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The adventurist : my life in dangerous places
Pelton, Robert Young.
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New York : Doubleday, 2000.
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229 pages 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
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G530 .P4173 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
G530 .P4173 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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The Adventurist is one man's story, a story that will change the way you think about travel, survival, where you have been, and where you are going. Enter the world of Robert Young Pelton (if you dare), adventurer extraordinaire, author of Come Back Alive and The World's Most Dangerous Places (required reading at the CIA), and host of his TV series, Robert Young Pelton's The World's Most Dangerous Places. A breakneck autobiography, The Adventurist blasts across six continents and spans four decades of hard-core living with its dispatches of mayhem, adventure in exotic locales, survival against formidable odds, memories of the pivotal events, and memorable portraits of the people that have shaped Pelton's obsessive spirit. Be shelled with the Talibs on the front lines of Afghanistan; hang out with hit men and rebels in the Philippines; survive a plane crash in Borneo; narrowly escape a terrorist bombing in Africa; dance with headhunters in Sarawak; crew with pirates in the Sulu Sea; explore the events that led Pelton to his unusual calling (including how he honed his survival skills at "the toughest boys' school in North America"); and, perhaps most important, discover Pelton's secret mission--to understand the hearts and minds of the people he meets. The Adventurist is a real book about the real world, an inspirational read that takes you places you might never willingly go.

Author Notes

Robert Young Pelton is also the author of Come Back Alive, his auto-biography, The Adventurist, and is a regular columnist for National Geographic Adventure. He produces and hosts a television series for Discovery and the Travel Channel, and appears frequently as an expert on current affairs and travel safety on CNN, FOX News, and other news networks.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

In this jumble of exploration tales, Pelton (The World's Most Dangerous Places) combines biographical anecdotes, travel log entries, personal musings and philosophical realizations. Tests of survival begin early on when his parents enroll him in the "toughest boys school in North America," where he partakes in grueling excursions in the wilderness of Alberta, Canada. Painful but crucial childhood memories are often interlaced with accounts of his defiant journeys to the world's most dangerous places. One wonders why he seeks out outrageous peril, such as walking through minefields in Afghanistan, dancing with headhunters in Sarawak, communing with pirates on the Sulu Sea or simply visiting Algeria. He counts among his global acquaintances Robin Hood-like ruffians, freedom fighters and terrorists, including Taliban members in Afghanistan and hit men in the Philippines. His thirst for adventure appears insatiable. But behind Pelton's wild exploits lies something deeper√Ąthe search for meaning in life: "I am happy running, at high speed, through danger, past even the most remote and unseen places. There is something here that is deeper than religion, a timeless window to what makes life worth living." Pelton's self-assurance can be supercilious, but the denouement of each episode brings personal reflections imbued with humility. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Part autobiographical, part adventure story, The Adventurist is one of the funniest books this reviewer has read in a long time. Pelton, author of World's Most Dangerous places most people would not set foot in and there he befriends waiters and shopkeepers as well as hitmen and terrorists. He then mixes these travel experiences with the tale of his rise as a professional journalist through comical anecdotes. Whether he's dodging gunfire and bombs n Algeria or earning his keep as a copywriter in Ontario, Pelton keeps his reader laughing and on the edge of his seat as he leads them into the always interesting and sometimes scary places and situations. Although some of the chapters have already appeared in Blue, Road and Track, Soldier of Fortune, and World's Most Dangerous Places, all of the tales in this most enjoyable book are worth reading again. Highly recommended for any travel collection.-Stephanie Papa, Baltimore Cty. Circuit Court Law Lib., MD (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.