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Just a comment on my own 'before reading' expectations, which were that Kapuscinski would follow similar routes to those described in Herodutus, that is, covering the same geographical ground. That would have been a bit fruitless, yes, as the world has changed beyond recognition in 2500 years, and even human nature seems to have been jacked up to generally more decent levels than of yore. Rather, the Greek classic accompanied a Polish journalist on travels over a much wider range, including Africa, China and India and over a time range of 30 years. There are some nuggets of understanding and observation of the 20th century world that are really worth reading and the parallel world of Herodutus offers a context in which to put it. Nice book, you won't regret it if you share my tastes.