Travels

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HarperCollins, Nov 5, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 400 pages
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Often I feel I go to some distant region of the world to be reminded of who I really am.

When Michael Crichton -- a Harvard-trained physician, bestselling novelist, and successful movie director -- began to feel isolated in his own life, he decided to widen his horizons. He tracked wild animals in the jungles of Rwanda. He climbed Kilimanjaro and Mayan pyramids. He trekked across a landslide in Pakistan. He swam amid sharks in Tahiti.

Fueled by a powerful curiosity and the need to see, feel, and hear firsthand and close-up, Michael Crichton has experienced adventures as compelling as those he created in his books and films. These adventures -- both physical and spiritual -- are recorded here in Travels, Crichton's most astonishing and personal work.

  

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User Review  - Jay - Goodreads

My thoughts on this book vary, many of the chapters are fascinating, while some are mediocre at best. His travels give fascinating insight into other cultures, and his introspect can be applied to ... Read full review

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User Review  - Rajat - Goodreads

Ardent Michael Crichton fan, so the review would be a bit biased. I loved it! It was a knowledgeable treat along with very powerful writing. For instance, I came to know about how unfair and cruel the ... Read full review

Contents

Sex and Death in L A
83
Bangkok
102
Bonaire
118
An Elephant Attacks
140
Pyramid of the Magician
170
London Psychics
188
ShangriLa
211
Gorillas
231
Cactus Teachings
245
Jamaica
268
A Human Light Show
284
Life on the Astral Plane
297
New Guinea
310
An Entity
335
Skeptics at Cal Tech
355
Copyright

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Page 375 - Humanity has every reason to place the proclaimers of high moral standards and values above the discoverers of objective truth. What humanity owes to personalities like Buddha, Moses, and Jesus ranks for me higher than all the achievements of the enquiring and constructive mind.
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About the author (2002)

Michael Crichton has sold over 200 million books, which have been translated into thirty-six languages; thirteen of his books have been made into films. His novels include Next, State of Fear, Timeline, Jurassic Park, and The Andromeda Strain. Also known as a filmmaker and the creator of ER, he remains the only writer to have had the number-one book, movie, and TV show simultaneously. At the time of Crichton's death in 2008, he was well into the writing of Micro; Richard Preston was selected to complete the novel.

Richard Preston is an internationally acclaimed best-selling author of eight books, including The Hot Zone and The Wild Trees. Many of Preston's books have first appeared in The New Yorker. He has won numerous awards, including the American Institute of Physics Award and the National Magazine Award, and he is the only person not a medical doctor to receive the Centers for Disease Control's Champion of Prevention Award for public health. He lives with his wife and three children near Princeton, New Jersey.

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