Hobbes on “war” – “a time of war”:
“Whatsoever, therefore, is consequent to a time of war where every man is enemy to every man, the same is consequent to the time wherein men live without other security than what their own strength and their own invention shall furnish them withal. In such condition there is … No arts; no letters; no society; and, which is worst of all, continual fear and danger of violent death, and the life of man solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.”


The Cold War has been followed by a decade of regional and ethnic conflicts, massacres, and forced exiles. Should America assume the role of peacekeeper and chief humanitarian in a world of endless wars and human disasters? Eminent foreign correspondent William Shawcross has spent much of his career in war zones and has had unrivaled access to diplomats, peacekeepers, and global policymakers at the highest levels, including UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, for whom he has high regard. In Deliver Us from Evil, which has a new epilogue for the paperback edition, Shawcross takes us behind the lines with him to Cambodia, Bosnia, Somalia, Sierra Leone, East Timor, Rwanda, and Kosovo to show us how complex and costly Western interventions are and how naïve are our hopes of peacemaking without bloodshed.

What People Are Saying

John Keegan
Deliver Us From Evil is eloquent and heart wrenching. In the last two decades, unorganized armies, often not under state control, have done as much harm as national armies. William Shawcross’ horrifying account of modern genocide and his dramatic stories of the brave men and women who attempt to make and keep the peace is a powerful call to action which must be heeded.
—(John Keegan, author of The First World War and The Face of Battle)

Michael Beschloss
At a moment when Americans are debating when and where we should intervene, a world-class journalist and scholar brings us an important and groundbreaking book on the fresh traumas of the post-cold war world and those who are struggling against them. I turned the last page feeling both horrified and hopeful.
—(Michael Beschloss, author of At the Highest Levels and The Crisis Years)

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
John F. Matlock, Jr.
The New York Times Book Review
With vivid description, Shawcross gives us the context in which conflicts have arisen and unforgettable glimpses of their catastrophic impact on human lives.

Gavin Esler
Daily Mail (London)

Shawcross gets to the heart of…the UN and how it responds, or fails to respond, to international crises in what he calls “a world of endless conflict.” Shawcross is quite simply one of the best reporters of his generation.

Joseph Nye
The Boston Globe

Well written and filled with troubling truths.

Publishers Weekly – Publisher’s Weekly
The end of the Cold War may have reduced the threat of nuclear catastrophe, but shooting wars continued to ravage the planet throughout the ’90s. Shawcross (Sideshow, Murdoch, etc.), an award-winning journalist, takes inventory of a decade’s worth of conflict, ranging from Cambodia to Rwanda, Croatia to East Timor, and assesses the reactions of governments, the U.N. and humanitarian agencies to the carnage. The book proceeds chronologically, treating several crises in each chapter. In this way, Shawcross replicates the experience of those responsible for organizing the world’s response to these fast-breaking, vicious little wars as they broke out, often simultaneously, all around the world. More significant than Shawcross’s chronicle of these conflicts and their respective atrocities is his analysis of the ambiguities and paradoxes produced by the wars. He identifies the political forces shaping how the world selects some crises for effective intervention, while others merit platitudes and palliatives. Shawcross also explores how in some instances humanitarian aid, such as food shipments, serve only to supply the combatants and so prolong the suffering of the starving people for whom the food was intended. He gives evidence that while nations claim to rely on the U.N. as a peacekeeping mechanism, they withhold funds and complain of U.N. ineffectiveness. As Shawcross argues in this thoughtful and balanced account, we in the developed world “want more to be put right, but we are prepared to sacrifice less.” Shawcross calls for greater consistency in how the developed nations react to ’90s-style ethnic wars, so that nations can do something better than merely make the world “a little less horrible.” In surveying the past 10 years, he makes a clear-sighted contribution to the policy debates of the next decade and beyond. (Mar.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|

Sean Hannity:

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Conservative Fox Television news host and bestselling author Hannity sees behind the ills of the world one cause: evil. And so Hannity joins the “neocon” chorus, positing that totalitarian regimes, such as Hussein’s in Iraq, Hitler’s Germany and the former Soviet Union, serve as breeding grounds for evil, thus justifying President Bush’s policy of pre-emptive action against countries that could threaten American interests. Despite “irrefutable evidence,” Hannity writes, today’s liberals inexplicably doubt that “absolute evil truly exists,” and instead foolishly cling to the idea that the world’s problems might arise from social, psychological and cultural differences or from economic inequality. Fans of Hannity …


About Harold L Carter

Bachelor of Science, Columbia University Masters degree, Ohio State University Undergraduate National Officer, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Eastern Asst Vice President, when a student at Columbia University Profile Photograph: Mom & Me, when I was a graduate student
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