Baghdad without a Map and Other Misadventures in Arabia

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  • ISBN-13: 9780452267459
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/28/1992
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 518,472
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

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  • Posted October 4, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    I discovered Tony Horwitz when I was at a book club meeting where we reviewing a book written by his wife, Geraldine Brooks. I picked up his books on the way home and have not stopped reading his books since.

    I guess it helps to be a history buff, but honestly, he is funny!
    Baghdad Without a Map gives you an insiders view of all the different personailites of each of the Arab nations. Or perhaps, I just loved the excitement of the life of a foreign correspondant. I'm hooked......keep on writing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2008

    Insight on life in the Middle East

    In this book, Tony Horwitz gives a first-hand account of the daily life of people in the Middle East in the 1990¿s. Being a journalist, he is able to recall and describe the events he witnesses with astonishing clarity, making the picture that much more realistic. This book comes from a time when America was not always the enemy, and he is able to gather stories and experiences that we could no longer hear. The fact that he is Jewish makes it all the more interesting, because nowadays we cannot imagine a Jewish journalist traveling through the most anti-Zionist region in the world. Overall, a very well written book that really pulls the reader in.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2004

    Interesting and Fun

    I'm not usually drawn to travel narratives but this one caught my eye at the bookstore because of its title, obviously very topical. I truly enjoyed this tale. It seemed to describe adventures that any traveler who went off the beater path could experience. It was breezy and light and, although published in '91, probably still relevent. I've never been to the region, but you can't pick-up a newspaper withhout reading about the very places the author vistis in this book, and that makes it enjoyable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2004

    Loved it!!

    was a great book! I couldn't STOP reading it! great, funny, and interesting!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2002

    Product Placement....for shame!

    Why is Pepsi mentioned about 4 times? Soft drink, soda, would work. About the only other brand name mentioned was Duracell which was mentioned once. The transitions between chapters needs work. Excellent use of scent description of the environments. Olafactory images are very powerful. Smashing sense of humour but the author is a little to smitten with his own cleverness. Trys just a little too hard. "Coup attempts were common in Khartoum, . . ." is slightly on the sophmoric side. Clever type layout on pages 236-237. At the bottom of p 236 "He jabbed his Kalashnikov through the window and fired . . . At the top of p. 237 "questions at the driver." Other than that, Horwitz's work is the best yet on the Middle East. It's one of those books that one can not wait to take up again. Perfect for the plane ride from LAX to New Zealand.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2001

    Great book!

    Definitly funny and insightfull. I have been to Egypt two times and his chapters on Cairo are my favorites. This book only lasted me 2 days, but left me wanting more chapters and more stories.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2001


    I made the mistake of reading this book in a public place. People stared because I couldn't stop laughing out loud, but I couldn't bring myself to stop reading, either. 'Baghdad Without A Map' is hands down the best travel book I've ever encountered. I'm currently reading it for the second time, and enjoying it as much as I did the first. Mr. Horwitz is an immensely talented writer.

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