Originally published in England, this guide-with-a-difference attempts to show that Jamaica is more than just an island of hedonism; it is a land with a history, politics, culture, and society that many people may not see on a trip of fun and sun. A visit to the north coast of the island, with its magnificent beaches, chic tourist hotels, and extravagant homes of rich Jamaicans, belies the reality that many Jamaicans live a marginal existence. In contrast, this book unveils the broad-ranging culture of the "cradle of reggae music," detailing the country's music, dance, theater, festivals, and sports. The story is not one of gloom and doom but of diversity presented with candor. Black-and-white and color photographs offer a glimpse of the island far from the beaches and all-inclusives. Despite its many deep-seated problems, Jamaica offers a rich experience for the visitor, and this work, the first in a new travel series by the publisher, serves as a wonderful companion to traditional guides of the island.-Corinne Nelson, "Library Journal"