Book Review: The Way of Herodotus by Justin Marozzi

History, particularly ancient history, isn’t an American strong suit. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if watching 300, a retelling of the Battle of Thermopylae in 486 BC, is perhaps the lengthiest encounter much of that movie’s audience has had with Greek history. It’s an even safer bet that far fewer were aware that a […]

Book Review: The Magic Bus by Rory Maclean

Whether it’s because we like to commemorate anniversaries of events or a perception, right or wrong, that it was a time of promise, we have a seemingly never-ending fascination with the 1960s. With Magic Bus: On the Hippie Trail From Istanbul to India, Rory MacLean seeks to explore a somewhat unique element of ’60s culture. […]

Book Review: Don’t Go There! by Peter Greenberg

When we think about vacations, “Where would I like to go?” is probably the most frequent question. Peter Greenberg, the travel editor for NBC’s Today show, CNBC and MSNBC, suggests “Where should I avoid?” should also be on the list.

In Don’t Go There!: The Travel Detective’s Essential Guide to the Must-Miss Places of the […]

Book Review: The Shark God (2006)

Travel writers, award-winning Canadian travel author Charles Montgomery tells us in The Shark God, work as follows: they contact a country’s tourist agency, promise to write glowing stories and then ask for “free flights, hotels, meals, and booze. Especially booze.” They then spend weeks “lounging in crisp linen sheets [and] watching BBC World News.”

That […]

Book Review: The Places in Between (2006)

There are some people you hear about and all you can think is, “Are you nuts?” Take Rory Stewart for example.

Stewart spent 16 months walking 6,000 miles across Iran, Pakistan, India, and Nepal. He decided that to make his journey complete, he must go back and walk 600 miles across Afghanistan. But he’s going […]