Michael J. Totten is an award-winning journalist and prize-winning author whose very first book, The Road to Fatima Gate, won the Washington Institute Book Prize.
He has taken road trips to war zones, sneaked into police states under false pretenses, dodged incoming rocket and mortar fire, stayed in some of the worst hotels ever built anywhere, slipped past the hostile side of a front line, been accused of being a spy, received death threats from terrorists, and been mugged by Egyptian police officers. When he's not doing or writing about these things, he writes novels.
His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and The New Republic among numerous other publications, and he's a contributing editor at World Affairs and City Journal. He has reported widely from the Middle East, the former Soviet Union, Latin America, and the Balkans. A former resident of Beirut, he lives in Oregon with his wife and two cats.
I was hoping for more travel adventure and less history but well written.Published 3 months ago by Joshua Schneider
Michael Totten travels to the several countries of Easten Europe and the Middle East, including Kurdish Iraq. His stories are intriguing as well as exciting. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Repeal16
Light weight travelog. A whole chapter about crossing the Iraq border and coming back in a few hours. Not worth the money.Published 3 months ago by GLF
The book is well written and gives the reader a vivid sense of how bleak these god forsaken areas are. I love to travel to see places that are beautiful, exotic and vibrant. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Dixie Burrell
The author gives very interesting and perceptive commentaries on the countries he and a friend visited. Read morePublished 4 months ago by J. Morton
Felt like I was on an adventure with the Author in places I will likely never see. The book really opened my eyes to attitudes of different cultures that don't normally get a lot... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jml