I am traveling to Barcelona on business this fall, and will have limited time for sightseeing. I wanted a book with a good map that I could pop into a small purse and find what I want easily.
On some levels, this book is exactly that. Its small size is ideal for sticking into a purse or pocket. Furthermore, it helped me narrow down the sights I am interested in seeing so that I can make a decision once I'm actually on the ground.
However, the map only covers central Barcelona (I will be staying nearer to the convention center) and nowhere in the book is there any discussion of the area where I will be staying. Thus, I knocked off a star because I was unable to learn anything about the environs of my hotel. I will have to find a more thorough guidebook for that.