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Where the West Ends: Stories from the Middle East, the Balkans, the Black Sea, and the Caucasus | [Michael J. Totten]

Where the West Ends: Stories from the Middle East, the Balkans, the Black Sea, and the Caucasus

Prize-winning author Michael J. Totten returns with a masterpiece of travel writing and history in this journey through 13 nations - all but two formerly communist - just beyond the edge of the West where few casual travelers venture. His work as an independent foreign correspondent takes him deep into the field beyond the sensational headlines, from his hilariously miserable road trip with his best friend to Iraq to the Wild West of Albania, the most bizarre country in Europe; from the killing fields in Bosnia and Kosovo to a Romania haunted by the ghosts of its communist past.
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Prize-winning author Michael J. Totten returns with a masterpiece of travel writing and history in this journey through 13 nations - all but two formerly communist - just beyond the edge of the West where few casual travelers venture.

His work as an independent foreign correspondent takes him deep into the field beyond the sensational headlines, from his hilariously miserable road trip with his best friend to Iraq to the Wild West of Albania, the most bizarre country in Europe; from the killing fields in Bosnia and Kosovo to a Romania haunted by the ghosts of its communist past; from the front lines in the Caucasus during Russia's invasion of Georgia to the otherworldly post-Soviet disasterscape in Ukraine. Where the West Ends is high-octane adventure writing at its finest and is Michael J. Totten's most entertaining work written to date.

©2012 Michael J. Totten (P)2013 Michael Totten

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    I just have to comment on one of the earlier reviews which state that Totten is a right wing fanatic, it almost put me off from reading this book. This is far from true, sure he is pro-Israeli and has an American perspective but he could very well be a Democrat. There is nothing fanatical or even extreme about his views.

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    Jeremy Freehold, NJ, United States 08-08-13
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    If you could sum up Where the West Ends in three words, what would they be?

    Riveting Travel Essay


    What did you like best about this story?

    Was looking for more information about the Balkans and this was not only informative, but very entertaining and would call it a page turner except I listened to it. Would definitely listen or read to other books by him just because I liked the author and his style of delivery. If you have any interest in this area of the world, this would be a good read/listen.


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    Solid book. Wish he had more about this area and I could find more like this.

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    John S. Seattle, WA United States 10-28-13
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    He's a right wing fanatic. Had I known that, I wouldn't have bought this book.

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    Would you try another book from Michael J. Totten and/or Steven Roy Grimsley?

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    Has Where the West Ends turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I love travel books and will continue to read them, but this was awful.


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    Almost the entire section on the Ukraine describes how they couldn't read menus at restaurants. I couldn't read menus in the Ukraine either, but I'm not an award winning journalist and travel writer. Even if that is what happened, why write about it? Over all, there was too much "the east is weird and strange and has concrete buildings" and not nearly enough real insight into the people of the areas they visited. Disappointing.

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