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Robert Young Pelton's The World's Most Dangerous Places: 5th Edition Paperback – April 1, 2003
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Robert Young Pelton is also the author of Come Back Alive, his auto-biography, The Adventurist, and is a regular columnist for National Geographic Adventure. He produces and hosts a television series for Discovery and the Travel Channel, and appears frequently as an expert on current affairs and travel safety on CNN, FOX News, and other news networks.
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It awakens one to reality. It is really worth while information to know and is garnished with accurate and keen humor at every possible moment needed. The wording is cohesive and smooth like the writer really had a "gift for gab" or has just been through it all.
In each detail, realistic information- however brutal sets the tone for being politically active, awake as well as a willingness to get dirty and skilled in self defense minimally.
On another note this well written book was actually missing some anticipated information. Its funny but I invisioned some of the content atleast would cover crocodile infested rivers and blood sucking fish in remote primitive areas of the world. After the first 10 pages of reading it is clear that "Dangerous Places" takes on a more political, modernistic tone with rather moderate coverage of remote uncharted regions with their tribes, huts and headhunters. In that sense I was rather disappointed as many places mentioned are also well covered in the news media and continuously too such as the Middle East.
I was hoping for a book catored toward tourists and eco travel firstly but it reminds me of a publication geared toward journalists, security advisors or scientists as many locations mentioned were far from fantastic, tranquil or exciting in imagery.
I cant percieve anyone who would consider most of the places mentioned as even remote vacation spots. I thought for sure there would be dialogue of huge tropical and untapped island of New Guinea and its well reputed high crime rate or perhpas coverage of islands of Haiti and Dominican Republic and lesser known even mysterious Buru island, Sumatra etc.
Then there are the polar regions and perhaps locations with difficult weather patterns such as monsoons or landslides.
All that often undiscovered material was nicely covered at a minimum with the exception of several locations in cliche' over coveraged Africa which was satisfactory.