A Problem from Hell

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HarperCollins, 2002 - History - 620 pages
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Winner of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize For General Nonfiction National Book Critics Circle Award Winner

In her award-winning interrogation of the last century of American history, Samantha Power -- a former Balkan war correspondent and founding executive director of Harvard's Carr Center for Human Rights Policy -- asks the haunting question: Why do American leaders who vow "never again" repeatedly fail to stop genocide? Drawing upon exclusive interviews with Washington's top policy makers, access to newly declassified documents, and her own reporting from the modern killing fields, Power provides the answer in "A Problem from Hell" -- a groundbreaking work that tells the stories of the courageous Americans who risked their careers and lives in an effort to get the United States to act.

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Not just the writing style, but the topic… - Goodreads
Well researched and written ... powerful, disturbing. - Goodreads
an extremely well researched and written book - Goodreads
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It is well researched--over 40 pages of footnotes. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Gigi Blanchard - Goodreads

This book is a heart breaking look into America's REAL global role. This is what our history classes are missing, the truth. This is a book I will always keep and revisit from time to time. I ... Read full review

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User Review  - Keiko Kanno - Goodreads

This book is very well written, eye-opening book on the limits of humanitarian intervention to stop genocide and mass atrocities around the world. This is not a pleasant book to read, but I feel it is an essential reading for anyone interested in human rights and genocide intervention. Read full review

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Samantha Power is a foreign policy columnist at Time magazine. She is the Anna Lindh Professor of Practice of Global Leadership and Public Policy at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government, where she was the founding executive director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. She is a recipient of the National Magazine Award and the Pulitzer Prize, and she lives in Winthrop, Massachusetts.

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