Looking for Trouble: Adventures in a Broken Worldby Ralph Peters
From Poignant Encounters in the ruins of Russia to surreal road trips in the Middle East, from face-offs with swastika-flaunting thugs in Armenia to a long Asian night in the company of the world's most dangerous Elvis impersonator, Ralph Peters' recounting of his remarkable-and sometimes downright bizarre-travels as an unorthodox intelligence officer glide between
From Poignant Encounters in the ruins of Russia to surreal road trips in the Middle East, from face-offs with swastika-flaunting thugs in Armenia to a long Asian night in the company of the world's most dangerous Elvis impersonator, Ralph Peters' recounting of his remarkable-and sometimes downright bizarre-travels as an unorthodox intelligence officer glide between the haunting and the hilarious.
Sent off to sift the wreckage of other people's conflicts or assigned to investigate strategic crises first-hand, Peters traveled-alone or in the company of a few remarkable fellow soldiers-to the badlands of Pakistan and darkness-at-noon Burma, into Iraq on foot and down the drug-ravaged streets of Los Angeles.
Looking for Trouble's dramatic settings range from a Kremlin basement to safe houses in Mexico, and its driving issues move from the collapse of empires to the fate of our POW/MIAs, but its true subjects are the unforgettable characters that leap to life in these pages: a dangerous narco-general determined to keep the disco era alive; a wistful princess trapped in a lost world; a dashing Hungarian-American Army captain who has a genius for getting into-then back out of-trouble; and with guest appearances by the Buddha and Boris Yeltsin.
Fans of Ralph Peters' writing on strategy and military affairs will recognize the sources of his ahead-of-its-time thinking in these pages-but this luminous book is, at heart, a love letter to lost worlds and splendid friends. Above all, it's enormous fun to read.
- Stackpole Books
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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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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).
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.