Baghdad Without a Map, and Other Misadventures in Arabia

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Plume, 1991 - Travel - 285 pages
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With razor-sharp wit and insight, intrepid journalist Tony Horwitz gets beyond solemn newspaper headlines and romantic myths of Arabia to offer startling close-ups of a volatile region few Westerners understand. His quest for hot stories takes him from the tribal wilds of Yemen to the shell-pocked shores of Lebanon; from the malarial sands of the Sudan to the eerie souks of Saddam Hussein's Iraq, a land so secretive that even street maps and weather reports are banned. At an oasis in the Empty Quarter, a veiled woman offers tea and a mysterious declaration of love. In Cairo, "politeness police" patrol seedy nightclubs to ensure that belly dancers don't show any belly. And at the Ayatollah's funeral in Tehran a mourner chants, "Death to America," then confesses to the author his secret dream -- to visit Disneyland. Careening through thirteen Muslim countries and Israel, Horwitz travels light, packing a keen eye, a wicked sense of humor, and chutzpah in almost suicidal measure. This wild and comic tale of Middle East misadventure reveals a fascinating world in which the ancient and the modern collide. -- Back cover.

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A perceptive, humorous voice in modern travel writing. - Goodreads
It was hard to read about the disregard for human life. - Goodreads
Horwitz is a great writer. - Goodreads
I love Horwitz's writing, but this just feels dated. - Goodreads
He is an entertaining, facile writer. - Goodreads
My introduction into travel writing. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Geoff - Goodreads

Really great description of an oft misconstrued region, even if it is a little dated Read full review

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User Review  - Sean Owen - Goodreads

This isn't Tony Horwitz's best work. It's his first book we can see him developing his signature style, but often missing the mark. The mix between humor and serious observation that make his other ... Read full review

Contents

We Must Go to the East
5
Confessions of a QatEater
13
For You I Make a Special Deal
29
Copyright

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About the author (1991)

Tony Horwitz is the author of Confederates in the Attic, Baghdad Without a Map, and One for the Road. He is also a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has worked as a war correspondent for the Wall Street Journal and as a staff writer for The New Yorker. He lives in Virginia with his wife, Geraldine Brooks, and their son, Nathaniel.

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