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Tony Perrottet
The need for perpetual motion has always been Tony Perrottet's most obvious personality disorder. While studying history at Sydney University, the Australian-born Perrottet regularly disappeared hitch-hiking through the Outback, sailing the coast of Sumatra or traveling through rural India... show more

The need for perpetual motion has always been Tony Perrottet's most obvious personality disorder. While studying history at Sydney University, the Australian-born Perrottet regularly disappeared hitch-hiking through the Outback, sailing the coast of Sumatra or traveling through rural India (enjoying a brief and inglorious career as a film extra in Rajasthan). After graduation, he moved to South America to work as a "roving correspondent," where he covered the Shining Path war in Peru, drug running in Colombia and several military rebellions in Argentina. A brief visit to Manhattan fifteen years ago convinced him that New York was the ideal place for a rootless wanderer to be based. From his current home in the East Village of Manhattan, he has continued to commute to Iceland, Tierra del Fuego, Wyoming, Tasmania and Zanzibar, while contributing to international publications including the New York Times, Smithsonian Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, Slate, Esquire, Outside and the London Sunday Times.Perrottet is the author of five books - a collection of travel stories, Off the Deep End: Travels in Forgotten Frontiers (1997); Pagan Holiday: On the Trail of Ancient Roman Tourists (2002); The Naked Olympics: The True Story of the Greek Games (2004); Napoleon's Privates: 2500 Years of History Unzipped (2008); and The Sinner's Grand Tour: A Journey Through the Historical Underbelly of Europe (2011, Broadway Books). His travel stories have been widely anthologized and have been selected four times for the Best American Travel Writing series. He is also a regular television guest on the History Channel, where he has spoken about everything from the Crusades to the birth of disco.
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Chris' Fish Place
Chris' Fish Place rated it 7 years ago
This short essay is chopped full of information about Muir and his time in Yosemite. There is a brief amount about the history of the park. The highlights are the places Muir spent time. If you like reading Smithsonian Magazine, you should like this essay.
Loves books and cats
Loves books and cats rated it 9 years ago
Very interesting facts about the ancient Olympics. They weren't like I really thought at all. Well worth reading.
Datepalm
Datepalm rated it 9 years ago
Lulz.
Karen
Karen rated it 9 years ago
2 stars for 'It was ok'I had high hopes for this book. In many articles and reviews it was billed as a funny guide through Europe's sexual history, and while it was that, it was also a sometimes excruciatingly detailed mini memoir of a man who drags his family across the continent without regard to ...
Karen
Karen rated it 9 years ago
I really liked this book. Its informative and to-the-point format is more successful, I think, than that tedious travelogue The Sinner's Grand Tour (it's ironic that he talks about Casanova's pompous boring travel book and yet also went and wrote a pompous boring travel book). After that one I almos...
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