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To Hellholes and Back: Bribes, Lies, and the Art of Extreme Tourism

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Staff Pick

Yes, Thompson was an editor at Maxim. Don't hold that against him. He's smarter and funnier than his work history would suggest, and To Hellholes and Back is an irresistible exposé of the travel industry. It will make you laugh out loud even as chills race up your spine.
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The guru of extreme tourism sets out to face his worst fears in Africa, India, Mexico City, and — most terrifying of all — at Disney World.

In the widely-acclaimed Smile When You're Lying, Chuck Thompson laid bare the travel industry's dirtiest secrets. Now he's out to discover if some of the world's most ill-reputed destinations live up to their bad raps, while confronting a few of his own travel anxieties in the process. Whether he's traveling across the Congo with a former bodyguard from notorious dictator Joseph Mobutu's retinue or diving into the heart of India's monsoon season, To Hellholes and Back delivers Thompson's trademark combination of hilarious stories and wildly provocative opinions, as well as some surprising observations about America's evolving place in the world.

Review:

"Will be a hit with readers who enjoy smart, funny, and unorthodox travel writing." Booklist

Review:

"A witty, provocative tale that may not encourage extreme tourism but packs in plenty of local flavor and amusing anecdotes." Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

In Smile When You're Lying, Thompson lays bare the travel industry's dirtiest secrets. Now he's out to discover if some of the world's most ill-reputed destinations live up to their bad raps, while confronting a few of his own travel anxieties in the process.

Synopsis:

The guru of extreme tourism sets out to face his worst fears in Africa, India, Mexico City, and—most terrifying of all—at Disney World

In the widely-acclaimed Smile When Youre Lying, Chuck Thompson laid bare the travel industrys dirtiest secrets.  Now hes out to discover if some of the worlds most ill-reputed destinations live up to their bad raps, while confronting a few of his own travel anxieties in the process.  Whether hes traveling across the Congo with a former bodyguard from notorious dictator Joseph Mobutus retinue or diving into the heart of Indias monsoon season, To Hellholes and Back delivers Thompsons trademark combination of hilarious stories and wildly provocative opinions, as well as some surprising observations about Americas evolving place in the world. 

Synopsis:

The guru of extreme tourism sets out to face his worst fears in Africa, India, Mexico City, andmost terrifying of allat Disney World

Chuck Thompson harbors a nasty secret: although an intrepid reputation is vital to any working travel writers résumé, the truth is that vast parts of the world scare the hell out of him. “Adventure travel” is supposed to be free of limitations, yet for years Thompson has privately maintained a list of no-go destinations on the basis of horrors from hyena attacks and bilharzia to pushy locals and monstrously bad food.

No longer. To find out if his anxieties are justified, Thompson travels to the places hes previously done everything in his power to avoid, touring Kinshasa in a vehicle that shows signs of recently having been engulfed in flames, bravely putting his delicate digestive system to the test in India, traversing the massive barrios that stand between Mexico City and the nearest UNESCO World Heritage Site, and contemplating the most pressing question under the blazing Florida sun: Is Walt Disney World hell on earth or the pinnacle of American culture? (Or both?) Filled with all the Thompson trademarkshilarious stories, often wildly provocative opinions, and unvarnished observations about world travelTo Hellholes and Back proves its author to be, finally, a truly fearless man of travel.

About the Author

Chuck Thompson, the author of Smile When You’re Lying, is a former features editor for Maxim and was the first editor in chief of Travelocity magazine. He has traveled on assignment in more than thirty-five countries and his writing and photography have appeared in the Atlantic, Esquire, National Geographic Adventure, Playboy, Spy, Escape, WWE magazine, and the Los Angeles Times. He lives in the Pacific Northwest.

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Ken MacRae, May 27, 2010 (view all comments by Ken MacRae)
In reviewing the reviews of this book, I have little to add except to give it Powell's 5-star rating. Thompson's well-written adventures are Chuck-full of wit and humour and he deserves recognition as a first-rate travel author. Honest and interesting accounts of his visits to the Congo (good grief!), India, Mexico and Walt Disney World - the last perhaps a surprising choice, but germaine to the book's premise. I read a library copy but I will buy my own as the book invites re-reading.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780805087888
Author:
Thompson, Chuck
Publisher:
Holt McDougal
Subject:
Adventure and adventurers
Subject:
Voyages and travels
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
General Travel
Subject:
Travel Writing-General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20091231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
7.99 x 6.36 x 0.885 in

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Product details 336 pages Holt McDougal - English 9780805087888 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Yes, Thompson was an editor at Maxim. Don't hold that against him. He's smarter and funnier than his work history would suggest, and To Hellholes and Back is an irresistible exposé of the travel industry. It will make you laugh out loud even as chills race up your spine.

"Review" by , "Will be a hit with readers who enjoy smart, funny, and unorthodox travel writing."
"Review" by , "A witty, provocative tale that may not encourage extreme tourism but packs in plenty of local flavor and amusing anecdotes."
"Synopsis" by , In Smile When You're Lying, Thompson lays bare the travel industry's dirtiest secrets. Now he's out to discover if some of the world's most ill-reputed destinations live up to their bad raps, while confronting a few of his own travel anxieties in the process.
"Synopsis" by , The guru of extreme tourism sets out to face his worst fears in Africa, India, Mexico City, and—most terrifying of all—at Disney World

In the widely-acclaimed Smile When Youre Lying, Chuck Thompson laid bare the travel industrys dirtiest secrets.  Now hes out to discover if some of the worlds most ill-reputed destinations live up to their bad raps, while confronting a few of his own travel anxieties in the process.  Whether hes traveling across the Congo with a former bodyguard from notorious dictator Joseph Mobutus retinue or diving into the heart of Indias monsoon season, To Hellholes and Back delivers Thompsons trademark combination of hilarious stories and wildly provocative opinions, as well as some surprising observations about Americas evolving place in the world. 

"Synopsis" by ,

The guru of extreme tourism sets out to face his worst fears in Africa, India, Mexico City, andmost terrifying of allat Disney World

Chuck Thompson harbors a nasty secret: although an intrepid reputation is vital to any working travel writers résumé, the truth is that vast parts of the world scare the hell out of him. “Adventure travel” is supposed to be free of limitations, yet for years Thompson has privately maintained a list of no-go destinations on the basis of horrors from hyena attacks and bilharzia to pushy locals and monstrously bad food.

No longer. To find out if his anxieties are justified, Thompson travels to the places hes previously done everything in his power to avoid, touring Kinshasa in a vehicle that shows signs of recently having been engulfed in flames, bravely putting his delicate digestive system to the test in India, traversing the massive barrios that stand between Mexico City and the nearest UNESCO World Heritage Site, and contemplating the most pressing question under the blazing Florida sun: Is Walt Disney World hell on earth or the pinnacle of American culture? (Or both?) Filled with all the Thompson trademarkshilarious stories, often wildly provocative opinions, and unvarnished observations about world travelTo Hellholes and Back proves its author to be, finally, a truly fearless man of travel.

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