Passports to Adventure

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AuthorHouse, Aug 1, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 244 pages
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Passports to Adventure tells, in a highly readable, down-to-earth, and amusing style, how an international businessman and his family met the many challenges of living and working in Europe, the Middle East, South America, and Asia. The author and his wife dealt with an remarkable variety of unusual situations and colorful characters, including a smuggler and an assassin, an archbishop and a Mafia don, a bigamist and a prince, a counterfeiter and an Abbott, as well as scores of farmers, business people, government officials, educators, and ordinary citizens in all walks of life in some forty countries. The book describes unorthodox business operations and fascinating personal experiences. It offers acute insights into many diverse cultures. Although primarily written as entertaining reading, it is also informative. Anyone interested in travel abroad, international commerce, and the customs, practices, and life in foreign lands, will enjoy this book. The tales are all true, although the names of certain individuals have been altered to protect their privacy. The author has been a senior executive of giant multinational corporations, as well as the founder of several small entrepreneurial companies. He has worked in a number of widely diverse industries ranging from automobiles to motion pictures and from paper products to medical devices. The book spans a period of several decades. Consequently, the political environments and the standards of living in some of the countries have changed over the years. However, the basic cultures, business practices, and moral dilemmas continue to be very much as the author described them. His observations and recommendations to individuals interested intraveling, living, or working abroad remain valid and pertinent today. Some of the material in this book was published in "Confessions of a Corporate Centurion" by the same author, from 1st Books Library.
 

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Contents

EGYPT PRYAMIDS AND PARADOXES
1
THE MIDDLE EAST ASSASSINS AND PRINCES
37
ITALY SAINTS AND SINNERS
51
BELGIUM THE SUBLIME AND
91
Is Your Baby A Communist?
99
Portugal Lancers and Dancers
107
SWITZERLAND AND GERMANY MOUNTAINS
115
SPAIN AND FRANCE SMUGGLERS AND
121
Peru Man of a Hundred Voices
149
Japan Show Biz in Action
155
THE CZECH REPUBLIC REGAINING
161
Adjusting to Czech Living
169
THE REPUBLIC OF GEORGIA A NATION
181
An Ancient and Legendary Nation
188
A Guest is a Gift from God
208
Farewell to Tbilisi
217

Seducing an Executive
127
ENGLAND AND ELSEWHERE MOVIES
135
The Vatican and the Archbishop
143
SOUTHEAST ASIA BUSINESS AND PLEASURE
223
EPILOGUE
233
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Riess was born abroad and has spent his entire working career in international business. He has been a senior executive of multi-national corporations, including Ford Motor Company, International Paper Company, and Cinema International Corporation, the world's largest international motion picture company. Mr. Riess has founded and run three small entrepreneurial companies and has served on the boards of directors of many others. He presently heads an international consulting and training consortium. Mr. Riess has lived in 9 foreign countries over a period of 30 years and was responsible for operations in more than 40 countries. He is a consultant, lecturer, trainer, and adjunct professor of international business. He teaches classes in international affairs.

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