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As a former Washington Post investigative reporter who turned to travel writing almost two decades ago, Rudy Maxa brings a journalists eye to this travel series, which features Maxa combining the history, culture, people, music and cuisine of a place with beautiful photography. He also strives to make varied destinations in such countries as India, Turkey, Thailand, Japan and Russia accessible to the first-time visitor and provide advice aimed at helping travelers save on money and hassles.