Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Cape Town

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2004 - 485 pages
An unforgettable examination of America's black market and its unrelenting grip on society.

Eric Schlosser turns his exacting eye on the underbelly of the American marketplace and its far-reaching influence on our society. Exposing three American mainstays -- pot, porn, and illegal immigrants -- this book shows how the black market has burgeoned over the past several decades. He also draws compelling parallels between underground and overground: how tycoons and gangsters rise and fall, how new techonology shapes a market, how government intervention can reinvigorate black markets as well as mainstream ones, and how big business learns -- and profits -- from the underground. Reefer Madness is a powerful investigation that illuminates the shadow economy and the culture that casts that shadow.
 

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Brilliant travel. Got a culture shocked just from reading it. Read full review

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Usual Paul Theroux fare: drama on the road (riding a cattle car from Ethiopia to Kenya, hassled by 'urchins' etc.!), chatting with locals, and denouncing "tourists" who like the game animals more than ... Read full review

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Contents

Lighting Out
1
The Mother of the World
6
Up and Down the Nile
29
The Dervishes of Omdurman
54
The Osama Road to Nubia
69
The Djibouti Line to Harar
91
The Longest Road in Africa
118
Figawi Safari on the Bandit Road
149
Through the Outposts of the Plateau
278
The Back Road to Soche Hill School
304
River Safari to the Coast
329
Invading Drummonds Farm
349
The Bush Border Bus to South Africa
371
The Hominids of Johannesburg
379
The Wild Things at Mala Mala
404
Faith Hope and Charity on the Limpopo Line
418

Rift Valley Days
173
Old Friends in Bat Valley
195
The MV Umoja Across Lake Victoria
225
The Bush Train to Dar es Salaam
240
The Kilimanjaro Express to Mbeya
261
The TransKaroo Express to Cape Town
437
Blue Train Blues
468
Postscript
473
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Paul Edward Theroux was born on April 10, 1941 in Medford, Massachusetts and is an acclaimed travel writer. After attending the University of Massachusetts Amherst he joined the Peace Corps and taught in Malawi from 1963 to 1965. He also taught in Uganda at Makerere University and in Singapore at the University of Singapore. Although Theroux has also written travel books in general and about various modes of transport, his name is synonymous with the literature of train travel. Theroux's 1975 best-seller, The Great Railway Bazaar, takes the reader through Asia, while his second book about train travel, The Old Patagonian Express (1979), describes his trip from Boston to the tip of South America. His third contribution to the railway travel genre, Riding the Iron Rooster: By Train Through China, won the Thomas Cook Prize for best literary travel book in 1989. His literary output also includes novels, books for children, short stories, articles, and poetry. His novels include Picture Palace (1978), which won the Whitbread Award and The Mosquito Coast (1981), which won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. Theroux is a fellow of both the British Royal Society of Literature and the Royal Geographic Society. His title Lower River made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2012. Currently his 2015 book, Deep South , is a bestseller.

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