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Getting Out: Your Guide to Leaving America (Process Self-reliance Series) Paperback – November 1, 2006

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Taking a decidedly pessimistic view of the current American moment, Ehrman's well-designed, all-encompassing guidebook provides detailed instructions for fleeing "before America comes crashing down upon you." Ehrman includes a large number of first-person stories from folks who did just that, starting new lives in China, Australia, Slovakia and Israel, among other destinations. The majority of these voices come from 20 to 30-year-olds, and some of the advice here skews to a younger sensibility, listing, for example, how each country prosecutes pot possession. However, there is valuable and comprehensive information here for a wide range of readers, including a globe-spanning country-by-country guide on how to immigrate-including Old Europe standbys as well as a number of countries in Latin America, Africa and Eastern Europe-with helpful sections on visa and residency requirements, acclimating to foreign culture and how to earn a living, as well as a handy list of online resources. Though the negative tone of the book might prove off-putting for readers planning an overseas move for reasons unrelated to politics, the wealth of information it carries-as well as its wide range of expatriate perspectives-will prove valuable. Illustrations.
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About the Author

Mark Ehrman is a frequent traveler and freelance writer whose work regularly appears in the Los Angeles Times, Playboy, Travel and Leisure, and numerous travel magazines city guidebooks.

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Product Details

  • Series: Process Self-reliance Series
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Process (November 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976082276
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976082279
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #862,413 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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129 of 130 people found the following review helpful By Jon M Altbergs on January 24, 2007
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The strength of this book is that it favors breadth rather than depth.

If you are thinking about leaving the US but don't really know where you'd like to go, or if you have a destination in mind but don't really know what you don't know about emigration, this book is for you. Getting Out covers the top 50 destinations for US expats, with information about the quality of health care, cost and standard of living, and social permissiveness. Also included are brief accounts of the experiences of expats living around the world. There is also good general information about the different pathways available to the potential expat.

Reading it will definately leave you with more questions than answers, since any comprehensive emigration/immigration guide to all the countries in the world would fill a small library. Getting Out will give you the basics and point you in the right direction to find more in-depth information. You won't find anything here that will help you decide to settle in one country over another, but it will help you either narrow your list or give you reason to consider some place you otherwise would not have.
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96 of 98 people found the following review helpful By W. Webber on November 30, 2006
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This is a great book that is a good foundation in researching the how-to's in leaving the country. In a category where there are very few books to choose from, this book is timely and reasonable well written. If you are interested in leaving the United States and not completely sure of where to go, this is a good resource along with the CIA factbook & other well known websites.


1) Great list of helpful websites in the back for each country.

2) Excellent group of countries considered around the globe.

3) Decent foundational info about each country considered (50 countries).

4) Very readable style.

5) Good cross section of short blurbs about various peoples rationales in leaving.

6) Fair price for the book.


1) No specific info as to why certain countries were included and other excluded.

2) Many countries mentioned in passing (in a positive light) in various parts of text are not considered as possibilities (i.e.: not profiled).

3) No easy way to see how countries stack up against each other at a glance based on various factors.

4) Poor editing... Many typos.

5) Could have had much more specific info about each country for various factors to consider (e.g. Pet specifics for each, education system, etc...)

6) Would have been nice to have at least one person for each country cited. Although difficult to pull off, this would have been better than people telling their stories for a subset of the countries profiled.

In short, this book has very little dead weight material and is a must have if this topic is relevant to you.
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65 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Todd V on January 14, 2007
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This book is a fun read with lots of very useful information; it's just as good for Americans looking to get out as it would be for non-Americans looking for someplace to go, as it profiles many countries and also has a wealth of suggestions for moving and income that are not country-specific.

On the downside, as an American living in Japan, I can say that its section on Japan is woefully incomplete. Jobs here are said to pay "the mighty yen", but my friends and I always grimace when it's time to send money home. It doesn't even mention the astounding bureaucracy or the racism that often goes hand in hand with it. And it only mentions Tokyo, despite that there are foreigners living in beautiful, cheap, and friendly cities and villages all over the country.

This is a fun read but should not be your last source of information!
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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Rowdy P Scarlett VINE VOICE on November 13, 2006
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This is a very fine book for anyone thinking about trying to live in another country. From Canada to France to Egypt to China, most of the world is covered. The book is full of little essays by people who have moved away and lived to tell about it ( a little humor there). The book gives suggestions on steps to take to get started, things to think about before making the move, How to stay (legally and not so legally) and the pluses and minuses of many countries around the world. It's an easy, interesting and quick read. A very good guide book and very informative!
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Chad on May 20, 2008
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I'm surprised this book has been rated so highly. It's quite decent, but five out of five stars? Not in my opinion. Giving it three was a bit charitable, but 2.5 wasn't an option.

The author has some nice little diatribes, not even really thinly disguised, against the current administration. I firmly agree with them, but that's not really why I read this book. Those considering moving abroad for such reasons will definitely enjoy the subtle rants, though. There are some good little mini-bios from current expats, including a lengthy one from a young Los Angeles woman in Chengdu, right in the heart of the earthquake mess in Sichuan province, China, so I couldn't help but wonder, "Is she still there?" and "I wonder if she made it through okay?"

For me, it didn't include anything whatsoever on the country to which I am moving (Malaysia), apart from a blurb on how strict it is about drug trafficking. There actually wasn't very much substance on ANY country in SE Asia. Witness this fascinating insight into Thailand: "Infrastructure: Needs improvement." Seriously, that's all it says. I also took slight issue with it referring to Bali, Indonesia as a "Pacific paradise." Bali is in the Indian Ocean, not the Pacific. You can expect this sort of information "bullet point" treatment of all nations covered, which is only fifty to begin with.

The book definitely has some value, and is at least enjoyable to read for, if nothing else, the personal anecdotes compiled from expats around the world. There is some very useful information scattered throughout the book, but again, most of it is in abbreviated "bullet point" style. The book is probably most useful for its compilation of various websites, but I had hoped for a meatier compendium with more substance and less fluff.
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