History can often be presented in such glorified
terms, that it is difficult to accept the true and
grim reality. Drawing on recently declassified
information, and copious interiews, this book
considers genocide during the 20th century, and
America's failure to intervene adequately.
Particularly, at this point in history, when America's
intervention in Iraq has been widely debated, it
raises countless questions as to how we as a nation
cherry pick the battles we will fight.
In a clear, explorative investigation of the facts,
Power presents a true picture of the U.S. government's
oimplacency in events from the Turkish genocide of
Armenians in 1915 to events in our living history,
including Bosnia and Rwanda.
Following the atrocities of World War II, the world
vowed such horrific events would never happen again.
It is, therefore, discomfiting to acknowledge that
genocide has happened again and again, as the world
has stood idly by. It is shameful that as a nation we
have been apathetic, and in personal terms, perhaps,
we might all contemplate how we could have been
pro-active in raising awareness and demanding action
from our government.
Recounting the shocking stories of victims and
survivors, and honoring those that risked their lives
and careers in demanding affirmative action against
the perpetrators, this book faces contemporary history
with truth and honesty. It makes for painful and
shocking reading, but we must accept that the truth is
often unpleasant to face, but face it we must.
I would like to see this book become standard
educational reading in history curriculum's worldwide,
in the hope that the next generation may learn from
the mistakes of past generations.