Image:Book Review: 1000 places to see before you die
A title like this seems like a can't miss book for me, right?  Having been to 42 countries and 85% of the States, I'd like to figure out what's next or what I've missed.  Well, by this author's criteria, I've missed a lot -- almost 90%, actually.  I've only seen 103 of her 1,000 Places To See Before You Die.  
Of course, any book like this is going to be subjective, and Schultz admits that she herself hasn't seen all 1,000 places on her list -- yet. I'm not sure that anyone can accomplish that with this book's criteria -- what with four places in Oman, seven places in Kenya, 20 places in Switzerland, etc.  In fact, the book is a bit uneven in that way -- some countries have a disproportionate number of entries (Vietnam: 10, of which I've seen 4), while others (only eight entries for all of Japan) get short shrift.
The criteria for counting something as a "place to see" is, again by the author's own admission, somewhat arbitrary, too.  Major sites such as the temples of Kamakura in Japan are completely ignored.  "Vienna" only merits one single entry, which has about a dozen sub-points to it. And Chicago, which has no entry for the Sears Tower (the continent's tallest building, and at for many year's the world's), does have two separate entries for restaurants (Arun's and Charlie Trotter's -- two places I guess I still need to see ;).
I think it's an interesting resource -- kind of like having a catch-all travel book for the whole world.  But I think it suffers a bit from more bias towards places the author actually has visited vs. those she just researched, and I struggle with the inequity of "Superdawg's" hot dogs in Chicago rating a single entry while the Roman coliseum is just a data point under "Rome".

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