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Who Needs a Road?: The Story of the Longest and Last Motor Journey Around the World

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This book is about a man who wanted to drive around the world, to remote corners, to those places where few men have ventured before. He wanted to do it in a four-wheel drive, taking his own camper-trailer with him, to live at the edge of deserts and at the rim of tropical jungles, to drive the highest roads, and the lowest, to be free to make his own choices. He found a n ...more
Paperback, 485 pages
Published June 1st 1999 by Wolfenden
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Chris Scott
Aug 21, 2014 Chris Scott rated it liked it
Shelves: overland
It's 1964 and the Vietnam war was getting into its stride as American journalists, Harold Stephens and Albert Podell set off to make overlanding history by going round the world in a Toyota FJ40.
Long after the need to impress their many sponsors, this 1999 reprint carries the odd claim that they completed `the longest and last motor journey around the world'. Similar bragging continues to grate in the initial chapters as they set off from Spain across North Africa to the Middle East. But even be
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Erin
Jul 22, 2015 Erin rated it really liked it
I love the stories Steve and Al have to share. I was in it for the adventure but Steve really bares his soul to those who listen by the end. My heart does break to think that with all the political struggle in the world today this journey will likely never happen again.
I will say if you read Around The World in 40 Years (Albert Podell) first you'll hear many of the same stories, but many a worth retelling. One of my favorite travel books!
Gary Christensen
Oct 28, 2009 Gary Christensen rated it it was amazing
Certainly not the best book ever written but for unadulterated road writing it ranks among the best. Here Stephens cut his teeth and formed a view of travel journalism -- vision perhaps -- that is beyond compare. Written in a more macho era, the episodes reported back might embarrass more enlightened writers today. Not these two. I've found it telling that Toyota doesn't make more of their journey. We can only conclude that the raw, open road experience of this writing is too immediate and start ...more
Puguh
Aug 08, 2007 Puguh rated it liked it
The setting was around late '60. And fair travel journal by some young american(typical of 'flower generation' i believe) proofing reliability of japanese four wheel drive.

Starting with fund raising activity;"We sent letter to Companies for sponsorship. In return they will receive photographs of their product used in excotic places. We received positive reply from most of Companies except toilet paper company"

Interensting story in North Africa and South Asia. They jumped from Singapore straight
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John
Sep 20, 2008 John rated it really liked it
Interesting and fun book about a driving trip around the world in the 60's. They go through a lot of places you couldn't go though today (especially in the Middle East) and seeing those places through their eyes at that time is fascinating.

At the end they have an update where they talk about the current conditions in all the countries they drove through and judge whether or not you could drive through them today.
Stephanie
Jun 29, 2007 Stephanie rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: adventurers
This book details the last motor journey around the world. The authors had a lot of fun with this- so many stories of fantastic places and people and situations, from a trek across the desert to detours as a result of political skirmishes. If you enjoy travel, culture, or even history, you will enjoy this book.
Nadir
May 22, 2008 Nadir rated it it was amazing
A fun read for the adventure traveler, the off-road enthusiast, and students of culture - funny to see how things were different back in the 60's versus today. An enjoyable read and one that will make you want to drop everything and follow in their footsteps (or tire tracks, as the case may be).
Austin
Oct 21, 2008 Austin rated it really liked it
Harold Stephens was my mentor and friend when I lived in Thailand. This was his first book, written when he was a very young man, and about his amazing journey around the world in a Land Rover. If you like this book, you'll like Investment Biker by Jim Rogers.
Christy
Aug 02, 2007 Christy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thailand
I read this book while I lived in Thailand. This true story was written by an American expat who currently lives in Bangkok. This book follows the often comical adventures of two men who decided to travel around the world in an SUV.
Chris Salisbury
Apr 07, 2008 Chris Salisbury rated it it was amazing
Fantastic adventure story of traveling around the world, falling in love and getting caught in the outbreak of the Vietnamese War! How could you miss?
Arthur Maas
Jul 30, 2012 Arthur Maas rated it really liked it
Funny and inspiring story. Great voice.
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