Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Pg. 99: Chuck Thompson's "To Hellholes and Back"

The current feature at the Page 99 Test: To Hellholes and Back: Bribes, Lies, and the Art of Extreme Tourism by Chuck Thompson.

About the book, from the publisher:
The guru of extreme tourism sets out to face his worst fears in Africa, India, Mexico City, and—most terrifying of all—at Disney World

In the widely-acclaimed Smile When You’re Lying, Chuck Thompson laid bare the travel industry’s dirtiest secrets. Now he’s out to discover if some of the world’s most ill-reputed destinations live up to their bad raps, while confronting a few of his own travel anxieties in the process. Whether he’s traveling across the Congo with a former bodyguard from notorious dictator Joseph Mobutu’s retinue or diving into the heart of India’s monsoon season, To Hellholes and Back delivers Thompson’s trademark combination of hilarious stories and wildly provocative opinions, as well as some surprising observations about America’s evolving place in the world.
Read an excerpt from To Hellholes and Back, and learn more about the book and author at Chuck Thompson's website.

Writers Read: Chuck Thompson.

The Page 99 Test: To Hellholes and Back.

--Marshal Zeringue