I bought this book used and it arrived in good advertised condition.
This book is old school but, In my mind, the series is one of the better language learning systems that is light but more comprehensive than some. The reason I say that is it walks the line between a common phrase book and a comprehensive language book. The phrase books like a Berlitz are nice and handy to have in your pocket while traveling, but they have little grammer explanation. Comprehensive language books are great too for those looking to seriously dive into learning a language. I've tried that route, but find that my dreams of learning the language are greater than my ambition. So, I like this Living Language series because it seems to strike a nice balance.
This book/tape has all the phrases and goes a little further than the typical phrase book and exposes the learner to more grammer, sentence structure, verbs and increased vocabulary that a serious traveler will need. I think it is perfect for pre-study before going to a country. It's probably a little too large to be a practical pocket phrase book one might keep in their pants pocket.
The bonus is that the Living Language has an accompanying cassette tape or CD that you can follow along with. It didn't come with my book but I already had the Tape (yes, I'm old school). I have the same Living Language book/tape (or CD) package in other languages that have been very helpful in pre-travel language learning that IMO really give the traveler a headstart in language exposure prior to the boots hitting the ground, which I feel enhances the travel experience. Audio in the car and follow along with the book when ya can. If you approach it that way, you get a good run-down of the language and, like I say, more rewarding to the traveler.