Is For Good Men To Do Nothing


What does the world think about America since then? While war rages in Iraq, Is For Good Men To Do Nothing embarks on a travel adventure, from Afghanistan to Athens, Kuwait to Kathmandu, to answer those questions and more. It’s international politics with a human touch—and a human mission.

International Service

Is for Good Men to do Nothing documents one USA Rotary Club’s heartbreaking international service project in the Afghan refugee camps in Pakistan.

Critical Praise

“Entertaining and often enlightening,” says Marie Jones with Curled Up with a Good Book. “This is a guy with a soul and a heart and a conscience and a purpose that transcend politics, and I’d travel with him anytime.”

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In the aftermath of September 11, can one Rotary Club—one Rotarian—make a difference in the world?

An enjoyable read Orrin Judd, Brothers Judd Book Reviews

“An enjoyable read,” says Judd. “The best portions of the book actually come at Mr. Verrill's own expense as his can-do attitude bumps up against bureaucrats and regulations that say no-you-can't.”

A highly readable travel book Tony Cole, eBookAnoid, Brisbane, Australia

“This is a highly readable travel book, a political testament and a very human document that I would warmly recommend anyone to read.”

Always entertaining Heidi Davis, Sacramento

“Witty, colorful, always entertaining. It’s The New Yorker magazine meets National Geographic.”

The next Bill Bryson Linda Monden, Wailuku, Hawaii

“Instead of taking a walk in the woods, Chris Verrill travels to the world’s hot spots. He’s the next Bill Bryson.”

Why Did September 11 Happen?

On September 11, 2001, like everyone, the author awoke to a different world. In addition to taking up a collection at his Rotary club meeting that morning, he decided he wanted to do more. What caused this tragedy? What motivated the terrorists? These questions sent him on a journey. Not simply a physical journey to the Middle East and beyond, but a journey of discovery.

The Western world wrung its collective hands in response to a new survivalist fear of traveling following that fateful fall morning. Suicide bombers breathed their last in the West Bank. SARS contaminated the air. War ravaged Iraq. Or war liberated Iraq, depending on your perspective. In as lighthearted a way as was possible under the circumstances, the author sets out to explore these troubled hot spots and figure out why America continues to be sometimes loved and sometimes hated. Sometimes by the very same people. “Americans go home,” said a university student in India. “And take me with you.”

"Is For Good Men To Do Nothing" chronicles the author’s trek from the USA to Afghanistan, and 27 countries along the way, on a quest to try and figure out why this tragedy occurred; and maybe even do something about it. Along the way he is interrogated by Israeli security, enjoys the breathtaking views of Liechtenstein, stomachs the poverty of Ethiopia, gets abducted by an angry bus driver in Greece, meets with UN officials in New York and Geneva, gets his pocket picked in Rome, says goodbye to his aging grandfather on Maui, talks politics in Kuwait, visits the last of the white rhinos in Tanzania, crosses from Pakistan into India in a motorcade under full military escort, and finally interviews former Mujahedeen fighters in Afghanistan. All the while trying to make a small difference in the world by creating a vocational education program to aid Afghan refugees. International politics with a human touch—and a human mission.

Travelogue to the Afghan Refugee Camps

Inspiration to Learn
Inspiration to do Good
Travel the World
Discover Why
Create Vocational Education Programs in Refugee Camps

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Every Day
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My heartfelt thanks to everyone who helped with this book. Some inspired me. Some gave feedback. Many I met along the way. A few were simply the recipient of a note somewhere during the voyage.

Muhammad Ali, Amanda in Athens, Pie Maker Ando, Cossette Arranz, Neelofar Awan, Maqsood Azeemi, Paul Azevedo, Mai-Britt Babri, Max Babri, Haji Barayali, Donna Baranski-Walker, Edoardo Bellando, Dave Bertini, Marc Bookman, Boshpoor the-friend-of-the-friend, John Brinkley, Ken Broome, Naeem Bukhari, Stan Breier, Chris Call, Tyler Call, Chloe Campbell, Mark Campbell, Arun Casuba, Peter Chiu, Brett Conklin, Bill Cranston, Christine Hawkins Cross, Stewart Cross, Jerry Crow, Heidi Davis-Spargo, Lorraine Dechter, Rakesh Dhawan, Ellsworth Dolan, Elsie Dolan, Eric Falt, Federico from Argentina, Karen Fischer, Sammyjujubunnykins Fork, Sterling Foster, Larry Friedberg, Dawn Gibbs, Squirtybuckets Gibbs, Angela Godfrey, Courtland Grove, Katherine Grove, Small Turkey Gusman, Marsha Gusman, Vince Gusman, Michael Hage, Patrick Hall, Jeff Halper, Monica Harshman, Frog Blinder Harvick, Zalmai Rahim Hashmi, Debbie Hennessy, Goldilocks Hirahara, Newton Hockey, Noreen Hockey, Jack Hug, Denise Hunter-Gilbert, Todd Hunter-Gilbert, Sheila Hyman, Mohammad Ishaq, Fadhili Ismaili, Ginny Jacquith, Jo Jamieson, Nadia Jan, Christy Kaiser, Bill Kean, Har Rai Singh Khalsa, Ashar Noman Khan, Hamish Khan, Khanim Ullah Khan, Usman Khan, Wakeel Khan, Kimani in Nairobi, Shakespeare Klagenberg, Wendy Kobashigawa, Bernie Kuiten, Magic Kumra, O.P. Kumra, Peter Lagarias, Asuka LeHoty, Checkers LeHoty, Liam on the train, Molly Linehan, Yvonne Lorvan, Akhtar Malik, Rajkumar Manandhar, Danny Manasse, Sylvester Mathias, George Mauro, Lalit Mehra, Noreen Mirza, Zahid Mirza, Salim Mohammand, Fary Moini, Linda Monden, Cat Moran, Bubba Moses, Moses Muriithi, Paul Myrtvedt, Shyam Nagpal, David Neff, Nicholas the Maasai, Mike Nichols, Donna O’Shaugnessy, Oasis Hotel supervisor, Thomas Papadopoulos, Iftikhar ur Rahman, Sridhar Ramanathan, J.S. Rathore, Abdul Razaq, Renee in Gimmelwald, Rhi in Athens, Shelley Ricca, Martin Rieder, Adnan Saboor Rohaila, Rauf Rohaila, Mazen Sabassi, Pervez Saddiqui, Arash Saifi, M. Akhtar Saifi, Scott Sakakihara, Sally the Peace Corp worker, Skip Sanderson, Shahjehan Sayed, Jonaid Shah, Meeno Shah, Mualim Shah, Samia Shah, Zamarud Shah, Abrahim Shahwali, Salim Shawamreh, Ahmad Shehzad, Robindra Sikhrakar, Karan Singh, Ravi Man Singh, Aseem Singhal, Michelle Slade, Lennon Smith, John Snobar, Marilyn St. Germain-Hall, Giovanni Stabile, Dinesh Srivastava, Steve in Rijeka, Diana Tacey, Emily Taylor, Blue Thicksten, Heidi Verrill, Jeff Verrill, Richard Verrill, Suzanne Verrill, T. Verrill, Kul Vidyarthi, Jon Washburn, Waldo, Tim Wall, Tyler Williams, Colleen Wright, Steve Wright, Joanne Wynne, Ed Young and of course, John, Paul, George and Ringo, and Anwar and Bahram, and even Fred, Wilma, Barney, Betty and Dino. There are many others I met along my journey whose name I didn’t get, but they are certainly not forgotten—although with my porous memory, you can’t be too sure—but I sincerely thank them as well.

A special thanks to the following Rotary Clubs for making this adventure possible: Woodside Portola Valley, Peshawar, Peshawar Unitown, Peshawar South, and Islamabad West. Thanks also to these clubs, some of whom helped with Rotary ART/Khurasan School and some who simply welcomed me to their weekly meeting: Addis Ababa West, Amman Philadelphia, Amsterdam Halfweg, Athens, Cairo El-Mohandessin, Cairo Giza Metropolitan, Delhi, Delhi East, Delhi Midtown, Delhi Safdarjang, Delhi South, Delhi South Cosmopolitan, Delhi West, Geneva Sud, Jerusalem, Istanbul Aksaray, Kabul, Kahului, Kantipur, Lahaina, Lahore, Lahore Shaheen, Maui, Maui Upcountry, Nairobi, Nairobi Langata, Nairobi North, New York, Tel Aviv Jaffa, and Venice.

Most of all, my deepest thanks to the Rotary Club of Pacifica, without whom this adventure never would have happened.

Critical Praise

“For anyone who hasn’t found the time to travel beyond the boundaries of their own country, I highly recommend reading Chris Verrill’s Is For Good Men To Do Nothing. A more intimate view of international travel could not be achieved without actually doing it.” says Adrienne Jones of Swamp Review. “Through his honest and colorful story telling, it’s easy to forget that this is a work of non-fiction, and the real world isn’t scripted.”
“I enjoyed Is For Good Men to Do Nothing, which is an excellent piece of journalistic writing. It makes the reader think, and in the current climate that can never be a bad thing,” says Simon McLeish of McLeish Book Reviews. “This is a really interesting story, mainly because Verrill comes across as genuinely interested in the opinions he hears, even when they are very different from his own. More than that, this book gives hope that there are Americans not caught up in mindless jingoism and above all shows that determination to make a difference is important.”
“This book is horrible, poorly written, and really kind of boring. Whatever you do, don’t read this book.” —Osama bin Laden

Rotary Reviews

A humanitarian in the trenches

“A tremendous read from a human chronicler of an historic venture and adventure who happens to be a Rotarian—that is, a humanitarian in the trenches.” —Steve Wright, Past President, Rotary Club of Pacifica

Touched many lives

“I love that Chris Verrill. You are an incredible human being and I am proud to know you. You saw a need and tried your best to help. How many people get such an opportunity? You touched many lives not only those you met in your travels but those who will read about your travels.” –Marilyn St. Germain-Hall, Past President, Rotary Club of Pacifica

A book I could not put down

“What I also remember is that it [September 11] launched Chris Verrill on his search for why these dastardly deeds had been done which resulted in a book I could not put down.” —Stuart Katz, Rotary Club of Pacifica

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  • “Lively and engaging,” says Sykes. “A balanced reflection upon the events and the aftermath of September 11th and the Iraq conflict.”

    Mark Sykes, Athena Press

  • “This book is a fascinating read. I don't use that word lightly.”

    Kay Grace, KCHO Saturday Showcase