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By Albert Podell

The New York occasions Bestseller

This is the inspiring tale of a regular man who accomplished nice objectives that others had informed him have been very unlikely. First, he set a checklist for the longest motor vehicle trip ever made worldwide, in the course of the process which he blasted his method out of minefields, survived a major twist of fate atop the height of dying, got here inside seconds of being lynched in Pakistan, and misplaced 3 of the 5 males who began with him, to ailment, one to the Vietcong.

After that-although it took him forty-seven extra years-Albert Podell set one other list via going to each nation in the world. He completed this via surviving riots, revolutions, civil wars, trigger-happy baby infantrymen, voodoo monks, robbers, pickpockets, corrupt law enforcement officials, and Cape buffalo. He went round, below, or via all types of earthquake, cyclone, tsunami, volcanic eruption, storm from snow, and sandstorm that nature threw at him. He ate every thing from previous camel meat and rats to dung beetles and the mind of a dwell monkey. And he overcame assaults via crocodiles, hippos, anacondas, big leeches, flying crabs-and a number of attractive girlfriends who insisted that he cease this nonsense and marry them.

Albert Podell's Around the realm in 50 Years is a outstanding and significant story of quiet braveness, dogged endurance, timeless decision, and an uncanny skill to flee from one perilous scenario after another-and go back with essentially the most memorable, scary, and hilarious event tales you've ever read.

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Would he be back with a gang to get us? If he died, would his family or friends report us to the police? We couldn’t go to the police ourselves: They were already suspicious and unfriendly and not likely to treat kindly an American who’d shot an Algerian, whatever the provocation. Moreover, we’d averred at the border that we carried no firearms, knowing that if we declared our gun they’d confiscate it. The possession of that undeclared pistol alone could put us in jail, and that was the last place we wanted to be with an impending coup.

It was black and cramped under the camper, and I was sure the biting monsters would find us, but we managed to fall asleep. Hours later I heard something, but it wasn’t the can rattling: It was someone unzipping the windows of the Land Cruiser. 38 revolver. We slipped out from under the camper and got into position. Steve flicked on our big flashlight. It caught three mean-looking men, their arms full of our supplies. I shouted at them to drop the stuff. One of them did, but all three ran into the dark.

I’d taken a jouncing two-hour ride in an ancient Land Cruiser and a two-hour voyage through tall reeds and flowering lily pads in a mokoro, a pole-pushed dugout canoe with the shape (and, it sometimes seemed, the width) of a large banana. Then an hour’s walk through the bush to where a guide promised I’d find many harmless photogenic herbivores. I was kneeling down, doing what any Outside subscriber does when he isn’t able to get the latest issues: examining half a dozen differing piles of animal excrement.

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