Like Water on Stone: The Story of Amnesty International

Like Water on Stone: The Story of Amnesty International


By (author) Jonathan Power, Foreword by Sir Paul McCartney

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  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 198mm x 16mm | 230g
  • Publication date: 25 April 2002
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0140282319
  • ISBN 13: 9780140282313
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Illustrations note: facsimiles, index
  • Sales rank: 1,600,296

Product description

Founded in London in 1961 by a radical lawyer, Peter Berenson, Amnesty International is one of the most influential and respected non-governmental organizations in the world. Its story reflects the changing attitudes to political prisoners and human rights throughout the first and third worlds. Always controversial, Amnesty continues to question orthodoxies. Its struggle to free political prisoners goes on, but it also recognizes the need to fight for human rights in whatever form they are denied or abused.

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Author information

Jonathan Power's weekly foreign affairs column is syndicated to over twenty newspapers throughout the world. He has published five previous books and most recently edited the official history of the United Nations.

Table of contents

Prologue - the wheel turns in Nigeria; Guatemala - "only political killings"; Bokassa, the dead children and the lessons unlearnt; the Pinochet case; Amnesty's 40 years; Northern Ireland - Britain's dirty war; Amnesty's black mark - the Baader-Meinhof gang; Amnesty's success stories; China - from better to worse?; the USA -land of the free?; do we need to make war on behalf of human rights?.