Looking for Trouble: Adventures in a Broken World

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Ralph Peters--career soldier, controversial strategist, prize-winning, best-selling novelist, erstwhile rock musician, popular columnist, and old-fashioned adventurer--has always been good for a surprise. Now, for the first time, Peters recounts the personal experiences that shaped his views of the world, from the collapsing Soviet Union to the drug wars of the Andean Ridge, from quiet forays into Burma and Laos to military missions to Pakistan and the Caucasus--and on to the Southwest border of the United States...
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Ralph Peters--career soldier, controversial strategist, prize-winning, best-selling novelist, erstwhile rock musician, popular columnist, and old-fashioned adventurer--has always been good for a surprise. Now, for the first time, Peters recounts the personal experiences that shaped his views of the world, from the collapsing Soviet Union to the drug wars of the Andean Ridge, from quiet forays into Burma and Laos to military missions to Pakistan and the Caucasus--and on to the Southwest border of the United States and the meanest streets of Los Angeles. As the U.S. Army's chosen troubleshooter before he took off his uniform to write, Peters saw the greatest international dramas of our times and the personal tragedies they created from a truly unique perspective--and took advantage of every moment "outside of the wire."

The result is startling: the liveliest adventure memoir by an American in decades, a perfect balance of high drama and laugh-out-loud hilarity. Readers--among them his many devoted fans--will meet a faded beauty and former favorite singer of Josef Stalin's, now in her nineties and still a hopeless coquette; KGB officers who refuse to let go of the past in Moscow's back streets; a winsome princess adrift in a dying world; the corrupt Thai police general whose hobby was imitating Elvis to karaoke machines in rural bordellos; sentimental Caucasian gangsters; oblivious diplomats; wary Burmese colonels; doomed Mexican drug cops; Mennonite marijuana farmers; lonesome Nazi widows in Bolivia--and their Jewish friends; Muslim fundamentalists who write love poetry to imagined sweethearts . . . and, above all, the author's two loyal brothers-in-arms who sometimes shared the dangers and the wonder at the "back of beyond" and whose remarkable personal backgrounds, dashingly eccentric personalities, and appetite for adventure explode every cliché about military officers.

Beautifully written and hauntingly told, Looking for Trouble is simply the book Ralph Peters was born to write. We can all be glad that he came back alive to write it.

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Editorial Reviews

author of Platoon Leader - Colonel James R. McDonough
"Ralph Peters has produced a literary masterpiece in this account of a modern-day adventurer whose job it was to go to the ends of the earth. Peters writes with the same amount of guts he displayed in the service of his country--going where few would dare go, while calling things as he sees them. Highly polished and keenly insightful."
Colonel Tom "The Man Who Would Be Khan" Wilhem
"Every generation produces an adventurer who captures key moments in unexpected places that define the times. Ralph Peters is our generation's man and he nailed it--for those of us who witnessed the end of empire, there isn't a more brilliant, compellingly written memoir on a shelf anywhere."
author of the best seller Hope and Honor - Maj.Gen. Sid Shachnow
"A fascinating, compelling, and insightful memoir, wonderfully told. Ralph Peters delivers again. A superb book."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811734103
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books
  • Publication date: 5/28/2008
  • Pages: 339
  • Sales rank: 1,309,562
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Fox News Strategic Analyst Ralph Peters is the author of 27 books, including bestselling and prize-winning novels. He has experience in over 70 countries and, as a journalist, has covered multiple conflicts. His work has appeared in a wide range of publications and he serves on the advisory board of Armchair General magazine. He lives in Virginia.
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Table of Contents

Introduction xi

June 1991: The Caucasus 1

June 1991: The Green Grave 28

June 1991: Lord of the Mountains 52

1952-1989: The Tempting Fortress 81

May, June 1990: From Mustapha, to Natasha, with Love 108

June 1990: The Great Khan's Morning After 126

Summer 1992: Blood in the Black Garden 158

Summer 1992 continued: Land of Stones, Land of Fire 183

September 1992-August 1993: Among the Missing 206

1994: Thug Wars to Drug Wars 227

1995: Pakistan 251

1996: Elvis, Buddha, and the Burrito of the Apocalypse 306

Epilog 336

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  • Posted February 10, 2009

    Dude's awesome

    The guy has some awesome stories and insight into the world and it's problems. From the Caucuses to South America, the former Soviet Union to Pakistan, the guy has a vast amount of experience to talk about. I never wanted to put the book down from the time I opened it. Peters proves that military officers can be academics and can provide valuable intelligence (in contrast to the State Dept's attitude).

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2008

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    The excellent ¿Looking for Trouble: Adventures in a Broken World¿ is not a series of superb essays like other recent books by Ralph Peters. Rather it is an interesting travelogue much like some of Robert Kaplan¿s work, with a bit more danger and humor thrown in. The book details Peters travel in some not so nice parts of the world, mainly as an Army intelligence officer in the 1990¿s. There are no descriptions of Club Med type resorts here. Peters definitely travels outside the limo. Although his travels occurred a decade or so ago, Peters manages to capture the timeless characteristics of the areas he visits. This book is a must-read to really understand some of the places in the headlines of the past few years.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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