Ralph Peters--soldier, controversial strategist, best-selling novelist, popular columnist, and old-fashioned adventurer--recounts for the first time the personal experiences that shaped his views of the world, from the collapsing Soviet Union to the drug wars of the Andean Ridge, from quiet forays into Burma to military missions to Pakistan--and on to the southwest border of the U.S. and the meanest streets of Los Angeles. As the U.S. Army's chosen troubleshooter before he took off his uniform to write, Peters saw the greatest international dramas of our times and the personal tragedies they created from a truly unique perspective--and took advantage of every moment "outside of the wire." The result is startling: the liveliest adventure memoir by an American in decades, a perfect balance of high drama and laugh-out-loud hilarity. Beautifully written and hauntingly told, Looking for Trouble is the book Ralph Peters was born to write. We can all be glad he came back alive to write it.