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The World's Most Dangerous Places: 4e [Paperback]

Robert Y Pelton
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May 18 2000 World's Most Dangerous Places

Whether you are traveling to Afghanistan or within the U.S., Robert Young Pelton takes you where the timid fear to tread -- straight into the heart of the world's forbidden, lethal, and even criminal places -- giving you all you need to know to survive the experience.

Featuring more than 30 countries, The World's Most Dangerous Places reveals their hidden dangers, including everything from diseases, land mines, and kidnapping to mercenaries, mujahedin, and militias. With firsthand accounts of breathtaking adventure in these hazardous locations, Pelton provides indispensable information on contacts for rescue organizations, environmental groups, political activists (including rebel groups), training schools in outdoor survival, commando techniques, and other potentially life-saving advice.

Whether you're an armchair traveler or a die-hard explorer, The World's Most Dangerous Places is your ticket to the white-knuckle pursuit of adventure...wherever it may be.

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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"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

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5.0 out of 5 stars Gritty yet naughtily hilarious June 29 2009
I purchased this book shortly after 9/11 to gain an inside look at some of the world's more dangerous places, and I found the book's vivid descriptions sober yet strangely funny at times. Robert Young Pelton seems like an Indiana Jones-style adventurer who is both intrepid and intelligent, able to get friendly with the natives in places that most people would never think of setting foot. Who among us would dare to share tea with a Kalashnikov-toting Afghan mujahid? Or get to know some of the armed gangs in Somalia? Who among us would risk robbery, kidnapping, tropical disease, or even cultural misunderstanding (e.g. in the Islamic world, NEVER pass food at dinner with your left hand) to travel to and document some of the world's most dangerous places? RYP would.

The book is written in a somewhat irreverent, no-nonsense tone, so if you like that writing style, you will love thus book. Of course, such a book is not for everybody, which might explain some of the less enthusiastic reviews here. Definitely not for the weak-hearted or squeamish. Most amusing tip: When travelling in some of these dangerous places (where crime may run rampant), if you are in a car with the window rolled down, keep the arm on which you wear your watch INSIDE the car.

I have the 4th edition, which was written before 9/11, but the book probably still has some information which is still up-to-date. Highly recommended for those looking for an unorthodox travel guide.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Reference Jan. 4 2004
For what this book tries to do, it's about as good as could possible be written on the subject it chooses to discuss. It could more accurately be named the Encyclopedia of the World's Most Dangerous Places. It's that good. It's that complete. It's a bible in its genre.
I'm not sure what else to say other than that opening paragraph. You can open it up randomly, start reading, and immediately be engrossed in it. More likely, you'll scan the table of contents and pick out a country that's of particular interest at the moment. For instance, when I got this book, it was Afghanistan. Now, it might be the same, or Iraq, Iran, Israel, North Korea...there are any number of places that might interest you at the moment. And this book goes on to cover it with excruciating detail.
If I were forced to make one, the only complaint would have to be that there's too much information. But that's hardly a complaint. I'm merely trying to be objective and it's hard to come up with much of anything lacking in this book. If I had it my way, I would include an end-of-chapter essay about every country, as opposed to the select few that appear in this book. I really enjoyed these slices of dangerous life discussed there. Written by various authors, they lend credence to a lot of the information preceding it.
Good stuff. This is a great reference to have on your bookshelf, so the next time a random country pops up on the International War Zone radar, you can pick it up and know a lot in less than an hour. Above these specific country details, this book also delves into specifics about what makes any country dangerous. From landmines to kidnapping, this book really does a great job covering much of what you need to know about the dangers in this world.
An excellent reference to have for those interested in keeping abreast of the dangerous reality of our world.
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3.0 out of 5 stars NOT run of the mill. Dec 1 2003
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Pelton's book is NOT your daily fodder by any means.
It is loaded with advice, anecdotes, data, personalities, descriptions of regions and people to be VERY careful in or with, modes of travel, weather/climate data, currency, survival tips and the like. I am a notoriously light packer...seems I have been ahead of the curve...and the section of what to pack was most amusing and made loads of sense; in truth it was one of my favorite sections.
It may inspire those who truly like to live life on the edge to dash off to parts little traveled...however, we more or less normal folks will be grateful for the read and entertained by the book. I for one, however, will have no intention of running off to get a passport photo today.
There are regions mentioned that I had never even heard of, plus some long-simmering locales are listed that I was under the impression had cooled off. Interesting if you read things beyond the sports section of your newspaper.
To be honest there IS a noteable anti-American slant to some of the writing (be forewarned) which for me dampened the experience.
The political slant of SOME, not all, of the text was not all that appropriate I felt...but c'est la vie. Also it DOES take a few pages to get to the nitty-gritty, too. A bit of editing or rearranging the text might be a good idea for any future editions.
To be fair, a good portion of the writing is quite entertaining and I found myself absorbed at various sections on a semi regular basis. There are sections that I read again and again. There is a great deal of detail & effort in this work, to be sure.
All in all an "A" for effort (these folks reportedly put their lives on the line to write this, let's give credit where it's due) but I'd give it a "B-" overall.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not good June 19 2003
I bought the book because I thought it would be like a "Fodors" travel book for the most "dangerous places". What I wound up buying was a political commentary book that focuses on travel.
Chock full of information easily found anywhere else, it seems like he puts any informarion in the book just to expand the page count. When you buy a book titled "World's Most Dangerous Places", you don't expect to have to slosh through 319 pages of fluff just to get to the first "Dangerous place". The first part of the book (318 pages worth) is filled with commentary about auto accident rates, diseases - how they are spread and weapon and artilery descriptions. There is a chapter devoted "dangerous occupations" that gives us the history of the US green berets and UN peacekeepers. Nice but all fluff. At some point you just say to yourself "enough already" and get to the reason you bought the book. Skip to the first "dangerous place".
Once there, you will be supplied with continuous jabs at US policy that is somehow the cause of the worlds problems. Left-leaning attacks on the US govt and Israel take all the objectivity out of the book. That fact that the US is even in the book of "World's most dangerous places" is ridiculous. Maybe the US should be in the book if the only place in the US that existed are the inner cities. To use examples of Columbine shootings and "Militias" as threats to everyday americans or tourists is flat out a personal political opinion not based in fact. He dedicates pages to argue the point that Bush lost to Gore and Gore should be president. What business does this have in a Travel Book?!?
Bottom line. Not worth [item price]. A nice read to thumb through if you saw it on a coffee table and if you are able to bite your tongue as you sift through the US attacks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The wacked out countries of the world...and then some
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 more
Published 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 more
Published on March 19 2003 by Denis Benchimol Minev
1.0 out of 5 stars Most dangerous book
Not what you might expect and certainly out of date.
Published on March 12 2003 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars RYP's greatest
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 more
Published on March 4 2003 by Randy
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, but I hope his editor gets fired!
This is a fun page turner for anyone interested in knowing all sorts of information about the less traveled places of the world. Read more
Published on Dec 26 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Has nobody noticed?...
... 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 more
Published on Nov. 24 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars little red book of danger
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful Book
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 more
Published on Sept. 14 2002 by eabeaton
3.0 out of 5 stars People who voted for Bill Clinton read books, too!
I wish the author would keep his political views to himself! It does make me wonder how biased much of the writing is overall.
Published on Aug. 23 2002
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