Do Travel Writers Go to Hell? by Thomas Kohnstamm
A Swashbuckling Tale of High Adventures, Questionable Ethics, and Professional Hedonism

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For those who think that travel guidebooks are the gospel truth.

WANTED: Travel Writer for Brazil
Decisiveness: the ability to desert your entire previous life–including well-salaried office job, attractive girlfriend, and basic sanity for less than minimum wage
Attention to detail: the skill to research northeastern Brazil, including transportation, restaurants, hotels, culture, customs, and language, while juggling sleep deprivation, nonstop nightlife, and excessive alcohol consumption
Creativity: the imagination to write about places you never actually visit
Resourcefulness: utilizing persuasion, seduction, and threats, when necessary, to secure a place to stay for the evening once your pitiable advance has been (mis)spent
Resilience: determination to overcome setbacks such as bankruptcy, disillusionment, and an ill-fated one-night stand with an Austrian flight attendant

As Kohnstamm comes to personal terms with each of these job requirements, he unveils the underside of the travel industry and its often-harrowing effect on writers, travelers, and the destinations themselves. Moreover, he invites us into his world of compromising and scandalous situations in one of the most exciting countries as he races against an impossible deadline.

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About Thomas Kohnstamm

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THOMAS KOHNSTAMM was born in 1975 and graduated from Stanford University with an M.A. in Latin American studies. He lives in Seattle.
Published April 22, 2008 by Potter Style. 288 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Travel, Action & Adventure, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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Travel is often a means of escape, and this year’s travel books offer plenty of it — from failed relationships, dead-end jobs and other disappointments.

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A former travel writer tries to blow the lid off the whole industry. His book entertains but largely fails in its mission.

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