Fielding's The World's Most Dangerous Places is not a comforting book; its pages bristle with tales of land mines, war zones, terrorists, mercenaries, mafiosi, massacres, kidnappers, drug smugglers, and all the other travel disasters that are the stuff of nightmares. But then, as the editors point out in their foreword, "as travelers are kidnapped and executed in Cambodia, a recognized dangerous place, they also are hunted down and murdered in Los Angeles." In other words, the most dangerous place in the world is more of a state of mind: ignorance.
Neither is The World's Most Dangerous Places meant to be used as a guidebook. True, there will be some adrenaline junkies out there who, upon perusing the pages about the war in Chechnya, decide that that's the place they want to be. The people most likely to benefit from this book, however, are those who either have to visit the perilous corners of the world--journalists, foreign-service employees, etc.--or those who have a desire to learn more about such places without necessarily visiting them. It's also a good compliment to more mainstream guidebooks for the growing legion of adventure travelers whose quests for higher mountains to climb, fiercer rivers to raft, and wilder trails to hike often take them to hazardous regions. Whether you're planning a trip to a dangerous place or you just want to learn more about one, The World's Most Dangerous Places is the right book at the right time. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
"A primer on how to get in an out of potentially lethal places." -- --U.S. News & World Report
"One of the oddest and most fascinating travel books to appear in a long time." -- --New York Times
"Survival tips you just don't get anywhere else!" -- --Outside magazine
"The controversial adventurers' guidebook to the world's hot spots." -- --Today Show
Here is a catalouge, an encyclopedia, and the antithesis of travel guides if you will, of the least popular and least understood countries that make up patches in the giant... Read morePublished on April 11 2003 by zonaras
I have consulted this book many times over the last few years, both as entertainment and as a reference to what is going on in a particular part of the world. Read morePublished on March 19 2003 by Denis Benchimol Minev
This book is truly awsome! RYP gives it his all in this book, he tales of real life accounts, he gives sources for you to look up if wanted, and the book gets updated every year or... Read morePublished on March 4 2003 by Randy
This is a fun page turner for anyone interested in knowing all sorts of information about the less traveled places of the world. Read morePublished on Dec 26 2002
... that Robert Young Pelton is the same guy who was in the prison compound in Mazar-e-Sharif during the uprising and got the interview with John Walker Lindh? Read morePublished on Nov. 24 2002
A great book that is not only factual but fun to read as well. It has stirred an interest in me to get out and see the world not as a tourist, but as an adventurer. Good luck.Published on Oct. 13 2002
I've read and used portions of the 3rd edition. Some of the 3rd edition is a bit outdated so I'm hoping the 4th will be up to date. Read morePublished on Sept. 14 2002 by eabeaton