Mad, Bad and Dan­ger­ous to Know: The Au­to­bi­og­ra­phy

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By Ran­ulph Fi­ennes Hod­der & Stoughton, 402pp, $ 35 MAS­TER of un­der­state­ment (‘‘ I’ve never been much good at sit­ting around at home do­ing noth­ing’’), Ran­ulph Fi­ennes left the mil­i­tary rigours of Bri­tain’s Spe­cial Air Ser­vice to be­come the ar­che­typal ex­plor­erad­ven­turer in 1980, en­dur­ing Antarc­tic tem­per­a­tures of mi­nus 50C and 90- knot winds; a decade later he was trekking across Ara­bian sands where he had ear­lier ‘‘ spent many days and nights am­bush­ing Marx­ist sol­diers’’, this time in search of the lost an­cient city of Ubar. An eas­ier life seems en­tirely out of the ques­tion.

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