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Emergency Sex (And Other Desperate Measures) : True Stories from a War Zone - Kenneth;Postlewait, Heidi;Thomson, Andrew; Cain

Emergency Sex (And Other Desperate Measures)

True Stories from a War Zone

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Published: 1st May 2006
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"It's the early 1990s and three young people are looking to change their lives, and perhaps also the world. Attracted to the ambitious global peacekeeping work of the UN, Andrew, Ken and Heidi's paths cross in Cambodia, from where their fates are to become inextricably bound.Over the coming years, their stories interweave through countries such Rwanda, Bosnia, Somalia and Haiti war-torn, lawless places where the intervention of the UN is needed like nowhere else. Driven by idealism, the three struggle to do the best they can, caught up in an increasingly tangled web of bureaucracy and ineffectual leadership. As disillusionment sets in, they attempt to keep hold of their humanity through black humour, revelry and 'emergency sex'. Brutal and moving in equal measure, Emergency Sex (And Other Desperate Measures) explores pressing global issues while never losing a sense of the personal. Deeply critical of the West s indifference to developing countries and the UN's repeated failure to intervene decisively, the book provoked massive controversy on its initial publication. Kofi Annan called for the book to be banned, and debate was sparked about the future direction of the UN. Bril

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      Comments about Emergency Sex (and Other Desperate Measures):

      This book is a fascinating look into the human psyche and looks at human behaviour when put in life threatening or dangerous situations. It's written by some inspirational human beings who have experienced some pretty profound experiences. I bought this book so I could read it again after a friend lent it to me for my first read, I highly recommend.

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      "Heart wrenching stuff" Metro "A riveting read that vividly dramatises the many contradictions of the world it moves through" Guardian "Vividly told, this book is all the more engaging because its perspective is personal before it is political" Daily Mail "As wonderfully written as it is controversial ... impossible to put down" Sunday Telegraph "This is in every sense a hell of a good book, a powerful testament of the limits of peacekeeping in today's war zone - acutely observed, and told with astonishing immediacy" -- Philip Gourevitch,author of WE WISH TO INFORM YOU THAT TOMORROW WE WILL BE KILLED WITH OUR FAMILIES

      ISBN: 9780091908867
      ISBN-10: 0091908868
      Audience: General
      Format: Paperback
      Language: English
      Number Of Pages: 320
      Published: 1st May 2006
      Publisher: Ebury Publishing
      Country of Publication: GB
      Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.2  x 2.0
      Weight (kg): 0.23
      Edition Number: 1