Sparring with Charlie: Motorbiking down the Ho Chi Minh Trail

By Christopher Hunt
Read by Grover Gardner

8.70 Hours 12/01/2000 unabridged
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When Christopher Hunt set off in search of Vietnam’s notorious Ho Chi Minh Trail, he hardly expected to end up on a rickety, Russian-made motorcycle navigating 5,000 kilometers of paths rarely traveled by tourists and on roads missing from maps. Hunt left the United States expecting to explore the 1,700-kilometer highway that was once the supply route for the North Vietnamese Army. He soon found himself roaming the Vietnamese countryside in need of help and direction. In the process, he found that being an American in Vietnam conjured constant reminders of the past and encountered a country and a people poised precariously between the ancient and the modern. With adventure, wit, and an eye for the absurd, Hunt goes beyond the newspaper headlines and myths about Vietnam to capture the color and complexity of Vietnam today.

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Summary

Summary

When Christopher Hunt set off in search of Vietnam’s notorious Ho Chi Minh Trail, he hardly expected to end up on a rickety, Russian-made motorcycle navigating 5,000 kilometers of paths rarely traveled by tourists and on roads missing from maps.

Hunt left the United States expecting to explore the 1,700-kilometer highway that was once the supply route for the North Vietnamese Army. He soon found himself roaming the Vietnamese countryside in need of help and direction. In the process, he found that being an American in Vietnam conjured constant reminders of the past and encountered a country and a people poised precariously between the ancient and the modern.

With adventure, wit, and an eye for the absurd, Hunt goes beyond the newspaper headlines and myths about Vietnam to capture the color and complexity of Vietnam today.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Christopher Hunt makes a lively travel companion.” New York Times Book Review
“This work captures a sense of sadness fused with a rush of adrenaline as Vietnam is once again reborn.” Publishers Weekly
“Hunt provides a sometimes amusing and often insightful look at this country…Tom Parker is clear, well paced, and sensitive to the nuances of the work in his reading of this cleverly written text.” AudioFile
“Whimsical…a fascinating and fun book to read.” Library Journal

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Author

Author Bio: Christopher Hunt

Christopher Hunt was born in New York City and grew up in Beirut. He graduated from Dartmouth College and the London School of Economics before working as a staff reporter for the Wall Street Journal and the Economist. Author P. J. O’Rourke said of Hunt, “It is the job of the travel writer to have an awful time, and Christopher Hunt is an expert in his profession.”

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction
Runtime: 8.70
Audience: Adult
Language: English