A Savage Order: How the World's Deadliest Countries Can Forge a Path to Security

A Savage Order: How the World's Deadliest Countries Can Forge a Path to Security

by Rachel Kleinfeld


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The most violent places in the world today are not at war. More people have died in Mexico in recent years than in Iraq and Afghanistan combined. These parts of the world are instead buckling under a maelstrom of gangs, organized crime, political conflict, corruption, and state brutality. Such devastating violence can feel hopeless, yet some places—from Colombia to the Republic of Georgia—have been able to recover.
In this powerfully argued and urgent book, Rachel Kleinfeld examines why some democracies, including our own, are crippled by extreme violence and how they can regain security. Drawing on fifteen years of study and firsthand field research—interviewing generals, former guerrillas, activists, politicians, mobsters, and law enforcement in countries around the world—Kleinfeld tells the stories of societies that successfully fought seemingly ingrained violence and offers penetrating conclusions about what must be done to build governments that are able to protect the lives of their citizens.
Taking on existing literature and popular theories about war, crime, and foreign intervention, A Savage Order is a blistering yet inspiring investigation into what makes some countries peaceful and others war zones, and a blueprint for what we can do to help.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780525432968
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/22/2019
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 310,932
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

RACHEL KLEINFELD is a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and was the founding CEO of the Truman National Security Project. From 2011 to 2014 she served on the U.S. State Department’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board and regularly advises officials in the United States, the United Kingdom, and other allied governments. Kleinfeld is the author of two previous books and has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Fox News, and other national television, radio, and print media. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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Table of Contents

Introduction · 3
1. Violence Today · 21
2. Privilege Violence · 44
3. Decivilization · 72
4. Dirty Deals · 99
5. The Middle Class · 122
6. Political Movements · 149
7. Politicians · 172
8. Recivilization · 205
9. Centralization and Surveillance · 221
10. Society Maintains the Peace · 247
11. What Can We Do? · 268
Acknowledgments · 297
Notes · 301
Bibliography · 407
Index · 457

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