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A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide

A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide

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By (author) Samantha Power

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  • Publisher: HARPER PERENNIAL
  • Format: Paperback | 620 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 203mm x 30mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 1 September 2007
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0061120146
  • ISBN 13: 9780061120145
  • Edition statement: Reissue
  • Sales rank: 121,381

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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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By Jaclyn Smith 03 Apr 2011 5

Read this if you liked Geoffrey Robertson's 'Crimes Against Humanity.'

This is a very powerfully written book, and gives insight into America's response to and the development of the concept of genocide. I found I just could not put it down, and yet at the same time I found parts of it just made me shake with absolute fear at what has gone on in my own lifetime. Really thought-provoking and a must-read for anyone, particularly those with a human rights/ law background!

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"This is a moving account of how millions of lives were lost."--Former Senate Majority Leader George J. Mitchell (D-Maine)