The Size of the World: Once Around Without Leaving the Ground

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By the time that travel writer Jeff Greenwald hit his late thirties, he had covered more ground than Magellan, Marco Polo, and Columbus combined. But he also came to a sobering conclusion: airplanes had reduced his exotic explorations to a series of long commutes. So he set out to rediscover the mass, the gravity, and the size of the world. His mission: to circle the earth without leaving its surface.

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Overview

By the time that travel writer Jeff Greenwald hit his late thirties, he had covered more ground than Magellan, Marco Polo, and Columbus combined. But he also came to a sobering conclusion: airplanes had reduced his exotic explorations to a series of long commutes. So he set out to rediscover the mass, the gravity, and the size of the world. His mission: to circle the earth without leaving its surface.

What followed was a remarkable odyssey, as Greenwald scaled an active volcano in Guatemala, rode a rat-infested ferry across the Persian Gulf, dropped by Paul Bowles's flat unannounced, saved a baby snow leopard in Tibet, and spent his fortieth birthday marooned in the Sahara. And no matter where he found himself, he sent reports of his exploits from his ever-faithful laptop to the screens of thousands of eager Internet readers. A pilgrimage both hilarious and harrowing, insightful and wise, The Size of the World takes you on an adventure you will never forget.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780345405517
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/11/1997
  • Pages: 421
  • Product dimensions: 5.47 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeff Greenwald's reflections on travel, science, and the global community have appeared in the San Francisco Examiner, The Los Angeles Times, Wired, and Details. Spawned in New York, he now lives in Oakland, California.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2000

    A must for world travellers

    One of my favorite readable travel books - Jeff conveys the flavors and detailed sense of the places he visits with his personal experiences and challenges. He does tend to be a bit self-deprecating at times, but he doesn't gloss over his difficulties in doing this trip. Gives you a good real sense of some of these places that you'll never get out of a guidebook - and a reminder to travel and experience, not just be a tourist!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 1999

    Not Worth The Time

    If you're looking for a ton of whining and blather about new age self discovery, this is the book for you! Mr. Greenwald manages to trivialize every experience he has and never really seems to appreciate the fact that he made the trip of a lifetime. Skip this one & read Michael Palin's book instead.

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