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Truckee’s Bookshelf to host man who visited every country in world

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TRUCKEE, Calif. — "Around the World in Fifty Years " — that's the title of world traveler, extreme adventurer and author Albert Podell's latest book.

Having returned from global escapades such as near-lynchings (he was seconds away from losing his head in Pakistan), crocodile attacks in Botswana and dubious encounters in Mogadishu, often dubbed the most dangerous city in the world, Truckee looks like an extremely peaceful place to visit.

Podell will host a book signing and a slideshow at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at Hooligan's Bookstore, located at The Bookshelf at 11429 Donner Pass Road.

Hoping to meet with the Truckee community and share his amazing images and travel tales, Podell is looking forward to engaging with other extreme travelers and athletes who share his passions.

His desire to visit distant lands and possibly bring the world a little closer drives him. Offering an opportunity to view his slideshow and listen to his inspirational stories, Podell wants to push people out of their comfort zones, take joy in the present moment and possibly see a sunrise in a faraway country never visited.

Podell's travel resumé includes a world record for the longest automobile journey ever made (around the world), during which he blasted his way out of minefields, survived a vehicle breakdown atop the "Peak of Death" in Costa Rica, met up with would-be lynchers, and lost three of the five men who started with him (two to disease and one to the Vietcong).

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All this happened while he was working various gigs as a magazine editor, director of photography, advertising creative director, and trial attorney. He also owns a playhouse in New York City, is a former editor for Playboy Magazine, has written more 300 magazine articles, and wrote the adventure classic, "Who Needs a Road."

As a mountaineer, Al has climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa, Mt. Fuji in Japan, Mt. Whitney, the highest mountain in the continental United States, and the third, fifth, and seventh highest mountains in North America (all three are in Mexico).

Also a world skier, Truckee/Tahoe has long held appeal for him and he's looking forward to some runs when he arrives in town.