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Wheeler traveled through nine countries--or, if you prefer, bad lands--Afghanistan, Albania, Burma, Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, and Saudi Arabia. Some were selected because of their human-rights abuses; Libya because it has done absolutely everything wrong; Afghanistan for harboring terrorists; and Albania simply because it's an example of a little dictatorship that cut itself off from the outside world at considerable cost to its own people. Wheeler posits that his book is not an account of the Most Dangerous Places because he's "careful, cautious, and has a low tolerance for pain." He describes the weather, hotels, restaurants, shops, museums, and the people he meets. The author, Lonely Planet's cofounder, wrote his first guidebook in 1973 and since then has written or contributed to 30 more titles. Readers can join him traveling through some of the most repressive and perilous countries in the world without fear of being attacked. George Cohen
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"...humane, politically astute and very funny..." --Wanderlust Magazine, April/May 2007 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
What a great book! Tony Wheeler turns his practiced travelogue eye to some nasty countries you definitely want to think twice about visiting.Published 7 months ago by Darnell Martin-Wimmer
This book is inspirational and it in deed has inspired me to begin my own bad lands travel which has already began.Published 20 months ago by Orlando Marin
I had high hopes when I first opened the book. After all, with the exception of Burma, these are places I am not likely to want to visit anytime soon. Read morePublished on September 24, 2011 by G Z
Tony Wheelers has with Badlands written a piece of quite decent air port literature. If you are ever stuck in an air port, waiting for your connecting flight to leave in 4 hours -... Read morePublished on June 8, 2011 by Jan Øystein Thorsnæs
Wheeler has a great idea for a book, and there is no doubt that his adventures are very fascinating. However, his writing is dry and dull. Read morePublished on May 9, 2011 by Caleb Gray
I had high hopes when I first opened the book. After all, with the exception of Burma, these are places I am not likely to want to visit anytime soon. Read morePublished on April 9, 2011 by G Z
This was a very easy read while still delving deeply into the politics and difficulties of the countries about which he writes.Published on March 30, 2011 by Amazon Customer
I must own to a slight feeling of trepidation in relation to this book. After all, Lonely Planet basically tends to have a left wing bent and while that is fine I do tire of it... Read morePublished on October 3, 2009 by Paul Lawrence
Tony Wheeler, the founder of Lonely Planet, set out to visit nine `bad lands' or countries that are essentially corrupt, where dictatorial rulers treat their own citizens badly,... Read morePublished on September 6, 2009 by J. I. Uitto