What are the best world exploration books?

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    #1Chasing the Devil

    Chasing the Devil

    Chasing the Devil: The Search for Africa's Fighting Spirit is an adventure filled western African culture, travel nonfiction book written by Tim Butcher. It was published January 1, 2010 by Chatoo & Windus.


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    THE KON-TIKI EXPEDITION is a classical, historical travel autobiography book written by Thor Heyerdahl. It was published in the year 1990 by HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS LTD.


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    Brandon Valdez
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "Born too late to partake, the exploration of the world is something very fascinating to me, something we only have left in space (and I doubt I will ever become an astronaut). To this end, the Kon-tiki expedition takes you on a journey I would have never thought about before reading it. Definitely not for everybody, but if you're a boring old fart like myself (LOL) who finds tales of old and new world exploration fascinating, you'll likely enjoy this. "
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    #3Foreigner In My Own Backyard

    Foreigner In My Own Backyard

    Foreigner In My Own Backyard is a humor-filled world-travel nonfiction book written by Travis Casey. It was published July 11, 2014 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.


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    Donald Rose
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "The best gift brought to American readers by Travis Casey's "Foreigner in My Own Backyard" is the marvelous anthropological touch he brings to the simple happenings of everyday life. In this nonfiction story of rediscovery, Casey is an expatriate American drawn away from his English home by the need to look after his aging parents. Casey and his English wife discover that there is much that changes life over the expanse of an ocean. Everything from health to tipping to the common English language come under Casey's microscope, and we again find that the best humor comes from what we (think we) know."
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    #4Seven Years in Tibet

    Seven Years in Tibet
    Seven Years in Tibet is a memoir by Heinrich Harrer. It tells the story of the author's travels in 1943, when he escaped from a concentration camp in India and crossed the Himalayas to Tibet, where he became the Dalai Lama's tutor.

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    Bruce Hernandez
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "A classic memoir by Heinrich Harrer and brings people back to 1943. Heart warming story that shows the struggles of people in India in this time period."
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    #5Arabian Sands

    Arabian Sands

    Arabian Sands: Revised Edition (Travel Library) is an adventure, historical biography and travel book written by Wilfred Thesiger. It was published March 5, 1985 by Penguin Books.


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    Aaron Wood
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "Arabian Sands is almost more of an adventure book than an exploration text or travel biography. This book reads like a grand adventure of old - a stunning view of a travel across Arabia and other places. This exceptional read transports readers to the same places Thesiger himself traveled - with masterful turns of phrase propping up a fascinating tale. This is a true must-read!"
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    #6The Trigger

    The Trigger

    In The Trigger: Hunting the Assassin Who Brought the World to War, Tim Butcher is part travelogue, reportage, and history. It's the story of a young man who changed the world forever.


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    Willie Munoz
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "In The Trigger: Hunting the Assassin Who Brought the World to War is a book written by Tim Butcher. It's the story of a young man named Gavrilo Princip who manages to change the world forever by killing Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire."
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    #7Dark Star Safari

    Dark Star Safari
    Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Capetown is a travel memoir written by famed author Paul Theroux. It was originally published in 2004 and became a New York Times Bestseller. It is about his colorful travel across Africa.

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    Rafael Leal
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "Dark Star Safari is a travel memoir that doesn’t lie about the details of situations and where they are headed. The author is brave and adventurous, which he shows by traveling across African locations and providing a lens for some of the things he sees going on. It is a raw, uncut, lens into a place that I have never been but still wish to know about. I’m glad I could check out this book, even though I don't agree with everything."
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    #8Unsavory Elements

    Unsavory Elements

    Unsavory Elements: Stories of Foreigners on the Loose in China is a book containing 28 essays from foreigners who spent significant time living in China. Famous writers like Simon Winchester and Alan Paul contributed to this book.


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    Jesse Fisher
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "I was interested in finding a good world exploration book and found Unsavory Elements. This book is very worldly and its interesting to read about staying in China from a bunch of different perspectives. I enjoyed every minute of this book. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in culture and the world. "
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    #9A Walk in the Woods

    A Walk in the Woods

    A Walk in the Woods is an autobiographical novel by Bill Bryson, who wanted to rediscover his country upon his return from Britain. With his friend from college Stephen Katz, the two men hike the 2,100-mile long Appalachian Trail.


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    Nicolás Alonso
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "A Walk in the Woods is a classic in every sense of the word. Two men hiking one of the longest trains in the world, and discovering everything the American wilderness has to offer. It can be a slog to read at times, but most of the time is very insightful. It's not really a book about world exploration, but in exploring this one trail, these guys explore the core of what makes one country what it is."
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    #10The Caliph's House

    The Caliph's House

    The Caliph's House is a travel and adventure non-fiction written by English Tahir Shah. It was originally published in 2006. It is about the author's travel from London to Casablanca, where the author was culture-shocked.


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    Mary Walters
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "It should be interesting, but it's a dry reading. I think unless you have a pre-existing interest in the region, you'll find more engaging examples of world travel elsewhere."


Best What are the best world exploration books
1Chasing the DevilBooks 42 Paid
3Foreigner In My Own BackyardBooks 37 Paid
4Seven Years in TibetBooks 33 Paid
5Arabian SandsBooks 32 Paid
6The TriggerBooks 29 Paid
7Dark Star SafariBooks 27 Paid
8Unsavory ElementsBooks 17 Paid
9A Walk in the WoodsBooks 8 Paid
10The Caliph's HouseBooks 7 Paid

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