The Champagne Backpacker: Michael's Round the World Trip 2005-2007-- The Adventure of a Lifetime travel blog

Here is a list of books, in very rough order, that I have read during my travels around the world. Some were purchased out of interest, and others were traded for, usually from a very limited selection. In South America, used books cost about as much, if not a little more, than new books in the United States. New books cost at least double the list price.

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown -- Who hasn't read this book?

Angels & Demons by Dan Brown -- I liked this one better than The Da Vinci Code, with very similar story line

Deception Point by Dan Brown -- Good read

Digital Fortress by Dan Brown -- Entertaining read

The Runaway Jury by John Grishom -- John Grishom is a mass market paperback author ie, very vanilla writing and not much depth making for a quick read

Rainbow Six by Tom Clancy -- Clancy is my favorite contemporary fiction writer. His writing style is unsurpassed

Red Rabbit by Tom Clancy

What Should I Do With My Life by Po Bronson -- No answers, just more questions

Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell -- The word "Tipping point" has entered American contemporary writing due to this book.

Blink! by Malcolm Gladwell

Freakonomics by Steven Leveitt and Stephen Dubner

The Truth About Hillary by Edward Klein

The Undercover Economist by Tim Harford -- Excellent, practical economics book for both experts and laypersons.

The Bear and the Dragon by Tom Clancy -- Except for the outdated descriptions of China, this is Clancy in full form.

State of Fear by Michael Crichton -- Unique mix of fiction with real science that calls into question the theory of global warming

State of Denial by Bob Woodward -- Behind the scenes of the Bush Administrations' management of the Iraq War, primarily from interviews with National Security Council staff and members of the military.

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan -- A must read for Chinese Americans and an overall excellent , thoughtfully written book.

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