The Places in Between by Rory Stewart An amazing modern day tale of one man's journey walking across Afghanistan in the middle of the winter, mostly with just his dog. Takes place right after the "fall" of the Taliban and is a unique insight into the Afghan culture. Throw in freezing temperatures, heavy snow, and some hostile villagers and you have an epic tale. Rory stayed with local villagers during this entire hike - his "guides" … [Read more...]
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Papillon by Henri Charriere This is a classic story of a wrongly jailed Frenchman and his prison life which involves fascinating stories about escaping prison and evading capture including living with local villagers. Rarely has one man gone to such great lengths to escape a wrongful imprisonment. … [Read more...]
4000 Days by Warren Fellows This is an often gruesome true story of life and survival in Bangkok's infamous Bang Kwang prison by a "Farang" (foreigner) who was jailed due to his involvement with drugs. Those condemned to the prison because of drug offenses often turned to drugs to help the pain of living in this hell-hole. The physical torment was particular bad, but the wearing down of the prisoner's mental capacities by the guards was … [Read more...]
The Road to Ubar by Nicholas Clapp The 'lost' city of Ubar is located in Oman in the Desert of the Empty Quarter, one of the largest deserts in the world. The author spent many years researching this fabled city buried under sand. Satellite imagery helped with the discovery. A fascinating read. Dave has personally visited the site of this city. … [Read more...]
Passeggiata by G.G. Husak which means a kind of walk or stroll in Italian, is a travel memoir based on a couples first trip to Italy with additional insights provided based on a number of trips taken later. This book is both personal, reflective and informative. Various chapters cover the author's experiences in not only some of Italy's most popular cities and regions including Rome, the Riviera, Umbria, Florence but also the quaint off the … [Read more...]
Unlikely Destinations by Tony/Maureen Wheeler The full autobiographical story of Lonely Planet, how the business started, how it grew and where it is today. Join founders, Tony & Maureen Wheeler on their unique trips which formed the basis for their publishing empire which today spans almost 40 years. … [Read more...]
Me, Myself & Paris by Ruth Yunker This book is Ruth's tales of her days in Paris. For three years in a row the stays in Paris for 6 weeks - sort of a pseudo tourist/local. The book is about her day to day life in the city - conquering the metro, dabbling in the language, laundry nightmares and actually getting used to walking everywhere (Ruth hails from Southern California where car is king). Ruth's entertaining prose turns mundane … [Read more...]
Whale Warriors by Peter Heller A true Story. In 2005 author Peter Heller joined captain Paul Watson of the Sea Shepherd during their time attempting to stop Japanese whalers from killing whales. The read is fast, intriguing and at times repulsive and sad. A must read for anyone interested in eco-adventure and wildlife conservation. … [Read more...]
An Unexpected Light by Jason Elliot One mans descriptions and stories about his two journeys through war torn Afghanistan. His first journey was in 1979 and then later in 1989. This is excellent travel writing - part travelogue, historical and personal story that highlights the dangers as well as the joys of traveling in Afghanistan during this war torn period. … [Read more...]
Bad Lands by Tony Wheeler Join Lonely Planet founder Tony Wheeler as he explores some of the "badlands" in the world. He visited the following nine countries because of their human-rights abuses: Afghanistan, Albania, Burma, Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, and Saudi Arabia. … [Read more...]