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Rory MacLean is the author of six highly acclaimed and award-winning books. He is a regular contributor to Radio 4 and lives in Dorset with his wife and son.

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Nearly 40 years after the first pioneering hippies of the 1960s traveled the overland route to India and Nepal via Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, travel writer Mac-Lean (Falling for Icarus) follows in their footsteps. These countries have changed in the intervening years, and MacLean's descriptions of the locals and their present circumstances are vivid and compelling. Contrasting the past with the present, MacLean ruminates on how the hippies perceived travel as a means to transformation rather than simply a change of scene. According to MacLean, today a hippie in Afghanistan would probably end up dead. While MacLean romanticizes the past-the ghosts of the Beatles, Jack Kerouac, and Allen Ginsberg linger over the narrative-he also provides information about the first budget-minded travel guides introduced by Lonely Planet and other publishers back in the Sixties. This book is an outsider's account, but, especially considering the paucity of travel narratives that include Iran and Afghanistan, it is recommended for armchair travelers at all public libraries.-Ravi Shenoy, Naperville P.L., IL Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

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