Comparative Governments

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Comparative Governments

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Travel writers are romantics, writes contributor Wendy Belcher, and if there is a common chord to the 40 essays in this collection culled from Salon.coms Wanderlust section, its that a majority of the authors find a certain ardor in exotic locations perceived with curious and eager eyes. Some find it in the literal sense--Maxine Rose Schur reminisces about being pass Travel writers are romantics, writes contributor Wendy Belcher, and if there is a common chord to the 40 essays in this collection culled from Salon.coms Wanderlust section, its that a majority of the authors find a certain ardor in exotic locations perceived with curious and eager eyes. Some find it in the literal sense--Maxine Rose Schur reminisces about being passionate and penniless in Paris, Laura Fraser finds the perfect Italian lover to help her forget the husband whos abandoned her, and Simon Winchester charms a Romanian girl with his borrowed Rolls Royce. In pursuit of luxury, Po Bronson loses his Club Med virginity to go activity-surfing at the Turkoise Club. Then theres inspiration--Isabelle Allende travels to the Amazon in the hopes of ending a three-year writing block and David Kohn, well, he gets to sample the best pork ribs at the Memphis World Barbecue Cooking Contest. There are certainly satisfactions in these tales, if only as small vicarious thrills (originally tailored for the Web, they are indeed short and sweet). In truth, however, the real gems take travel and travel writing a little more seriously, or perhaps a little less, with an ever-present eye out for the ironies that plague travelers. Wendy Belchers insightful essay does not actually dwell on romance but the embarrassment of discovering virtually all travel books about Africa open the same way, including hers. Tim Cahill makes clear the chasm between our lives and others when he experiences reverse culture shock in New York City after living with a remote tribe in South America. And in some truly hilarious reports, Susan Hack goes on a desperate hunt for Tampax in Yemen, Rolf Potts attempts to infiltrate the set of a Leonardo DiCaprio movie in Thailand, and Douglas Cruickshank takes a decadent blitzkrieg through England (Indeed, the scene is so excruciatingly exquisite that Ive got a good mind to call Mr. Merchant and Mr. Ivory and tell them to get their softly lit Panavision asses up here.) While travel writers may be romantics, thank goodness they can also be great fun. --Lesley Reed

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Travel writers are romantics, writes contributor Wendy Belcher, and if there is a common chord to the 40 essays in this collection culled from Salon.coms Wanderlust section, its that a majority of the authors find a certain ardor in exotic locations perceived with curious and eager eyes. Some find it in the literal sense--Maxine Rose Schur reminisces about being pass Travel writers are romantics, writes contributor Wendy Belcher, and if there is a common chord to the 40 essays in this collection culled from Salon.coms Wanderlust section, its that a majority of the authors find a certain ardor in exotic locations perceived with curious and eager eyes. Some find it in the literal sense--Maxine Rose Schur reminisces about being passionate and penniless in Paris, Laura Fraser finds the perfect Italian lover to help her forget the husband whos abandoned her, and Simon Winchester charms a Romanian girl with his borrowed Rolls Royce. In pursuit of luxury, Po Bronson loses his Club Med virginity to go activity-surfing at the Turkoise Club. Then theres inspiration--Isabelle Allende travels to the Amazon in the hopes of ending a three-year writing block and David Kohn, well, he gets to sample the best pork ribs at the Memphis World Barbecue Cooking Contest. There are certainly satisfactions in these tales, if only as small vicarious thrills (originally tailored for the Web, they are indeed short and sweet). In truth, however, the real gems take travel and travel writing a little more seriously, or perhaps a little less, with an ever-present eye out for the ironies that plague travelers. Wendy Belchers insightful essay does not actually dwell on romance but the embarrassment of discovering virtually all travel books about Africa open the same way, including hers. Tim Cahill makes clear the chasm between our lives and others when he experiences reverse culture shock in New York City after living with a remote tribe in South America. And in some truly hilarious reports, Susan Hack goes on a desperate hunt for Tampax in Yemen, Rolf Potts attempts to infiltrate the set of a Leonardo DiCaprio movie in Thailand, and Douglas Cruickshank takes a decadent blitzkrieg through England (Indeed, the scene is so excruciatingly exquisite that Ive got a good mind to call Mr. Merchant and Mr. Ivory and tell them to get their softly lit Panavision asses up here.) While travel writers may be romantics, thank goodness they can also be great fun. --Lesley Reed
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Title Comparative Governments Height 21.3
Don George Width 13.5
ISBN-13 9780333905029 Binding Paperback
ISBN-10 #0333-90502 Spine Width
Publisher MacMillan Pages 384
Edition 2010 Availability Out Of Stock

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