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The Best Travel Books: 'Visit Sunny Chernobyl'

What travel books should I put on my holiday gift shopping list?

Nuclear towers in Chernobyl

Visit Sunny Chernobyl.     Photo: Courtesy of Rodale Books

A:In Visit Sunny Chernobyl, Andrew Blackwell turns the typical travelogue upside down. Instead of leading the reader to the best places to go before you die, he travels to the world’s dead zones—where some of the worst environmental catastrophes have taken place. Written in a somewhat tongue-in-cheek but backed up by impressively detailed reporting, Blackwell recounts his adventures to human-ravaged nuclear wastelands and polluted rivers with an unjaundiced eye.

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