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From Barnes & NobleRiveting, passionate, astonishing, The World's Most Dangerous Places is a vital resource, especially for those inclined to explore the unknown. More than a travel guide, this alternative atlas for restless spirits will transport readers to the unmapped front-lines of today's flash points. Robert Young Pelton and his DP crew tour dozens of the world's most formidable countries, detailing with experienced aplomb (and hearty machismo) the hazards that await adventurers and adrenaline addicts. So whether traipsing from Tupolev to Transcaucasia or crewing a Kuwaiti minesweeper, or simply saving for a Club Med and indulging in a few Walter Mitty moments, your odds of returning safely increase exponentially with every morsel gleaned from The World's Most Dangerous Places.
Far from bliss, ignorance can spell trouble, so Pelton kicks off the fourth edition of The World's Most Dangerous Places with a diligently researched, statistics-filled primer on the variables of adventure travel. "Section One: What is Dangerous?" spells out the grim global realities: the chances of dying in a vehicular pile-up in Bahrain; the number of land mines per square mile in Chad; exactly how many journalists were killed in Tajikistan; as well as the odds of being airlifted out of any number of war-torn Shangri-Las. The facts are persuasive rather than dissuasive; forewarned is definitely forearmed. Pelton and his team provide practical advice on how to survive just about everything: minibuses, taxis, and trains; war zones and brutal dictatorships; revolutionary places, fundamentalist places, and just plain Nasty Places; and, most important for Americans, being a Yankee Pig.
Engrossing and readable, The World's Most Dangerous Places is a surreal jolt for armchair travelers and an indispensable bible for budding explorers. Willingly putting themselves in harm's way (or at least really darn close), Pelton and the DP contributors exude a steady "been there, done that" authenticity. The clear prose, sardonic wit, and hair-raising anecdotes are guaranteed to increase awareness. The World's Most Dangerous Places -- don't leave home without it.
Megan Schade is a frequent contributor to Barnes & Noble.com.