Sergio: One Man's Fight to Save the World
Penguin, 30/mar/2010 - 640 pagine
Sergio Vieira de Mello—a humanitarian, peacemaker, and state builder with the United Nations—was at center of the most significant geopolitical crises of the last half-century. Born in 1948, just as the post–World War II order was taking shape, he died in a terrorist attack on UN headquarters in Iraq in 2003 as the battle lines in the twenty first-century's first great polarizing struggle were being drawn. This is a dual biography: It is the life story of a brave and enigmatic man who never stopped learning and had a thirty-year head start in thinking about the central challenges of our time , and it is also the biography of a perilous world whose ills are too big to ignore, but also too complex to manage quickly or cheaply. Even as Vieira de Mello arranged food deliveries, organized refugee returns, or negotiated with warlords, he pressed his colleagues to join him in grappling with such questions as: When should killers be engaged, and when should they be shunned? When is military force justified? How can outsiders play a role in healing broken people and broken places? Vieira de Mello did not have the luxury of simply posing these questions; he had to find answers, apply them, and live with the consequences.