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Over the past five years, youth groups, religious organizations, politicians and individuals have responded to the crisis in Sudan in increased numbers. This book is a guide for these already involved, as well as those who are interested in taking action, or speaking out against the mass killings that continue to occur in the country's Darfur region. Coauthored by Cheadle, actor and star of the film Hotel Rwanda, and Prendergast, senior adviser of the International Crisis Group, the book is a pastiche of practical information, instructions, memoir and history. As a handbook for budding activists, it's informative and, at times, inspiring. The combination of charts, lists and first-person accounts create a simple and reasonable path to action. But as a source for information about the conflict in Sudan, the book falters. The history is neither clear nor succinct, and there is not much of it. Furthermore, although Cheadle and Prendergast's personal anecdotes are entertaining, they overshadow the few anecdotes about the Sudanese living through the crisis. The book's most interesting moment, besides the useful advice on how to get involved, is its delving into the government's excuses for inaction. (May 1)
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Famous for his Academy Award-nominated performance in Hotel Rwanda, Cheadle teamed with human rights activist Prendergast to plead for greater awareness of the horrors of genocide in Darfur, Sudan, and issue a call to action. After a brief history of the tensions behind the genocide, Cheadle and Prendergast detail how they each got involved in the campaign to end genocide in Darfur. They offer profiles of individuals who have mounted efforts to end the genocide as well as suggestions for how all of us can get involved, including writing letters, joining activist organizations, raising funds and awareness, and lobbying the government. Vanessa Bush
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The book overall was very good read. It enlightened on major genocides in the past and what is happening today in Darfur and stresses the need for more international aid and... Read morePublished on September 19, 2011 by bclaussen
An overall great book to read for anyone!! It is very inspirational and motivating! It gives a lot of excellent detailed explanations and reasons for why the genocide is occurring,... Read morePublished on January 6, 2011 by mattvw
This book is an excellent read and should be a standard to all high school and college students.Published on October 1, 2009 by Clarice
The book Not on Our Watch: The Mission to End Genocide in Darfur and Beyond written by Don Cheadle and John Prendegast delves into the actions behind the crimes in Sudan and the... Read morePublished on August 5, 2009 by Lili
Darfur is where the world's conscious is dying! This is a story of tragedy and suffering on an epic scale. Read morePublished on July 19, 2009 by Yaz
An extremely informative book that isn't for the person who wants to read a story with a happy ending. Read morePublished on March 15, 2009 by Britinus
This book does a good job of providing you with a decent understanding of what is going on in Darfur, Sudan. Read morePublished on March 1, 2009 by M. Brand
There is so much information in this book. If this doesn't make you want to get involved, you may not have a pulse. Extremely interesting.Published on January 6, 2009 by Susan C. Mason
What does the phrase "Not on our watch" mean? We hear it off and on, from a variety of people in a variety of contexts. Read morePublished on November 30, 2008 by N. Cross