A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide

Author(s): Samantha Power


From the Armenian Genocide to the ethnic cleansings of Kosovo and Darfur, modern history is haunted by acts of brutal violence. Yet American leaders who vow "never again" repeatedly fail to stop genocide. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award, A Problem From Hell draws upon exclusive interviews with Washington's top policymakers, thousands of once classified documents, and accounts of reporting from the killing fields to show how decent Americans inside and outside government looked away from mass murder. Combining spellbinding history and seasoned political analysis, A Problem from Hell allows readers to hear directly from American decision-makers and dissenters, as well as from victims of genocide, and reveals just what was known and what might have been done while millions perished.


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"An angry, brilliant, fiercely useful, absolutely essential book."--The New Republic "Magisterial."--The New Yorker "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

Samantha Power is currently the US ambassador to the United Nations and was the former Special Assistant to President Barack Obama and Senior Director for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights at the National Security Council. She was the founding executive director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. A former Balkan war correspondent and a recipient of the National Magazine Award and the Pulitzer Prize, she lives in Washington, DC.

General Fields

  • : 9780465061518
  • : Perseus Books Group
  • : Perseus Books Group
  • : December 2013
  • : United States
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Samantha Power
  • : Paperback
  • : 2nd Revised edition
  • : English
  • : 304.66309
  • : 656
  • : black & white illustrations