Tuesday, February 26, 2008

SP on Slate.com

More positive feedback on Chasing the Flame is available in this article from Slate.

Monday, February 25, 2008

SP in Sunday Times of London

A profile of SP is featured in the February 24th edition of the Sunday Times of London. Discussed is her work with Presidential candidate Barack Obama, her latest book Chasing the Flame, and foreign policy.

SP on Charlie Rose: 02.21.08

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Chasing the Flame Reviewed by "The Economist"

In "A brave man's journey", The Economist calls Chasing the Flame "a thoughtful account of the conflicts and disasters" that shaped Sergio's life and approach to peacekeeping. "In the blurry world between humanitarian aid and international law he was as good as it gets, wielding a mixture of ambiguity and decisiveness with the personal and institutional authority to make it all, sometimes, work."

Sunday, February 17, 2008

SP Featured on Salon.com

In a recent conversation with Salon.com, Power sits down with Leigh Flayton to discuss Sergio, Obama, how we got to where we are, and where we are going as a nation.

The full article is located here.

NYTimes: "The Internationalist"

Check out political economist Francis Fukuyama's review of Chasing the Flame for this Sunday's New York Times Book Review. Fukuyama calls Sergio's life and death "a good place to begin a serious debate about the proper way to manage world order in the future."

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

SP Featured in HKS's "The Citizen"

Nik Steinberg, Editor-in-Chief of Harvard Kennedy School's The Citizen, profiled SP's role in the Obama campaign in their February 12th edition.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Chasing the Flame Available: 02.14.08

Samantha Power's Latest Chasing the Flame: Sergio Vieira de Mello and the Fight to Save the World will be released to bookstores on Thursday, February 14th!

Click here to pre-order from Barnes & Noble.

Barnes & Noble Review of "Chasing the Flame"

Barnes and Noble has posted a complete review of Chasing the Flame. Reviewer Scott McLemee calls the book "...a detailed portrait of a man whose career was a hellish itinerary of missions served in Lebanon, Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, East Timor, Kosovo, and finally Iraq. He did not simply work for the United Nations; he was a UN man down to his cells."

Click here for the full review.

Chasing the Flame: From the Publisher

Description of Chasing the Flame from the Publisher:

From Pulitzer Prize winner Samantha Power, an epic tale-part thriller, part tragedy-for our age, the political career and tragic death of the incomparable humanitarian Sergio Vieira de Mello

If there is a single individual who can be said to have been at center stage through all of the most significant humanitarian and geopolitical crises of the late twentieth and early twenty-first century, it was Sergio Vieira de Mello. Vieira de Mello was born in 1948 just as the post-World War II order was taking shape. He died in a terrorist attack on UN Headquarters in Iraq in 2003 as the battle lines in the twenty-first-century's first great power struggle were being drawn. In nearly four decades of work for the United Nations, Sergio distinguished himself as the consummate humanitarian, able to negotiate with-and often charm-cold war military dictators, Marxist jungle radicals, reckless warlords, and nationalist and sectarian militia leaders. By taking the measure of this remarkable man's life and career, Power offers a fascinating answer to the question: Who possesses the moral authority, the political sense, and the military and economic heft to protect human life and bring peace to the unruly new world order?

Chasing the Flame brings us deep into the thorniest, least well-understood episodes of recent world history-the conflagration in the Middle East, through Vieira de Mello's troubleshooting in Lebanon in the aftermath of Israel's 1982invasion; the clean-up of the cold war's residue, through Vieira de Mello's taming of the Khmer Rouge and his repatriation of four-hundred-thousand Cambodian refugees in the early nineties; the explosion of sectarian and ethnic militancy, through his efforts to negotiate an end to the slaughter in Bosnia; the struggle to nation-build in war-torn societies, through his quasi-colonial governorships of Kosovo and East Timor; and the engulfing of Iraq in civil war and terror, through his tragic final posting as the UN representative in Baghdad, where he became the victim of the country's first-ever suicide bomb.

Readers of Chasing the Flame will recognize the particular mixture of deep reporting and incisive analysis that Power uses to imbue Sergio's life with significance, and lessons, for our own. In this exquisitely reasoned and imagined book, Samantha Power reveals Sergio Vieira de Mello's powerful legacy of humanity and ideological strength in an age sorely in need of both.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

San Francisco Chronicle Reviews CtF

The San Francisco Chronicle writes, "Chasing the Flame is an impressively researched book. Power's notes include references to more than 400 interviews, and she cites everything from interoffice e-mails to Vieira de Mello's high school term papers. Casting a wide net provides Power with memorable details that capture Vieira de Mello's charisma and complexity: a bottle of Johnny Walker hidden in his desk, a plastic bag full of foreign coins for pay phones."

Read the full review here.

"Chasing the Flame Review" in the Washington Post

More praise for Chasing the Flame, this time from the Washington Post. "The strength of the book lies in Power's use of Vieira de Mello's life (and death) as a well-placed window on the international community's successes and failures. There have been several other good books about the United Nations, but they are told from the perspective of New York. Power looks at the U.N. from the field."

For the complete review, click here.