Chasing the Flame by Samantha Power
Sergio Vieira de Mello and the Fight to Save the World

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In this perfect match of author and subject, Pulitzer Prize-winner Samantha Power tackles the life of Sergio Vieira de Mello, whose work for the U.N. before his 2003 death in Iraq was emblematic of moral struggle on the global stage. Power has drawn on a staggering breadth of research (including 400 interviews) to show us a heroic figure and the conflicts he waded into, from Cambodia's Khmer Rouge to the slaughter in Bosnia to the war-torn Middle East. The result is a peerless portrait of humanity and pragmatism, as well as a history of our convulsive age.


 

About Samantha Power

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Samantha Power is the Anna Lindh Professor of the Practice of Global Leadership at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
 
Published February 14, 2008 by Penguin Books. 666 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, History, War. Non-fiction

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But the book is not entirely convincing in its claim that by the end of the 1990s, Vieira de Mello had concluded that the United Nations needed to shift from peacekeeping to peace enforcement as part of a new, global “responsibility to protect.” If he believed such a thing, he never articulated t...

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Chasing the Flame: Sergio Vieira de Mello and the Fight to Save the World by Samantha Power 640pp, Allen Lane, £25 You might think the biography of a United Nations official, written by an American "professor of practice of global leadership and public policy practice", would be valuable mainly a...

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Chasing the Flame: Sergio Vieira de Mello and the Fight to Save the World by Samantha Power Allen Lane £25, pp640 Polyglot, hyperactive, dripping with old-style sex appeal, Sergio, as he was known to the many thousands of people who crossed his zigzag path, was regarded by envious fellow diplomat...

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Chasing the Flame by Samantha Power Find this on the Guardian bookshop Search the Guardian bookshop Sérgio Vieira de Mello was the UN high commissioner for human ri...

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The lack of perspective isn't helped by the biographical format, as the peripatetic Vieira de Mello jets from one conflagration to the next, then on to a romantic getaway with a mistress or to give a murky speech on Kant.

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"By the 1980s he had come to see himself as a UN man," writes Power, "but since the organization was both a body of self-interested governments and a body of ideals, he did not seem sure yet whether serving the UN meant doing what states wanted or pressing for what refugees needed."

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Deseret News

Instead, Vieira de Mello "would order room service, read the faxes from Geneva and New York and make dozens and dozens of phone calls."

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James Mann Critical Summary Samantha Power, a professor at Harvard, met Sergio Vieira de Mello when she was a journalist in Bosnia in 1994.

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