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Damned Nations: Greed, Guns, Armies, and Aid

Damned Nations: Greed, Guns, Armies, and Aid [Kindle Edition]

Samantha Nutt
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Samantha Nutt is one of the most intrepid voices in the humanitarian arena and Damned Nations is a book of uncommon power. Weaving gripping personal experiences with uncompromising and impassioned argument, Nutt dissects war and aid, where humanitarian efforts go wrong, and what can and should be done to bring about a more just world. Drawing from nearly two decades of experiences at the frontline of conflict, Nutt challenges many of the assumptions and orthodoxies surrounding the aid industry. A book that is at once moving, engaging, and insightful, Damned Nations has been acclaimed by readers and critics across North America.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1108 KB
  • Print Length: 242 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B009I7XNZ0
  • Publisher: Signal (25 Oct 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004J4WM4A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #575,254 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Informative even if a bit sensationalist 3 Nov 2012
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Very moving and informative book, very readable (I pretty much read it in one go!), but at the same time, the book falls victim to quite a bit of West-bashing and sometimes comes off a without nuance to the complicated scenarios it deals with. Then again, Nutt's passion is evident and very inspiring, and I'd recommend this book to anyone who wants to know more about how conflict is experienced by civilians around the world - bearing in mind that there's more to the picture than what Nutt presents.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! 23 Nov 2011
By A. Franco - Published on
The author, Dr. Nutt, is an award-winning humanitarian with years of experience in the field having traveled and worked in places including Iraq, Afghanistan, The Democratic Republic of Congo, and Somalia. Her book is a great launching point for discussions about foreign aid, the use of armed combat in creating peace, and how our growing demand for electronics is correlated with instability in developing countries. This is a well-researched, thought-provoking book full of facts. However, that doesn't mean that it's boring - she includes a number of personal stories to help highlight the issues that she raises making her arguments have a strong impact. I plan on buying it for a number of my friends and family for the holidays and would recommend it to anyone.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why the incidence of rape in the Congo should be listed daily side by side with the Dow-Jones Industrial Average 20 Jan 2012
By cvairag - Published on
The courageous and beautiful Samantha Nutt has worked on the ground, in the field,with various government (UNICEF) and non-government organizations in Africa for the greater part of the past 15 years. She now directs her own NGO, Warchild, dedicated to ameliorating the horrid conditions she personally experienced which are chronicled in this important book - namely the ongoing war against women and children, indirectly or directly, perpetrated as central to the international corporate powers' policy of resource extraction in the long term war zones of Africa. Dr. Nutt connects the dots between the causal motivations for the gendercide/genocide in the Congo where over five million have been slaughtered since the mid-1990's. What eerily emerges is a map which indicates that the highest incidence of rape (with often concurrent mutilation)is found in the areas where coltan (columbite-tantalite) - a resource essential to the construction of all instruments of telecommunications - all cellphones, the internet, etc. is found to the tune of 80% of the world's supply. Remember this startling statistic next time you text.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Damned Nations 1 May 2012
By Chickpea - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
For anyone who has ever sent money or supplies to war torn or needy countries, Samantha Nutt's book reveals the dark side of these well-intended charitable donations. Not a fun read, but a must read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An insightful review of foreign aid 29 July 2012
By Rosi Fisher - Published on
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Having just read Dambisa Moyo's book "Dead aid" discussing how foreign aid has done harm instead of good, Samantha Nutt's analysis of this enormous problem was far more revealing. Although Moyo's treatise was monothithic, Nutt's was multifactorial and a lot more creative. I highly recommend this book for those who are involved in foreign aid whether in donating or working.
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4.0 out of 5 stars We need to pay more attention 30 Jun 2013
By Colleen Marcuzzi - Published on
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I found this very thought provoking. I read several sections over and over. I have so often thought if I send money I have done my bit...but....we need to be sure the organization we send money to is really reaching the people we want to help and more importantly not going to a corrupt government.

Everyone who wants to guard each man's dignity and each man's pride needs to read this...make your decision with care. Question your governments involvement in the country you are sending money to.

This book made me rethink what it is people need to survive and how I can best help.
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