Lonely Planet Discover Turkey ペーパーバック – 2013/6/1
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Lonely Planet - We need a digital version of the print guide, with the benefits of hypertext and other digital navigation tools. This book is useless.
The descriptions of historical sites read like the two sentence plaques you find beneath them; the "local tips" come from tour agencies pushing their own products; and I was DUMBFOUNDED by the inadequacy of the index. When I was trying to navigate my way from Sabiha Gocken international airport, presumably the point of arrival for between 25 and 50% of travelers to Istanbul, I couldn't find a reference to the airport in the index; when I finally stumbled on a paragraph later in the book, there wasn't a lick of information to help me figure out how to get from their to Istanbul, what it might cost for a taxi, how long, etc. Turns out it took about 2 hours and cost 140TL -- wish I had known that before landing.
Additionally, for a place so vibrantly rich in history as Turkey, the historical information provided by this book was truly terrible. The "history" section was meandering, vague, and written hopelessly at 30,000 feet. A condensed wikipedia timelime. No additional history or cultural background was provided for the different sections of the country. Even the most prolific city of Istanbul, the center of so many empires, didn't have a page or a paragraph devoted to historical background! Again, dumbfounded.
I unfortunately didn't have a chance to try any other guide books for this trip, but you really can't do worse than this. As a side note, the best guidebook I have ever read for any country was the Bradt guide to Ethiopia, which provides a perfect contrast to the arms length style of this very poor edition by LP. Turkey is a fantastic country, but this book will do very little but put you on an overcrowded and over-priced tour bus.