Synopses & Reviews
The Cold War has been followed by a decade of regional and ethnic conflicts, massacres, and forced exiles. Should America assume the role of peacekeeper and chief humanitarian in a world of endless wars and human disasters? Eminent foreign correspondent William Shawcross has spent much of his career in war zones and has had unrivaled access to diplomats, peacekeepers, and global policymakers at the highest levels, including UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, for whom he has high regard. In Deliver Us from Evil, which has a new epilogue for the paperback edition, Shawcross takes us behind the lines with him to Cambodia, Bosnia, Somalia, Sierra Leone, East Timor, Rwanda, and Kosovo to show us how complex and costly Western interventions are and how naïve are our hopes of peacemaking without bloodshed.
John F. Matlock, Jr. The New York Times Book Review With vivid description, Shawcross gives us the context in which conflicts have arisen and unforgettable glimpses of their catastrophic impact on human lives.
Gavin Esler Daily Mail (London) Shawcross gets to the heart of...the UN and how it responds, or fails to respond, to international crises in what he calls "a world of endless conflict." Shawcross is quite simply one of the best reporters of his generation.
Joseph Nye The Boston Globe Well written and filled with troubling truths.
John Keegan author of The First World War and The Face of Battle Deliver Us from Evil is eloquent and heartrending. In the last two decades, unorganized armies, often not under state control, have done as much harm as national armies. William Shawcross's horrifying account of modern genocide and his dramatic stories of the brave men and women who attempt to make and keep the peace is a powerful call to action which must be heeded.
Michael Beschloss author of At the Highest Levels and The Crisis Years At a moment when Americans are debating when and where we should intervene, a world-class journalist and scholar brings us an important and groundbreaking book on the fresh traumas of the post -- Cold War world and those who are struggling against them. I turned the last page feeling both horrified and hopeful.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -432) and index.
About the Author
William Shawcross is the author of Sideshow, for which he won the George Polk Award for reporting and the Sidney Hillman Foundation Prize, as well as The Quality of Mercy, The Shah's Last Ride, and Murdoch. He lives in England. Deliver Us from Evil was one of six finalists for the Samuel Johnson Prize, Britain's most prestigious nonfiction award.
Table of Contents
Prologue: The World1s Texan
ÿÿÿÿÿ 1 Another World War
ÿÿÿÿÿ 2 From Phnom Penh to Sarajevo
ÿÿÿÿÿ 3 Remaking Cambodia
ÿÿÿÿÿ 4 Crossing the Mogadishu Line
ÿÿÿÿÿ 5 Genocide in Our Time
ÿÿÿÿÿ 6 Bosnian Endgame
ÿÿÿÿÿ 7 Cultures of Impunity
ÿÿÿÿÿ 8 Uniting Nations
ÿÿÿÿÿ 9 Sunday in Baghdad
ÿÿÿÿÿ 10 Into Africa
ÿÿÿÿÿ 11 Political Prison
ÿÿÿÿÿ 12 Iraq Again
ÿÿÿÿÿ 13 Desert Encounters
ÿÿÿÿÿ 14 From Kosovo to East Timorÿÿÿÿÿ
ÿÿÿÿÿ Select Bibliography