This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Free Book Program, which is open to all readers and is completely free. The author will provide you with a free copy of their book in exchange for an honest review. You and the author will discuss what sites you will post your review to and what kind of copy of the book you would like to receive (eBook, PDF, Word, paperback, etc.). To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email.
This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.
This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.
Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite
The Travelling Ape: What Travelling (Nearly) Everywhere Taught Me about Humanity, Geopolitics, and Happiness by Michael Mackay Richards explores a diverse array of landscapes and cultures worldwide. Beginning with the eruption of Mount Yasur in Vanuatu, the author contrasts modern travel privileges with historical explorers' challenges. Richards describes adventures across Papua New Guinea, Israel, the Namib Desert, Palau, Bolivia, Europe, Asia, South America, North America, and Australasia in rich detail, with elements like candid depictions of Port Moresby's urban decay and Palau's paradisiacal beauty, along with reflections on Ethiopia's unique history. Richards explores cultural nuances in places like Tokyo, Rome, Jeddah, Central Asia, North Korea, and China, raising questions about wealth, happiness, mental health, and democracy, and concluding with reflections on lifestyle choices inspired by healthy societies and the transformative power of global experiences.
The Travelling Ape by Michael Mackay Richards offers readers an armchair tour of the world and his own personal thoughts and insights on its state throughout, allowing us to connect with his experiences and perspective. I found the book and much of what Richards said to be timely considering where we are globally at this very moment. I felt that the greatest contribution the author makes toward helping us understand how we got here is through his historical contextualization, contemporary relevance, and the present-day implications of past events. Richards does his best to manage a balancing act that is both honest and somewhat objective, more so on religion than on politics and social constructs, and even with swaths of exhaustive research, he writes in a style that is accessible. It's remarkable how much he has traveled and the places he has been, and I have no doubt this book will be a delight for lovers of geography, travel, history, sociology, and pretty much anything relating to the human condition.