Traces the author's experiences as an English teacher to the sons of North Korea's elite during the last six months of Kim Jong Il's reign, an effort complicated by oppressive regime enforcers, propaganda, and evangelical missionaries.
The co-host of NPR's "Morning Edition" describes his travels along the Trans-Siberian Railroad, from Moscow to Vladivostok, describing the people he met, from singing babushkas to entrepreneurial teens to political activists, and discusses the challenges faced by 21st-century Russia. 35,000 first printing.
Illustrated with original maps and drawings, this stunning exploration of the world's hidden geographies reveals the moving villages, secret cities and no man's lands that will inspire urban explorers, off-the-beaten-trail wanderers and armchair travelers.
Relates how the author, on assignment in Burgundy for Vanity Fair, uncovered a plot to poison the vines of one of France's most storied vineyards, which threatened to destroy the fiercely traditional culture surrounding the world's greatest wine.
Presents a cultural portrait of today's India that evaluates the role of political corruption, economic inequality, and civil rights violations in the economic promise of five years ago.
Describes the author's solo bicycle journeys to the lowest points on the world's six continents, including the Dead Sea, Patagonia, and Death Valley, where he encountered a diverse range of cultures and natural challenges.
Offers a firsthand account of the 2001 odyssey of former schoolteachers Ann Bancroft and Liv Arnesen across the continent of Antarctica on foot, reflecting on their difficult journey walking, skiing, and ice sailing towing 250-pound supply sledges across 1,700 miles of harsh, dangerous terrain in below freezing temperatures.
Journalist Benjamin Law lives in Australia, where he can hold his boyfriend's hand in public. But he was curious about what his life might have been if he'd grown up in countries like India, Myanmar and China — so he set out to explore gay life throughout Asia.