Walter Cronkite

"...the quintessential small landmark of enormous significance....." - Ear Inn Virons First Edition, American Institute of Architecture

"...The Deckers' wealth of experience helps them capture the grandeur of our volcanic National Parks in their informative, beautifully illustrated and well-written book..." - Volcanoes in America's National Parks First Edition, Dallas Peck, Former Director of the U.S. Geological Survey

"...Have a blast..." - Volcanoes in America's National Parks First Edition, USA Today

"...31 Vulcan themed parks..." - Volcanoes in America's National Parks First Edition, Outside Magazine

"...Volcano tourism is exploding..." - Volcanoes in America's National Parks First Edition, Los Angeles Daily News

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South America

"...For cruisers (or other package tourers), this is, by far, the best Galapagos guide on the market. Photos are tantalizing as well as truly informative; nature info is detailed enough for a botany text..." - The Galapagos Islands Sixth Edition, New York Daily News

"...Everyone's bible to the Enchanted Islands..." - The Galapagos Islands Sixth Edition, Galapagos guides' talk

"...It is just wonderful!...the most comprehensive book I could find...As a woman traveling alone, reading this book has really helped me to prepare and feel comfortable about what to expect...." - Marine Life of the Galapagos Second Edition, Galapagos visitor

"...The best Marine Life guidebook on the Galapagos that we've seen
Pierre Constant's Marine Life of the Galapagos: The Diver's Guide to Fishes, Whales, Dolphins, and Marine Invertebrates is just what you need. And we recommend that you buy it before your trip and take it with you, as it's not all that easy to find when you arrive. In this book, there are 288 color photographs, 27 maps and illustrations, and 30 pages of biological and geological data that explain why the currents move they do, how water temperature contributes to the marine life, you name it. ..." - Marine Life of the Galapagos Second Edition, herbrunbridge - Jul 28, 2014 - source - WoWasis TravelBlog The sharper edge to traveling in Asia

"...This is, by far, the best Galapagos guide on the market. Photos are tantalizing as well as truly informative; nature info is detailed enough for a botany text...." - Galapagos Eighth Edition, New York Daily News

"...Everyone's bible to the Enchanted Islands..." - Galapagos Eighth Edition, Galapagos tour guide

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