Where the West Ends: Stories from the Middle East, the Balkans, the Black Sea, and the Caucasus [NOOK Book]

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Prize-winning author Michael J. Totten returns with a masterpiece of travel writing and history in this journey through thirteen nations—all but two formerly communist—just beyond the edge of the West where few casual travelers venture. His work as an independent foreign correspondent takes him deep into the field beyond the sensational headlines, from his hilariously miserable road trip with his best friend to Iraq to the Wild West of Albania, the most bizarre country in Europe; from the killing fields in Bosnia...
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Where the West Ends: Stories from the Middle East, the Balkans, the Black Sea, and the Caucasus

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Overview

Prize-winning author Michael J. Totten returns with a masterpiece of travel writing and history in this journey through thirteen nations—all but two formerly communist—just beyond the edge of the West where few casual travelers venture. His work as an independent foreign correspondent takes him deep into the field beyond the sensational headlines, from his hilariously miserable road trip with his best friend to Iraq to the Wild West of Albania, the most bizarre country in Europe; from the killing fields in Bosnia and Kosovo to a Romania haunted by the ghosts of its communist past; from the front lines in the Caucasus during Russia’s invasion of Georgia to the otherworldly post-Soviet disasterscape in Ukraine. Where the West Ends is high-octane adventure writing at its finest and is Michael J. Totten’s most entertaining work written to date.
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Editorial Reviews

Ottawa Citizen - Terry Glavin
Totten is part Paul Theroux with a dose of Hunter S. Thompson. He all but throws himself into the creepy post-Soviet expanses and the mountainous nooks and crannies of the Balkans, the Caucasus and the Middle East, with glimpses of the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov. But...the stuff of Where the West Ends is more interesting and strange...It’s also as good as “travel writing” gets.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940015907803
  • Publisher: Belmont Estate Books
  • Publication date: 11/5/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 282
  • Sales rank: 25,331
  • File size: 389 KB

Meet the Author

Michael J. Totten is a foreign correspondent and foreign policy analyst who has reported from the Middle East, the Balkans, and the former Soviet Union. His first book, The Road to Fatima Gate, won the Washington Institute Silver Book Prize in 2011.

His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The New Republic, the New York Daily News, City Journal, LA Weekly, Commentary, the Jerusalem Post, Beirut's Daily Star, Reason Magazine, and Azure. He has visited Iraq seven times and is a former resident of Beirut. Visit his blog at www.michaeltotten.com.
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  • Posted November 9, 2012

    Great ride!

    This is a great ride through parts of the world that are truly on the edge! If you wonder what living on the other side of the Iron curtain was like you can take a peak at the global leftovers in this book. The writing is lively and easy to read, the descriptions are honest and informative, and there is a lot of humor as well. Highly recommended!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 17, 2013

    It's a great read, very intriguing and seemingly back by history

    It's a great read, very intriguing and seemingly back by history.

    However, be aware that if the rest of his book is as off as the current info is about the Balkans, it's radically different than when he went. He went to the Balkans in 2008 and I went there  in 2012, none of what he said was recognizable. 

    The Balkans he describes with a Serbia that hates Americans and a totally downtrodden Albania and a recovered Sarajevo were not at all what I experienced.  This the credibility of the rest of his writing is in doubt. Reading it as part fiction or falsified memories makes it enjoyable.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted July 12, 2013

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    Just OK

    As I read this, I kept thinking "What's the point?" The writer seemed to do these trips to have fodder for the book. It just didn't grab me. I was hoping for some Bill Bryson type tales. Maybe that wasn't a fair starting point. For what it cost me, not a big deal but I don't care to read his other books. Sorry.

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