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Robert Young Pelton's the World's Most Dangerous Places

by Robert Young Pelton

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Being Australian and living in one of the safest countries on earth, one can get complacent about danger. So, it's always an education to open "The World's Most Dangerous Places" to a random page and see what the poor people in any given country have to deal with on a daily basis.

"The World's Most Dangerous Places" lists a range of countries and areas one would be best to avoid and the myriad reasons for avoiding them. Interestingly, I've been to ten of the countries listed as dangerous and survived visiting them all so I don't know if that makes me a hardened traveller or just particularly lucky.

Young Pelton sometimes sounds like he's bragging about all the dangers he's seen and I can imagine that if you were to meet him at the pub, his stories would get a bit tiresome after a while. So much better all round if you get the book and read at your pleasure. ( )
  MiaCulpa | Aug 11, 2015 |
The first part of this big tome is a crash course in street smarts fro dangerous places, which can be anywhere. That's followed by several hundred pages of description for the most dangerous countries, such as Yemen, Columbia, and Russia. The first part is fast-moving and engaging. Pelton mixes true anecdotes with practical advice. The second part is long and intended more as a reference, though he does include stories for each location. I found the second part challenging because this version is from several years ago and many of the circumstances have changed. ( )
1 vote jpsnow | Jul 1, 2010 |
Some people choose to travel in places less wandered. This is the book for them. Think of this as a travel book for places you wouldn't typically think to vacation in - and exactly how you would want to go about it. A who's who list of seedy places around the world, Pelton takes the time to quickly run thru the area's history - telling you where you most definitely should not want to go - and laying out exactly what puts the country on the questionable list It may surprise some to learn that the US is indeed on Pelton's infamous list - but after reading it you realize it's not much of a stretch to see that America can indeed be a dangerous place. ( )
  jmcclain19 | Aug 13, 2007 |
I almost didn't buy it. When I picked it up it looked more like a dictionary for travelers from the State Department than it did a novel. However, I plunged in and boy was I glad. Gritty reality - for each country what kind of bugs and parasites, can you bribe officials, how to get out of the country in a hurry, who is most likely to kill you, etc. As a result it kind of read like William Vollmann meets Special Forces. Highly recommend this one, and stick with it. ( )
  shawnd | Jul 21, 2007 |
I don't want to visit Afghanistan or Liberia, but I enjoy reading about what you need to know for the trip. "If you don't like what you read or want a better description, please send a certified check to the author for $500,000 and include the corrections, additions, or adjectives you feel describe your rebel group, manifesto, or leadership more accurately."
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The indispensable guide for the intrepid adventurer -- a book some governments don't want you to read. Pelton, a professional adventurer, and Aral, an international war correspondent, have created the only travel guide to danger and adventure. Everything you need to know about the world's hot spots -- Bosnia-Herzegovina, Liberia, Rwanda, Peru -- is right here, from the inoculations required and dangerous holidays to pencil onto your calendar to the addresses of intelligence organizations and political activist groups. If you're raring to go where angels fear to tread, this book could save your life.

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