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article imageLonely Planet Writer Admits To Plagiarizing And Drug Dealing

By KJ Mullins     Apr 13, 2008 in Travel
Thomas Kohnstamm, an author for the Lonely Planet wrote a book on his misadventures as an author for the Piers Pickard travel guides. He describes his unethical approach to writing for the guide.
His book, "Do Travel Writers Go to Hell?: A Swashbuckling Tale of High Adventures, Questionable Ethics and Professional Hedonism" hits the book store next week.
wrote about how he supplemented his income by dealing drugs.
Lonely Planet has more than 500 titles that are updated every two to four years. The company employs 300 authors and sells more than 6 million guides a year.
Kohnstamm's book details how he accepted free travel and for at least his Colombia travel guide didn't even bother to go to the country. He instead got all his information from a 'chick' he was dating who worked at the Colombian Consulate. He said he stayed in San Francisco while penning the guide.
Kohnstamm worked on many of the guides including titles on Brazil, Colombia, the Caribbean, Venezuela, Chile and South America.
Lonely Planet is now reviewing the guides that the author worked on.
"If we find that the content has been compromised, we'll take urgent steps to fix it. Once we've got things right for travelers as quickly as we can, we'll look at what we do and how we do it to ensure as best we can that this type of thing never happens again," the e-mail said, according to the newspaper.
So far an 'urgent' review of the guides has revealed no inaccuracies.
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