How to Make Friends and Oppress People: Classic Travel Advice for the Gentleman Adventurer

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No traveler to date has matched the intrepid 19th-century gentleman for his bravery, derring-do, and ability to make a perfect cup of tea in the most malarial of climes. But the sun has set on the golden age of exploration, and the records of these fearless, mustachioed adventurers have vanished from the shelves. In their place have appeared timorous travel guides written by authors who could hardly locate Rhodesia on a classroom globe let alone comment on the proper etiquette of an Italian duel.
Now, with the publication of Vic Darkwood's How to Make Friends and Oppress People, at long last today's aspiring adventurers can avail themselves of the best of classic travel advice on such invaluable topics as:
-Using Anthills as Ovens
-Hunting Elephants and Hippos with a Javelin
-Sleeping on a Billiard Table as a Means of Avoiding Vermin
-Digging a Well with a Pointy Stick
Fully illustrated with over 150 drawings and woodcuts, this inestimable collection of wisdom drawn from actual 19th- and early 20th-century guidebooks will prove essential to any traveler looking to enjoy his excursion abroad or hoping to avoid death at the hands of inhospitable natives.

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About the Author:

VIC DARKWOOD is a writer, traveler and bon viveur, whose past projects include co-founding The Chap magazine in 1998 and co-writing several tomes, including The Chap Manifesto and Around the World in Eighty Martinis. Mr. Darkwood is currently working on a concise history of marmalade. He is married to Mrs. Darkwood, with no issue.

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Humorist Darkwood offers travel tips for today's tourist as if the sightseer regarded the world no differently from late-nineteenth-century gentleman adventurers—rich, white males who peered down on the less advantaged. By writing with archaic vocabulary and dated cadences, Darkwood renders such presumptions absurd. Seamlessly sprinkling his text with actual excerpts from these old travelogues multiplies the irony. Mindless insensitivity extends beyond indigenous peoples to the traveler's servants, reducing them to the status of baggage merely to avoid paying for railway tickets. Modern travel receives its own share of Darkwood's disdain as he proposes "boiled guinea pig" over the unpalatable fare served on today's British trains. Except for some advice on traveling in a balloon (not recommended), Darkwood ignores air travel, observing the "increasing vulgarity of this mode of transport." Hints on traveling by elephant and on big-game hunting merit Darkwood's special skewering. Knoblauch, Mark

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