Hans Hofer, a respected German travel writer, began this series over 20 years ago with a volume on Bali. Today, the "Insight Guides" have spread beyond Asia to the Americas, Europe, Africa, and the South Pacific. Their expansion is reward for the series' excellence. This is perhaps the most visual of all guidebook series. There are many stunning and provocative color photographs to reveal the present, juxtaposed with a few historical photographs to suggest the past. There is also an abundance of substantial and intelligent text focusing on description and interpretation. There is no gushy travel writing. The practical information ("travel tips") is confined to pages at the end. These volumes make for fine preparatory reading and remembrances of journeys completed. For libraries, they provide enticing introductions to areas of the world attractive to tourists. These two titles on Indonesia, which set the pattern for the series, are tried and proven. Recommended for all libraries committed to showing our diverse world as it really is.
- Harold M. Otness, Southern Oregon State Coll. Lib., Ashland
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