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With the ranks of global jet-setters increasing, travel journalists no longer enjoy any distinction as elite rangers of far-off lands. Leave it to Lonely Planet founder and veteran travel journalist Wheeler to bring back this bygone mystique by gathering information in one volume on what he deems the most forbidding and forbidden lands on earth. The book works hard to do it all: to educate, entertain, debunk, evoke, and provoke. Ultimately, though, it burns much of its fuel presenting the history lessons necessary for any reader unfamiliar with touristically idle places like Iran, Afghanistan, and Burma. Bad Landsmakes light fare of political and cultural devastation, cataloging countries by what Wheeler calls his EvilMeter™, jokily characterizing North Korea as a "gulag run by Monty Python," or reflecting on the accommodations of "guests" at Gitmo. Add to this questionable taste the even more questionable judgment involved in presenting his own experience-traveling as a seasoned, knowledgeable pro-as that which any brazen, but woefully green, wayfarer might expect to have after reading this. Wheeler's book may be the most dangerous development to come out of his global romps. Recommended for public libraries with caution.