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Off the Beaten Track - 10 Amazing Adventure Stories

Off the Beaten Track - 10 Amazing Adventure Stories:In a Minivan With a Stranger in Morocco by Michael Chabon - Nothing moves me more profoundly than …

Central Asia

11 Classic Books You Must Keep on Your Bookshelf

Complete your library this Prime Day.<p>It's Prime Day, which means deals abound all over Amazon.com. While you're filling your cart, add these classics to your bookshelf or Kindle library—the BAZAAR editors tell you why they return to them time after time below. Plus, score the best tech deals for …

Literature

Right on track

If there is a greater thrill of travelling than the discovery of unfamiliar places, for me it’s getting there by train<i>By Margarita Gokun Silver</i>Read …

Trains

The 100 Best Nonfiction Books of All Time

Great articles and essays by the world's best journalists and writers.<p>1st Sep<p>Our huge list of the very best nonfiction books, including stacks of …

Does reading fiction make you a better person?

I have been a nerd my whole life. I was always "that kid," the one who read in a corner at recess and talked about Jo March and Ponyboy as though they were real people. I have a vivid memory of myself at 8 or 9, staying up far past my bedtime to read Katherine Paterson's "Bridge to Terabithia" by …

Psychology

The 20 best travel books of all time

Literature

50 Best Non-fiction Adventure Books | The Art of Manliness

Following up on our recent look into the world of fictional adventure literature, we now turn to the true life tales of exploration, adventure, and …

Tristan da Cunha: Island at the End of the World

This month's great read selected by our editors: Everything is off the beaten track on the world’s most remote inhabited island.<p><i>From the August/September 2014 issue of</i> National Geographic Traveler<p>It's Saturday night on arguably the most far-flung inhabited island on Earth, and I’m nursing a South …

Prince Philip

One Month on the World’s Longest Train Ride for $1,000

‘It’s like teleporting to a different land every time you wake up’<p>Written by Derek Low<p>Follow me on <b>Facebook</b> and <b>Instagram</b><p>In the late 19th century, some …

This 8-step process will change the way you read forever

Other luminaries who have lived a thousand lives include SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who believes that reading is the fastest way to learn.<p>The members of Chromeo spend most of their time in the library, while business magnates Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger frequently spend entire days …

Productivity

What you read matters more than you might think

A study published in the International Journal of Business Administration in May 2016, found that what students read in college directly affects the level of writing they achieve. In fact, researchers found that reading content and frequency may exert more significant impacts on students’ writing …

Creative Writing

Why We Don't Read the Books That We Buy

I wonder why I have no free time, no peace of mind, very little expendable income and live in a state of confused delirium.<p>I figured it out: I buy way too many books -- all with the intention of reading them avidly, underlining the highlights and becoming the most enlightened person on this earth. …

Chile through Pablo Neruda's eyes

More than 40 years after his death, the Nobel Prize-winning poet might be more popular than ever, with thousands of admirers exploring three of his homes each year.<p>Chilean poet Pablo Neruda once wrote that “love is so short, forgetting is so long”. Exploring Isla Negra, his favourite home …

South America

The Silk Roads by Peter Frankopan review – history on a grand scale

From the Turkic steppe to the great sultans of Merv, a fearless and brilliant history of the world as seen from the east<p>Twenty five years ago, as a young journalist fresh out of college, I drove under wintry cloud banks, through the snow-haunted valleys of Annandale and Eskdale, to interview Sir …

Ancient History

10 of the Best European Train Trips

Our ten favorite European trains don’t necessarily offer the fastest journeys—just the most memorable. All aboard!<p>Much of European train travel is about efficiency and comfort—punctually leaving and arriving and having a cozy seat or sleeper compartment in which to devour the latest issue of the</i> …

Trains

How the Web Became Our 'External Brain,' and What It Means for Our Kids

Recently, my two-year-old nephew Benjamin came across a copy of <i>Vanity Fair</i> abandoned on the floor. His eyes scanned the glossy cover, which shone …

Why is the hotel room a place of such lingering despair? – Suzanne Joinson

There was a period in my life when I spent a lot of time in hotel rooms. It was normal to skit from Shanghai to Dublin via Vilnius and Rome in a …

Why humans run the world

History professor Yuval Noah Harari — author of <i>Sapiens: A Brief History of Mankind</i> — explains why humans have dominated Earth. The reason is not what …

How World War III became possible - Vox

A nuclear conflict with Russia is likelier than you think<p>It was in August 2014 that the real danger began, and that we heard the first warnings of war. That month, unmarked Russian troops covertly invaded eastern Ukraine, where the separatist conflict had grown out of its control. The Russian air …

The western model is broken

“So far, the 21st century has been a rotten one for the western model,” according to a new book, The Fourth Revolution, by John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge. This seems an extraordinary admission from two editors of the Economist, the flag-bearer of English liberalism, which has long insisted …

How do you sell God in the 21st century? More heaven, less hell

A couple of years ago, a Chicago-based corporate-identity consultant Chris Herron gave himself the ultimate challenge: rebrand hell. It was half gag, half self-promotion, but Herron took the project seriously, considering what it would take for a place like hell to become a premier destination in …

The East India Company: The original corporate raiders

One of the very first Indian words to enter the English language was the Hindustani slang for plunder: “loot”. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, this word was rarely heard outside the plains of north India until the late 18th century, when it suddenly became a common term across Britain. …

India

The future of loneliness

At the end of last winter, a gigantic billboard advertising Android, Google’s operating system, appeared over Times Square in New York. In a lower-case sans serif font – corporate code for friendly – it declared: “be together. not the same.” This erratically punctuated mantra sums up the web’s most …

Times Square

Can the world economy survive without fossil fuels?

The final chapters of The Bone Clocks, David Mitchell’s 2014 novel, describe a future in which progress has gone into reverse. In 2043, the fossil fuel age is over: nuclear power stations ar e melting down, there is no access to the electricity grid and solar panels are so prized that they are …

Fossil Fuels

10 Brilliant Business Books You Can Read To Find Your Shortcut To Success

It’s a known fact that successful people read. Time and time again, successful entrepreneurs and business leaders cite frequent reading as one of …

16 beautiful bookstores that will bind your love for reading

Sure, you can order anything you want from Amazon in two days (or less). You can start a new book with a simple click. But there are some things you …