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Travels by Michael Crichton
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I first picked up this book in the mid-1990s knowing that Crichton was responsible for Jurassic Park and later learned that he was the creator and executive producer of the TV show ER, a favorite of mine after it launched in 1994. Once I began reading 'Travels' which opens with his early years as a Harvard med student, ER made more sense to me. The first few chapters are devoted to him retelling school days studying psychotherapy and even autopsy.

Each chapter shares another tale of his life: writing the novel and screenplay for 'The Great Train Robbery,' travelling to India, smoking peyote and "going blind," and climbing Mt. Kilamanjaro with a girlfriend several years his junior among other tales. Apparently, Crichton was like 6'6" coming across as an enigmatic giant straight out of a fairy tale to some people of the far east nations he visited. He died in 2008.

Well written and engaging. One of my all-time favorite reads.
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