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Indonesian Ferry Sinks.  Peruvian Bus Plunges Off Cliff.  African Train Attacked by Mobs.  Whenever he picked up the newspaper, Carl Hoffman noticed those short news bulletins, which seemed about as far from the idea of tourism, travel as the pursuit of pleasure, as it was possible to get.  So off he went, spending six months circumnavigating the globe on the world's worst conveyances: the statistically most dangerous airlines, the most crowded and dangerous ferries, the slowest buses, and the most rickety trains.  The Lunatic Express takes us into the heart of the world, to some its most teeming cities and remotest places: from Havana to Bogotá on the perilous Cuban Airways.  Lima to the Amazon on crowded night buses where the road is a washed-out track.

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Carl Hoffman

Carl Hoffman is the author of The Last Wild Men of Borneo: A True Story of Death and Treasure. Savage Harvest: A Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism, and Michael Rockefeller's Tragic Quest, was a New York Times best seller, a NY Times editor's choice and was named one of the Washington Post's 50 notable books of 2014 and the number one non-fiction book of 2014 by Amazon.com. The Lunatic Express: Discovering the World via Its Most Dangerous Buses, Boats, Trains, and Planes, was named one of the ten best books of 2010 by the Wall Street Journal. He is a former contributing editor to National Geographic Traveler and Wired magazines and is a native of Washington, D. C. and the father of three.

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