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Sergio: One Man's Fight to Save the World

Sergio: One Man's Fight to Save the World

by Samantha Power
Sergio: One Man's Fight to Save the World

Sergio: One Man's Fight to Save the World

by Samantha Power

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Now a Netflix biopic, with Narcos star Wagner Moura playing diplomat Sergio Vieira de Mello.

"The best way to understand today's messy world is to read about the inspiring life and diplomatic genius of Sergio Vieira de Mello." –Walter Isaacson

Originally published as Chasing the Flame.

Before his death in 2003 in Iraq's first major suicide bomb attack, Sergio Vieira de Mello--a humanitarian and peacemaker with the United Nations--placed himself at the center of the most significant geopolitical crises of the last half-century. He cut deals with the murderous Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, forcibly confronted genocidal killers from Rwanda, and used his intellect and charisma to try to tame militant extremists in Lebanon, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Known as a "cross between James Bond and Bobby Kennedy," Vieira de Mello managed to save lives in the world's most dangerous places, while also pressing the world's most powerful countries to join him in grappling with such urgent dilemmas as: When should killers be engaged, and when should they be shunned? When is military force justified? How can outsiders play a role in healing broken people and broken places? He did not have the luxury of merely posing these questions; Vieira de Mello had to find answers, apply them, and live with the consequences. 

With Sergio, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of The Education of an Idealist Samantha Power offers a profile in courage and humanity--and an unforgettable meditation on how best to manage the deadly challenges of the twenty-first century.

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ISBN-13: 9781101195796
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/30/2010
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 640
File size: 32 MB
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Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Samantha Power is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide. Power’s work has been awarded the National Book Critics Circle Award for general non-fiction, the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize, and the Council on Foreign Relations' Arthur Ross Prize for the best book in U.S. foreign policy. She began her career as a journalist, reporting from places such as Bosnia, East Timor, and Kosovo, and has contributed regularly to The AtlanticThe New Republic, and The New Yorker. She is the recipient of two National Magazine Awards. A member of President Obama’s Cabinet, she was the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations.

Date of Birth:

September 21, 1970

Place of Birth:

Dublin, Ireland


Yale University and Harvard Law School

Table of Contents

Chronology xi

Introduction 1

Part I

1 Displaced 15

2 "I Will Never Use the Word 'Unacceptable' Again" 34

3 Blood Running Blue 55

4 Hitting the Ground Running 75

5 "Black Boxing" 97

6 White Car Syndrome 115

7 "Sandwiches at the Gates" 134

8 "Serbio" 159

9 In Retrospect 180

10 Damned If You Do 191

Part II

11 "Giving War a Chance" 225

12 Independence in Action 249

13 Viceroy 265

14 Benevolent Dictator 286

15 Hoarding Power, Hoarding Blame 303

16 "A New Sergio" 323

Part III

17 "Fear Is a Bad Adviser" 347

18 "Don't Ask Who Started the Fire" 374

19 "You Can't Help People from a Distance" 396

20 Rebuffed 421

21 August 19, 2003 451

22 Postmortem 496

Epilogue 517

Acknowledgments 536

Notes 542

List of Interviews 592

Index 597

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