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Naked in Dangerous Places: The Chronicles of a Hungry, Scared, Lost, Homesick, but Otherwise Perfectly Happy Traveler Paperback – April 21, 2009


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway Books (April 21, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307396355
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307396358
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,263,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peters details his successes and failures as the host of the reality television program Stranded. More specifically, the program dumps Peters into an exotic locale and asks him—in a disingenuous, heavily produced way—to survive without money or guidance. The book mocks this premise more than celebrates it, though Peters seems genuinely proud of his work at times. His tone is consistently cynical and self-deprecating, occasionally spiking into the manic. He uses as many exclamation points as an NPR commentator. Peters will strain too far for a joke, and his footnotes and asides deliver infrequently. Rarely does he allow a scene to develop. He is most successful in small moments, employing a clever, alert demeanor that doesn’t take itself too seriously, as he does upon reaching an early destination: “Following a short taxi along a surprisingly smooth, freshly mown runway, the propellers’ last few guttural sputters give way to total silence, interrupted only by the occasional buzz of an insect or a bird’s staccato trill.” Of most interest to fans of the show.

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“A riotous and engaging read.”
Library Journal

“Illustrated by one hilarious descent into madness after another.”
Kirkus Reviews

"Only Cash Peters would go on such an absurd adventure and capture it so winningly. Beautiful language, great humor."
—Phil Doran, author of The Reluctant Tuscan

“Cash Peters is our generation's Alistair Cooke - a travel writer who sees things none of us would see ourselves if we were there. Of course, sometimes you wish he'd just kept his eyes shut."
—Kitty Felde, KPCC Radio

“In one epic, horrifying, funny lurch across the planet, Peters manages to utterly trash the well-meaning efforts of generations of sensitive, sincere travelers. Naked in Dangerous Places is a running riot."
—Tony Cohan, author of On Mexican Time and Mexican Days

“Peters is a national treasure, with a wicked sense of humor that guarantees he’ll never be asked to host a television show again. The world of travel literature, however, is all the richer for having him.”
—Rudy Maxa, host, “Rudy Maxa’s World,” PBS

“Great explorers possess bravery, a cast-iron stomach, and insatiable curiosity about what lies around the next bend. Cash Peters has none of these attributes. But he is very, very funny, and his misadventures in exotic locales make for the best travel writing I have read in years.”
—Peter Allison, author of Whatever You Do, Don’t Run

“Like most travelers, but too few travel writers, Cash Peters understands that nightmares are twice as entertaining as dreams—especially when they come true. Peters’s iconoclastic charm unaccountably fails to seduce South Seas cannibals and Hollywood producers, but proves a winner in this sharp-witted recap of two years in the company of such exotic and dangerous creatures. Someone should make a TV show out of it.”
—Chuck Thompson, author of Smile When You’re Lying

“It takes a clever new hook to grab and maintain my attention when it comes to travel writing. Naked in Dangerous Places is fascinating, funny, and endearing.”
—Doug Lansky, editor of There’s No Toilet Paper . . .on the Road Less Traveled

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One of the most entertaining books I've ever read.
Simone Runyan
He casts a very funny and canny eye on exotic places and memorable people while sharing his often sensitive world view.
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I saw this book in an airport bookstore, read the summary, and immediately searched my kindle store for it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. A. Barricklow VINE VOICE on September 7, 2009
Format: Paperback
Having read my first travel book recently & enjoyed the venture, I decided to surf amazon for some travel treasures. I wanted adventure/comedy & a twisted writer. There were a likely few candidates but I selected Naked because of the plot: a not so adventurous fraidy cat allergic anti hero doing a reality T.V. show traveling into dangerous places where this "host" proceeds to bum off humanity's good will - playing, touristing, dining & slumbering away between commercials.
So page one: Action/Plane is going down into jungle. Cut to page 2: action continues/ writing becomes surprisingly, superb, in fact - OUTSTANDING! Cut to page 3: HILARIOUS !!! LOL Funny. I'am hooked!
He describes the jungle island of Tanna as a mysterious paw print of brooding jungle fringed with misty beaches and rippling banks of submerged coral that fan out from the shorelines like frilled cuffs, ... Or a chicken that has been inhumanely guantanamoed into a space no bigger than a cookie jar... or that darkness in the jungle falls faster than a collapsing highrise. These descriptions are many times so on key tey are just...funny, like in what a bouzouki is: Played correctly, it sounds like a grand piano being thrown down two flights of stairs. Or his characterizations: He's a slight, round-headed man with the permanent strained expression on his face of someone who's expecting a balloon to be popped close by his ear at any second/he has a fuzzy ginger beard that looks like he fished a handful of cat hairs out from down the back of his sofa and glued them on ... Or a reply from a secretary: a Yes sir, so chilly I was able to see my own breath.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pen on July 12, 2009
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Being a fan of travel books generally, I enjoyed 'Naked in Dangerous Places' so much more than others I have read. Cash Peters gives you an insight into what places as diverse as Dubai, Cambodia, Morocco and Alaska are like for the independent traveller. The link between locations is the TV show 'Stranded' which Cash presented and this adds another dimension to the book. Parts of it are very funny and the irony of the scene where he really is 'stranded'at Heathrow airport is not lost on the reader. I loved this book so much, I went and read 'Gullibles Travels' again, an earlier book of his. Both are perfect holiday reading!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ardent Reader on June 20, 2009
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Good travel books are hard to find. This one is a must. Cash Peters is a hoot, as he shares his behind-the-scenes look at how television programs are born and die. He casts a very funny and canny eye on exotic places and memorable people while sharing his often sensitive world view. Best of all, Mr. Peters can write!

I hope Mr. Peters keeps traveling and keeps writing his often hilarious adventures. More, please!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James L. Madden, Jr. on May 12, 2009
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Having read and loved "Gullible's Travels", the last book I read by Cash Peters, I was eagerly anticipating this one. I was NOT disappointed! If you are (were?) a fan of his show, the look that you get behind the scenes is eye opening and hilariously funny. Don't know the show? You'll still enjoy the book. Well done Mr. Peters! Now..how long do we have to wait for your next project?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 2, 2009
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I absolutely love this book! Cash Peters is self-deprecating, witty, touching, and laugh-out-loud funny when describing how he, a decidedly unadventurous sort, created and hosted an adventure travel show called Stranded with Cash Peters. Naked in Dangerous Places: The Chronicles of a Hungry, Scared, Lost, Homesick, but Otherwise Perfectly Happy Traveler was so hilarious that I drove my husband slightly crazy by reading several sections of it to him aloud. Naked in Dangerous Places is a travel memoir of the year Cash Peters spent traveling and making Stranded for the Travel Channel. The premise of Stranded was that Cash would be dropped into different places around the world without any money or knowledge of the place and would have to get meals and lodging for the night FOR FREE. Cash reveals how this innovative "reality" travel show was actually made. And, believe you me, it is eye-opening! Cash chronicles trips to locations as diverse as Solvang, California; Tanna Island in Vanuatu (in the South Pacific); Barrow, Alaska; Dubai; Morocco; and Lesbos (not to mention a few other exotic locales!). Buy this book! Naked in Dangerous Places has that rare, wonderful combination of funny and touching. Once I started reading Naked in Dangerous Places, I could barely think or talk about anything else. Cash Peters has a unique voice. It's addictive! If you love this book (and who wouldn't?), get Gullible's Travels: The Adventures of a Bad Taste Tourist by Cash Peters, too, which chronicles his life as a travel journalist *before* Stranded with Cash Peters. The man is a genius!
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