Mr. Absher's book should be given away by the North Carolina tourism industry. There were few detailed ghost stories, and historical events were only lightly covered. Most of the content is based on the author's candlelight ghost tours, and other historical locales were covered because of their tourist attractions. Often fairly detailed information was given on how to find hotels, parks, etc. My ancestors lived in North Carolina generations ago, and I would like to visit there someday. If I had picked up this book at a quaint gift shop, as a souvenir of my visit, I would have been less disappointed with the resulting content. Since I purchased it from Amazon, I felt it would have more literary heft to it.