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The travel book : guide to the travel guides.
Heise, Jon O.
Personal Author:
Second edition / by Jon O. Heise and Julia R. Rinehart.
Publication Information:
Metuchen, N.J. : Scarecrow Press, 1993.
Physical Description:
v, 397 pages ; 23 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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G153.4 .H45 1993 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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...the authors give frequent evaluations of the books they cover, an invaluable guide to acquisition librarians...a read-through of this volume is rewarding ... --BOOKENDS The broad range of types of travel guides included is commendable...remains a viable choice as a source for selecting travel materials. --ARBA

Author Notes

Julia Rinehart is Administrator in the Berks County Public Library Sustem, Pennsylvania. John O. Heise, Ph.D., Director of International programs, East Carolina University, has traveled extensively throughout the world and brings to this volume a lifetime of national and international travel experience. He works extensively with both adult and student travelers.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Originally published in 1981, this annotated bibliography provides critical evaluations of a selection of travel guides for most parts of the world. This second edition really is the second volume in a series. It covers publications from 1982 through 1990; the first edition stopped at 1981. Generally, the organization and format of both editions is identical. Only a few titles from the original volume have later editions listed here; most of the titles in the second edition are new. Unlike the first edition, this one contains no prefatory material, furthering the impression of a continuation rather than a new edition. After a chapter on general guides and pretravel reading, chapters are arranged by continent and then country, or, in the case of the U.S., by state. The authors offer brief summaries for each book, followed by their own critical evaluations, which seem careful, honest, straightforward, and reliable. The index is cursory. It includes some book titles, but not all of them. It would appear that some important series, such as Lonely Planet, are not listed here. Although this book might be considered out-of-date because it lists no titles newer than 1990, it is a recommended purchase for general travel collections as an excellent source for novice travelers. The Travel Book also reflects the various types of travel guides available, though it is not current enough to be used for collection development. (Reviewed Jan. 15, 1994)

Choice Review

An update of the 1981 edition, (CH, Oct'81) this version has no preface, although a helpful one is found in the older edition. The book is arranged according to seven parts of the world, including one general section on the entire world. Within each section, guides are listed by title under specific countries. Under Canada and the US, regional and provincial or state guides are listed. Also listed are guides dealing with special interests (bicycling, camping, skiing, etc.). Most of the guides were published between 1985 and 1988, therefore the information is five to eight years old. Many popular guides and destinations are not included. The annotations and evaluations are excellent for the guides that are included, most covering a full page. The bibliographic entries are complete, with prices. The second edition is not as helpful as the first. Recommended (with reservations) only to libraries very serious about travel. C. Pracht; Southeast Missouri State University