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From renowned journalist Ryszard Kapuscinski comes this intimate account of his years in the field, traveling for the first time beyond the Iron Curtain to India, China, Ethiopia, and other exotic locales.
In the 1950s, Kapuscinski finished university in Poland and became a foreign correspondent, hoping to go abroad-perhaps to Czechoslovakia. Instead, he was sent to India-the first stop on a decades-long tour of the world that took him from Iran to El Salvador, from Angola to Armenia. Revisiting his memories of traveling the globe with a copy of Herodotus's The Histories in tow, Kapuscinski describes his awakening to the intricacies and idiosyncrasies of new environments, and how the words of the Greek historiographer helped shape his own view of an increasingly globalized world. Written with supreme eloquence and a constant eye to the global undercurrents that have shaped the last half century, Travels with Herodotus is an exceptional chronicle of one man's journey across continents.
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Crossing the Border Condemned to India The Train Station and the Palace Rabi Sings the Upanishads Chairman Mao’s One Hundred Flowers Chinese Thought Memory Along the Roadways of the World The Happiness and the Unhappiness of Croesus The Battle’s End On the Origins of the Gods The View from the Minaret Armstrong’s Concert The Face of Zopyrus The Hare Among Dead Kings and Forgotten Gods Honors for the Head of Histiaeus At Doctor Ranke’s The Greek’s Technique Before He Is Torn Apart by Dogs and Birds Xerxes The Oath of Athens Time Vanishes The Desert and the Sea The Anchor Black Is Beautiful Scenes of Passion and Prudence Herodotus’s Discovery We Stand in Darkness, Surrounded by Light
Posted December 8, 2008
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