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I rarely write reviews but felt compelled to register my strong disagreement with the one review so far posted. The subject matter is a fascinating journey through some of the most troubled places on the planet and is done with a great deal of balance and humor. If you like the writings of Bill Bryson, Mark Steyn and P.J. O'Rourke, you are almost certain to enjoy this. If you are as hypersensitive as the other reviewer apparently is and strain to find a personal insult in every bit of satire you encounter, don't bother.
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This is a great book to listen to. It informs and makes you realize how great it is to live anywhere but where Andrew Mueller visits.
The irony and voice inflection of the narrator, Dennis Holland, gives presence to Mueller’s writing. With Mueller’s words and Holland’s narration, it seems you are there with Mueller, listening, observing, and living in the scene. (Holland’s voice inflections and accents make you smile.)
What makes Mueller’s book engrossing is citizen engagement in some of the most troubled areas of the world. Though taxi drivers are not unique commentators, Mueller wryly uses his conversation with a Georgian taxi driver to make convincing points about deteriorated infrastructure and Georgia’s fatalistic acceptance of things as they are in this former Soviet state.
For a man who writes about Rock and Roll in magazines like “Rolling Stone”, Mueller is a consummate observer of a world that has a lot of Rack and Ruin. He seems a very brave and fool hardy adventurer that can write with truth and (maybe) a little truthiness.