Lunatic Express Discovering the World ... Via Its Most Dangerous Buses, Boats, Trains, and Planes

ISBN-10: 0767929802
ISBN-13: 9780767929806
Edition: 2010
Authors: Carl Hoffman
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Book details

List price: $29.99
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Broadway Books
Publication date: 3/16/2010
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 304
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Indonesian Ferry Sinks. Peruvian Bus Plunges Off Cliff. African Train Attacked by Mobs. Whenever he picked up the newspaper, Carl Hoffman noticed those short news bulletins, which seemed about as far from the idea of tourism, travel as the pursuit of pleasure, as it was possible to get. So off he went, spending six months circumnavigating the globe on the world's worst conveyances: the statistically most dangerous airlines, the most crowded and dangerous ferries, the slowest buses, and the most rickety trains. The Lunatic Express takes us into the heart of the world, to some its most teeming cities and remotest places: from Havana to Bogotaacute; on the perilous Cuban Airways. Lima to the Amazon on crowded night buses where the road is a washed-out track. Across Indonesia and Bangladesh by overcrowded ferries that kill 1,000 passengers a year. On commuter trains in Mumbai so crowded that dozens perish daily, across Afghanistan as the Taliban closes in, and, scariest of all, Los Angeles to Washington, D.C., by Greyhound. The Lunatic Express is the story of traveling with seatmates and deckmates who have left home without American Express cards on conveyances that don't take Visa, and seldom take you anywhere you'd want to go. But it's also the story of traveling as it used to be -- a sometimes harrowing trial, of finding adventure in a modern, rapidly urbanizing world and the generosity of poor strangers, from ear cleaners to urban bus drivers to itinerant roughnecks, who make up most of the world's population. More than just an adventure story, The Lunatic Express is a funny, harrowing and insightful look at the world as it is, a planet full of hundreds of millions of people, mostly poor, on the move and seeking their fortunes.

Carl Hoffman has driven the Baja 1000, ridden reindeer in Siberia, sailed an open dinghy 250 miles, and traveled to 65 countries. When he's able to stay put for more than a few months at a time, he lives in Washington, D.C., where his three children make fun of him on a pretty constant basis. He is a contributing editor at National Geographic Traveler and Wired magazines, and his stories about travel and technology also appear in Outside, National Geographic Adventure, Men's Journal and Popular Mechanics.

Prologue: Time for Prayer
Americas
Go!
Hope for Buena Suerte
Your Time Comes or It Doesn't
Africa
Agents of Death and Destruction
That Train Is Very Bad
Asia
Jalan! Jalan!
The 290th Victim
I Can Only Cry My Eyes
What To Do?
Scariana
Hope And Wait
Same, Same, but Different
Appendix
Acknowledgments

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