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Smile When You're Lying by Chuck Thompson
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I would like to rate this book at least a 4; it brings to life a world of travel that magazines and guidebooks just don't. Here we get the inside scoop of why we hear the stories that we do, and why we don't hear the stories we don't. Confessions... is an engrossing tale for adventurous travelers as well as writers or wannabes (like me).

My problem, then? This book is grossly objectifying of women. I gave it measurable latitude, too, because he was going into other cultures and talking about himself in past tense, and I realize that people get shallower glimpses of others in short periods of time in regards to the first issue and gain enlightment as they age in terms of the second. But this guy talks about women over and over as if they are another product to purchase. Over and over.
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