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The World's Most Dangerous Places

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  717 ratings  ·  55 reviews
Robert Young Pelton, a professional adventurer, and his team of international war correspondents have updated this indispensable handbook for the intrepid adventurer-- a "how-to" in getting in and out of the world′s hot spots.

We are living in a dangerous world, and now more than ever people want to know what is going on where (and why). Featuring 25 countries, The World′s
Paperback, Fifth Edition, 1088 pages
Published April 1st 2003 by Collins Reference (first published 1995)
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Jul 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Every time a new edition of this book is printed I have to buy it. Robert Pelton is unbelievable. I had the privilage to meet him at the UCLA book faire about ten years ago and he just ROCKED!! Oddfact: The man has no fingernails.
Aug 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
I read this a long time ago and not sure how it will hold up today. Four-stars for teaching me about places I would have never heard about otherwise (e.g. New Caledonia) and for the vague notion that this book may have influenced my life more than I know. Might have to get myself another copy just for fun.
Michael Goncalves
I LOVE P*RN but the problem with P*RN is that it becomes boring so quickly. ORAL, AN*L, V*GINAL, FINGERS and FROTAGE---then what? Blonde, Brunette, Redhead, Bald---then what? Black,White, Yellow, Red---then what? Skinny, SSBBW, OLD, YOUNG, AMPUTEE --then what?

It's the same with VACATIONS. CLUB MED, Club Fed, Carnaval Cruises, Disneyland Get-a-Way, Hawaii, then what? Oral,An*l,V*ginal, fingers and Frotage? Now I'm repeating myself!!!

Some of us want to try different things, explore different sensa
Eugene Miya
Jun 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This edition of the book is highly outdated. This is an amazing book. I have gone back and have acquired or reacquired all five editions. Got the tee-shirt, got the stickers, and now I own DVD copies of the Travel Channel TV program (I don't get cable). If you are not certain about this book, try examining a copy from a public library.

I first saw the first edition of Fielding's Travel Guide to the World's Most Dangerous Places in a Milpitas, CA Borders book store. I was one of a number of people
Feb 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Wow! This book was not AT ALL what I expected it to be, but I'm really glad I read it. It's been on my radar for many years now, after I saw it in the travel section of a local bookstore ages ago. I finally got it from the library so the edition I read was quite old (2003) but I still found it a great read. More than a travel guide, I would describe this book as a summary of international relations, politics, and current events (well, it would be if you read it in the right decade lol). Everyone ...more
May 18, 2013 rated it liked it
The first part of this big tome is a crash course in street smarts fro dangerous places, which can be anywhere. That's followed by several hundred pages of description for the most dangerous countries, such as Yemen, Columbia, and Russia. The first part is fast-moving and engaging. Pelton mixes true anecdotes with practical advice. The second part is long and intended more as a reference, though he does include stories for each location. I found the second part challenging because this version i ...more
Jonathanstray Stray
Aug 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Don't go to Chechnya. But if you do, here's how... ...more
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
I was very surprised to see that Syria was not on this list of dangerous places, even back in 2002, the last time this book was updated. It would certainly make the list now: it is currently the second least peaceful place on earth after Afghanistan. Of course, we are still fighting our endless war on terror, so no surprise that Afghanistan is still number one. A lot of the places in here remain pretty unsafe nearly twenty years later. But I’m fairly certain things are better in at least a few o ...more
Stephen Dedman
Feb 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
Entertaining, with a style often bordering on black comedy, and informative, even if many chapters are badly in need of an update (AFAIK, there hasn't been a new edition since 2003 and several of the more horrifying characters mentioned have died or been sent to the Hague in the interim). The general advice on how to remain safe in trouble spots is still useful, though, as are a lot of the links to websites with more recent information. ...more
Jun 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading the drama involved.
Carolyn Harris
May 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This should be required reading for millennials in high school and college. The world is dangerous. America is safe in comparison to many regions across the globe.
Does not have an overall prose narrative structure so the progress indicator on does not really apply. The book is organized mostly by country so it could possibly be used as a travel reference. It is over 900 pages long and very thick so you may not want to have it actually accompany you on your travels.

There are many attempts at humor. The book may not be understandable if English isn't your first language.

Some of the sections cover current events with impromptu history lessons
Feb 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent guide to the world, and even a refreshing, brutally honest depiction of the U.S.A. Not only does this book keep you interested from one page to the next, but it offers something rare: Information you can actually use. These guys aren't Rambo, and warn hot-blooded thrill-seekers that trying to be Rambo will get you killed, under no uncertain terms. Including the information on the customs of Islamic regions probably saved my butt in Kuwait. This should be required reading in the mili ...more
David S
Jan 25, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I gave it three stars only because I would like to see an updated 6th edition published. Pelton's 5th edition of The World's Most Dangerous Places is at the same time an entertaining read and a political commentary. The author meticulously instructs the reader on the ins and outs of some of the more volatile places on earth, giving background information on history, political groups, major players in the region, and even offering a rating system of one ("Bad-Rep Lands") to five ("Apocalypse Now) ...more
Jun 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: adventure
Two big problems here:

1) The fifth edition was the most recent I could find, and it's ten years out of date -- not only is Osama still alive, but Dubya is in his first term, Khatami is president of Iran, and the entire chapter on Iraq is pretty much useless. A more recent version would have, I think, been much better...and instead of including, say, the Balkans, there might be a chapter on Venezuela or Honduras.

2) Pelton and his staff go out of the way to show they are not PC. While the benefit
Apr 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Lots of amazing resources and advice. In fact, way too much advice and great stuff. While a bit dated due to the fact it was printed a few years ago, it still does a great job of summing up most of the world's hotspots and cuts down on all of the bullshit the news agencies love to spoon feed you. The majority of dangerous locales are written directly from the author's first-hand knowledge as he traveled to those locations and mingled with the locals.

If you are thinking about heading to any of t
Tarn Richardson
Jan 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a magnificent book and a testament to Pelton's bravery and dedication in visiting the most dangerous places in the world and recording them in such detail. Each entry follows the same format as the last, allowing the user to compare and contrast between crime, corruption, religious intolerance and racial hatred.

Gritty and hard-hitting, but always written with the edge of wry humour and practicality, Dangerous Places is essential reading for anyone interested in adventure travel. All the
Blair Easton
Aug 19, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: travel in exotic places
Robert Young Pelton, given the risks he's taken, should no longer be alive. If you want to know about Chechnya, Kosovo, Iran, Liberia, Peru, Colombia, Myanmar; the political, military, ethnic, tribal players in those places; the weapons they use, where the mines are, which diseases to prepare for, this book. It's more like an encyclopedia of global conflict, but written to read like a travel book. It was allegedly on the CIA's required reading list. It's very factual, but sarcastic. I ...more
Jan 16, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-fun
THE travel book for folks who think its not a real trip unless you've had someone point a gun at them (aren't 'check pionts the best'). Sound advice on everything from how to pack, to what gear is good, to how to organize a crazy dangerous trip, and so on. Required reading for all REAL travelers and all those who fantasize about being Indiana Jones. ...more
Jan 29, 2011 rated it liked it
A very lengthy (and badly out of date) description of the most dangerous places in the world by someone who has been there. A good explanation about what makes some locations so much more dangerous than others. Tips for not getting into trouble--or worse--in these places you probably don't want to visit. ...more
Feb 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I don't know if it's this edition I read or an earlier one, but it's pretty awesome. Not really a book meant to be read cover-to-cover, it's more the kind of book you dip into here and there: find a country you're interested and swoop down on it, coming back with the authors' first-hand experience on a place which will probably always be too dangerous for your bourgeois self to visit. ...more
Aug 11, 2012 added it
Shelves: reference
Is it poverty porn? Probably. Slanted with a Bristish/American perspective? Yes. Boastful? Undoubtedly. Captivating? For certain.

Began reading these books when I was around 10-years-old. Probably shouldn't have read them as my only source of "All That is Foreign," but they used to draw me in more than any other literature could.

Abstaining from a rating, as it doesn't quite fit.
Jan 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating, it has everything from rogue diseases to look out for, how to survive brutal Dictatorships, what country are you most likely to be kidnapped and held for ransom in, you know that classic everyday info I need to know about
Tammy Lim
Jan 15, 2008 rated it liked it
Fun read. Kinda good for keeping next to the bed and reading bits and pieces between other books. My favorite parts are the exotic disease section and wandering through the overviews of dangerous countries.
Apr 15, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: travel
I probably could have reviewed this without even reading it: you have to define dangerous before you can decide what is most dangerous. As it happens, Pelton and I disagree on that definition, but it was still a fun read.
Sep 07, 2008 rated it liked it
This book will actually make you want to go to extremely dangerous places. Unfortunately, it starts getting repetitive and eventually you'll stop reading. I made it to the Great Lakes of Africa and then put it down for a while. Still interesting and informative. ...more
Jan 13, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: travel
They should issue this to every US Marine! Provides fantastic insights into those you will meet, learn their culture, their customs, issues that might be of concern, and then you can...
Perfect addition to "Tough tools for a tough world!"

A great book. Semper Fi!
Randy Ball
Mar 24, 2009 rated it really liked it
This has a prominent place along with my Lonely Planets and Rough Guides.

I'm happy to say that I've been able to add quite a few of his countries to my own list.

Of course, read this at your own risk!
Mar 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I guess this book has been revised a few times since I read the first edition years back. I read it cover to cover in a day. Guess its time to read it again. I found all of it to be useful, and most of it to be greatly to mildly entertaining.
Steve Smith
Jul 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I love these books. At the first sign of terminal illness or mental impairment (impairment beyond what most would consider to be an already impaired mind) I'm buying a one-way ticket to any destination in this book. Yee haa! ...more
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