From Publishers Weekly
Author Winchester (The Professor and the Madman) and series editor Jason Wilson collect 25 travel essays, from publications including Outside, Slate, and National Geographic, covering everything from wrestling in Bolivia to Arctic distance swimming to the ski runs of James Bond to the problem of "mysterious genital disappearance" in Nigeria. Less exotic but no less entertaining are Calvin Trillin's search for the best Texas barbeque, Matthew Power drifting down the Mississippi on a handmade raft, and Brownen Dickey visiting North Georgia for a Deliverance-haunted trek in the backcountry. Kiran Desai, Roger Cohen and even Chuck Klosterman also make appearances. Fans of travel writing will not be disappointed in this latest series entry, which fully supports Winchester's claim that "American travel writing... is better and more stimulating than anywhere else in the world."
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About the Author
JASON WILSON is the drinks columnist at the Washington Post, the series editor of The Smart Set, and the author of Boozehound: On The Trail of the Rare, the Obscure, and the Overrated. He teaches at Drexel University.
Simon Winchester's many books include The Professor and the Madman, The Map That Changed the World, Krakatoa, and A Crack in the Edge of the World. Each of these has been a New York Times bestseller and has appeared on numerous best and notable lists. Mr. Winchester was made Officer of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth in 2006.