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4.0 out of 5 stars Depressingly accurate
I have spent 20 years working in various parts of Africa and already knew that most aid projects were pointless - but had assumed that the effects of the aid were at worst neutral if not vaguely benign. I was already aware that after the Rwanda genocide, the Tutsis got no aid, whereas the refugee Hutus (who carried out the murders) were overloaded with aid.

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Published on 9 July 2010 by Mr. Peter Roberts

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3.0 out of 5 stars not the whole 9 yards!
I bought the book hoping for an in depth critique and analysis of the subject and some answers to the problems thrown up by the author....but I was disappointed!

It was interesting insofar as it publicised problems associated with the subject but only in a gossipy sort of way, it was journalistically lazy I felt! I know these problems exist due to my work, but...
Published on 30 May 2010 by SG


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1.0 out of 5 stars Sadly disappointed, 24 Oct. 2011
This review is from: War Games: The Story of Aid and War in Modern Times (Paperback)
I started the book anticipating a good read. I am interested in this subject. I never got to find out if the content is good though. Within the first few pages I hit two errors that are so serious the book lost any credibility. Either it was not edited, or the editor was as lazy as the author / translator. I gave up in irritation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty scary, 28 May 2010
This book says what most people are afraid to say because of recrimination. The author puts forward very cogent arguments backed with personal experience as well as contributions from other well informed sources. It exposes the less savoury interests on all sides of the aid industry in a very convincing way.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What really went on, 21 May 2010
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This book gives you the truth about what happened and generally what happens during humanitarian crisis. After reading this book you may think differently about the news you watch on TV.

Definitely a book worth reading if you are at all interested in this subject area.
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