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New travel books: "Around the World in 50 Years"

New travel books: "Around the World in 50 Years"

"Around the World in 50 Years: My Adventure to Every Country on Earth" Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, $26.99 He has been an editor, writer, advertising executive, lobbyist, lawyer and theatrical producer, but Albert Podell is an adventurer at heart. Podell had a goal: Visit every country on Earth. That he succeeded is testament to his stamina and perseverance, not to mention his good luck. He not only has lived to tell the tale — many tales, in fact — he has done it in this quite marvelous book that is part travel adventure tale and part madcap farcical comedy, where Hunter Thompson meets Anthony Bourdain. Podell has survived serious accidents,...

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