Around the World in 50 Years

Around the World in 50 Years

My Adventure to Every Country on Earth

Book - 2015
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"This is the inspiring story of an ordinary guy who achieved two great goals that others had told him were impossible - first by setting a record for the longest automobile journey ever made around the world -- in the course of which he blasted his way out of minefields, survived a breakdown atop the Peak of Death, came within seconds of being lynched in Pakistan, and lost three of the five men who started with him, two to disease, one to the Vietcong. After that - although it took him 47 more years - Albert Podell set another record by going to every country on Earth. He achieved this by surviving riots, revolutions, civil wars, trigger-happy child soldiers, voodoo priests, robbers, pickpockets, corrupt cops, and Cape buffalo. He went around, under, or through every kind of earthquake, cyclone, tsunami, volcanic eruption, snowstorm, and sandstorm that Nature threw at him. He ate everything from old camel meat and rats to dung beetle and the brain of a live monkey. And he overcame attacks by crocodiles, hippos, anacondas, giant leeches, flying crabs -- and several beautiful girlfriends who insisted that he stop this nonsense and marry them. Albert Podell's Around the World in 50 Years is a remarkable and meaningful tale of quiet courage, dogged persistence, undying determination, and an uncanny ability to extricate himself from one perilous situation after another - and return with some of the most memorable, frightening, and hilarious adventure stories you have ever read"--
Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781250051981
Branch Call Number: 910.4 PODELL
Characteristics: viii, 354 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


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Oct 12, 2018

An enjoyable book about a man who spent 50 years on his quest to visit every country on Earth. While he doesn't go into detail on every country, he does on enough to hold your interest. As one commenter mentioned, his roving eye can get a bit annoying. Otherwise, this is a great book for travel lovers.

Jul 31, 2018

Enjoyed the book and completed all 354 pages in a week. With traveling being something I would like to get into it was great to hear all his experiences , culture overviews and planning process. Throughout the book he went in great detail allowing me to even add a few locations onto my bucket list. All and all this book was a great read and I'm even considering reading his book prior to this one "Who needs a road" where he writes about their record breaking automobile voyage.

Apr 25, 2018

Fun to read. I wish I had noticed the list at the back of book that lists which countries he visited in which year. It would have been nice to have a sense of how old he was and helped me place what was going on in the world at that time.

Jun 11, 2016

Thoroughly enjoyed it. True the aging Lothario thread gets a bit worn. Having visited many of these countries in their prime, this gives an excellent, often (regrettably) sad, insight into what our old globe has lost. From a historical perspective most definitely worth reading. Many chuckles, too. Experienced travellers will equate.

Oct 07, 2015

A fun romp across the map for people like me who love to travel and hear about other cultures. Podell's roving eye gets a bit tiresome--it's time to grow up, buddy!


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