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It’s easy to imagine people from many different fields of study picking up this book after reading its title. Throw in cover photos of lone nightwalkers—one perched on a suspension bridge overlooking skyscrapers, and another shining his headlamp down a long, fully cobblestoned tunnel—and what readers with interests in history, architecture, creative writing, or urban planning can resist? Sadly, it quickly dawns that this book is for a privileged group of hearty-partiers, mainly dudes who are often so totally gonna get busted if they don’t bail, dudes who fancy themselves as rightful rebels against wrongful restrictions. Unlike charmingly inept dissenters from, say, Edward Abbey, nothing endears or titillates here. When the author isn’t drunkenly using historic gargoyles as climbing holds, he is defining himself by purposefully urinating in a Paris street. The book is padded with museum-plaque data on various destinations, and the characters are so immature it sounds gratuitous when we learn one had cancer or that the author has ancestors from the Holocaust. --Dane Carr

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"Urban exploration with Gates makes for wildly entertaining reading. A solidly entertaining ride for those seeking a gritty travel experience."
Publishers Weekly

"Gates's travelogue does more than introduce the reader to the gritty undergrounds and highest climbing spots of the world's greatest cities--Hidden Cities ultimately celebrates the urban history and architectural evolution of mankind. For those of us who will never get to experience such places, Gates is a perfect travel companion."
—Roni K. Devlin, owner, Literary Life Bookstore for Shelf Awareness for Readers

"Hidden Cities offers a thrilling glimpse into the secret worlds that surround us. Moses Gates has crafted an endlessly absorbing book that succeeds on many levels—as a compelling travelogue, a nuts-and-bolts how-to manual, and a deep-feeling and highly relatable personal memoir. Anybody who reads it will emerge invigorated by possibility."
—Davy Rothbart, creator of Found Magazine, author of My Heart is an Idiot, and frequent contributor to NPR’s This American Life

Hidden Cities is a measured and heartfelt look at some wild times in some crazy places, but it is most of all a paean to curiosity and where it takes you.”—Robert Sullivan, author of Rats and My American Revolution “An intrepid urban Sherpa’s impassioned salute to ‘the joy of trespassing.’ Part guidebook, part social history, part coming of age story. Dig in: you’ll never look at cities the same way again.—Robert Neuwirth, author of Stealth of Nations and Shadow Cities “Follow Moses Gates and others as they truly experience the world’s great cities in ways far removed from how Frommer’s, Fodor’s, or any Michelin guide would encourage you to. Hidden Cities is a rollicking travelogue packed with secrets of the world's metropoli that the local constabulary would rather you not discover.”—Kevin Walsh, author of Forgotten New York "Lonely Planet for the realm beyond the “No Trespassing” signs."
—Kirkus Reviews

“A great city at night is a massive playground, a wonderland imprinted by the dreams, desires and accomplishments of those millions that have lived and do yet live there. Moses Gates knows this and has beautifully described that yearning some humans have to explore the built environment.” 
—John Law, co-author of Tales of the San Francisco Cacophony Society,   Suicide Club member emeritus and co-founder of the Burning Man Festival
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Tarcher (March 21, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585429341
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585429349
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #320,369 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is fun to read.
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The writing is so engaging, you just want to keep reading and never put the book down.
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There's a wonderful personal style here that makes it much more than a travelogue.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By C. P. Anderson on May 20, 2013
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It's a fascinating topic. Moses Gates likes to go to places you're not supposed to go. These include places way up high (the top of the Brooklyn Bridge, the pinnacles of Notre Dame de Paris) and way down low (the river that runs under Moscow, the New York subway).

Unfortunately, though, about halfway through, the book's focus switches from these fascinating places to the author himself - his (more conventional) travels, his love life, his drunken and druggy friends, getting arrested. Not quite as interesting. In fact, he comes off as a rather pretentious, self-involved hipster type.

I noticed there were a lot of 5 stars reviews out there from contributors who have only this one review. (And one of them just so happens to have the same last name as the author.) Always a little suspicious when that happens. Hopefully, these are just urban explorer types who are happy to see a fellow traveler on Amazon. Really, though, the book isn't that great.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By W. Archer on April 19, 2013
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The accounts of 'urban exploration' adventures are disappointingly limited. Much of the text is about meeting up with friends, breaking up with girlfriends, a friend's use of alcohol and drugs, etc. Some of this is necessary for setting and context. But the adventures underground, in abandoned and restricted buildings, etc., are disappointingly small parts of the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CTR on June 26, 2013
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This book is fun to read. I did actually finish the book, which is saying something. (I usually put down stuff that isn't working for me.) The narration is strong, and you get a sense of joining a cool subculture of interesting people. I was most interested when he was going places that I have not gone and will not go myself (the Notre Dame tower story is reason enough to buy they book).

Still, at some point, about halfway through the book, it starts to get a little bit tiresome. He ran out of truly cool places, or at least ran out of interesting observations about those cool places. Then he starts fluffing, copy-and-pasting from his personal journal. We get a random story involving a hot chick, a road trip, and a crap in a nasty bathroom. (Thanks, but I have my own stories about hot chicks, road trips, and nasty craps.)

I would have preferred the author to leverage his urban planning degree, intelligence, and some research to overlay a smarter perspective to his discoveries. There is some of that -- about how cities evolve, and what sort of density is optimal, a few observations about ancient Rome gleaned from seeing ruins -- but just then the book diverges into talk about another adventure drunkenly, cross-dressingly, walking through another South American city -- not underground, not across rooftops, just walking through the city. (I've got my own stories about that sort of thing too.)

At one point the book even starts to meditate on the pointlessness and immaturity involved in these sorts of adventures. We see the author himself growing out of these exploits. I definitely got that point, suffering along with him mired in the pointlessness. Rather than solving (dare I say 'transcending') that problem, the book just succumbs to it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on May 28, 2013
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Boy did I learn a lot about a different type of travel. What people do for fun is so much different than I ever imagined. But it is not the "strangeness" of the adventure, but the things you learn. The author presents the adventure and also history and background information which keeps you reading along. If you trave,l and even if you don't, this book takes you to places I bet you would never consider going.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By MM Cooper on June 5, 2013
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I read this book because I've spent a lot of time beneath Paris, and was hoping to get some new information and perspective. Disappointed. The writer mostly surfs on what's a minor trend nowadays, Urban Exploration. His brand of discovery is more superficial, like notching up tourist pictures in front of tired monuments. And he is, in fact, a glorified tour guide. The subject is interesting, but his account reads like an exploitation piece. The writer constantly reminds us of his insincerity ... and his lack of emotional intelligence. Doesn't have a very compelling purpose in visiting these "hidden" slash "forbidden" places, which are not, by the way, either hidden or inaccessible.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James A. Thorson on January 4, 2014
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Gates evidently has had a hard time growing up, which is fortunate for those of us who would love to sneak into the bell tower of Notre Dame after hours or explore the subway tunnels of New York. He combs catacombs beneath a number of cities and goes climbing up to the top of any number of abandoned buildings. The man is a nut, but he's a good author. I loved the book.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Judith Seid on March 22, 2013
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I loved this book! It's a quick read, with plenty of laughs, but there are also some really poignant stories, not to mention absolutely terrifying incidents. The writing is so engaging, you just want to keep reading and never put the book down. Can you give a book more than five stars?
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By CRZ on April 23, 2013
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Although there's plenty in this book about the bits and parts that few people dare to see and explore, Moe has also looked inward (another place some of us fear to tread!) to share even more which was previously "hidden" - and in the process, woven in a great story about life experiences and how he became the man he is today. A quick and fascinating read that will leave you wanting more!
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