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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Power's is thorough, damning, & clear. This book is essential.

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This is an incredible book that is not only a brilliant read but a heart-wrenching history of our country's inaction in the face of genocide. Beginning with the tragedy in Armenia, Power takes readers to all corners of the Earth to document the various genocides and the U.S. government's inability to prevent and/or halt the systmatic annihilation of millions of innocent citizens. Power's history ends with the conflicts in Bosnia and Rwanda, but her message speaks powerfully for those concerned with the current genocide in Darfur.
Every individual who believes in human rights should read this book.

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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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