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West Asia on a Shoestring: A Travel Survival Kit (Lonely Planet Shoestring Guides) Paperback – 1990

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 6th edition (1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0864420579
  • ISBN-13: 978-0864420572
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.9 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,369,317 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tom Brosnahan is a veteran travel writer who has written 40 guidebooks. He now writes travel websites including,,,,, and St, offering free in-depth travel information to nearly five million travelers annually.

His humorous travel memoir, "Turkey: Bright Sun, Strong Tea" (available through relates his experiences as a Peace Corps English teacher in Turkey (1967-68), and his--sometimes hilarious, sometimes perilous--travels on assignment.

Born and raised in eastern Pennsylvania, Tom Brosnahan graduated from Tufts University in 1967, joined the Peace Corps, and went to Turkey to teach English. In Turkey he discovered a fascinating country little known in North America or Europe. He wrote Frommer's "Turkey on $5 a Day" (1972) as a Peace Corps project to encourage tourism and increase acquaintance with Turkey. During the next 20 years, the guidebook was the best-seller to the destination, going through seven editions, up to Turkey '92-'93 on $40 a Day.

After graduate studies on a US Title V fellowship, Tom returned to Istanbul in 1974 on a Fulbright-Hays Dissertation Fellowship fellowship for 15 months' research of 19th-century Ottoman legal documents for his PhD dissertation.

As jobs for historians were lacking in academia, he instead became a travel writer, guidebook author, photographer and consultant on travel information. His 40 guidebooks to Belize, Canada, Egypt, England, France, Guatemala, Israel, Mexico, Morocco, New England, Tunisia and Turkey for Lonely Planet, Frommer's, Berlitz and Insight have sold over four million copies worldwide, and have been translated into ten languages. His Lonely Planet guide to Turkey became the best-seller to the destination shortly after its publication in 1985. Tom also wrote the original editions of the Lonely Planet's "Istanbul" guide, "Turkish Phrasebook," and "Turkey Travel Atlas."

Tom served as a founding Contributing Editor for "Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel" magazine. Many of his travel articles and photographs have been published in other leading newspapers and magazines as well.

Tom has appeared on numerous television and radio programs, including ABC's "Good Morning America," NPR's "Talk of the Nation," the Travel Channel, and PRI's "The Connection." He has given lectures on Turkey at the American Turkish Council's annual conference, the Smithsonian Institution, the Cooper-Hewitt National Museum of Design, and other organizations.

His travel-information consulting clients have included many top names in the travel and public relations industries, as well as the Turkish Embassy in Washington. He is currently a consultant to Dream Design Factory of Istanbul, a prominent advertising and public relations company that has developed many worldwide annual advertising and publicity campaigns for Turkey's Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

He is a longtime member of the Society of American Travel Writers, and has served two terms on its board of directors.

In 2000 he founded Travel Info Exchange, Inc., a developer of destination websites. now serves four million visitors from 213 countries annually. Other TIE websites include,,,,, and St

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 1, 1999
Format: Paperback
As usual, Lonely Planet have attacked this project with vigour and research and produced a comprehensive guide to the Middle East. However, as is the problem with the "Shoestring" editions, a vast amount has to be left out, an enormous of amount of information must be precised in order to produce a managable, helpful guide for a region. Local knowledge of an area is vital to ensure that the correct points, places of interest and general information are included. Unfortunately, LP have hit slightly wide of the mark with this region. It is an area which is full of history and a culture that is very sensitive to the western ideals and my advice would be to purchase each country's book separately. Whilst this is a more expensive and even bulky alternative, simply sell, swap or send home the discarded books.
I understand that LP are in the process of producing further separate guides thus breaking down this region again, which will be excellent. The guide itself, however, is a good read though!
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By Blunt Guy on August 11, 2015
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great middle east guide with lots of tips and recommendations of places to visit
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