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How to Prevent Genocide: A Guide for Policymakers, Scholars, and the Concerned Citizen

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"This is an important book that should be read by those concerned about genocide and mass murder."-H-Net Reviews in the Humanities & Social Sciences

"The widest possible audience should read this very interesting and thought-provoking book....Highly recommended at all levels."-Choice

?The widest possible audience should read this very interesting and thought-provoking book....Highly recommended at all levels.?-Choice

?This is an important book that should be read by those concerned about genocide and mass murder.?-H-Net Reviews in the Humanities & Social Sciences

"In the vast literature on ethnic and religious massacres, Heiderich's book is distinguished both by its sense of moral urgency and by the realism of its evaluation of what can be done to prevent genocide. He has no illusions about the obstacles, yet he presents a convincing set of proposals for early warnings, non-violent pressures, and an international legion of volunteers. This is a strong and moving call for awareness, concern, and action."-Stanley Hoffman Paul and Catherine Buttenwieser University Professor Harvard University

"Only a person of John Heidenrich's special combination of military knowledge, academic qualifications and experiences could have written this insightful primer with its practical analysis of the challenges and solutions to the problems of preventing and combating genocide in the 21st century. If you want to know where we lost our way, read this book. If you want a compass to guide you out of the wilderness, here it is. Concerned citizens and political leaders everywhere should read this guide to fighting and winning the battle against genocide and mass atrocities."-Professor Frank Chalk History Department, Concordia University Co-Director, Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies

"John Heidenrich has written a well-informed, and more importantly, a spiritually uplifting survey of what can be done about the scourge of genocide. If at times he comes close to the borderline of naivete about the ugly evil forces of genocidal mass murder in our world, for most decent people--policy makers and the other concerned readers--he is refreshing and rebuilds our hopes for a better world civilization. Coming at a time when the world community is giving signs of a new level of readiness to intervene politically, militarily, and with legal action, John Heidenrich's work may help to inspire, inform, and educate those who want to take action against genocide."-Prof. Israel W. Charny, Ph.D. Editor and Chief, Encyclopedia of Genocide Executive Director, Institute on the Holocaust and Genocide, Jerusalem

About the Author

JOHN G. HEIDENRICH was for two years the Senior Analyst for Genocide and Instability Warning Issues at Open Source Solutions (OSS), Inc. Formerly an analyst with the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), he later joined the Institute for Defense & Disarmament Studies (IDDS), a nonprofit think-tank in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he directed its Project on Genocide Prevention. He holds a Master's degree from Harvard University, a Bachelor's degree from The American University in Washington, D.C., and an officers commission in the U.S. Army Reserve. officer in the U.S. Army Reserve, he has served in units associated with military police, military intelligence, Special Forces, armor, and aviation. He is a member of the Association of Genocide Scholars.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger (April 30, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0275969878
  • ISBN-13: 978-0275969875
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,001,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Robert David STEELE Vivas HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 10, 2001
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The author of this book not only completed graduate work with a direct focus on genocide, but spent over a year supporting the Office of War Crimes at the Department of State, each day creating an open source intelligence report on genocide-at the time he was engaged in this activity, there were eighteen (18) such active genocidal movements going on around the world.
This is a brilliant and compelling book that is also practical and essential for anyone who desires to understand the complete inadequacy of the diplomats, the policymakers, the media, and the intelligence communities. It is unnerving in its calm and reasoned detailing of how genocide can take place, its survey of the millions upon millions of post-WWII holocausts taking place today--as the media and policymakers ignore these realities.
Citizen-voters, in my view, will benefit considerably from this book because it will help them understand that there are three worlds out there, and we as a nation are not dealing well with two of the three--the most dangerous two. There is the world of well-fed diplomats and businessman, traveling and negotiating in their warm safe buffer zones. There is the real world as experienced by normal people, many of whom are oppressed and poor and feel helpless in the face of dictatorial regimes and local warlords who may do as they wish absent the rule of law. And then there is the world of genocide, an underworld of such horrific pervasive violence and inhuman brutality that one can only wonder if we are all guilty of mass insanity for turning our backs on this murder of millions.
The author is a world-class scholar and ardent champion for informing the public and achieving informed policy in this vital area, and I can only hope that serious people put some money behind his thinking.
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By vee on April 18, 2016
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Excellent book! I just couldn't put it down.
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