The World's Most Dangerous Places

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Robert Young Pelton's The World's Most Dangerous Places
Author Robert Young Pelton
Country United States
Language English
Genre Guide book, War tourism[1]
Publisher HarperResource
Publication date
1st edition (1994)
4th edition (May 30, 2000)
5th edition (April 1, 2003)
Media type Print
Pages 1088
ISBN 0-06-001160-2
Followed by DP Professional Strength

The World's Most Dangerous Places is handbook of survival tactics for high-risk regions first published in 1994, written by National Geographic Adventure columnist Robert Young Pelton and his contributors.[2] The fifth edition was published in 2003.[3]


The book is divided into three parts.

The first is a primer on the basics of staying safe in war zones and high-crime areas. This includes safety advice regarding transportation, crime, terrorism, bribery, disease, drugs, weapons, kidnappings, land mines, mercenaries, and more.

The second is essentially a chapter-by-chapter list of dangerous locales. This includes the United States, due to its extremely high level of gun violence. Each nation or autonomous administrative division is assigned a rating depending on the level and type of danger.

The third section contains the authors' first-hand stories of traveling through the listed places.


  • Robert Young Pelton. The World's Most Dangerous Places (April 1, 2003 ed.). Collins. p. 1088. ISBN 0-06-001160-2. 
  • The Best American Travel Writing
  • Best Adventure and Travel Stories
  • Boots on the Ground


  1. ^ "Robert Young Pelton". PBS. 2004-03-24. Retrieved 2009-04-08. 
  2. ^ "Come Back Alive". Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  3. ^ Pelton, Robert Young (2003). Robert Young Pelton's The World's Most Dangerous Places: 5th Edition. HarperCollins. Retrieved 5 September 2017.