"Life In The Wrong Lane" - Why Journalists Go In When Everyone Else Wants Out - by Greg Dobbs (iUniverse Inc.) is a book that should be read by anyone over age 12.

It takes the reader behind the scenes and we become aware of what is really risked by news correspondents as they get the story that we will see on our evening news.

Dobbs recollections are both funny and scary, as he and his team were at risk for their lives more times than they could count.

Dobbs traveled through more than 80 nations during his career, which has spanned over 40 years -- first for ABC News and currently for HDNet Television.

For the older reader, it brings back details of incidents you may have put to the back of your mind. Incidents such as Wounded Knee: "The Night I Surrendered To A Cow;" the execution of Gary Gilmore, a double murderer: "The Light And Bright Side Of An Execution;" to Poland under Russian rule/e""A Fistful Of Zlots;" Warsaw, Poland and the train tracks leading in.

Even Afghanistan: "Welcome To My Country" But Not For Long, when Dobbs covered the Soviet invasion of the country in 1979.

It will be like a fun history lesson for those to young to remember these incidents.

Life In The Wrong Lane reveals:

* Amazing adventures "normal" people do everything to avoid.

* What reporters endure to cover a story.

* Is a story ever worth your life?

* What it takes to report in a foreign country.

* How reporting the news has changed over the past 40 or so years, or hasn't.

* The best, worst and craziest aspects of the job.

* Can a news correspondent have a family and a successful career.

According to Dobbs: "This book is not an atlas of troubled places. Nor is it an encyclopedia of major events. The event I got to cover are part of history, but the experiences are evergreen. An I got to every one of them by living life in the wrong lane."

Dobbs worked at ABC News for 23 years, starting in Chicago as an editor for ABC Radio's Paul Harvey, then for TV as a producer.

In 1973 he became a correspondent and in 1977 he was assigned to ABC's bureau in London and then in 1982 to Paris. In mid-1986 he went to ABC's news bureau in Denver. In 1992, when asked to move to New York, he opted to retire from the network.

Dobbs has won two national Emmy awards. He hosted "Colorado State of Mind" for six years on Rocky Mountain PBNS where he won a regional Emmy for "Best Interview/Discussion Program. He has written opinion columns for The Denver Post and has reported and produced stories for National Geographic Television. He is currently a correspondent for HDNet Television, reporting documentaries for the program "World Report."

Dobbs lives in Colorado with his wife Carol. They have two sons, Jason and Alex.

The book sells for $13.95 and is available at iUniverse.com, BarnesandNoble.com and Amazon.com.

It would make a great Christmas gift for any news junkie on your list.

Joyce Laabs can be reached at

features@lakelandtimes.com.