Travel as a Political Act

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Overview

Travel connects people with people. It helps us fit more comfortably and compatibly into a shrinking world. And it inspires creative new solutions to persistent problems facing our nation. We can’t understand our world without experiencing it. Traveling as a Political Act helps us take that first step.

There’s more to travel than good-value hotels, great art, and tasty cuisine. Americans who “travel as a political act” can have the time of their lives and come home smarter—with ...

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Overview

Travel connects people with people. It helps us fit more comfortably and compatibly into a shrinking world. And it inspires creative new solutions to persistent problems facing our nation. We can’t understand our world without experiencing it. Traveling as a Political Act helps us take that first step.

There’s more to travel than good-value hotels, great art, and tasty cuisine. Americans who “travel as a political act” can have the time of their lives and come home smarter—with a better understanding of the interconnectedness of today’s world and just how our nation fits in.

In his new book, acclaimed travel writer Rick Steves explains how to travel more thoughtfully—to any destination. He shares a series of field reports from Europe, Central America, Asia, and the Middle East to show how his travels have shaped his politics and broadened his perspective.

www.ricksteves.com

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

Travel writer and television host Steves (you can catch him on PBS and also on radio) departs from the usual where-to-go and what-to-see of travel books and here concentrates on why people, especially Americans, should travel. Drawing on his years of experience as traveler and tour guide, Steves provides many examples of how travel can broaden one's mind, whether challenging or confirming preset ideas. For example, visiting Morocco and Turkey can show how a Muslim country can be vibrant and hospitable. Even in familiar Europe, American travelers can learn that issues such as sex and drugs are treated much more pragmatically than they are Stateside. In Central America, the traveler can see firsthand the results of the Monroe Doctrine and globalization. VERDICT As a nation, Americans don't much travel abroad, and Steves challenges them, arguing for the importance of seeing things for oneself. The corollary is that citizens of other countries (such as Iran) then get to meet face-to-face with Americans, a counterbalance to the rhetoric of our leaders. The author only mildly injects his own opinions into the larger argument, and then more as an example than a prescription. Excellent for those who read deeply in travel or are considering an international trip.—Dan Forrest, Western Kentucky Univ., Bowling Green


—Dan Forrest
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781458755650
  • Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com, Limited
  • Publication date: 5/7/2010
  • Pages: 388

Meet the Author

Rick Steves

Rick Steves is the host, writer and producer of the popular Oregon Public Broadcasting television series Rick Steves' Europe. Over the past 15 years, Steves has hosted nearly 100 travel shows for public television (most still airing in rebroadcasts) and numerous pledge specials. In 2005 Steves launched a weekly public radio program, Travel with Rick Steves. He has also written twelve country guidebooks, nine city and regional guides, six phrase books, and co-authored Europe 101: History and Art for Travelers. His guidebook to Italy is the bestselling international guidebook in the U.S. In 1999, he tackled a new genre of travel writing with his anecdotal Postcards from Europe, recounting his favorite moments from 25 years of travel. He lives in Edmonds, Washington.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2009

    Something to think about

    I'm a fan of Rick Steves but I'm not necessarily a fan of his politics. I think this book is particularly a good choice for those of us who disagree with his politics because it allows us to hear a passionate, educated, intellectual view from a different perspective. Rick Steves takes some risks by being vocal about the political issues that are important to him and he explains his point of view with clarity, relying on his travel experiences and personal interaction with people in various countries that have influenced his opinions. He presents a convincing argument! I think the most powerful statement in his entire book comes in the introduction of a chapter when he writes: "I believe if you're going to bomb someone, you should know them first. It should hurt to kill someone." This book doesn't pull any punches, it's a great great, it will make you think, and I have tremendous respect for Rick Steves.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2013

    I like the book, I like the author, I like the thought provoking

    I like the book, I like the author, I like the thought provoking subject. I DON"T like it when I pay for an eBook port from a paper book and there are errors. I fount two areas where the sentences in the first 2 chapters that simply ended in mid thought.  While it isn't the end of the world, one would think that these are already created on a word processor and they would use that file to create the eBook...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    A Progressive Way to Travel

    "Travel As a Political Act" is a well-written essay by the travel writer and tour group leader Rick Steves. Although I am still reading the book, I find it to be very informative about how much of the rest of the world views the United States and its citizens. Chapter 3, 'Europe Unites: Successes and Struggles' really shows how prudish some areas of the United States can be about sex, drugs and alcohol. Chapter 4, 'Resurrection in El Salvador' is very damning about how American corporate interests have taken over that country after purging it of Liberation Theology. The people there are worse off now than they were a generation ago. After reading this book, the enlightened person will want to do everything possible to not act like the proverbial "ugly American" if they travel overseas. I highly recommend the book to everyone, although I realize that those who most need to read it probably will not be open-minded enough to bother to do so.

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