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Not on Our Watch: The Mission to End Genocide in Darfur and Beyond Paperback – Bargain Price, May 1, 2007

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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion (May 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905379455
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905379453
  • ASIN: B001PTG4CS
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,779,455 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Several good books have already been written on the genocide in Darfur. Generally, they fall into one of two categories - either they provide rich historical, cultural, and political background (e.g., Gerard Prunier's The Ambiguous Genocide) or they provide first-hand accounts of the authors' experiences witnessing the tragedy of Darfur (e.g., Brian Steidle's The Devil Came on Horseback). What makes Cheadle and Prendergast's book particularly rich is that it provides useful background on the Darfur genocide, enriches it with the authors' experiences on the front lines, and also gives concrete tips for how average citizens can make a real contribution to efforts to stop crimes against humanity in Darfur and elsewhere (e.g., northern Uganda and Congo).

The "actor-vist" Cheadle and his activist friend Prendergast strike the perfect tone, not understating the horrors that the Government of Sudan and the Janjaweed allies have unleashed on "African" populations of Darfur, while managing somehow to present their complex message in a user-friendly, occasionally lighthearted, and ultimately optimistic manner. The reader closes the book after the last page feeling empowered to participate in a broad social movement with the potential to effect real change. In short, we are not alone in wanting to help the people of Darfur, and we have a real opportunity to make a difference, through emphasizing the "three Ps for preventing atrocities" (protection, punishment, and peacemaking), and applying the authors' "six strategies for change". The strategies are particularly focused on constituency building and advocacy aimed at the U.S. Government.
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Not On Our Watch: The Mission to End Genocide in Darfur and Beyond by Don Cheadle and John Prendergast is a book that does two things - it chronicles the work of activists and advocates to start what is now a true citizens movement for Darfur, and it lays out ways that individuals can help end genocide. The book is also peppered with the thoughts and commentary of the authors, which provides an often amusing insight into what makes two of Darfur's greatest champions tick. (For more of my thoughts on the book see here). Also, portions of the proceeds go to the new camapaign ENOUGH [...]
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"Not On Our Watch: The Mission to End Genocide in Darfur and Beyond" seeks to inform readers of the mass killings that continue to occur in and around Sudan's Darfur region, and also inspire people to step up and speak out in an effort to generate more attention to what is happening in this part of the world. Written by actor Don Cheadle and International Crisis Group advisor John Prendergast, the book contains personal accounts of both authors' trips to the Darfur area, as well as stories about the refugees they encountered during their travels. The book also explores the history of inaction by the United States during different instances of genocide in the past, discusses the ways that average citizens can help motivate the government to take more drastic action, and highlights individuals and organizations that have already begun to make a difference.

I think it's great that Cheadle and so many other celebrities are using their star appeal to speak out against important causes like this one. "Not On Our Watch" is a good book because it breaks down the Darfur conflict in a way that's easy for people to understand, and also offers numerous suggestions on how people can get involved with the cause. I think the book would be stronger if it included a more detailed history of the Sudanese conflict and more personal stories of the Darfurians who have been fighting for their lives. Still, this is a great book for people interested in learning more about what's really going on and who want to find out what they can do to help.
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The word "Genocide" had its origins in 1944 by Raphael Lemkin, which is combined of Greek "Geno" and Latin "Cide," meaning killing "cide" of a race, ethnicity, religion, or tribes"Geno." Lemkin fled to the United States during World War 2 as the Nazis coordinated the greatest mass slaughter in history of mankind. Since then, a string of other acts of Genocide followed: Cambodia (1975), Iraq (1988), Bosnia(1992), Rwanda (1994) and the first official Genocide of the 21st century Darfur (2003) ( Screaming Bloody Murder, 2008). While all of these tragedies took place, ordinary people remained silent. "Not on our Watch: The mission to End Genocide in Darfur and Beyond" is looking to end that. Authors Human Rights Activist John Prendergast and Actor Don Cheadle share their stories on what made them become involved in the mission to end Genocide. Don Cheadle's involvement came when he starred in the critically acclaimed film "Hotel Rwanda" as Paul Rusesabagina who saved thousands of Tutsi from being slaughtered by sheltering them inside his hotal. For John Prendergast, his path out of apathy came after many years of looking for a purpose, finding it when he traveled to Africa.

The book is informative, delving into the early historical relationship between Sudan and Darfur in which ultimately led to the path of genocide; The history of Genocide; and what causes a nation to suddenly descend into mass murder. It provides all the guidelines for what us, the readers, and ordinary citizens can do to make sure that these events do not happen again.

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