More than 100 original color pictures bring the journey unforgettably alive as you join the poet on an epic adventure that takes in more than a dozen countries, and the searing encounters on the way.
The sheer vividness of the East comes across in these scintillating picture and word poetic insights into its different ethos, traditions, landscape, culture, religion and philosophy.
Above all, the haunting beauty of the Earth in all its variety: deserts, mountains, seas and jungles, comes across in picture after picture as you join the poet on his quest.
From the Himalayan mountains to the jungles of Malaysia, the deserts of Iran and the beauties of Croatia's and Goa's sea coasts, you begin to explore a world rich in variety, experience and romantic possibility.
You are about to ship out on a voyage of discovery that will remind you of all the world has to offer.
The journey begins at Dover, England and finishes in Hong Kong ready for the next stage which leads on to the new world of Australia that awaits you in volume 4 of this multi-volume poetry collection by an international award-winning poet,travel writer, artist and film-maker.
The pictures and words capture a moment in time, but this moment contains a lasting haunting grip on the imagination.
Were they really elite groups who engaged in obscene orgies, devil worship, and the ritual murder of servants? These questions have intrigued virtually everyone who has visited the supposed hellfire club meeting place in the Dublin Mountains, or heard the lurid stories that are associated with it.
Cutting through this veil of myth and legend, Blasphemers and Blackguards: The Irish Hellfire Clubs reveals the truth about these mysterious societies.
The book uncovers striking new information about the outrageous activities of these clubs – provocative blasphemy, taboo sexual activities, atrocities (most shockingly, the ritualistic murder of a servant), and the clubs’ habit of toasting the devil.
The contributors particularly examine the impact of the Vietnam analogy on the War in Iraq, assessing the military tactical lessons learned from the Vietnam War and exploring the influence and persistence of its legacy in US politics, culture and diplomacy. The volume holds up to original interrogation some commonly held assumptions about historical analogy, and several distinguished authorities on the Vietnam War era, in particular, offer their thoughts on the value and applicability of Vietnam-Iraq parallels. If most contributions point out some obvious dissimilarities between the two eras, notably the transformed post-Cold War international environment, the similarities, particularly those relating to the problems of cultural misunderstanding, are also apparent.
Vietnam in Iraq will be of great interest for all students and researchers of the Iraq War, strategic studies, international relations and American politics.