Just saw an article featuring several of the photographs from this book. They're stunning. Rebecca isn't just an intrepid, courageous explorer, she's a top flight photographer as well. Note that many of these locations aren't just dangerous to get to and explore because they're guarded or loaded with radiation, but also because they're in varying stages of decay; these places aren't always structurally safe to enter. To get these photos, though, those are the risks you have to be prepared to take.
I haven't yet seen the whole book. My only nitpick so far is with the Amazon description, so I don't know if it relates to Amazon or the book. "These photographs deliver a compelling narrative of both moral bankruptcy and flawed ideology."
Seriously? Go into ANY abandoned structure and you can get that. Definitely check out the American prison system, let alone Guantanamo, and you can get that. Look up photos of abandoned theme parks, hospitals, hotels, government buildings and military bases on the web. As for ideologies: ALL ideologies are flawed, and there's no nation on earth that can claim to be above moral bankruptcy. Ever. Not even imaginary nations like Atlantis escaped that. If this is the bland, obvious narrative that these photos are assembled around, then they're wasted on such a boring, tawdry point.
What one can hope for is to get a sense of the past life of such places, of the people who built them, lived or worked or were imprisoned in them. In this respect, from the few photos I saw, Rebecca delivers. One of the photos features a wall with the some of the lyrics of "L'Internationale" in Bulgarian, and it's hard to get more evocative than that. (You don't have to know Bulgarian; just google the song title for the translation in English.) Those were the ideals they were striving for, and by those words we can measure how they succeeded, and how they fell short, and in comparison, take some warning lessons for ourselves.
Elsewhere, there's a fantastic photo of an abandoned Soviet train engine that I found particularly striking. I'm sure other readers will find other images more powerful for them. The Bulgarian location from which the cover was drawn is spectacular. The photo of the submarine is a little out of place, since it's located in England, and has been a museum ship for years. It's not technically abandoned, as it was decommissioned and sold into private hands. Still, that doesn't detract from the consistent beauty and superb craftsmanship of Ms. Litchfield's work. I highly recommend her website to see more of her work.