on 27 March 1998
I really got into this book. Used to think Burma was dangerous because a creepy dicatorship was in power. Now I know there has been a mish-mash of tribes fighting each other for a very long time. Mind blowing to know in some countries you can be robbed right in the airport. The accounts sometimes show both sides of a fight /revolution. And cities that are free-for-alls in Pakistan, where even the military left after having too many troops sniped. And so the backwater hellhole countries don't feel bad, it reviews dangerous cities too, including Mexico City, New York and Los Angeles, and the cities of Columbia where the murder rate is 10 times that of New York. A friend lent me the book. Couldn't find it at local bookstores. This place has it. Buy it, Share it! good reading since you'd never want to goto many of these places, but you'll understand the news about them.
on 7 September 1999
As a frequent traveller and retired Army officer, I find that Mr. Pelton and his co-authors are very accurate in their descriptions and observations of the countries and places in this book.
As a traveller to Africa, the Philippines, the Pacific rim, Eastern Europe, Mexico, and South and Central America, I find the book to be accurate in every sense. It also offers valuable geo-political lessons about the world.
To the Amazon web editor: It would be a good thing if Amazon removed the duplicate set of comments by our opinionated, close-minded friend from South Africa. It sounds as if the writer has some agenda against the book, which is too bad. It is a disservice to a great book.
on 27 September 1998
Things that rock about this book.
1. Updated yearly. Where to avoid changes quickly, ya know.
2. Acts as a jumping off point. Most sections have net address, mailing addresses, or phone numbers for more current research.
3. Keeps things in perspective. How dangerous is terrorism compared to disease compared to driving compared to medical emergencies, etc..
4. Lighthearted, easy to read approach.
5. Political outlook. This isn't only a travel guide. Read this one cover to cover and you'll find out just how many petty dictators the CIA has installed and what the long term effects of that have been.
6. Chapters specific to both nations and hazards. Whether you need to know how to deal with Kurdistan or Kidnapping, there's a chapter on each.
7. General travel info. Great concentrated sections on general purpose travel planning for those who's idea of a great travel catalog runs closer to MSR than LLBean.
8. Actual accounts. Real stories from the places discussed, where the authors tell you who they ran from and who they had to bribe to still be alive to write this book for you. No macho hooey.
on 30 December 1997
If you want a grand overview of the top players in world disorder and mayhem, DP is the sine non qua of references. For students of chaos, DP provides comprehensive and enlightening treatments of the Khmer Rouge, Shining Path, Mujadeen, KKK, et al, and their impacts on their local (and sometimes global) turf. For those who can't tell a Serb from sleighbell, DP decodes all the players and their whacked-out ideologies with precision and wit. If you seek genuine, on-the-ground reportage of regional conflicts (without the strangled interpretations of "objective journalism"), you'll find no better reading then DP. As a travel guide, DP suffers one minor flaw: the places described really *are* dangerous. It's only fair to mention this, because the tenor of DP is one of levity and...well...FUN!, despite all the provisos, warnings, and cautions provided in its various sections. So be advised: you can die in dangerous places. Really! That's why they're called "dangerous" and not "great places for chillin', dude." Would you *like* being shaken-down by drunken soldiers wielding AKs? Is it "fun" to have a gun jammed between your eyeballs over $5.00? Or to take cover in your cement-walled, roach-infested bathroom during a very noisy three-day coup? Yeah, maybe in retrospect. But there is always the possibility of your rude and unexpected demise, and that is worth considering. There *is no safety* for those who travel to dangerous places. No risk reduction strategy, no places of refuge, no safe harbor. You went there. Now let's see if your luck holds (did you buy a round-trip ticket?). Regardless, it's good to see a major update to DP's 3rd and most recent edition. Many of the descriptions in DP2 were remarkably out of date even on the book's release in late-1996. DP3 is a great book for those who are just a tad...bored...with 9 to 5, life insurance policies, 401Ks, and health club fees. Be warned though. If you read DP, you may actually get out of your armchair and....go! I dare you.
on 11 December 1997
Mr. Pelton and his co-authors have done a marvelous job in researching, travelling and risking their necks to write this book. The amount of useful information is considerable, and simply cannot be found in any other single publication. The book is also fascinating to read, and gives the reader chilling insights into many countries. Certainly, the TIMELINESS of the information alone is worth the purchase price of this book. It will be a new and valued reference for my travels. Well done.
on 24 April 2000
With this book I was able to plan a trip to Chechnya that was incredible. Sure, it was dangerous, but Fielding's plus some common sense and you can have a lot of fun and learn a lot of things, even in a place of immeasurable suffering. While I may not be ready for Sierra Leone yet, I have been to Bosnia and it's not too bad. It will be even better when they remove all of the landmines that were planted there during the war. Buy this book and forget Hawaii or Europe this year: go to Congo!
on 15 January 1998
The only book that tells you what is really going in the world. Funny, shocking, enlightening and a riot to read. Where's the TV show? Trivia: Hard core DP fans can hang out at Fielding Black Flag at their web site and usually get questions answered by RYP hisself.
on 26 November 1998
DP is one of the few (if not the only) book that can not only tell you what is going on, but why its going on. In doing so he keeps you in stiches laughing so hard that you forget you're reading about the world's worst places. Also one of the few books that provides email addresses for terrorists, real names for rebel leaders and other "where the hell did they get that from?" stuff.
In A Dangerous Place Stories really do bring home the feel and smell of what its like to visit these places without the usual clinical detachment you find in analytica pieces.