Tony Wheeler's Bad Lands (Lonely Planet)
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Tony Wheeler's Bad Lands (Lonely Planet)


'You guys really are the axis of evil', our guide splutters over his stein of beer in the Pyongyang duck restaurant. 'You're always leaning out of the windows and taking photographs when I tell you not to.'

In an age of plastic knives on planes, Tony Wheeler can make the extraordinary claim of having visited all the rogue countries currently on newsreaders' lips. Bad Lands is a witty first-hand account of his travels through places often perceived as having some of the most repressive and dangerous regimes in the world: Afghanistan, Albania, Burma, Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Libya, North Korea and Saudi Arabia. Taking into account each country's attitude to human rights, terrorism and foreign policy, he asks 'what makes a country truly evil?' and 'how bad is really bad?' - all the while engaging with a colourful cast of locals and hapless tour guides, ruminating on history and debunking popular myths.

Written by the founder of Lonely Planet, this fascinating account of life in these closed-off countries will appeal to anyone with an interest in the state of the world today.

Title:Tony Wheeler's Bad Lands (Lonely Planet)
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:327 pages

    Tony Wheeler's Bad Lands (Lonely Planet) Reviews

  • Quo
    Feb 06, 2015

    While I give Tony Wheeler more than a little credit for having taken to heart the inept phrasing of a former American president, this book is hardly a very memorable addition to the wealth of travel b...

  • Vanessa
    Jul 26, 2011

    This book does a fine job conveying key historical facts that lead to each of the "Bad Lands" becoming what they are today. It also relates some useful info about little-known tourist sights as well a...

  • John
    Feb 19, 2016

    I'm more or less convinced that this is a case of right book, right time. I've been thinking a lot about how the world changes rather quickly. When my father was my age, the Soviet Union was still aro...

  • Eva
    Jun 07, 2017

    Although it's a couple of years out of date by now (Gaddafi is still referred to as alive), this book was a highly enjoyable read. If you're looking for in-depth history and anthropology of the people...

  • Juha
    Feb 08, 2009

    Tony Wheeler, the founder of Lonely Planet, set out to visit nine ‘bad lands’ or countries that are essentially corrupt, where dictatorial rulers treat their own citizens badly, and that pose a th...

  • Jan
    Sep 18, 2011

    Tony Wheelers has with Badlands written a piece of quite decent air port litterature. If you are ever stuck in an air port, waiting for your connecting flight to leave in 4 hours - then Badlands and a...

  • Chris Duryee
    Sep 11, 2014

    I really enjoyed the historical background Tony gives on some of the countries he visits. Very interesting stuff. What I think I had a hard time with is that it seems almost all of this type of travel...

  • J. Joan
    Nov 11, 2012

    I love to travel and reading this book just helped me to check out a few interesting places I am highly unlikely to visit myself (save Burma, and potentially Cuba). Tony Wheeler writes the way he spea...

  • Elizabeth
    Aug 23, 2007

    With the ranks of global jetsetters increasing, travel journalists no longer enjoy any distinction as elite rangers of far-off, exotic lands. Leave it to Lonely Planet founder and veteran travel journ...

  • Betsy
    Jul 05, 2016

    Tony Wheeler, the founder of Lonely Planet, took it upon himself to visit some of the world's scariest places, including the "Axis of Evil" (Iran, Iraq, and North Korea) and some of the countries with...