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
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
He is a funny and off-beat writer. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Kelsey Burnette - Goodreads

Interesting to read this book now, more than 20 years after it was first published. Horwitz was able to paint a light-hearted and charming portrait of the Middle East while effectively commenting on ... Read full review

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User Review  - Bowman Dickson - Goodreads

Generally funny and well written. But kinda racist/oreintalist/imperialist. Outdated. Read full review


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About the author (1991)

Tony Horwitz is a native of Washington, D.C., and a graduate of Brown University and Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. He worked for many years as a reporter, first in Indiana and then during a decade overseas in Australia, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, mostly covering wars and conflicts as a foreign correspondent for "The" "Wall Street Journal". After returning to the States, he won the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting and worked as a staff writer for "The" "New Yorker" before becoming a full-time author.

His books include "Midnight Rising", "A Voyage Long and Strange", "Blue Latitudes", a national and "New York Times "bestseller about the Pacific voyages of Captain James Cook, "Baghdad Without a Map", a national bestseller about the Middle East, and "Confederates in the Attic", a national and "New York Times "bestseller about the Civil War.

Horwitz has been a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and a visiting scholar at the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University. He lives with his wife, Geraldine Brooks, and their son, Nathaniel, on the island of Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts.

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