Item description for Insight Guide Argentina (Insight Guides Argentina) by Rachel Lawrence...
From the subtropical north to windswept Tierra del Fuego, and from the Andes to the broad, elegant avenues of Buenos Aires it's all covered in the "Insight Guide to Argentina". With hundreds of spectacular colour photographs, detailed maps and illuminating text you'll have everything you need in a guidebook. Sections on the Tango, Wild Argentina and Outdoor Adventure give a real insight into the destination and expert local writers bring Argentina's history, culture, arts and people to life. It is an inspiring background read, serves as an invaluable, on-the-spot companion and is a superb, visual souvenir of a visit. A detailed section of travel tips and advice will make sure you've got all the information and contact numbers you will need.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Insight Guide Argentina (Insight Guides Argentina)?
possibly the most USELESS guidebook ever printed! May 13, 2008
Unreadable national and regional maps, rambling, garbled prose, pictures with vague or misleading captions, no city maps, and USELESS text are only a few of the reasons not to buy this book!
Text: if they mention a museum is worth visiting, I want the address! Nope, details like that are not found in this book. Instead, you encounter endless run-on sentences with far too many adjectives.
Maps: their choice of color and patterning makes it impossible to tell borders from roads, and highways from country tracks. USELESS.
There are lots and lots of pretty pictures, but most of them have captions like "Autumn splendor" - WHERE? What are you showing me?
The index: again, USELESS is the word that applies. The city I wanted to read about was listed as being mentioned on 3 pages - upon viewing those pages, I found there was nothing at all about the city on 2 of the 3 referenced pages.
There is loads of rambling prose and literary and historical references in the book, but to use it to plan a trip would be impossible.
Glad I borrowed this book from the library instead of wasting money on it. I'll continue to search for the right book to use to plan our trip.
Great book but wrong name of author! Apr 20, 2004
Very glad to see this book listed here and getting some good feedback from your readers. I just wanted to let you know that my name is NOT Hum Henndessy! (though I do quite like the sound of it and have been called worse things). I'm not expecting you to place these comments on your review page, but please change my name to: Huw Hennessy (project editor of Insight Guide Argentina).
Best all around!!! Nov 12, 2001
I have looked at all the other major books on argentina and out of all of them this is the one book that is complete, tells you what you need to know and moves on. Most other books are for collage-age youth who want to go and find a bar, cheap hotel and stay up really late. But this is a classy read with beautiful illustrations. This is also coming from someone who is moving to Argentina and knows his stuff so Choose this one and you will not be dissatisfied.
Beautiful photos, good history, not for your suitcase Oct 3, 1998
Photographs (all in color) and narrative provide a wonderful introduction to Argentina and its history, but the book's actual value as a "travel companion" is limited. It sometimes reads like the script to a travelogue.."you drive along for xkm and see this town and this town..." It mentions a lot of locations but misses some (Santa Rosa, Neuquen). It would be helpful if the index had references to the map pages and if there were cross references if a place name might be questioned (for example, San Carlos de Bariloche on the map/Bariloche in the index). The travel tips at the back were focused on b.a. and (having just returned) somewhat misleading (the "what to wear" section and its fashion police comments--most places were really casual); the suggestion to take U.S. cash--found atms a better choice; book note that it is no longer "inexpensive" --we found nothing outrageously overpriced. As a pre-trip introduction, a good guide, but too limited in information and too heavy to carry on a trip. For the most complete information and your travel bible, choose instead the new 1998 Argentina handbook!