By Samantha Power
In her award-winning interrogation of the final century of yankee heritage, Samantha Power—a former Balkan battle correspondent and founding government director of Harvard's Carr middle for Human Rights Policy—asks the haunting query: Why do American leaders who vow "never again" again and again fail to forestall genocide? Drawing upon particular interviews with Washington's most sensible coverage makers, entry to newly declassified records, and her personal reporting from the trendy killing fields, strength offers the reply in "A challenge from Hell," a groundbreaking paintings that tells the tales of the brave american citizens who risked their careers and lives that allows you to get the USA to act.
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