This is the only book to get for your overseas friends! Of the LOTR location books it's by far the most inspiring. It has, however, some shortfallings:
This one would've benefited as a hardback edition and with better quality print production than the norm. As it is, standard CMYK print turns the verdant greens of our forest into a dull overcast drab. Some of the photographs suffered further from being at too low a resolution for print, a recurring problem in all of the LOTR movie books. Perhaps a DVD gallery of the photos used would have shown the pics in their best glory!