Robert Young Pelton's The World's Most Dangerous Places: 5th Edition Paperback – Apr 1 2003
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About the Author
Robert Young Pelton is also the author of Come Back Alive, his auto-biography, The Adventurist, and is a regular columnist for National Geographic Adventure. He produces and hosts a television series for Discovery and the Travel Channel, and appears frequently as an expert on current affairs and travel safety on CNN, FOX News, and other news networks.
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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.Read more ›
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.
Some of the information is common sense ("don't flash your cash"), but much of it is extremely valuable - from carrying a "drop" wallet (with photos, a little cash and cancelled credit cards) to foil theives, to how to avoid landmines and what to do if approached by stoned, armed, pre-pubescent soldiers (as is too common in many parts of Africa.)
The first third of the book details how the rest of the world isn't as "dangerous" as one may be led to believe; the remainder is a veritable encyclopedia of information by country, including the political climate, (and major players and groups), diseases and other hazzards (like mines), and several valuable tips unique to each country. Simply fabulous.
Of particular interest to those traveling in dangerous places are the addresses of American (and Canadian and British) embassies, good hotels (considering where you are ...), recommended prophalyxis before arriving, common diseases, and areas to be avoided. The amount of information contained in this book is simply staggering. I highly recommend it.
Most recent customer reviews
A must read for anyone who wants to do some serious traveling without swapping bed bugs with a bunch of backpacking alcoholic rich kids in a sperm encrusted hostel. Addictive read. Read morePublished 6 months ago by ShrapnelBukkake
Hmmm...this book is 10 years old. Nothing pertinent change in the world in the last decade? Long past time for an update. Read morePublished on June 14 2013 by Craig F.
It's no wonder that this is required reading for budding intelligence operators. The Dangerous Places team provides an in-depth analysis of hot-spots worldwide. Read morePublished on May 16 2010 by Blake Byron Walker
Just about the only book I know of that tells you what is REALLY going on. My favs were the U.S. presidential election and all of israel. Read morePublished on May 31 2004 by Educated Person
I like his books, and his forums. But the font size is too small. Not everyone can read such small print. I think everyone should agree with me on that one. Read morePublished on May 5 2004 by ShiningEye
RYP, who admittedly is an interesting traveler/journalist, unfortunately mistakes his stamp-laden passport as sufficient qualification to fill 1000+ pages with rants. Read morePublished on April 5 2004 by Amazon Customer
This is the political incorrect stepbrother of Lonely Planet.
Lonely Planet give you tip who needs visa to enter a specific country, where to stay and so on. Read more
I hate to say it, but as much as I liked DP3 and DP4, I'm really disappointed with DP5. Most of the info was rehashed from the previous editions, and I'm not going to shell out... Read morePublished on Dec 9 2003 by jeff h. white
Robert Young Pelton fancies himself a modern-day Indiana Jones, and has written a book about what he considers to be the world's most dangerous places. Read morePublished on Nov. 24 2003