A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide

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Harper Collins, Sep 18, 2007 - History - 688 pages
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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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User Review  - kateminasian - LibraryThing

This book was a serious, but very easy to understand, read. I say it was tough, but it is not necessarily the writing, more the subject matter. It is hard to read about genocide no matter how nicely ... Read full review

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User Review  - rivkat - LibraryThing

Genocide and America’s lack of response to it from the Turks killing the Kurds onwards (with not much about the Holocaust—while it’s the point of comparison, it’s also almost unaddressable on its own ... Read full review

Contents

Race Murder
1
A Crime Without a Name
17
The Crime With a Name
31
Lemkins Law
47
A Most Lethal Pair of Foes
61
Helpless Giant
87
Speaking Loudly and Looking for a Stick
155
Human Rights and Chemical Weapons Use Aside
171
No More than Witnesses at a Funeral
247
Mostly in a Listening Mode
329
Getting Creamed
391
A Dog and a Fight
443
Lemkins Courtroom Legacy
475
Conclusion
503
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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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