To Hellholes and Back by Chuck Thompson
Bribes, Lies, and the Art of Extreme Tourism

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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. 


About Chuck Thompson

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Chuck Thompson is the supervising editor for Travel. His other books include the comic memoirs Smile When You’re Lying and To Hellholes and Back, and his writing has appeared in Outside, Esquire, and The New Republic, among other publications.
Published April 1, 2010 by Holt Paperbacks. 337 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Education & Reference, Travel. Non-fiction

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Veteran travel writer Thompson (Smile When You’re Lying: Confessions of a Rogue Travel Writer, 2007, etc.) faces personal fears and journeys to places he has deliberately avoided his entire adult life.

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