Damned Nations: Greed, Guns, Armies, and Aid #2020

Damned Nations: Greed, Guns, Armies, and Aid By Samantha Nutt Damned Nations Greed Guns Armies and Aid Damned Nations is the brilliant distillation of Samantha Nutt s observations over the course of fifteen years providing hands on care in some of the world s most violent flashpoints Combining original
  • Title: Damned Nations: Greed, Guns, Armies, and Aid
  • Author: Samantha Nutt
  • ISBN: 9780771051
  • Page: 260
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Damned Nations: Greed, Guns, Armies, and Aid By Samantha Nutt
    Damned Nations: Greed, Guns, Armies, and Aid By Samantha Nutt Damned Nations is the brilliant distillation of Samantha Nutt s observations over the course of fifteen years providing hands on care in some of the world s most violent flashpoints Combining original research with her personal story, it is a deeply thoughtful meditation on war as it is being waged around the world against millions of civilians primarily women and chilDamned Nations is the brilliant distillation of Samantha Nutt s observations over the course of fifteen years providing hands on care in some of the world s most violent flashpoints Combining original research with her personal story, it is a deeply thoughtful meditation on war as it is being waged around the world against millions of civilians primarily women and children Samantha s boundless energy, dedication, and compassion shine through on every page as she lays out real, lasting solutions to these problems and shows how to move beyond outdated notions of charity towards a progressive, inclusive, and respectful world view.
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    • I made the mistake of reading this book on the train, with no kleenex in my purse Not that this is one of those books that plays up the horrors of war and manipulates your emotions rather, Nutt s honest, straight forward story telling of her personal involvement in war torn countries lays it all on the line evoking an honest, unbidden reaction of tears Nutt provided a balanced mixture of anecdotes and information, the former reinforcing and illustrating the latter It was impossible not to read t [...]


    • I had the pleasure of listening to Samantha Nutt at a conference in Calgary this past January She was lovely, and had so many great things to say about community development that I didn t hesitate to buy her book and have her sign it while she was there I wasn t disappointed with this read Samantha is a tough, seasoned veteran of the development world It s no surprise that her writing was jam packed with pertinent information There were some tedious passages, but overall I was gripped The colour [...]


    • Wow A whole lot of information to digest much of it extremely sobering But much of it helpful, insightful and hopeful, too I won t look at aid the same ever again I will be spending a lot of time over the next few days and weeks thinking about this, digesting all her info, and deciding what I personally am going to do about it Thank you, Samantha Nutt This was a brave and important work.


    • As someone who works in development, this is the book that I wish so many of my friends who don t work in development would read It s easy to read, short, and has a nice blend of personal stories and facts It comes with a Canadian perspective and could really help some people I know to think critically about the Canadian government and Canadian mining companies abroad I also think that she really outlines the best way to give not a 1 month volunteer stint, not your second hand toys, not a donat [...]


    • I bought this book on the advice of a friend who shares my interest in international women s issues Damned Nations fully lived up to expectations, providing not only insight but turning into one of the few books in recent memory that I ve read without interruption Dr Nutt kept me engaged from the start, and my ebook is peppered with highlighted passages Bravo I will surely continue to read her work.


    • What a righteous, passionate, heartbreaking book Samantha Nutt doesn t pull any punches as she guides us on a guilt trip through Damned Nations One through which I travelled slowly since it was arduous and enlightening but also humorous at times In the chapter one, Invitation to War, she takes us to Somalia in the 90s by relating her experience as a na ve twenty five years old Her description of Somalia is both vivid The first thing about Somalia to confront visitors is the heat It beats down fr [...]


    • I found it nice and educational and full of stories that really broke or touched my heart I enjoyed reading it My rating is lower because I did find it quite repetitive towards the end and rather biased as well in terms of the author s interpretation of the world s problems and how to solve them There seemed to be some strong political beliefs coloring her perspective so while I feel like I learned a lot from this book, I also don t agree with all of the author s conclusions and wasn t fond of t [...]


    • This book appeals to the truth seeker and conspiracy theorist s heart I couldn t put this book down from start to finish.Samantha writes in a simple, easy to read, yet eloquent style Her stories are heart wrenching, and she follows up her shared experiences very smoothly with hard data and facts to support those experiences.Her arguments are undeniable Her message is one that must be heard.


    • Eye opening and informativeI highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in working for international NGO s or getting involved in humanitarian aid It is very informative and written beautifully.



    • Although I think Nutt should ve included some sort of disclaimer concerning the quite macabre and lurid details as it can be triggering I understand why she had no problem providing the reader with such a vivid understanding of the mass atrocities people in war are subjected to Loved the sassiness at points throughout the book Well written and informative Being a sceptic when it comes to the issue of foreign aid, I will say this book allowed for me to pause, think and ask myself questions I part [...]


    • ayearofbooksblog 2017 01 My aim is simply to introduce a process of critical reflection considering our own actions and deeds, and how, collectively, we are so often implicated in horrific acts of violence, around the world while our personal interventions rarely do than maintain the status quo.After hearing Samantha Nutt Speak at the University of Guelph Leadership Call to Action Event, I couldn t wait to read my signed copy of Damned Nations Greed, Guns, Armies Aid The book, like her talk, ma [...]


    • Simply put, everyone in the developed world should read this book While it is pretty dense, it is very readable and short enough that most would be able to get through it with a small amount of determination It was a transformational read in that it made me re evaluate how I approach charitable giving and gave me enough talking points to be able to intelligently discuss the pros and cons of donating to large organizations In short, Nutt s thesis is that charitable donations and federal internati [...]


    • Reading this book opened my eyes to how indirectly each of us is responsible for the suffering of so many through inaction or thoughtless actions Through Samantha Nutt s passionate and eloquent words I feel that my understanding of this topic had been enhanced immensely Her accounts of the people she has met throughout the years and their tragedies are moving, told with compassion not with pity These personal anecdotes are what substantiate her claims and give human faces to suffering around the [...]


    • Excellent book Samantha Nutt goes through various countries she has worked in as a UN representative and with chilling detail talks about the lives of the war torn and oppressed and talks about her version of the causes and what we can do better to provide aid.She continues to come back to one solution and that is the undeniable fact that in nations where women gain equality and a voice , that nation begins to show economic success,as well as a society that is democratic for all.Samantha is th [...]


    • The title of Chapter 5 says it all Pack your bags, we re going on a guilt trip Dr Nutt, the most inspiring speaker I ever had the privilege to hear, writes a powerful statement regarding the effects of the trade in arms, the lack of focus in developmental aid, the little steps we could make to try have the developed world which is the sole beneficiary of the developing world s misery move towards really helping the victims of our greed Many other things need to change the harmful agricultural su [...]


    • This book doesn t mince words It s a compelling look at the arms trade and it s long range and little known effects on everyday people Full of facts and figures, that may put off some readers which is unfortunate Rather than a dull history book or a re imagining of stories already told, this book provides a ground breaking look of humanitarian efforts that directly impact those in need Instead of formulas or impossible suggestions to solve the problem, the author talks from her experience in the [...]


    • Although this book was at times very difficult to read some of the stories she tells are horrific and quite graphic , it was also a very important book Samantha Nutt has spent over 20 years in war torn areas of the world, and offers some excellent insight into the best ways that aid should be used In particular, I appreciated her insistence that simply having good intentions is not enough advice that many churches would do well to heed , but that aid, even if well meaning, can actually have dama [...]


    • Dr Samantha Nutt insightfully analyzes the causes of armed conflict and critiques the effectiveness of various types of humanitarian aid in her book, Damned Nations A recipient of the Order of Canada, Samantha Nutt shares her experiences as a humanitarian who has worked in the most violent places on earth Through her observations, we witness horrific atrocities while meeting people who give their lives for peace and progress This book will resonate with anyone who has wondered how to make a mean [...]


    • Everyone should read this book and expose themselves to the global impacts of their individual actions In that way, the book emphasized our connectedness and the need to act locally but think globally As someone engaged in development work, reading this was affirming of many of my opinions on development issues However, reading this book I was challenged to critique and evaluate some of my work in Tanzania, which I believe is beneficial both to the organizations development and to the community [...]


    • Samantha Nutt is a doctor who has spent over 15 years in international development in some of the scariest places in the world Her books documents the myriad ways in which international aid works against those it should help, and makes the case that good intentions are simply not enough when we re trying to help those in need We need to understand the complexities involved and resist the urge to provide quick solutions Her book is a must read for anyone interested in international development, a [...]


    • Samantha Nutt s humanitarian and development experience really allows this book to express the truths behind wars and aid without being political or accusatory I really liked that she gave honest opinions on how to provide aid without making suggestions of specific organizations many of which I m sure she has her own included, but it gives the book an unbiased approach, and the solutions within it weight Definitely gives you something to think about re personal views on international affairs an [...]


    • An excellent examination of the unfortunate way aid is becoming entwined with military spending It can also be read in counterpoint to Dambisa Moyo s Dead Aid the arguments in Damned Nations are far stronger, compelling, less ideological, and in the end, convincing, than those given in Dead Aid McNutt destroys the idea that the free market is not the solution as advocated in Dead Aid , as well as destroying the military humanitarian hybrid which many NGOs are moving towards.A must read for th [...]


    • Written by Dr Samantha Nutt, the founder of a not for profit organization called War Child that makes it their business to get in deep and protect the vulnerable, this is an excellent book told convincingly by a woman from the front lines of modern aid She describes some surprising truths about how the multi billion dollar aid industry can go wrong, and how we can be unwitting accomplices even when we mean well Although a little light on specific solutions, Dr Nutt s analysis is direct and preci [...]


    • This book was an eye opener I learned how much Canada and other western democracies increase the proliferation of weapons in developing countries Also shows you how frightening it is to be in a country where a war of any kind is taking place It is a little biased in parts but that s the author s perogative This Canadian woman has been to the frontlines of many wars and knows first hand the horrors of war


    • Wow picked this up last week If you have ever given to a charity like Red Cross or Feed the Children, you should read this Left me speechless, the wind knocked out of me and overwhelmed all at once But somehow Dr Sam Nutt offers hope and guidance to how people can be involved Made me really think at my actions I hope you will read it and be movedo action or at least into retrospection.


    • Excellent essay on all of her experiences with civil wars in the developing world through out her career It is not an easy read due to the explicitness of her descriptions but these stories need to be told We have to understand how we damage developing countries through aid and weapons and non sustainable programs We need to know what we support with our dollars and how the organizations use it It is no longer about sending food to starving kids in China.


    • When I saw Samantha Nutt on Peter Mansbridge, One on One, I knew I wanted to read her book She is indeed a well educated, well travelled, giving woman I really enjoyed her writings regarding personal experience She recommends how individuals should donate and what questions to ask The book is so full of information that at times I found it too much, in too few pages.


    • Dr Nutt works all over the world in strife ridden places where aid is needed Much of what she has to say is already common knowledge in the countries where such aid is needed But this is the first time someone who works in the field has clearly laid out the flaws in the aid system used all over the world Also worth a mention is the glossary at the end.More power to you Dr Nutt


    • Such simplicity, honesty, humility and even humour this short and sweet tale of Dr Nutt is a rarity in such literature As a woman and as a peacebuilder, I found myself repeatedly applauding her on point observations and reflections This is the stuff people in our field and out need to be grappling with Absolutely well done.


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