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'Her highly personal and reflective memoir ... is a must-read for anyone who cares about our role in a changing world' Barack Obama THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF 2019 AN ECONOMIST BOOK OF THE YEAR 2019 A TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT BOOK OF THE YEAR 2019
"An angry, brilliant, fiercely useful, absolutely essential book."-The New Republic
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Non-fiction 2003 A shattering history of the last hundred years of genocidal war that itemises in authoritative, persuasive manner exactly what the West knew and when, and what it chose to do, and what not to do, with that knowledge.
Sergio Vieira de Mello-a humanitarian, peacemaker and state builder -was at centre of the most significant geopolitical crises of the last half-century. Born in 1948, just as the post-World War II order was taking shape, he died in a terrorist attack on UN headquarters in Iraq in 2003 as the battle lines in the twenty first-century's first great polarizing struggle were being drawn. This is a dual biography: the story of a man who never stopped learning and the biography of a perilous world whose ills are too big to ignore but too complex to manage quickly or cheaply. Even as Vieira de Mello arranged food deliveries, organized refugee returns, or negotiated with warlords, he pressed his colleagues to join him in grappling with such questions as: When should killers be engaged and when should they be shunned? When is military force justified? How can outsiders play a role in healing broken people and broken places? He did not have the luxury of simply posing these questions; he had to find answers, apply them, and live with the consequences.
La muerte del carismatico comisionado de los derechos humanos, Sergio Vieira de Mello, en un ataque suicida en Bagdad en 2003, represento, al mismo tiempo, la culminacion tragica de un idealista que dedico su vida a luchar contra la guerra, y el inicio de una serie de desventuras para los representantes de la ONU en Irak. En esta interesante biografia, la ganadora del premio Pulitzer Samantha Power sigue a Vieira a traves de su carrera, explica su condicion de exiliado, habla de sus aportaciones a la construccion de la paz y recuerda las trasgresiones a las practicas burocraticas de la ONU que lo llevaron a convertirse en una de las figuras centrales de la diplomacia internacional durante las decadas finales del siglo XX.
At the dawn of a new era, this book brings together leading activists, policy-makers and critics to reflect upon fifty years of attempts to improve respect for human rights. Authors include President Jimmy Carter, who helped inject human rights concerns into US policy; Wei Jingsheng, who struggled to do so in China; Louis Henkin, the modern "e;father"e; of international law, and Richard Goldstone, the former chief prosecutor for the Yugoslav and Rwandan war crimes tribunals. A half-century since the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights the time is right to assess how policies and actions effect the realization of human rights and to point to new directions and challenges that lie ahead. A must have for everyone in the human rights community and the broader foreign policy community as well as the reader who is increasingly aware of the visibility of human rights concerns on the public stage.
La autora analiza como ha reaccionado el gobierno de Estados Unidos en los distintos casos de genocidio del siglo XX, desde la matanza de armenios en la primera Guerra Mundial hasta los asesinatos en masa de los tutsi de Ruanda en 1994. Con entrevistas exclusivas, la revision de documentos hasta hace poco restringidos y su experiencia como corresponsal de guerra, Power hace una escalofriante llamada de atencion sobre las responsabilidades del poder economico y militar.
A shattering history of the last hundred years of genocidal war which won the Pulitzer Prize for Non-fiction 2003.'The United States has never in its history intervened to stop genocide and has in fact rarely even made a point of condemning it as it occurred.'In this convincing and definitive interrogation of the last century of American history and foreign policy, Samantha Power draws upon declassified documents, private papers, unprecedented interviews and her own reporting from the modern killing fields to tell the story of American indifference and American courage in the face of man's inhumanity to man.Tackling the argument that successive US leaders were unaware of genocidal horrors as they were occurring - against Armenians, Jews, Cambodians, Kurds, Rwandans, Bosnians - Samantha Power seeks to establish precisely how much was known and when, and claims that much human misery and tragedy could readily have been averted. It is clear that the failure to intervene was usually caused not by ignorance or impotence, but by considered political inaction. Several heroic figures did work to oppose and expose ethnic cleansing as it took place, but the majority of American politicians chose always to do nothing, as did the American public: Power notes that 'no US president has ever suffered politically for his indifference to its occurrence. It is thus no coincidence that genocide rages on.' This riveting book makes a powerful case for why America, as both sole superpower and global citizen, must make such indifference a thing of the past.