"A Problem from Hell": America and the Age of Genocide

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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
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It is well researched--over 40 pages of footnotes. - Goodreads

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This book took me awhile to get through but was very informative. Interesting insight into horrific acts of genocide and the role the US played. I knew little to nothing about most of the events discussed so a good historical overview of some important events I should be familiar with. Read full review

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This book took me a year to read (with some major hiatuses throughout) but it is an extremely important book that is remarkably researched and very readable. 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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