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A stunning personal narrative of best intentions gone awry, Michael Maren, at one time an aid worker and journalist in Somalia, writes of the failure of international charities.

Michael Maren spent years in Africa, first as an aid worker, later as a journalist, where he witnessed at a harrowing series of wars, famines, and natural disasters. In this book, he claims that charities, such as CARE and Save the Children, are less concerned with relief than we think. Maren also attacks the United Nation's "humanitarian" missions are controlled by agribusinesses and infighting bureaucrats.

About The Author

Michael Maren is a journalist, author, screenwriter, and director who has written as a foreign correspondent for The Village Voice, Newsweek, Harper’s, and GQ, among others. His newest film, Shiver, releases in 2022.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Free Press (November 24, 2009)
  • Length: 320 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781439188415

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