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The Atlantic:

To avoid the penalty of immediate rejection for failing to answer every question, and even though I believed the last was none of the Kremlin’s business, I dutifully recorded on the form that, when in the armed services of my country, I had proudly and patriotically helped write and edit the official U.S. Army manual on the construction and location of latrines. (Unfortunately, and despite my good intentions, that left me no room to add that I had later been promoted to sergeant, received a top-secret clearance, and became the crew chief of an atomic cannon.)

Well worth a read.

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