Eh... these places do make for interesting travel, but not in the way this book presents.The desire to go someplace drastically different from home is completely understandable. And it is getting harder and harder to go someplace that feels different. KIDS: insert your diatribe about the oppressive homogeneity of our global corporatized culture ----> HERE! But the whole value of going someplace different is to expand one's horizons... to learn something about what countries outside the "grid" might have to teach us. Or to learn why things are so bad in a given place, or how they might be made better. This book doesn't remotely aspire to any of those things. It is basically a guidebook for overprivileged adrenaline junkies to make an "extreme sport" of surviving in places where they are neither welcome nor helpful. Having said all that, I concede that if people want to undertake death-defying trips to Sierra Leone, that's their business. If you're inclined to try such a thing, this book won't help you much. There may be an occasional safety tip thrown in, but the bulk of this book comprises sensationalistic accounts of trust fund kids stumbling into war zones, glimpsing unimaginable suffering, and then flying back home to tell everybody at the frathouse how cool they were.