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The World's Most Dangerous Place: Inside the Outlaw State of Somalia Hardcover – 17 Jan. 2013

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"One of the best narratives of discovery I have read for years. The sense of place is acute, the characters and landscapes vivid ... rivals Ryszard Kapuscinski and Robert Byron at their best." (Robert Fox Evening Standard)

"Fergusson has a talent for shedding light in dark places. While most reporters have opted to stay away, Fergusson has risked his life to cover the ground and, an even greater achievement, succeeded in making the Somali mess understandable and relevant. It is this insight, alongside his harrowing account of life in the grief zone that gives Fergusson's book its power." (Anthony Sattin Observer)

"Essential reading for those who seek to counter the menace. With ingenuity and no little courage he has travelled far and wide, within Somalia and among the Somali diaspora in Britain and America, delving into the soul of a ravaged community." (The Economist)

"What [Fergusson] has done, with heroic tenacity and no little courage, is to spend much of the last two years wandering from one end of the country to the other, interviewing politicians and presidents, fighters and pirates, foreign advisers and security guards, and above all scores of ordinary Somalis, whose lives have been destroyed by 20 years of carnage and whose tales he eloquently recounts. An elegant writer, with a scholarly understanding of history, he brings to terrible light the catastrophe that is Somalia." (Caroline Moorehead The Spectator)

"Fergusson's book is an honest, illuminating and surprisingly funny account of his travels through a lawless land in which the lure of terrorism all too often proves irresistible." (Mail on Sunday)

"A perceptive and engaging account." (Guardian)

"Excellent." (Mark Doyle Observer)

"If you meet James Fergusson on your travels, look out, you are most definitely in the wrong place. The writer has earned something of a reputation as a specialist on the dark side of the troubled world in which we live. From the Balkans to Afghanistan and the modern-day hell that is sub-Saharan Africa, the adventurous journalist and best-selling author has put his life on the line to become a global authority on Al Qaeda, the Taliban, boy soldiers in Somalia - and the worst aspects of human behaviour in the most inhospitable and dangerous regions." (Jim McBeth Daily Mail)

"This book is one of the most detailed and illuminating books I have ever read. Comprehensive, detailed, and filled with information, this is an excellent read. Read this book." (Army Rumour Service (ARRSE))

"Coruscating reportage... Fergusson is a great journalist, and such truly brilliant investigative work offers the seeds, the suggestions of remedies for the contagion beneath the reporter's microscope." (Roger Hutchinson Scotsman)

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The first authoritative account of the Somali region, its history, and the Islamic extremists operating there today.

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Mark Anderson
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Book - Worth Reading If You're Interested In Somalia and Somali Politics
Reviewed in Canada on 18 November 2013
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Abi Sri Ram
5.0 out of 5 stars Survival seems impossible
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great reading
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4.0 out of 5 stars Clan Warfare in the 20th Century.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Too hard to follow
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5.0 out of 5 stars Approachable, entertaining, and encompassing
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Julie A. Rizzo
4.0 out of 5 stars Good background reference for country
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Scott Bailey
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book on this current conflict
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Robt Eagle
4.0 out of 5 stars Very informative book on Somalia
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Francesco L.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
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daniel c michener
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. It does not bash the Somali community ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars eye opening
Reviewed in the United States on 15 July 2013
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Nikchk
4.0 out of 5 stars The Sad tale of Somilia
Reviewed in the United States on 22 December 2013
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3.0 out of 5 stars this book feels hastily published and needs some additional work
Reviewed in the United States on 7 December 2013
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not Great
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