This book more than any other reflects my career as a roving journalist.  (A journalist is a generalist, someone who knows a little about many things but not a lot about any one thing.)  It has  short chapters based in a variety of settings from around the world.

I investigate such varied topics as polar bears, sex surveys, Shakespeare, South American prisons, fund-raising appeals, and lousy praise music–basically, anything I felt like writing about at the time.

The original book went through a major revision in 2005 as I felt the need to add a section on the “clash of civilizations” between Islam and the West.

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