Up Front by Martin B. Deutsch for 2015
WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT MARTIN
Martin B. Deutsch created Frequent Flyer magazine in 1980 and was editor-in-chief and publisher for 15 years. He also wrote a column called "Up Front" for Frequent Flyer during those years. In a career that has spanned seven decades, he has published and edited dozens of other magazines, including Travel Management Daily and Travel Age. For many years, he also wrote columns for Argosy and Travel Agent magazines. After Joe Brancatelli created JoeSentMe.com in 2001, he called on Deutsch, his former boss at Frequent Flyer to create its noncommercial format. He is based in New York.


December 10: MAKING BOOK ON THIS YEAR'S BEST BUSINESS-TRAVEL GIFTS
The holiday gift-giving season is upon us and, in fact, almost over. But there's always time to give a book. Regardless of format or genre, books are perfect companions for business travelers. Here are three suggestions from this year's reading list.

November 12: WHEN IN NEW YORK, EAT AS THE ROMANS DO
When business travelers come to New York, they often make a beeline for one of the city's seemingly endless array of Italian restaurants. As a public service, allow me to recommend two, one from a well-known celebrity chef with a growing national empire and another from a quiet and elegant gentleman who devotes his life to one corner of Midtown Manhattan.

October 8: FINAL THOUGHTS ON BUSINESS-TRAVEL FAVORITE HENNING MANKELL
Henning Mankell, one of the giants of the crime fiction genre, died on Monday. Business travelers, who doted on his novels to pass the time between flights and during delays, will certainly miss the 67-year-old scribe. As a frequent reader and reviewer of his work, I'll miss him, too.

August 20: IS THE KANON CANON A MATCH FOR LECARRE?
Thursday was the worst day to fly this summer--more than one in three flights late and more than 1,300 cancelled. That means we need reading material to wait out the delays. So here is the question: Is novelist Joseph Kanon the match for spymaster John LeCarre? Some critics think so, but I'm not sure so sure.

July 30: A WHOLE LOTTA SHIPPING GOING ON IN CHINA
It may be far removed from our day-to-day business travel concerns, but there's a boom in cruising in China. The world's largest cruise lines are reacting by moving their biggest and newest ships there. They are also refining their cruise offerings for Chinese cruisers and their particular likes, wants and requirements.

July 9: TWO AWFUL WARS, ONE AWESOME AUTHOR
This was a monumental week in the course of both world wars. And I admire the work of Max Hastings, an author and scholar who can write insightfully on both conflicts. Two of his recent books make compelling reading as we slog through the summer flight delays and airline meltdowns.

June 25: THE SUMMER READING LIST (PART ONE)
Chances are you have had lots of downtime this week. The summer travel season kicked off with nasty storms nationwide and airlines have delayed us with frightening, if unsurprising, regularity. The solution? Have enough to read while you wait out the delays. Here's the first part of my summer reading list.

June 11: A NEW YORK CLASSIC GETS ANOTHER MAKEOVER
Its contemporaries at the top of the New York entertainment scene are long gone, but Tavern on the Green soldiers on. Not because the cuisine is great, but because the park setting is unique and undeniably attractive. Now on its third chef in the year since it reopened, I return to the Tavern determined to keep an open mind and an impartial palate.

March 5: VOYAGES TO ANTIQUITY, ONE SHIP AT A TIME
Kos? Antalya? Fethiye? Canakkale? Even if you're a cruise veteran, it's possible that you haven't heard of this quartet of Greek and Turkish ports. But these places and many others are featured on the routes traversed by a unique cruise line with a single ship. It may be the perfect antidote to business travel.

January 29: I'D LIKE TO GO 'LATIN FROM MANHATTAN' ONE MORE TIME
I find it difficult to imagine that it's been more than half a century since I last set foot in Cuba, a tropical destination I came to appreciate in my early years as a travel journalist. I miss Havana and I hope to return there once more in the years to come.

January 15: OUR FAVORITE TRAVEL COMPANIONS
A good number of frequent flyers consider books their favorite travel companions. I know how they feel. So consider these traveling partners: a coming-of-age novel; an insightful historical biography and three seat-of-your pants thrillers from a trio of Scandinavian mystery writers.

These columns originally appeared at JoeSentMe.com.

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