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  • Paperback: 1088 pages
  • Publisher: Collins Reference; 5 edition (March 20 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060011602
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060011604
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 13.7 x 4.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 816 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #101,413 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Derek Dias on June 23 2003
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After reading the 4th edition of Dangerous Places cover to cover, I couldn't wait for the 5th. Robert Young Pelton is definately the adventurer of our time. His in your face, no BS stlye of writing/reporting is done so with some of the most biting humor I've ever had the pleasure of reading. Even if you're not a travel buff, this book is still so entertaining you'll find it impossible to put down. Pelton also delivers statistics on all manners of subjects such as transportation, most likely way to be killed, and most dangerous countries of course. The book is full of information you'd never find anywhere else, things that could only be known if you actually sat down and had a talk with the Taliban or FARC(Armed Revolutionary Forces of Columbia). Also, there's a thing or twoin this book that I'm sure Uncle Sam would rather you not know about. This amazing book is also filled with thousands of contacts to organizations, governments, political groups, companies, aid groups, etc. via address and email. This book is by far the most complete, concise, and humorous read you'll ever find about the places in the world where you would most likely not spend your two week vacation. 2-3 months after I started reading the 5th edition I was very disheartened that this 1000+ page monolith was over and all I can say is that I eagerly await the 6th edition. Read The World's Most Dangerous Places by Robert Young Pelton now!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert David STEELE Vivas on June 19 2003
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I've heard Robert Young Pelton speak, and he is, if anything, even more thoughtful and provocative in person. He has written an extraordinary book that ordinary people will take to be a sensationalist travel guide, while real experts scrutinize every page for the hard truths about the real world that neither the CIA nor the media report. The 5th Edition is even better than the earlier version that I distributed to all the professional intelligence officers attending the annual Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) conference, so I am going to distribute the new improved version.
Unlike clandestine case officers and normal foreign service officers, all of them confined to capital cities and/or relying on third party reporting, Robert Young Pelton actually goes to the scene of the fighting, the scene of the butchery, the scene of the grand thefts, and unlike all these so-called authoritative sources, he actually has had eyeballs on the targets and boots in the mud.
I have learned two important lessons from this book, and from its author Robert Young Pelton:
First, trust no source that has not actually been there. He is not the first to point out that most journalists are "hotel warriors", but his veracity, courage, and insights provide compelling evidence of what journalism could be if it were done properly. Government sources are even worse--it was not until I heard him speak candidly about certain situations that I realized that most of our Embassy reporting--both secret and open--is largely worthless because it is third hand, not direct.
Second, I have learned from this book and the author that sometimes the most important reason for visiting a war zone is to learn about what is NOT happening.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Nolley II on June 18 2003
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Readers might be daunted by the title of Pelton's work on the World's Most Dangerous Places--who, after all, wants to travel to places like North Korea, Iraq, or the Balkans for the fun of it? Yet even the casual traveler or fan of travel writing will find Pelton's book an excellent, entertaining read (would-be adventurers, too, will find a wealth of information).
Told in such a matter-of-fact and often tongue-in-cheek tone, at times you will find yourself wondering how serious Pelton is, yet his experiences alone traveling the world as a journalist and a dozen other professions leaves no doubt as to the deadly seriousness of his subject matter. Even if you have no desire to jaunt off to Afghanistan until there's a AAA office and clearly-defined, Disney-esque tour paths built, you will find the backgrounds and information presented an enjoyable read.
Pelton covers a series of places rated least dangerous (like the US of A) to the most perilous (think Israel / Palestine), discussing the backgrounds of each, the current government structure, ongoing conflicts, etc.--in short, everything a prospective adventuring tourist may want to know. Sidebars often offer a bit of humor, such as the tale of an "insurance salesman" whose sales pitch consisted of hand grenades and the threat to blow up his clients. Finally, sections on everything from the professions that will take you to the dangerous places (from combat journalist to mercenary) to the necessities of dealing with armed forces, bandits, etc.
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Hmmm...this book is 10 years old. Nothing pertinent change in the world in the last decade? Long past time for an update. And notice how you can't actually see anything meaningful inside the book with the "look inside" feature. I want to see something before I buy. Thanks.
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RYP, who admittedly is an interesting traveler/journalist, unfortunately mistakes his stamp-laden passport as sufficient qualification to fill 1000+ pages with rants. The first 200 or so pages have brief, interesting chapters on topics like dangerous jobs, diseases, bribes, kidnapping, and other hazards faced by people eager to enter rough locales. The remainder of the book is made up of 15-40 page summaries of about 30 countries, including recent history, political climate, demographics, local dangers, and sources of health care. There are useful tidbits here, but you have to grit your teeth through the long, sarcastic tirades about every political figure and government mentioned. Most if not all of them deserve a hefty amount of criticism (after all, they comprise the leadership of the most dangerous places), but very quickly his writing goes from witty to annoying. Buy an inexpensive used copy, flip through it, then give it to a friend.
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