The Road to Hell: The Ravaging Effects of Foreign Aid and International Charity

The Road to Hell: The Ravaging Effects of Foreign Aid and International Charity

by Michael Maren



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780684828008
Publisher: Free Press
Publication date: 12/03/1996
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.45(w) x 9.57(h) x 1.08(d)

Table of Contents

Author's Notexi
On the Spelling of Somali Wordsxiii
Introduction: Darkness and Light1
1.Land Cruisers13
2.Far from Somalia25
4.Potemkin Villages58
5.Death in Mogadishu79
6.Crazy with Food92
8.Selling the Children136
9.Creating Dependency162
10.Withdrawal Symptoms178
11.Pigs at a Trough189
12.Feeding the Famine203
13.The Mogadishu Line216
14.The Self-Licking Ice Cream Cone239
15.Running Toward Rwanda257
16.Merchants of Peace270
Somalia Timeline281

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Road to Hell : The Ravaging Effects of Foreign Aid and International Charity 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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This book will change the way you see the world. By looking at aid and charity through the lens of self interest and asking the question 'who really benefits?' Mr. Maren turns around all our assumptions about the charitible urge. In this book, charities are a business looking out for their own interests first. Therefore they cooperate with ruthless dictators and the very people who are causing misery in the first place. I spent two years as a Peace Corps volunteer and could never quite put my finger on what was wrong with the entire aid system. This book articulates it all beautifully. Unlike other books on the subject it well written and even gripping at points. If I have one criticism of the book it is that Mr. Maren sometimes goes too far in his condemnation of all aid groups. I'm not sure if he really believes this or if he's trying to be provocative. At any rate, he has certainly succeeded at being provocative. I recommend this to anyone who has ever donated to a charity or who seeks to understand a little more about how the world works.