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Product Details

  • Paperback: 258 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Inc. (December 10, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595416047
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595416042
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,574,267 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Scott Fisher has been living and traveling in Asia and the Middle East for the better part of the past 15 years. During that time he?s almost gotten blown up by Khmer Rouge landmines in Cambodia, shot by soldiers in Vietnam and South Korea, felled by a jungle fever in Borneo, stranded in Siberia, arrested in Tehran, and mortared in Baghdad. Over the same period he?s been a grad student in Korea, worked as an Asia specialist for the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon, served with the U.S. Department of Defense in Baghdad, and currently makes his living as a writer, business owner, and English professor in Seoul, South Korea.

More About the Author

Scott Fisher has been living and traveling in Asia and the Middle East for the better part of the past 15 years. During that time he's almost gotten blown up by Khmer Rouge landmines in Cambodia, shot by soldiers in Vietnam and South Korea, felled by a jungle fever in Borneo, stranded on the Trans-Siberian, arrested in Tehran, and mortared in Baghdad. Over the same period he's been a grad student in Korea, worked as an Asia specialist for the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon, served with the U.S. Department of Defense in Baghdad, and made his living as a writer, business owner, and English professor in Seoul, South Korea.

Customer Reviews

Either way, it will make you think.
Ian K. Leighton
The book is informative, he gave us an honest portrayal from boths sides of all three countries he visited.
V. D Hill
Scott's first hand experiences and engaging writing style make this book a pleasure to read.
D. J. Weinstein

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Nate505 on February 1, 2007
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book on a whim, mostly because I was fasinated with what sort of bizarre place North Korea is like. I must say, Scott seems to give a fairly honest account of the people (what few he could talk to) live and what a total personality cult state North Korea is. I did wish for a little more detail about the little things in the country in general, but keep in mind he probably wasn't thinking of a book when he made that trip, so I'll cut him some slack. It certainly had enough detail to make for a good read.

That being said, the section on Iran was also great, and the most detaile

of all the three 'axis' countries. His experience mirrors what I hear from most westerners in Iran, that the people are pretty friendly and tend to seperate the US govt. from the average US citizen. Scott also manages to tell the story at face value (heck, I wasn't there so I don't know that for sure, but he gives that impression).

Even the section on Iraq was decent, although the weakest of the three mainly because he didn't venture out into much of the war zone and into the real country. Can't say I blame him, but in a book that explores the countries of places the average US citizen can't get a handle on, it does contrast. That being said, it was ceratinly an amusing look into the cluster-youknowwhat that is the US buerrocracy in all its forms, be it military and civilian.

Overall, I was impressed with the book and would recommend it. The North Korea and Iran sections are worth it alone to me, while the Iraq section is an amusing little extra, that does round out the 'axis.' The other refreshing thing about the book was that you didn't get any sort of over the top politicizing. Sure, there were instances where you could feel his political slant a little, but it was farily subtle and not preachy at all, which I find refreshing.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Christian Thompson on April 13, 2007
Format: Paperback
Part PJ O'Rourke and part Paul Theroux, self-described writer, business owner, and professor Scott Fisher embarks upon what may be considered by many a fool's errand; travel to each of the so-called "Axis-of-Evil" countries: North Korea, Iraq, and Iran.

-North Korea-

The book begins with the author traveling deep into the heart of the Never Never Land of Kim Jong Il's North Korea. There he encounters fully brainwashed and sycophantic followers of the "Dear Leader." The government-run tour is the only way that foreigners may travel there and he describes the surreal experience with amusing insight and an alarming penchant for annoying the aforementioned sycophantic followers. His often heated and always honest exchanges with his guides and a few everyday Koreans demonstrate the truly insidious nature of the last true bastion of communism left in the world.

-Iraq-

From the government-run mishap of North Korea, the book moves to another one in Iraq. Mr. Fisher was sent to Iraq by the State Department, where he was employed as a China analyst (even though he has a graduate degree in Korean Studies). This seemingly ridiculous fact highlights the mismanagement he will come to describe in his book. Due to the increasing violence at the time, he was unable to see much of the daily life of Iraqis, but he details his battles with "by-the-book" Marine colonels and even on-base traffic police with scathing humor. Wherever he goes, he certainly has a way of irritating the powers that be, he but describes these encounters with such wit and charm that one comes away with the impression he'd be a great guy to sit down and have a beer with.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ian K. Leighton on April 3, 2007
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5 stars for Axis of Evil World Tour! This book is a great read with something for everyone. Whether you are a student, diplomat, traveler, in the military, business person, or cultural anthropologist, there is something for you in this book. This book may make you want to travel to these, off the beaten path, countries, or may make you think that those places are not for you. Either way, it will make you think. This book will make you consider as to whether you should pity the people who have to live under their governments rule, or hold them accountable for not doing enough to try and change their governments.

We often hear in the news about the dire conditions that exist in these countries, but is what is said really the truth? This book will shed some light on that issue as it brings to light that perhaps the west is not right for trying to influence these countries, and governments, and that the people may really be happy living there. Or perhaps they are just too brainwashed to know the difference.

Contrary to what the title suggests, this book is not a jab at George Bush, but does bring up an interesting point of view about the term "Axis of Evil".

This book is so much more than a travel book or a travelers diary. Scott Fisher writes in a way tries to take you along on his trip. It is well done for a first book of this genre by a new writer. Not nearly as extreme as something by, say Michael Moore, Scott is not afraid to let his thoughts and political views be known, and this book contains enough sarcasm and cynicism to be a really fun read.
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