Customer Reviews


6 Reviews
5 star:
 (4)
4 star:
 (1)
3 star:
 (1)
2 star:    (0)
1 star:    (0)
 
 
 
 
 
Average Customer Review
Share your thoughts with other customers
Create your own review
 
 

The most helpful favourable review
The most helpful critical review


5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb read.
I'm glad there are people doing the good described in this tale. Whatever their motives, and this book certainly questions them, those of us who lay claim to the humanitarian common ground, without having to doubt the adrenaline rush or money that may drive the [paid] volunteers, can only be glad that for whatever reason they choose to do it. Thoroughly engrossing and...
Published on 21 July 2005

versus
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the book I was looking for
I made a mistake so I ordered the Sir Ranulph Feinnes copy but thanks.
Mr R D Clarke

Merry Xmas
Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer


Most Helpful First | Newest First

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb read., 21 July 2005
By A Customer
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Where Soldiers Fear to Tread: At work in the Fields of Anarchy (Hardcover)
I'm glad there are people doing the good described in this tale. Whatever their motives, and this book certainly questions them, those of us who lay claim to the humanitarian common ground, without having to doubt the adrenaline rush or money that may drive the [paid] volunteers, can only be glad that for whatever reason they choose to do it. Thoroughly engrossing and very readable
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great eye-opener, 25 Jun 2005
This review is from: Where Soldiers Fear to Tread: At work in the Fields of Anarchy (Hardcover)
Superbly written and very hard to put down, this book throws quite a few surprises. Burnett provides first-hand insight into the adventurous and dangerous world of those on the field who distribute humanitarian aid.
This is fascinating read and it certainly opened my eyes, from the politicizing of aid to dodging the bullets in a war zone. These people, the relief workers, are the real heroes. As the cover says - anybody who gives 20 dollars for a humanitarian crisis, better read this book.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bullet Train, 2 July 2005
This review is from: Where Soldiers Fear to Tread: At work in the Fields of Anarchy (Hardcover)
This book reads like a bullet train from New York to Mogadishu, from heaven to hell, a pageturner if ever there was one. You get a privileged insight into the life of a reliefworker, a first hand account of the absurd madness of a godforsaken place where anarchy rules and where lives have no value.
Speedboats donated by western governments to distribute relief supplies quickly turn into perfect terror tools for local warlords, who find them to be ideal to impose their will on the population, specially when mounted with a machine gun...
John Burnett completely repaints the picture that I had in my mind of a relief worker. Only guts, ingenuity and a whole lotta luck will help you to get out alive of a place like this.
From the comfort of your home to the nightmare of Somalia is just a book away...
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Yep, no more donations to disaster charities from me !, 29 Sep 2010
By 
M. J. Harris (Scotland) - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME)   
Honest (I assume) and revealing record of the mess that was the flood-relief effort in Somalia. Funny in parts, very sad in others, and fairly well written (although written by an American, so avoid if you get annoyed by their habit of leaving out words in phrases like "Four hundred fifty nine million dollars" - LEARN ENGLISH MAN!). Anyway, a good read and you will not be so quick to get your wallet out when the next appeal goes out, so it will save you some money in the long run.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Real Heroes -- and a Great Read!, 2 Feb 2007
There are not many books that you pick up and don't put down until its finished but I've found one. It starts fast and stays that way, building the suspense. The TV survival shows pale in comparison to the events in this book. This is fascinating read and it certainly opened my eyes, from the politicizing of aid to dodging the bullets in a war zone. These people, the relief workers, are the real heroes. As the cover says - anybody who gives [...] dollars for a humanitarian crisis, better read this book.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the book I was looking for, 19 Dec 2012
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
I made a mistake so I ordered the Sir Ranulph Feinnes copy but thanks.
Mr R D Clarke

Merry Xmas
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


Most Helpful First | Newest First

This product

Where Soldiers Fear to Tread: At work in the Fields of Anarchy
Used & New from: 0.01
Add to wishlist See buying options
Only search this product's reviews