Shades of Bill Bryson meets Phileas Fogg.
Podell has put together an interesting amalgamation of his tales in his quest to visit every country in the world over the last 50 years. Some he has to revisit as a result of splits such as Yugoslavia, and some have ceased to exist such as East Germany.
Written in a humorous style, but not to same quality as Bill Bryson and his wry observations, Podell has concentrated on the more dangerous and interesting parts of his travels so much of the book is Central African and Middle East based.
Be warned that his commentary will not be to all tastes, especially his views and participation in the sex trade in Thailand, however he writes with compassion about other subjects such as third-word child-mortality rates.
Although this book does have some amusing sections, I felt it slightly overly long and as a result does drag occasionally. However, it does have some interesting snapshots of some very obscure parts of the world well off the regular tourist trails.
Holiday in Nauru anyone? !