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Travel as a Political Act
     

Travel as a Political Act

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by Rick Steves
 

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ISBN-10: 1568584350

ISBN-13: 2901568584354

Pub. Date: 05/04/2009

Publisher: Nation Books

Travel connects people with people. It helps us fit more comfortably and compatibly into a shrinking world. And it inspires creative new solutions to persistent problems facing our nation. We can’t understand our world without experiencing it. Traveling as a Political Act helps us take that first step.

There’s more to travel than good-value

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Travel connects people with people. It helps us fit more comfortably and compatibly into a shrinking world. And it inspires creative new solutions to persistent problems facing our nation. We can’t understand our world without experiencing it. Traveling as a Political Act helps us take that first step.

There’s more to travel than good-value hotels, great art, and tasty cuisine. Americans who “travel as a political act” can have the time of their lives and come home smarter—with a better understanding of the interconnectedness of today’s world and just how our nation fits in.

In his new book, acclaimed travel writer Rick Steves explains how to travel more thoughtfully—to any destination. He shares a series of field reports from Europe, Central America, Asia, and the Middle East to show how his travels have shaped his politics and broadened his perspective.

www.ricksteves.com

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ISBN-13:
2901568584354
Publisher:
Nation Books
Publication date:
05/04/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224

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Travel as a Political Act 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm a fan of Rick Steves but I'm not necessarily a fan of his politics. I think this book is particularly a good choice for those of us who disagree with his politics because it allows us to hear a passionate, educated, intellectual view from a different perspective. Rick Steves takes some risks by being vocal about the political issues that are important to him and he explains his point of view with clarity, relying on his travel experiences and personal interaction with people in various countries that have influenced his opinions. He presents a convincing argument! I think the most powerful statement in his entire book comes in the introduction of a chapter when he writes: "I believe if you're going to bomb someone, you should know them first. It should hurt to kill someone." This book doesn't pull any punches, it's a great great, it will make you think, and I have tremendous respect for Rick Steves.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like the book, I like the author, I like the thought provoking subject. I DON"T like it when I pay for an eBook port from a paper book and there are errors. I fount two areas where the sentences in the first 2 chapters that simply ended in mid thought.  While it isn't the end of the world, one would think that these are already created on a word processor and they would use that file to create the eBook...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Travel As a Political Act" is a well-written essay by the travel writer and tour group leader Rick Steves. Although I am still reading the book, I find it to be very informative about how much of the rest of the world views the United States and its citizens. Chapter 3, 'Europe Unites: Successes and Struggles' really shows how prudish some areas of the United States can be about sex, drugs and alcohol. Chapter 4, 'Resurrection in El Salvador' is very damning about how American corporate interests have taken over that country after purging it of Liberation Theology. The people there are worse off now than they were a generation ago. After reading this book, the enlightened person will want to do everything possible to not act like the proverbial "ugly American" if they travel overseas. I highly recommend the book to everyone, although I realize that those who most need to read it probably will not be open-minded enough to bother to do so.
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