Damned Nations

Damned Nations

Greed, Guns, Armies, & Aid

Book - 2011
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"Damned Nations" is the brilliant distillation of Dr. Nutt's observations over the course of fifteen years providing hands-on care in some of the world's most violent flashpoints, all the while building the world class non-profit War Child North America. Combining original research with her personal story, it is a deeply thoughtful meditation on war as it is being waged around the world against millions of civilians.
Publisher: Toronto : McCelland & Stewart, c2011.
ISBN: 9780771051456
Characteristics: xi, 228 pages ;,22 cm.

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stewstealth
Oct 09, 2014

A little inchoate as the book combines personal narrative with facts ( Not backed up with any footnotes.) Worth reading if you haven't read anything before on how aid can actually be devastating if not properly applied.

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spudwil
Jan 02, 2014

This book should be required reading for all high school social studies students as well as all government officials. I learned so much about the nature of charitable organizations, foreign aid, and all the misconceptions surrounding them. I will certainly do my research before sending in donations to charities and change the way I donate. I love her statement: "Don't give to charity, give to change". Highly, highly recommended.

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Lukeinvancouver
Aug 16, 2012

This is a very moving book written by an amazing and brave woman. Dr. Nutt is a great story teller and in spite of the mostly grim matter one has to laugh at times just visualizing the scenes she depicts. Her analysis of the help we (sometimes) give to the less fortunate on this planet helped me to see aspects of this I did not previously understand. She also shows how many of us have investments in war industries (through pension plans for instance), which are one of the crucial factors leading to war. The vast majority of the victims of war are civilians. Dr Nutt is also a founder of War Child Canada together with Dr. Eric Hoskins her husband. She professes to believe that war CAN be abolished. http://www.warchild.ca/ More personal information can be found at her Wikipedia page. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samantha_Nutt

Two books dealing with related topics I found interesting, especially the second as the author discusses what "human rights" are, or ought to be, are:

A New Generation Draws the Line
Humanitarian Intervention and the "responsibility to Protect" Today
Chomsky, Noam (Book - 2012)
http://vpl.bibliocommons.com/item/show/2703101038_a_new_generation_draws_the_line

Ideal Illusions
How the U.S. Government Co-opted Human Rights
Peck, James (Book - 2010)
http://vpl.bibliocommons.com/item/show/2431890038_ideal_illusions

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