"The Places In Between" by Rory Stewart
In this modern age, it's getting harder to find adventures the likes of which we haven't seen before, and might not see again. Whether it be climbing a mountain that hundreds have been to the of peak already, or crossing trails established years ago, it's difficult to do something that hasn't been done or won't be replicated anytime soon.
A western journalist walking across Afghanistan, surviving on little else beyond his wits, ability to understand different Persian dialects, and the kindness of strangers just after the Taliban was expelled after nearly laying the entire country to rubble, is one of those instances. That, and an incredible knack for telling a great story, is what makes Rory Stewart's tale one of the great adventures of our era. [$10, amazon.com]