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

By Samantha Power

During this ideal fit of writer and topic, Pulitzer Prize-winner Samantha strength tackles the lifetime of Sergio Vieira de Mello, whose paintings for the U.N. ahead of his 2003 demise in Iraq was once emblematic of ethical fight at the international level. energy has drawn on a spectacular breadth of analysis (including four hundred interviews) to teach us a heroic determine and the conflicts he waded into, from Cambodia's Khmer Rouge to the slaughter in Bosnia to the war-torn center East. the result's a peerless portrait of humanity and pragmatism, in addition to a background of our convulsive age.

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Just thirty-three years old, he took leave of UNHCR, his home agency, with strong convictions “ I W I L L N E V E R U S E T H E W O R D ‘ U N A C C E P TA B L E ’ A G A I N ” 35 about the indispensability of the UN’s role as an “honest broker” in conflict areas. But over the next eighteen months he would see for the first time how little the UN flag could mean to those consumed with their own grievances and fears. Lebanon was the place where Vieira de Mello’s youthful absolutism began to give way to the pragmatism for which he would later be known.

He would exclaim. In restaurants too when he heard an American accent, he occasionally made a show of getting up and moving out of earshot. “You can just hear the capitalism in their voices,” he would say with disdain. Although he had stopped attending classes at the Sorbonne after receiving his basic degree in philosophy in 1969, he had continued to work toward his master’s from afar, reading and writing mainly at night and on the weekends. In 1970 he used up his UN vacation days studying for his oral exams and earned a master’s from the Sorbonne in moral philosophy.

Jamie is condescending and patronizing toward anybody who isn’t British. ” The following day Vieira de Mello flew with Jamieson back to Geneva. Jamieson survived the incident but never returned to the field or recovered his health. He died in December 1974 at the age of sixty-three. DISPLACED 31 Vieira de Mello turned back to developing his philosophical theories, which had taken a practical turn. On returning to Geneva from Bangladesh, he had reached out to Robert Misrahi, a philosophy professor who specialized in Spinoza at the Sorbonne and whom he had studied with in the past.

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