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Nightmare Abroad: Stories of Americans Imprisoned in Foreign Lands
by Peter Laufer
You're a law-abiding citizen, so you won't be arrested on your overseas vacation. You're a U.S. citizen, so even if you are arrested, your government will come to your aid. Peter Laufer explodes these common misconceptions in his eye-opening study of how Americans end up imprisoned abroad, why our government helps so little, and how to avoid disaster in foreign travel. Tho...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published January 1st 1993 by Mercury House
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An important if really scary book about what can happen when travel plans go bad -- sometimes because you've done something very stupid (I'm talking to you, drug mules), and sometimes through no fault of your own other than being in the wrong place at the wrong time. A nice companion book to the far more upbeat "The Adventure of Working Abroad: Hero Tales from the Global Frontier."