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A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide

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Awards

2003 Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction
2003 J. Anthony Lukas Prize for nonfiction
2002 National Book Critics Circle Award for general nonfiction

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

A Problem from Hell is a path-breaking interrogation of the last century of American history. Samantha Power poses a question that haunts our nation's past: Why do American leaders who vow "never again" repeatedly fail to marhsal the will and the might to stop genocide? She provides the answer in the form of the suspenseful story of courageous individuals who risked their careers and lives in an effort to get the United States to act. Drawing upon exclusive interviews with Washington's top policymakers, access to thousands of pages of newly declassified documents, and her own reporting from the modern killing fields, Power shows how those who urged U.S. action were thwarted again and again by ignorance, indifference, and, above all, a failure of imagination.

Review:

"Nothing less than a masterwork of contemporary journalism....Extraordinary....An angry, brilliant, fiercely useful, absolutely essential book." The New Republic

Review:

"The emotional force of Power's argument is carried by moving, sometimes almost unbearable stories of the victims and survivors of such brutality....This is a well-researched and powerful study that is both a history and a call to action." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"A well-reasoned argument for the moral necessity of halting genocide wherever it occurs, and an unpleasant reminder of our role in enabling it, however unwittingly." Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

In this pathbreaking interrogation of the last century of American history, Samantha Power draws upon declassified cables, private papers, exclusive interviews with Washington's top policy-makers, and her own reporting from the modern killing fields to tell the story of American indifference and American courage in the face of the worst massacres of the 20"th" century.

Power shows how and why Americans have rarely marshaled their might to stop genocide. She tells the suspenseful story of those who risked their careers and lives in an effort to get the U.S. to live up to the promise of "never again." By paying particular attention to the last 30 years of world carnage, Power shows how the lessons of the Holocaust can co-exist with an American diplomatic and military policy of inaction. "A Problem from Hell" makes a riveting case for why, as both great power and global citizen, we must renew our vigilance against genocide.

Synopsis:

At the end of World War II, nearly three million Jews were trapped inside the Soviet Union. They lived a paradoxunwanted by a repressive Stalinist state, yet forbidden to leave. When They Come for Us, Well Be Gone is the astonishing and inspiring story of their rescue. Drawing on newly released Soviet government documents, as well as hundreds of oral interviews, Gal Beckerman shows not only how the movement led to a mass exodus in 1989, but also how it gave the American Jewish community a renewed sense of spiritual purpose and taught it to flex its political muscle. In cinematic detail, this multi-generational saga, filled with suspense and packed with revelations, provides an essential missing piece of Cold War and Jewish history.

Synopsis:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [583]-597) and index.

About the Author

Samantha Power teaches human rights and U.S. foreign 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. From 1993 to 1996 Power reported on the wars in the former Yugoslavia for the Boston Globe, The Economist,and The New Republic: Moving from Inspiration to Impact.Born in 1970, Power immigrated to the United States from Ireland at the age of nine. She is a graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School, and she lives in Winthrop, Massachusetts.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780060541644
Subtitle:
The Epic Struggle to Save Soviet Jewry
Author:
Power, Samantha
Author:
Power, Samantha
Author:
Beckerman, Gal
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Holocaust
Subject:
Demography
Subject:
Political History
Subject:
Genocide
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - International Secur
Subject:
Jewish
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Perennial ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
III
Publication Date:
20110915
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
640
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 1 lb

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Product details 640 pages Perennial (HarperCollins) - English 9780060541644 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Nothing less than a masterwork of contemporary journalism....Extraordinary....An angry, brilliant, fiercely useful, absolutely essential book."
"Review" by , "The emotional force of Power's argument is carried by moving, sometimes almost unbearable stories of the victims and survivors of such brutality....This is a well-researched and powerful study that is both a history and a call to action."
"Review" by , "A well-reasoned argument for the moral necessity of halting genocide wherever it occurs, and an unpleasant reminder of our role in enabling it, however unwittingly."
"Synopsis" by , In this pathbreaking interrogation of the last century of American history, Samantha Power draws upon declassified cables, private papers, exclusive interviews with Washington's top policy-makers, and her own reporting from the modern killing fields to tell the story of American indifference and American courage in the face of the worst massacres of the 20"th" century.

Power shows how and why Americans have rarely marshaled their might to stop genocide. She tells the suspenseful story of those who risked their careers and lives in an effort to get the U.S. to live up to the promise of "never again." By paying particular attention to the last 30 years of world carnage, Power shows how the lessons of the Holocaust can co-exist with an American diplomatic and military policy of inaction. "A Problem from Hell" makes a riveting case for why, as both great power and global citizen, we must renew our vigilance against genocide.

"Synopsis" by , At the end of World War II, nearly three million Jews were trapped inside the Soviet Union. They lived a paradoxunwanted by a repressive Stalinist state, yet forbidden to leave. When They Come for Us, Well Be Gone is the astonishing and inspiring story of their rescue. Drawing on newly released Soviet government documents, as well as hundreds of oral interviews, Gal Beckerman shows not only how the movement led to a mass exodus in 1989, but also how it gave the American Jewish community a renewed sense of spiritual purpose and taught it to flex its political muscle. In cinematic detail, this multi-generational saga, filled with suspense and packed with revelations, provides an essential missing piece of Cold War and Jewish history.

"Synopsis" by , Includes bibliographical references (p. [583]-597) and index.
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