Staying Safe Abroad: Traveling, Working, and Living in a Post-9/11 World

By Edward L. Lee II; Reviewed by Terry V. Cochran, CPP, CAS

***** Staying Safe Abroad: Traveling, Working and Living in a Post-9/11 World. By Edward L. Lee II; published by Sleeping Bear Risk Solutions LLC, (Web); 360 pages; $22.95.

This is a more complete follow-up to author Edward Lee’s A Personal Safety Guide for International Travelers, incorporating the world of issues that has arisen since that text was published in 2000. Lee’s wisdom, accrued over decades spent countering terrorism and crime overseas, shows. He offers something for everyone, from first-time international travelers to seasoned globetrotters and people living abroad.

Lee provides his sound advice and tips in a structured format, dividing the book into six sections to help readers find subjects quickly. Ample checklists make the book an easy-to-use reference guide. Lee also gives real examples of crimes committed against travelers under various circumstances, and he explains how the targets could have avoided becoming victims.

Travelers will find directions to added resources, including various Web site addresses. The book is small in size (4 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches) and easy to pack and carry. Lee even provides his own e-mail address so that readers can send him questions or request a copy of his “Executive Travel Checklist,” apparently at no cost.

For members of corporations and other organizations, the book includes discussion of “duty to protect” requirements for international companies, kidnap insurance, bribery and ransom issues, corruption, and economic espionage.

To say this book is comprehensive is an understatement. What’s more, it contains advice that works. It would be an excellent primary reference for everyone from the security manager to the vacation traveler.

Reviewer: Terry V. Cochran, CPP, CAS (Certified Anti-Terrorism Specialist), is a security consultant offering security management, education, and training as well as services such as investigations, surveys, and audits. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and has earned several certifications from the Department of Defense. She has more than 20 years’ experience in security and is a member of ASIS.



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