100 Places You Will Never Visit: The World's Most Secret Locations Paperback – 27 Sep 2012
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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.
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Most of the 100 places covered are not incredibly interesting and quite a few are no surprise at all. For example, Fort Knox is not a place that I'm surprised that I'll never get to visit. Nor nuclear weapons plants in the Middle East or bunkers in America. Actually, 40% or more of the entries are within the USA and, as items are listed geographically, circling the globe from west to east, the reader gets almost half way through before finding the first non-USA item.
In most of the items there is at least one nugget of interesting information and it is that element that saves this book. This book worked for me, in providing a specialized reading style that I only engage in while on holiday, so, for me, it was OK. But don't expect to be astounded!
Often find myself looking up more about the places just for interest.
There are photos and diagrams of the places (where possible) as well as good explanations about what they are and why you won’t ever visit them.
Obviously some people visit these places, but not your everyday person I.e. Hobyo (Somalia), Radio Liberty building, Fort Knox, Mount Baekdu hideout to name a few.
Well worth the money.