Tom Brosnahan went to Turkey in 1967 as an American Peace Corps Volunteer. He taught English for a year, then had an idea: why not write a guidebook? Turkey was beautiful, friendly, inexpensive and undiscovered. Turkey on $5 a Day (Frommer’s, 1971) soon became the most popular guide to the country, his Lonely Planet Turkey guide (1985) was its all-time best-seller, and his turkeytravelplanner.com website now hosts well over a million visitors a year.
Along the way, the author starred in a movie, sipped champagne with 'fat capitalists' in the sultan's gilded palace, fell in love at a circumcision party, almost got eaten by wolves on the Iranian border, drank endless cups of strong tea... and laughed at it all.
So what’s it like to be a travel writer? Is it in fact the best job in the world? How do you get to be one? Does it answer the question of what we are all doing on this plant anyway? Find out in Turkey: Bright Sun, Strong Tea!
Tom Brosnahan, a veteran guidebook author, photographer and consultant on travel information, has written over 40 guidebooks for Berlitz, Frommer's and Lonely Planet covering Belize, Canada, Egypt, England, France, Guatemala, Israel, Mexico, Morocco, New England, Tunisia and Turkey, with nearly four million copies in print worldwide in more than 10 languages.
He has been a Contributing Editor to Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel magazine, and has had many articles and photographs published in leading periodicals including Travel & Leisure, The New York Times, The Daily Telegraph (London), Chicago Tribune, New York Daily News, BBC World, Journeys, Odyssey, Travel Life, and TWA Ambassador. He is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the Authors Guild, and the Society of American Travel Writers, of which he has been a Director. He is a co-founder and faculty member of the SATW Institute for Travel Writing and Photography.
328 pp, pb, in English.