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Best Ever Travel/Foreign Affairs Books

Paul Board
 
The Accursed Mountains: Journeys in Albania
The Accursed Mountains: Journeys in Albania
"Utterly fantastic portrait of Europe's Greatest ongoing Tragedy. It makes you wonder how this tiny land has just side-stepped all the progress Eastern Europe has made."
The Wrong Way Home
The Wrong Way Home
"Hillarious, inspirational and  informative. Moore's best book so far. A true traveller."
The Aquariums of Pyongyang: Ten Years in the North Korean Gulag
The Aquariums of Pyongyang: Ten Years in the North Korean Gulag
"A humbling insight into the World's most secretive regime"
A Mad World, My Masters: Tales from a Traveller's Life
A Mad World, My Masters: Tales from a Traveller's Life
"The World's greatest journalist and reporter has some incredible stories to tell"
The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression
The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression
"A hefty book, but worth the effort to understand some of mankind's worst mistakes"
Playing the Moldovans at Tennis
Playing the Moldovans at Tennis
"Hawks' best and funniest book. A little seedy at times, but is the definitive book on Moldova....is there another?"
Unvanquished: A US-UN Saga
Unvanquished: A US-UN Saga
"A one-sided but interesting take on UN-US relations. Very reedable."
First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers
First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers
"A harrowing book that people should read so that they truly value Liberal Democracy"
Red Lights and Green Lizards: A Cambodian Adventure
Red Lights and Green Lizards: A Cambodian Adventure
"An excellent account of life in post-Khmer Rouge Cambodia with great insights into its culture and personality"
Beyond the Sky and the Earth: A Journey into Bhutan
Beyond the Sky and the Earth: A Journey into Bhutan
"Unintentionally funny book about how a Canadian teacher in bhutan believes her relationship with a local can survive. Otherwise a fairly intersting read."
The Hotel on the Roof of the World: Five Years in Tibet (Summersdale travel)
The Hotel on the Roof of the World: Five Years in Tibet (Summersdale travel)
"A witty account of running a Holiday Inn in Tibet. Thoroughly unpolitical which is a relief and contains excellent character portraits of both locals and other ex-pats"
In the Empire of Genghis Khan: A Journey Among Nomads
In the Empire of Genghis Khan: A Journey Among Nomads
"The best book available on Mongolia, and there is a fair bit of competition. No other author has delved so deep into its society"
Kim Il Sung: North Korean Leader (Studies of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute)
Kim Il Sung: North Korean Leader (Studies of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute)
"The truly definitive book about the man responsible for the World's most bizarre country"
South East Asia (Lonely Planet Shoestring Guide)
South East Asia (Lonely Planet Shoestring Guide)
"A book no true traveller would be seen without. More holy than the Bible and Qu'ran combined. LP are the ultimate travel publishers."
The Global Soul: Jet Lag, Shopping Malls and the Search for Home
The Global Soul: Jet Lag, Shopping Malls and the Search for Home
"A few factual inaccuracies aside (Derek Redmond wasn't a hurdler), this is a well written and thoughtful book about the Global Village and welcomingly leaves the reader to draw their own conclusions"
The Shadow of the Sun: My African Life
The Shadow of the Sun: My African Life
"A comprehensive book on Africa by one of the world's best Africa experts. Few can match his depth and experience"
Red Dust
Red Dust
"A most assuredly reccommended book that details a courageous journey that all travellers would love to re-trace"
Notes From A Big Country
Notes From A Big Country
"The list would not be complete without Bill Bryson. This is his best book because it picks on Americans. Witty social comment as always from Bill."
Stories I Stole: A Journey to Georgia
Stories I Stole: A Journey to Georgia
"A little written about area receives a worthy write up in a book. An honest and likeable author makes it even more pleasurable."
Beyond the Oxus: The Central Asians
Beyond the Oxus: The Central Asians
"A region of Planet Earth that the Global Village has found hard to penetrate, and even the Soviets didn't fully succeed with their wicked ways. This book is the best (if not only) account of C. Asia"
Islomania: A Journey Among the Last Real Islands
Islomania: A Journey Among the Last Real Islands
"A cheerful and uplifting tale of a man's journey from island to island revealing the way of life of Islanders from Scotland to Hawaii and their struggles of past, present and future"
Lost White Tribes: Journeys Among the Forgotten
Lost White Tribes: Journeys Among the Forgotten
"A compelling account of people who I did not relise existed. Did you know a Polish community lives in Haiti fo all places? Orizzio did and tracked them and many others down to create a wonderful book"
Stupid White Men: ...and Other Sorry Excuses for the State of the Nation
Stupid White Men: ...and Other Sorry Excuses for the State of the Nation
"A flippant and provocative book by a flippant and provactive man. As long as you don't take Moore too seriously, this book should get you thinking at least a little."
The English. A Portrait of a People
The English. A Portrait of a People
"A strong minded author puts across a very well reasoned take of the English people that is unexpectedly readable and highlights some of the age old English characteristics. "I've lost my leg, by God!""
In-Flight Entertainment
In-Flight Entertainment
"A jolly good fun book about what the trolley dollies really think when you ask for an extra whisky and what really goes on behind the curtains"