TO TOURISTS, PAST AND PRESENT, HOTELIERS, GUIDES, PARK MANAGERS, POLITICAL AND SOCIAL ACTIVISTS AND ANYBODY ELSE OUT THERE CONNECTED DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY TO GHANA’S TOURIST INDUSTRY:
Read the review of Philip Briggs’ Bradt Guide to Ghana.
1.0 out of 5 stars Worse than useless, February 4, 2010
By Janet W. Wohlberg
We just spent 26 days in Ghana (January 4-30, 2010), and this book was worse than useless. It is full of misinformation, seriously out-of-date information, and cultural and social misinterpretations. It also misstates distances, town names, and other vital information. Virtually every local guide, hotelier, park manager, driver, political or social activist, you name it, complained bitterly about this book. To make matters worse, many told us that they have tried contacting the authors with updated information, corrective information, etc., and have been unable to convince the authors to visit their locations or accept corrections….so don’t expect the new edition to be much of an improvement. Too bad because Ghana is a fascinating country: It deserves something far better than what these authors have delivered.
*********Now, if you have used the Bradt Guide to Ghana, go immediately to Amazon.com and comment.*****
My take: Wow, there’s not one example for any of the countless accusations Janet Wohlberg makes in her blanket condemnation! One thing for sure, Janet Wohlberg never came to Four Villages and this hotelier can’t imagine any of his countless contacts in the industry ever negatively criticizing Philip and the guide that travellers refer to “the bible on Ghana.” I just can’t tell you how much business Ghana gets because of the Bradt Guide to Ghana. I do know we at Four Villages Inn get one hell of a lot of business through the Bradt Guide to Ghana. It is read and respected by, and I don’t hesitate writing, ALL visitors we get here.
Just where did Janet go and who maligned the book to the point she would write that she wouldn’t expect the new edition to be an improvement?
If you don’t know the Bradt Guide to Ghana, see Philip’s name in the Blogroll to the right, click on it and go to the Ghana section. After, go to the Amazon.com site and comment. At this writing, the first comment under Ghana is “Amazon.com Review” where I learned of the review. But go to any section in the book…and you’ll soon understand that the Bradt Guide to Ghana is responsive to the public, both tourists and operators. The Bradt Guide to Ghana has integrity and does not deserve to slammed so unmercifully.
NOW HERE’S PHILIP’S CONSIDERED RESPONSE:
Last edited by the author on Feb. 25, 2010 3:45 PM PST
P. R. Briggs says:
Philip Briggs (the author) here. No idea who Janet has been talking to, but whatever her opinion about the book itself, the notion that I don’t accept updated info & corrective information is absolute rubbish. My email address is listed in the book, as is that of the publisher, and I respond immediately to almost all emails and post all relevant update info on my website http://bradtghanaupdate.wordpress.com/ – indeed the very existence of this website as a forum for reader and industry feedback demonstrates my commitment to getting up-to-date info about Ghana out there!
In addition, an updater spends up to three months travelling in Ghana personally verifying all information for a new edition every three years, and while I accept the current edition is a little dated, simply because time has passed since it was published and prices change very quickly in Ghana, the new 5th edition is currently in production and will be totally accurate as at the time of research. Meantime, if Janet or anybody else has any update or corrective information they want to send me, it’s really very easy to email me at the very same email address included in the book – that’s email@example.com – and of course I will give full consideration to any such information for the website and the next edition.
From Four Villages to author Philip Briggs: Gee, Philip, this is totally unfair but…who said life was fair. The vindictiveness of the review borders on the personal. People will read it for what it is, so just keep plugging away championing Ghana as no other does!
Here’s my comment to Janet Wolhberg: “You write like the lover of a jilted tourism operator!”