"You have to hand it to Kaplan. He travels light, he travels dirty, and he goes to places that most travelers would thankfully avoid. He has also done his homework and has a useful frame of reference in which to fit his experiences and observations. Many are valuable...for sheer entertainment, vigor, sharp observation, and thoughtful comparison, Kaplan takes a lot of beating."Kaplan, Robert D. is the author of 'Ends of the Earth From Togo to Turkmenistan, from Iran to Cambodia--A Journey to the Frontiers of Anarchy', published 1997 under ISBN 9780679751236 and ISBN 0679751238.