Lonely Planet Bad Lands (sml paperback)

Lonely Planet Bad Lands (sml paperback)

by Tony Wheeler


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'You guys really are the axis of evil', our guide splutters over his stein of beer in the Pyongyang duck restaurant. 'You're always leaning out of the windows and taking photographs when I tell you not to.'

In an age of plastic knives on planes, Tony Wheeler can make the extraordinary claim of having visited all the rogue countries currently on newsreaders' lips. Bad Lands is a witty first-hand account of his travels through places often perceived as having some of the most repressive and dangerous regimes in the world: Afghanistan, Albania, Burma, Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Libya, North Korea and Saudi Arabia. Taking into account each country's attitude to human rights, terrorism and foreign policy, he asks 'what makes a country truly evil?' and 'how bad is really bad?' - all the while engaging with a colourful cast of locals and hapless tour guides, ruminating on history and debunking popular myths.

Written by the founder of Lonely Planet, this fascinating account of life in these closed-off countries will appeal to anyone with an interest in the state of the world today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781741791860
Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications
Publication date: 04/01/2007
Series: Travel Literature Series
Pages: 344
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.00(d)

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Lonely Planet Bad Lands (sml paperback) 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
skinglist on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Got this from the library. It's a good travel guide/armchair travel written by the co-founder of Lonely Planet. I found his travels through Afghanistan and Albania to be fascinating, though I was less interested in Burma. Took a break in Cuba to read another book.ETA 14/8:I never finished this book. It was a good read, and some moments where the real country shined through what we hear in the news. Unfortunately I ran out of time with getting ready for the Australia trip and I had to return it to the linrary
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book had such a great idea, but the writing was a HUGE letdown. Wheeler uses incredibly choppy sentences that tend to have nothing to do with the present idea. One can tell that Wheeler is used to writing guidebooks in that there is no steady flow. This book is a great idea but is let down by poor execution.