Johnson, Steve and Belanger, Kenneth (author)
Trails Books, 2007
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Reviewed by Dean Goss
This is one of the better representatives of the waterfall guidebook class. The book is done in lavish full color on glossy stock. It is thorough and well written. I can only find a few faults with the book, so bearing in mind that this is a very good quality book, here are the faults as I see them. First, for a book of this quality, the cover SHOULDN'T have been a dam...it should have been a waterfall. Minnesota has some very scenic waterfalls and the first impression should have (and could have...) been a doozy. The fifty waterfalls detailed within could have benefited from maps rather than text descriptions of access. Some of the photos are grainy and/or out of focus, while others are very well executed. The book could have included mentions of safety concerns, photographic suggestions, and other adjunct related material. Those are the extent of the knocks on this book.
On to the positive attributes. The photos are in color, most are well done. The book is very well written and gives the book value as a "good read" in addition to the inherent value as a source of raw information. The co-authors are clearly knowledgeable and passionate about the subject matter.
The waterfalls are grouped into regional clusters which facilitates planning a trip to multiple waterfalls.
The Bottom Line: This is one of the better waterfall books available in terms of quality and is of interest to both the local visitor and the big-picture waterfall enthusiast. In short, a very good book to have