Staff, 2022-10-25 09:42:19,
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Passports have the ability to bring travelers to exciting new locations in pursuit of new adventures—or to plunge them into monotonous bureaucratic limbo.
In his new book, License to Travel: A Cultural History of the Passport (out October 25), Patrick Bixby explores the (perhaps) surprisingly complex and ancient history of the passport, as well as its modern-day significance. Bixby takes readers on a journey from the origins of the passport in ancient Egypt and Han-dynasty China to the collapse of the U.S.S.R. and modern refugee camps. License to Travel delves into the evolution of the passport through the tales of historical figures, celebrities, artists, and writers like Langston Hughes, Pablo Neruda, and Gertrude Stein, as well as movies like The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) and The Terminal (2004).
It also neatly lays out the mighty power of the passport and the pains of passport inequality—whether you have a passport or not and what kind you have could affect how you plan a vacation. But having a “bad” passport can also restrict your ability to move across certain borders and consequently affect the course of your life. Passports issued by economically powerful countries are more likely to get their citizens into the doors of other countries with visa-free travel. Passports issued by less economically developed countries are more likely to give…
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