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Sergio by Samantha Power
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Apr 14, 2020 | ISBN 9780143117773

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Praise

“Surely the life and death of Sergio Vieira de Mello is a good place to begin a serious debate about the proper way to manage world order in the future.”—Francis Fukuyama, The New York Times Book Review

“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…. An ambitious effort…[that] succeeds brilliantly.” —James Mann, The Washington Post


“As a study of leadership, it ranks with the very best. As an analysis of how to respond to the struggles of the new era in which we find ourselves, it is the defining work for our generation.”—Doris Kearns Goodwin

“The best way to understand today’s messy world is to read about the inspiring life and diplomatic genius of Sergio Vieira de Mello.”—Walter Isaacson

“A stirring portrait of courage and tenaciously pragmatic idealism.”—Mark Bowden, author of Black Hawk Down and Killing Pablo

“Her book [has] the dramatic quality of a leaked memo. .  .  .  Sergio Vieira de Mello, with his flaws and heroism, represents us at our best and at our most helpless.”—Paul Berman, Slate 

“[A] detailed and sympathetic biography. .  .  .  Thoughtful.”—The Economist

“Power presents a fiercely precise, extraordinary dramatic biography. .  .  .  Strongly argued,  lacerating,  and  utterly  human,  this  invaluable  history  will  be  the  catalyst  for soul searching and debate.”—Booklist

“Power’s writing is . .  .  excellent, and the story is told with forceful analysis and an open mind.”—Seattle Post-Intelligencer
“Deeply and impressively reported.”—Tim Rutten, Los Angeles Times

Chasing the Flame is an impressively researched book. Power’s notes include references to more than 400 interviews, and she cites everything from interoffice emails 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 payphones . . . she nimbly excavates colorful artifacts from Vieira de Mello’s life.”—San Francisco Chronicle

“A masterful biography.”—Marie Claire

“In meticulous, unsentimental prose, Power portrays Vieira de Mello not as a martyr but as a man who knew too much, a tragic emblem of squandered opportunities in Iraq. . . . In eloquently asking who will keep [the flame] alive, Power proves herself a worthy candidate.”—Vogue

Chasing the Flame is a brilliantly researched biography about an extraordinary man.”—The Times (UK)

“Power, who combines humanitarian passion and a girlish capacity for hero- worship with analytical rigor, a clear prose style and a gift for narrative, has written a remarkable book. It is not only a gripping story, which takes on the awful fascination of a Greek tragedy as it approaches the catastrophic ending. . . . It also forces the reader to think about some of the most uncomfortable issues in contemporary politics, without offering an easy or simple solution.”—The Guardian (UK)

“A compelling work, culminating in a brilliant and moving reconstruction of Vieira de Mello’s doomed last mission in Iraq, and the frantic, disorganized rescue efforts to pull survivors from the bombed-out Canal Hotel as his life seeped away in the rubble.”—The Times Literary Supplement (UK)

“As a study of leadership, it ranks with the very best. As an analysis of how to respond to the struggles of the new era in which we find ourselves, it is the defining work for our generation.”—Doris Kearns Goodwin

 

“The best way to understand today’s messy world is to read about the inspiring life and diplomatic genius of Sergio Vieira de Mello.” —Walter Isaacson

 

“A stirring portrait of courage and tenaciously pragmatic idealism.”—Mark Bowden, author of Black Hawk Down and Killing Pablo

 

“Surely the life and death of Sergio Vieira de Mello is a good place to begin a serious debate about the proper way to manage world order in the future.” —Francis Fukuyama, The New York Times Book Review

 

“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. .  .  .  An ambitious effort . .  .  [that] succeeds brilliantly.”   —James Mann, The Washington Post

 

“Her book [has] the dramatic quality of a leaked memo. .  .  .  Sergio Vieira de Mello, with his flaws and heroism, represents us at our best and at our most helpless.” —Paul Berman, Slate

 

“[A] detailed and sympathetic biography. .  .  .  Thoughtful.” —The Economist

 

“Power presents a fiercely precise, extraordinary dramatic biography. .  .  .  Strongly argued,  lacerating,  and  utterly  human,  this  invaluable  history  will  be  the  catalyst  for soul searching and debate.” —Booklist

 

“Power’s writing is . .  .  excellent, and the story is told with forceful analysis and an open mind.” —Seattle Post-Intelligencer

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