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Par Barbara Crossette. 1998
In 1997 this New York Times journalist traveled across Asia, visiting the classic hill towns built by several colonial powers.…She recalls her journeys to these remote locations, discusses their history, and describes how each has evolved since being inherited by an independent nation. 1998.
Par Linda Spalding. 1998
The author recounts her expedition into the forests of Borneo in search of a reclusive primatologist, who has devoted her…life to protecting orphaned orangutans. Describes the beauty of the island, the local society, and the despoilment of natural resources through poaching, deforestation, and misguided ecotourism. 1998.
Par Rita Anton. 1979
Following her husband's death in 1976, Anton spent several years in India as a volunteer Jesuit Lay Missionary. Having travelled…extensively in India, she presents a realistic look at this nation in transition. 1979.
Par Taras Grescoe. 2003
Taras Grescoe plunges into the ruts where the tourists are thickest, starting at the tip of Spain's Land's End and…finishing, nine months later, on the soldier-patrolled beaches of China's End of the Earth. Along the way, he crosses the entire Eurasian landmass, experiencing all sorts of travel such as all-inclusive resorts, pilgrimages, and bus tours. Some descriptions of sex and violence, some strong language. 2003.
Par Robert W Ferguson. 2003
The Aral Sea, once the fourth-largest inland body of water, has lost over half its surface area and 80 percent…of its volume since 1960, due to poorly planned irrigation systems. In January 2000, Canadian Rob Ferguson went to Uzbekistan to work on an environmental project to save the Aral Sea. After a year of dealing with corrupt officials, not only had the project gone nowhere, but Ferguson was under suspicion of murder. Some strong language. 2003.
Par Ian Baker. 2004
Recounts an extraordinary journey into one of the most inaccessible places on earth, and a pilgrimage to the heart of…Tibetan Buddhism. Tibetan prophecies proclaim that the greatest of beyul, or mystical sanctuaries, lies at the eastern edge of the Himalayas, veiled by a colossal waterfall in the forbidding Tsangpo gorge. After years of investigation, world-class climber and Buddhist scholar Ian Baker and his National Geographic-sponsored team made worldwide news by finding a magnificent 108-foot-high waterfall-the legendary grail of both Western explorers and Tibetan pilgrims. 2004.
Par Paul Theroux. 1983
Par Byron Farwell. 1984
Gurkhas are soldiers from Nepal who serve in the British and Indian armies. Recruiting practices, military training, religion, and home…and family are analyzed to obtain insight into the nature of Gurkha character. 1984.
Par John Fraser. 1980
As a correspondent to the Toronto "Globe and Mail" in Peking, Fraser had the opportunity to meet a wide range…of Chinese people and to learn of their culture and government. 1980.
Par Dominique Lapierre. 1985
Focuses on the lives of a Bengali rickshaw man, a young Polish priest, a Jewish-American surgeon, an Assamese nurse, and…Calcutta's own Godfather. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 1985. Uniform title: Cité de la joie.
Par Åsne Seierstad. 2003
Two weeks after September 11th, award-winning journalist Asne Seierstad went to Afghanistan to report on the conflict there. In the…following spring she returned to live with an Afghan family for several months. For more than 20 years Sultan Khan defied the authorities - be they Communist or Taliban - in order to supply books to the people of Kabul. He was arrested, interrogated and imprisoned by the Communists, and watched illiterate Taliban soldiers burn piles of his books in the street. But while Khan is passionate in his love of books and hatred of censorship, he is also a committed Muslim with strict views on family life. 2003.
Par Yvonne Bercher. 2007
Ten green bottles: the true story of one family's journey from war-torn Austria to the ghettos of Shanghai
Par Vivian Jeanette Kaplan. 2002
For a brief period between 1938 and 1941, roughly 20,000 Jews found refuge from the Nazis in the one place…not requiring visas, police certificates or proofs of financial independence: Shanghai. In 1939, the author's family made a month-long, 7,000-mile journey to Shanghai, struggling with heat, disease, poverty, and fear. With the war's end came the shock of learning what became of family and friends left behind in Europe. Descriptions of violence. 2002.
Par Heinrich Harrer. 1983
L'auteur raconte comment il s'est évadé de prison, pendant la guerre de 1939-1945, pour gagner le Tibet où il a…séjourné cinq années au cours desquelles il a conseillé le jeune dalaï-lama, et s'est trouvé témoin impuissant de l'invasion chinoise. Paru en 1952, le récit a été traduit en cinquante langues. 1983.
Par Eric Hansen. 1990
Eric Hansen bought the best map of Borneo he could find. Then, with the minimum of baggage, he headed for…the places marked "unknown". He spent seven months and travelled 2,400 miles in one of the least visited spots on earth. This resulting book is both an adventure story and a look at a vanishing way of life. 1990.
Par Burton Bernstein. 1979
An account of four trips the author took through Sinai reporting on its past and present. Offers a look into…Bedouin habits, customs, culture, and a description of the beautiful and forbidding land. 1979.
Par Roger Housden. 2011
Housden traveled to Iran to meet with artists, writers, film makers and religious scholars who embody the long Iranian tradition…of humanism, the belief in scholarship and artistry that began with the reign of Cyrus the Great. From the bustle of modern Tehran to the paradise gardens of Shiraz, Housden met Iranians who were welcoming and intellectually curious. He was brought face to face with the reality that beauty and truth, deceit and violence, are inextricably mingled in the affairs of human life. 2011.
Par Paul Theroux. 1983
American novelist and travel writer sails down the Yangtze River in China along with thirty-three Americans, mostly millionaires, on an…exclusive Lindblad tour. Theroux offers prose pictures of the river's industry-fouled cities and villages, the countless junks and sampans, the spectacular gorges, the endless views of Chinese people tilling the half-dead fields, plus acerbic sketches of his rich companions. Some strong language. 1984, c1983.
Par Bettina Selby. 1984
Par Paul Theroux. 1988
The popular travel-writer's itinerary calls for departure by rail from London and a series of hook-ups that lead him to…China. To do this, he becomes a temporary member of a tour party that elicits his customary witty observations. Once in China, he strikes out on his own, and provides a portrait of China after the Cultural Revolution. 1988.