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Don't Go There!: The Travel Detective's Essential Guide to the Must-Miss Places of the World Paperback – November 11, 2008
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About the Author
PETER GREENBERG is the preeminent expert on travel. He is the author of The Travel Detective, Hotel Secrets from the Travel Detective, The Traveler's Diet, The Travel Detective Flight Crew Confidential, and The Complete Travel Detective Bible. He is also a contributing editor for Men's Health and Best Life, and his national weekly radio show is syndicated live across the U.S. on 130 stations and XM satellite radio. In those rare moments when he is not traveling, he lives in Los Angeles.
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Greenberg is also host of the nationally syndicated Peter Greenberg Worldwide Radio show, broadcast each week from a different remote location around the world. The live, three-hour weekly radio program and a daily short-form travel feature are syndicated by United Stations and are heard on a combined 400+ stations.
An Emmy Award-winning investigative reporter and producer, Greenberg is the consummate insider when it comes to reporting the travel business as news. No other journalist brings his extensive level of expertise and experience to the travel process. Travel Weekly named him one of the most influential people in the travel industry, along with Al Gore, Bill Marriott and Richard Branson.
Greenberg was honored with News & Documentary Emmy Award as part of the Dateline NBC team for outstanding coverage of a breaking news story in a news magazine.
He is also a contributing writer to AARP The Magazine, The New Yorker, Parade, AARP.org, Forbes.com, BNET.com, and Bing Travel. He has been a featured guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The View, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Dr. Phil, and Larry King Live.
Greenberg is the author of the New York Times best-selling "Travel Detective" series. His most recent book, New Rules of the Road, offers his expert advice and insight on how to travel efficiently - and well - during tough economic times. His upcoming book, The Best Places for Everything, will be published by Rodale in Spring 2012. Previous titles include the New York Times best-sellers, Don't Go There! and The Complete Travel Detective Bible.
He was the creator, co-executive producer and host of CNBC's acclaimed prime-time specials, "Inside American Airlines: A Week in the Life" and "Cruise Inc: Big Money on the High Seas."
His investigative work culminated in the one-hour NBC Dateline special entitled, "Black Box Mystery: The Crash of the Concorde," revealing for the first time what really happened when the supersonic aircraft crashed outside of Paris in 2000.
An expert in aviation safety and security, Greenberg is creator and co-executive producer of "Secrets of the Black Box," a special series for the History Channel which investigates the world's most tragic aviation disasters. He produces and co-hosts a series of one-hour television specials called "The Royal Tour," which feature personal, one-on-one journeys through various countries with their heads of state, including the President of Mexico, King of Jordan, Prime Minister of New Zealand and President of Peru.
His Web site, PeterGreenberg.com, is one of the premier travel news resources for consumers and industry insiders.
Top Customer Reviews
You can go to the greatest city on earth, and have a bad time. I live in DC, and there are certainly things I wish tourists knew coming in about where NOT to go, what to take a pass on, and what they should see, come hell or high water. This book does that for other cities, like saying what sections of the city to avoid in Detroit or Chicago. It's frank about when the cities are at their most crowded (tourists coming to DC: 3pm is rush hour here, okay?), what seasons to avoid.
It's an honest book that doesn't pander to the dreamer who wants to think of the world as a destination vacation, rather than as a place where other people live.
As for his comments on Ashland... it's a great place to raise a family, sure, but if I'm vacationing, it's not the Center of the Universe for me (their quote, not mine).
hilarious and bizarre trivia about cities and towns, both in the U.S.
and abroad. Unlike a conventional travel book, Peter Greenberg
tells us about the underbelly of these places - which is something no
guidebook has done before. It's refreshing and very entertaining.
You can tell there was a tremendous amount of research that went into
writing this book. In his introduction, the author says that while
the facts and figures are correct, his conclusions and advice are
subjective. Greenberg is an investigative reporter, not a paid
mouthpiece for the travel industry, and that's what makes the book a
valuable read, as well as controversial. It's a great gift for any
active or armchair traveler, who already owns the usual collection of
Previously I had a passing familiarity with Mr. Greenberg's name. I don't know why he is considered an `expert' and I still don't know. There will always be differences of opinion and that is what makes the world go round. However -
To suggest to people that they shouldn't go to places with high rates of suicide (he cites in the U.S. Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Wyoming, Alaska and Manhattan - we've had wonderful vacations in some of those places) because suicide might be contagious.....
Skipping cities (or towns) where the residents eat a lot of fast food - oh yeah, that is a reason not to go to San Antonio, Texas.
Deriding "Fake European Towns" such as Solvang, California (founded in 1911 by a group of Danish educators) and Castroville, Texas (established in 1844 by several dozen European families from Alsace and Baden). I'll give him Leavenworth, Washington, but it is absolutely shocking that immigrants would fashion a town after their homeland - not. Where is his outrage at Vail, Colorado or the epitome of fake, Las Vegas, Nevada?
Yes, everyone is entitled to their opinion, but these are just a few of the examples of why I don't value Mr. Greengerg's opinion.
Mr. Greenberg states in his introduction that his book is "about presenting - not promoting - facts that allow people to make reasonably intelligent, independent decisions about the choices available to them". He also includes "...Read more ›
Most of the advice in this book is of the "Duh!" variety, like a caution about taking a Chernobyl tour. A lot of information is useless, in the sense that, if you visit ANYWHERE, you'll expose yourself to some sort of hazard (high ozone, hurricanes, packs of rabid mongrels). So you could take this book seriously and stay home in your bubble. Or, chuck the book, use common sense, and see the world!
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This book has some excellent advice for those who like to travel and enjoy it. It helps them avoid some of the pitfalls a person can encounter. Read morePublished on June 21, 2013 by Donald W. Wills
Well, this certainly sounded entertaining enough. Instead of featuring the usual places everyone wants to go to, why not turn that on its head and do a guide of places no one in... Read morePublished on January 3, 2013 by C. P. Anderson
This book is full of old and outdated information. It's not the authour's fault; it's just that travel info changes too fast.Published on November 4, 2012 by John Kay
This book touches on places that you don't want to travel to. Its not super entertaining to read, but has some horrific facts. Read morePublished on January 27, 2012 by Mel Woods
You know just what to say, and you give caution to the winds. (No pun intended) People would be wise to follow his suggestions. Beware and happy travels!Published on October 16, 2011 by Brenna
I thought this book would be a fun romp around the world from the point of view of an intrepid traveler. Instead it was dry, banal, and BORING! Read morePublished on April 24, 2011 by Terence
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