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Author: Samantha Power Narrator: Joyce Bean Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2012 ISBN: 9781455879984
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In her award-winning interrogation of the last century of American history, Samantha Power—a former Balkan war correspondent and founding executive director of Harvard's Carr Center for Human Rights Policy—asks the haunting question: Why do American leaders who vow "never again" repeatedly fail to stop genocide? Drawing upon exclusive interviews with Washington's top policy makers, access to newly declassified documents, and her own reporting from the modern killing fields, Power provides the answer in A Problem from Hell, a groundbreaking work that tells the stories of the courageous Americans who risked their careers and lives in an effort to get the United States to act.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Power expertly documents American passivity…This vivid and gripping work of American history…gives us a Washington that is vibrant, complex, and refreshingly human.”

    New York Time Book Review

  • “Forceful…Power tells this long, sorry history with great clarity and vividness. She is particularly good at bringing alive various people who were eyewitnesses to these catastrophes as they were happening and who tried to make Americans share their outrage.”

    Washington Post

  • “Nothing less than a masterwork of contemporary journalism…An angry, brilliant, fiercely useful, absolutely essential book.”

    New Republic

  • “She has produced a damning indictment of American passivity in the face of some of history’s worse crimes. Washington, she charges, has consistently failed to live up to the promise made at the end of World War II: to never again sit by during a genocide. In fact, Power argues, the United States has done just the opposite…Power’s book really serves two important purposes. On one level, it catalogs, in readable if gruesome detail, the major genocides of the twentieth century. And on another, it tries to explain what the United Stated could have done to stop the bloodshed—and why it didn’t. Power builds her case carefully, sifting through reams of media accounts, interviews, and newly declassified government documents.”

    Newsweek International

  • “Does a masterful job of conveying important, clear, and faultlessly non-hysterical information and interpretation on so many dark episodes in recent human history…Power does not preach, and she does not pontificate. What she does, gently but insistently, is to prod.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Samantha Power has written a profoundly important book. She revives enduring and troubling questions about government policy toward genocide. We are in her debt.”

    National Post

  • “Superb…A stunning history of modern genocide that should be read by anyone who makes foreign policy or cares about America’s role in the world.”

    Dallas Morning News

  • “Bracing…One of the decade’s most important books on U.S. foreign policy…Power [is] the new conscience of the U.S. foreign-policy establishment.”


  • “Avoids finger-pointing [and] is a clarion call for America to remain an engaged moral power.”

    Weekly Standard

  • “Her book is one of those rare volumes that makes news, that is so original on a topic of such importance that it must be read…Power is such a skillful author—she has produced a book brilliantly conceived, superbly researched, mixing passion and erudition—it must be placed in the ‘must read’ category for both misanthropes and lovers of humanity, for isolationists and internationalists alike.”

    Denver Post

  • “[Power] asks us to consider what that obligations of a domestic world power, empire or not, should be…A gripping work of historical analysis written with much care…that will move and outrage any reader.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Anyone who wants to understand why America has permanently entered a new era in international relations must read A Problem from Hell…Vividly written and thoroughly researched.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Disturbing…Engaging and well written…[It] will likely become the standard text on genocide prevention because it thoroughly debunks the usual excuses for past failures, while offering a persuasive framework that can help predict future outcomes and suggest policy responses.”

    Foreign Affairs

  • “By building [the cases] into a larger story shaped by a compelling argument, [Power] takes her book beyond journalism to something approaching moral and political philosophy…Ms. Power sets this expanded American story within a still larger, more than American story of the advance of international law. It is here that her book achieves both its greatest intellectual depth and its most powerful forward momentum.”

    New York Observer

  • “Samantha Power’s groundbreaking book explores the essential question of why the United States has so often been slow to respond to clear evidence of genocide…[Power] elegantly makes her case that U.S. government officials not only knew of the genocides occurring in Cambodia, Iraq, Bosnia, and Rwanda, but in some cases took steps to cover it up, while other heroic individuals were risking their careers and live to stop it.”

    Newark Star-Ledger

  • “A towering history of the inadequacy of American responses to genocide…The challenge is to make genocide real for the American public. Power’s own work is an important contribution to that effort.”

    American Prospect

  • “A superb piece of reporting which cumulatively grows into a major political work, poart polemic, part moral philosophy…Power’s book makes a major contribution to that debate and is required reading for anyone inclined to take part.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “A marvelous book…She brings to her narrative the conviction and drive of investigative reporting at its best…She also brings to it the rigor of a scholar trained in law. Many academics have forgotten how to research and tell a story to engage the reader. Power meets this challenge magnificently. This is one of the few key books of the decade so far, required reading for any student of history, law, philosophy, or foreign policy.”

    Globe and Mail (Toronto)

  • “Make[s] important contributions to our understanding of today’s international turbulence and uncertainty…Fascinating and disturbing.”

    London Review of Books

  • “Samantha Power has written one of those rare books that will not only endure as an authoritative history but is a timely and important contribution to a critical policy debate.”

    Policy Review

  • “Power’s critique of American policy is devastating and fully substantiated by the evidence she brings to bear.”

    Times Literary Supplement (London)

  • “Samantha Power has written a much needed and powerful book exposing our unreadiness to fulfill the commitment implied by ‘never again.’ Her research is path-breaking; and her writing is lucid, nuanced, and compelling. This is a work of landmark significance.”

    Aryeh Neier, president of Open Society Institute

  • “Samantha Power has written one of those rare books that is truly as important as its subject. With great narrative verve, and a sober and subtle intelligence, she carries us deep behind the scenes of history-in-the-making to map the gray zones of diplomatic politics where the rhetoric of best intentions founders against inertia and inaction.”

    Philip Gourevitch, award-winning author of We Wish To Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families: Stories From Rwanda

  • “American officials have been highly inventive in finding arguments not to breach sovereignty and engage in common action to stop genocide. Timidity and tradition have resulted in endless horror and terror. Samantha Power writes with an admirable mix of erudition and passion, she focuses fiercely on the human costs of indifference and passivity, and she instills shame and dismay in the reader.”

    Stanley Hoffmann, Buttenwieser University Professor, Harvard University

  • “A superb analysis of the US government’s evident unwillingness to intervene in ethnic slaughter…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 (starred review)

  • “The emotional force of Power’s argument is carried by moving, sometimes almost unbearable stories of the victims and survivors of brutality…This is a well-researched and powerful study that is both a history and a call to action.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • Winner of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction
  • Winner of the 2002 National Book Critics Circle Award for General Nonfiction
  • Winner of the 2003 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award
  • Winner of the 2003 Anisfield-Wolf Book Prize for Nonfiction
  • Winner of the 2003 Arthur Ross Book Award
  • A 2002 Lionel Gelber Prize Finalist
  • New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books, 2002
  • A 2002 San Francisco Chronicle Best Book for Nonfiction
  • A 2002 Washington Post Best Book for Nonfiction
  • A 2002 Chicago Tribune Book of the Year for Nonfiction
  • A 2002 Los Angeles Times Best Book for Nonfiction
  • A 2002 St. Louis Post-Dispatch Best Book for Nonfiction
  • Globe and Mail (Toronto) Best Books for Nonfiction, 2002
  • A 2002 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Current Interest

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About the Author

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.

About the Narrator

Joyce Bean is an accomplished audiobook narrator and director. In addition to having won several AudioFile Earphones Awards, she has been nominated multiple times for the prestigious Audie Award. Equally adept at narrating fiction and nonfiction, and she also narrates audiobooks under the name Jane Brown.