[bksvol-discuss] Nonfiction submission

  • From: "Deborah Murray" <blinkeeblink@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 17 Mar 2010 12:22:14 -0400

Hi all,

I've just submitted another nonfiction book for proofing. "A Bed For the
Night: Humanitarianism in Crisis" by David Rieff.

It's been read through and corrected; Headers stripped; section and chapter
titles and page numbers all present and protected; text formatted. 
Most words flagged by ranked spelling are proper names. 382 pages.

Timely and controversial,A Bed for the Nightreveals how humanitarian
organizations are often betrayed and misused, and have increasingly lost
sight of their purpose.  Drawing on firsthand reporting from war zones
around the world, David Rieff shows us what aid workers do in the field and
the growing gap between their noble ambitions and their actual capabilities
for alleviating suffering.  He describes how many humanitarian organizations
have moved from their founding principle of neutrality, which gave them
access to victims, to encouraging the international community to take action
to stop civil wars and ethnic cleansing.  By calling for intervention,
humanitarian organizations risk being seen as taking sides in a conflict and
thus jeopardizing their access to victims.  And by overreaching, the
humanitarian movement has allowed itself to be hijacked by the major powers.
Rieff concludes that if humanitarian organizations are to do what they do
best -- alleviate suffering -- they must reclaim their independence. 


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