Descending the Dragon: My Journey Down the Coast of Vietnam

Bowermaster, Jon **Inscribed by Author**

Published by Natl Geographic Society, 2008
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*Inscribed and Signed by Author* Paperback in Fine Condition. Beautifully designed and handsome book in full French flaps. From back wrapper -- "My initial request to bring kayaks to Vietnam had been greeted by the government man who controls visits by journalists with five simple words: 'That will be quite impossible.'" Jon Bowermaster fFrom front flap -- "I have been drawn to Vietnam by just how little I know about life here post-1975, when what the Vietnamese still call the American War ended. I am curious about the geography and the environment. but mostly I want to meet its people," writes noted adventurer and author Jon Bowermaster. In this unique travelogue-by-sea, he teams up with photographer Rob Howard to summon an original and revealing picture of one of today's most talked-about destinations. --- When in 2000 Bowermaster first proposed an 800-mile sea kayak expedition along Vietnam's northern coast, the country's government responded firmly in the negative. --- Eventually the government relented. Jon Bowermaster's project 'Oceans 8' has taken him kayaking around the world in exotic and lonely and sometimes harsh locals; this book is one of them. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: Sometimes the longest journey begins with great patience. When Jon Bowermaster proposed an 800-mile kayak expedition along Vietnam’s northern coastline, the country’s government initially responded, "That will be quite impossible." Negotiation saved the day, and Jon Bowermaster and his team of five including a Vietnamese-American woman who had fled Saigon as a child on the final day of war in 1975 completed an unprecedented voyage, seeing Vietnam and its people in a brand new light.

One-third of Vietnam’s 80 million citizens live on or near the coastline, and Bowermaster met thousands of them rich and poor, fishermen and entrepreneurs, almost all beach dwellers who live and depend on the sea. For many, he was the first American they had ever encountered. In chapters flowing from north to south, Bowermaster’s highly personal story and Rob Howard’s compelling images bring to life Vietnam’s vibrant edge.

The enigmatic nation is enjoying an upsurge today as a popular destination for both cultural and adventure travel: In the first six months of 2007, arrivals increased more than 14 percent over the same period last year, and the dynamic growth is projected to continue. This fascinating volume, offering a fresh perspective on the land and its people, will captivate real-life explorers and armchair travelers alike with its intriguing take on Vietnam from the sea.

About the Author: Jon Bowermaster writes about adventure, the environment, and exotic corners of the world for National Geographic, The New York Times, Atlantic Monthly, Outside, and other major publications. His travels have taken him to seven continents. His adventures have resulted in eight books, three with renowned polar explorer Will Steger. Many of the expeditions have been made into documentary films as well.

Rob Howard, photographer, has taken pictures around the world for Conde Nast Traveler and many other publications.

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Title: Descending the Dragon: My Journey Down the ...
Publisher: Natl Geographic Society
Publication Date: 2008
Binding: Soft cover
Illustrator: Rob Howard (photographer)
Book Condition: Fine

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