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"A Problem From Hell"

"A Problem From Hell"

America and the Age of Genocide

From former UN Ambassador and author of the New York Times bestseller The Education of an Idealist Samantha Power, the Pulitzer Prize-winning book on America’s repeated failure to stop genocides around the world

In her prizewinning examination of the last century of American history, Samantha Power asks the haunting question: Why do American leaders who vow “never again” repeatedly fail to stop genocide?

Power, a professor at the Harvard Kennedy School and the former US Ambassador to the United Nations, draws upon exclusive interviews with Washington’s top policymakers, thousands of declassified documents, and her own reporting from modern killing fields to provide the answer. “A Problem from Hell” shows how decent Americans inside and outside government refused to get involved despite chilling warnings, and tells the stories of the courageous Americans who risked their careers and lives in an effort to get the United States to act.

A modern classic and “an angry, brilliant, fiercely useful, absolutely essential book” (New Republic), “A Problem from Hell” has forever reshaped debates about American foreign policy.

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize
Winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award
Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award
Winner of the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize
Winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award
Winner of the Raphael Lemkin Award
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Genre: Nonfiction / History / Modern / 20th Century

On Sale: May 14th 2013

Price: $13.99 / $17.99 (CAD)

Page Count: 640

ISBN-13: 9780465050895

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Reader Reviews


"Magisterial."—New Yorker
"An angry, brilliant, fiercely useful, absolutely essential book."—The New Republic
"Disturbing...engaging and well written...will likely become the standard text on genocide prevention."—Foreign Affairs
"Forceful.... Power tells this long, sorry history with great clarity and vividness."—Washington Post
"Amazingly persuasive."—New York Review of Books
"Bracing.... Power [is] the new conscience of the U.S. foreign-policy establishment."—Time
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