Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. 1-6

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Acknowledgments, Quote

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pp. ix-xii

To say this book was years in the making is no exaggeration. It began when I boarded a TWA flight for the Netherlands in August 1968, and it only ends now arbitrarily. I’ve spoken with a lot of people about travel in those decades, so this list of names is partial and inadequate, but it is, more or less, chronological: ...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-4

As I was finishing this book, was mugged. It was nothing terrible, a two-inch bruise on my upper arm was the only physical effect. The teenager who robbed me shouted that his friend had a gun, which caused the strongest emotional effects, fear and intimidation. ...

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1. Love of Ruptures

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pp. 5-33

I was once in Agra, in India, and walking not far from my small hotel, the deep crimson of the Red Fort looming less than a quarter mile away. I’d only been in Agra for a few hours, and I wanted to get a feel for the place. Ahead I saw a crowd of people, and I walked over to see what they found so compelling. ...

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2. Commerce with the Ancients

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pp. 34-54

I’d had discussions with a lot of people about my notion that we travel in order to become confused before I realized why the idea was so unconvincing to some. It is perfectly obvious to most of us why we travel, and confusion has nothing to do with it. ...

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3. The Pilgrim’s Progress

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pp. 55-80

There’s something about the huge cruise ships, anchored out in the harbor, that makes some insistent on drawing a firm line between “tourists” (on the ship) and “travelers” (in the streets). The ships are so aggressively modern, so sleek, so gleaming that they seem a Hollywood version of the affluent world, ...

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4. The Ride of Passage

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pp. 81-106

“The road is before us!” Walt Whitman proclaims in “Song of the Open Road,” asking us to drop everything in an endless journey: “The long brown path before me leading wherever I choose.”1 Whitman’s poem—in fact, all of his work—establishes the model for an American attitude toward travel. ...

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5. Holy Strangers

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pp. 107-142

I once pointed to someone walking past my house and asked a three-year-old friend of my daughter’s who it was. “The stranger,” she said with an ominous tone. Our culture is fascinated and obsessed with “strangers.” We warn our children about strangers, insisting at a very early age that they distrust them. ...

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6. Guides for the Perplexed

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pp. 143-159

I was in Matanzas, Cuba, in an urban neighborhood of cement row-houses nearly flush against the narrow street. We had been through this part of the city several times, racing in Lied’s wired-together East German Lada, but I knew I would never be able to find my way in—or out—on my own. ...

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7. Street People

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pp. 160-192

I returned to the Netherlands twenty-eight years after first going there as an exchange student, seeing the same orange roofs as the plane approached landing, driving past the same flat fields, reading signs written in a language that was open where all others but English are closed to me. ...

Notes

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pp. 193-198

Bibliography

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pp. 199-202

Index

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pp. 203-210

Further Reading

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pp. 223-224