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100 Places You Will Never Visit: The World's Most Secret Locations [Kindle Edition]

Dan Smith
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Ever wondered what it takes to get into Fort Knox? Fancied a peek inside the Coca-Cola Safety Deposit Box? Would you dare to visit Three Mile Island?

The world is full of secret places that we either don't know about, or couldn't visit even if we wanted to. Now you can glimpse the Tora Bora caves in Afghanistan, visit the Tuscon Titan Missile Site, tour the Vatican Archives, or see the Chapel of the Ark. This fascinating guide book takes a look at 100 places around the world that are either so hard to reach, so closely guarded, or so secret that they are virtually impossible to visit any other way.

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'A rare glimpse of the world's weirdest places' Lonely Planet magazine. (Lonely Planet magazine)

About the Author

Daniel Smith is an author and researcher. His books include 100 Places You Will Never Visit and three further titles in the same series, as well as The Sherlock Holmes Companion and a history of the Second World War Dig for Victory campaign. Daniel is also a long-time contributor to The Statesman's Yearbook, an annual geopolitical guide to the countries of the world. He lives in London.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 43210 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (27 Sept. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009LGXNF8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #176,376 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Daniel Smith lives in London and is the author of over twenty books on subjects as diverse as Sherlock Holmes, the Second World War 'Dig for Victory' campaign, serendipity and money. He has written six titles in Michael O'Mara's How to Think Like... series, as well as a series of books for Quercus including 100 Places You Will Never Visit and 100 Things You Will Never Find. He is also a long-time contributor to The Statesman's Yearbook, a geo-political guide to the world that celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2013.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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This isn't really a book. It's like a list and being written by somebody who hasn't visited any of these 100 places either! So what insight does he have on these? None. Mentioning the secret coca cola factory without any detail or being there doesn't enrich my life at all. A waste of time and money
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK but not best suited to a kindle 28 Oct. 2013
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It has a couple of problems - it's a bit to much of a catalog of facts - could have been improved by expanding on each a bit more.

The photos that go with each entry don't come out very well on my paperwhite - resolution & black/white , and the captions under the pictures are so small it's unreadable.

If the pictures were in colour and more plentiful then it could make a good coffee table book, but as is I was left feeling a bit disappointed,

The entries are largely from a western viewpoint, there are some from outside the western culture zone, but there must be a whole bunch of others that it might have been more interesting to read about.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By BLehner
How about a walk through restricted areas or risking a glance towards places whose existence is unacknowledged? If there is one thing that 100 Places You Will Never Visit is not, then it's being your average travel guide. Indeed it's a bit of a shame that Daniel Smith teases those fond of traveling with plenty of locations which spark the imagination yet are off-limits to people like you and me.
Succinct, spruced up with plenty of maps and photos, the selection made is not always surprising, yet fascinating nonetheless. The book features everything from military bases, to money vaults, from sacred sites to places of scientific interest. Some of them are more obvious than others, just take Area 51, while others were delightfully unexpected, such as The Skywalker Ranch. Some of them you probably don't feel like visiting anyway, say Snake Island, while other's aren't all that off-limits after all, think taking a guided tour through the Pentagon.
One thing that became obvious pretty fast was the heavy emphasis on the USA, which compose a full third of all featured locations, and I couldn't help but wonder if this selection is being purposefully aimed at an American audience as it's hard to believe that the rest of the world has only a handful of "secret places" to show off. Other than that this book proved to be quite a pleasurable excursion from the safety of my home.
In short: A worthwhile trip to secret and not-so-secret places!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Quercus. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating 1 Mar. 2014
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It's true, as some of the negative reviews say, that I have no desire to visit some of the places discussed but that doesn't mean they are not fascinating, intriguing and interesting to read about. Some I had heard of others I hadn't. Its a good mixture of hard fact and conspiracy theory which for me made it even more enjoyable.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting travel book for armchair travellers 11 Nov. 2012
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100 Places You Will Never Visit is a book of, erm, 100 places you will never visit. The book covers places such as Guantánamo Bay, the Bank of England vaults, Surtsey Island and the Gaza Strip smuggling tunnels. This book is very interesting and readable and I had not heard of all the places listed. There are only a couple of pages about each place so I did find myself googling some of the places to find more information. If you are someone who reads travel books and then feels bad that you have not visited any of the places this might be the book for you!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 100 Places You Will Never Visit Visted 19 Feb. 2013
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This is an excellent, informative and curious book that will no doubt encourage you to go onto the Internet to see if you can find out more. a well recommended read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive, Entertaining and Informative 28 May 2014
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Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Does what it sets out to do and takes the reader to 100 places they are very unlikely to visit. I found the author's style had just the right amount of levity mixed with sober fact that made every page enjoyable, even if the subject matter was less than savoury. Lots of places I'd never heard of along with many that pop up regularly on the News. I now know a lot more about paranoia and excess in the man-made world and didn't find any real hint of conspiracy about any of it. Recommended.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top secret 23 Jun. 2013
By Guy
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It's what it says on the tin.
Clearly some of the info is quite sketchy but it is surprising what info there is.
Some of it is quite scary.
Good read though
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