This collection of Dr. Slim's most provocative and inspiring essays is essential reading for humanitarian practitioners seeking to make sense of the ethical dilemmas they face on a daily basis as well as for academics wishing to better grasp the realities of war zones. His writing is never boring and provides nuanced perspectives and original insights to the pressing humanitarian debates of the 21st century. These essays address the core issues pertaining NGO legitimacy, different interpretations of humanitarian principles, humanitarian access, civil-military relations among others, always with a strong historical and ethical analytical framework.
For most humanitarians working in complex emergencies it is often difficult to order hardcopies online and have them delivered in territories with no reliable mail system or to carry them with their limited luggage allowance. More and more humanitarian workers on the field rely on eBooks, digital libraries and podcasts such as Oxford's ELAC or Harvard's HPCR to keep updated on the latest humanitarian policy debates and developments outside of their duty station. The fact that this book has been launched in a Kindle version corroborates the author's commitment to innovation and "thinking outside the box" spirit and makes the lives of humanitarian practitioners a lot easier. In a nutshell, "Essays in Humanitarian Action" is a great read with accessible price and a user-friendly format.