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Rieff, David

Overview
Works: 130 works in 414 publications in 9 languages and 13,904 library holdings
Genres: History  Personal narratives‡vAmerican  Diaries  Notebooks, sketchbooks, etc  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Sources 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Speaker
Classifications: PS3569.O6547, 818.5409
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Most widely held works by David Rieff
Crimes of war : what the public should know( Book )

20 editions published between 1999 and 2007 in English and held by 1,536 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The nature of war crimes and the international law that defines them is discussed in accounts of major violations of the code of conduct military organizations are supposed to follow in war
A bed for the night : humanitarianism in crisis by David Rieff( Book )

21 editions published between 2002 and 2014 in English and held by 1,239 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Timely and controversial, A Bed for the Night reveals how humanitarian organizations trying to bring relief in an ever more violent and dangerous world are often betrayed and misused, and have increasingly lost sight of their purpose. Humanitarian relief workers, writes David Rieff, are the last of the just. And in the Bosnias, the Rwandas, and the Afghanistans of this world, humanitarianism remains the vocation of helping people when they most desperately need help, when they have lost or stand at risk of losing everything they have, including their lives. Although humanitarianism's accomplishments have been tremendous, including saving countless lives, the lesson of the past ten years of civil wars and ethnic cleansing is that it can do only so much to alleviate suffering. Aid workers have discovered that while trying to do good, their efforts may also cause harm. Drawing on firsthand reporting from hot war zones around the world -- Bosnia, Rwanda, Congo, Kosovo, Sudan, and most recently Afghanistan -- Rieff describes how the International Committee of the Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders, the International Rescue Committee, CARE, Oxfam, and other humanitarian organizations have moved from their founding principle of political neutrality, which gave them access to victims of wars, to encouraging the international community to take action to stop civil wars and ethnic cleansing. This advocacy has come at a high price. By calling for intervention -- whether by the United Nations or by "coalitions of the willing"--Humanitarian organizations risk being seen as taking sides in a conflict and thus jeopardizing their access to victims. And by overreaching, the humanitarian movement has allowed itself to be hijacked by the major powers, at times becoming a fig leaf for actions those powers wish to take for their own interests, or for the major powers' inaction. Rieff concludes that if humanitarian organizations are to do what they do best -- alleviate suffering -- they must reclaim their independence. Except for relief workers themselves, no one has looked at humanitarian action as seriously or as unflinchingly, or has had such unparalleled access to its inner workings, as Rieff, who has traveled and lived with aid workers over many years and four continents. A cogent, hard-hitting report from the front lines, A Bed for the Night shows what international aid organizations must do if they are to continue to care for the victims of humanitarian disasters
Reborn : journals and notebooks, 1947-1963 by Susan Sontag( Book )

13 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in English and Turkish and held by 925 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents excerpts from the early writings of the author, with reflections on her meetings with influential writers and intellectuals, her literary ambitions, and her criticisms of other writers
The reproach of hunger : food, justice, and money in the twenty-first century by David Rieff( Book )

15 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 833 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a groundbreaking book based on six years of reporting, leading expert on humanitarian aid and development David Rieff offers a review of whether the end of extreme poverty and widespread hunger are within our reach. Some of the most brilliant scientists, world politicians, and development experts agree that the eradication of hunger is an essential task for the new millennium. Yet in the last decade, the prices of wheat, soy and rice have soared. This has condemned the hundreds of millions of the world's population who live on less than one dollar per day to a state of hunger and insecurity. Rieff searches for the causes of this food security crisis, as well as what lies behind the failures to respond to disaster: failures to address climate change, poor governance, and misguided optimism. Rieff cautions against the increased privatization of aid, as well as the interventions of celebrity campaigners, whose business-led solutions rob development of political urgency. He dismisses the idle hope of Bill Gates and Warren Buffett that food scarcity can be solved by technological innovation alone. The path ahead, Rieff reminds us, demands we rethink the fundamental causes of the world's grotesque inequalities and understand that what is at stake is a political challenge we are failing to confront.--Adapted from book jacket
Los Angeles : capital of the Third World by David Rieff( Book )

21 editions published between 1991 and 2014 in English and held by 755 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this book, the author looks at L.A., that incarnation of the American dream, and finds the place and the fantasy radically transformed by the new immigrants from Asia and Latin America, who have been arriving in the millions, both legally and illegally, over the past twenty years. What is happening right now in Los Angeles is nothing less than the most visible manifestation of the greatests story of the late twentieth century, the author notes, the movement of the colored peoples of the world into the white world, and in the U.S., the transformation of the country from an anthology of Europe to an anthology of the peoples of the entire planet
Essays of the 1960s & 70s by Susan Sontag( Book )

5 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 738 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With the publication of her first book, Against Interpretation, in 1966, Susan Sontag placed herself at the forefront of an era of cultural and political transformation. "What is important now," she wrote, "is to recover our senses ... In place of a hermeneutics we need an erotics of art." She would remain a catalyzing presence, whether writing about camp sensibility, the films of Jean-Luc Godard and Alain Resnais, her experiences as a traveler to Hanoi at the height of the Vietnam War, the aesthetics of science-fiction and pornography, or a range of modern thinkers from Simone Weil to E.M. Cioran. She opened dazzling new perspectives on any subject she addressed, whether the nature of photography or cultural attitudes toward illness. This volume, edited by Sontag's son David Rieff, presents the full texts of four essential books: Against Interpretation, Styles of Radical Will (1969), On Photography (1977), and Illness as Metaphor (1978). Also here as a special feature are six previously uncollected essays including studies of William S. Burroughs and the painter Francis Bacon and a series of reflections on beauty, aging, and the emerging feminist movement
The exile : Cuba in the heart of Miami by David Rieff( Book )

13 editions published between 1993 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 729 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A portrait of Miami's Cuban community, who started coming en masse after the rise of Castro, and how the changes they have brought to South Florida reflect the future of many American cities
Going to Miami : exiles, tourists, and refugees in the new America by David Rieff( Book )

10 editions published between 1987 and 1999 in English and held by 702 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As consciousness is harnessed to flesh : journals and notebooks, 1964-1980 by Susan Sontag( Book )

8 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 644 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A second volume of journals shares intimate reflections on the writer's artistic and political development during a trip to Hanoi at the peak of the Vietnam War and throughout her film-making years in Sweden before the dawn of the Reagan era
At the point of a gun : democratic dreams and armed intervention by David Rieff( Book )

11 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in English and held by 620 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Writing from the front lines of the hot wars of the post-Cold War world -- the Balkans, Africa, the Middle East, and most recently Afghanistan and Iraq for The New York Times Magazine -- Rieff witnessed firsthand most of the armed interventions waged in the name of human rights and democratization. His report is anything but reassuring. In this collection of articles, Rieff, one of our leading experts on the subject, reassesses some of his own judgments about the use of military might to solve the world's most pressing humanitarian problems and curb the world's cruelest human rights abusers. Rieff's essays draw a searing portrait of what happens when the grandiose schemes of policymakers and the grandiose ethical ambitions of human rights activists go horribly wrong in the field. Again and again, they ask the question: Do these moral ambitions of ours to protect people from massacre and want match either our means or our wisdom?
In praise of forgetting : historical memory and its ironies by David Rieff( Book )

10 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 398 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The conventional wisdom about historical memory is summed up in George Santayana’s celebrated phrase, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Today, the consensus that it is moral to remember, immoral to forget, is nearly absolute. And yet is this right? David Rieff, an independent writer who has reported on bloody conflicts in Africa, the Balkans, and Central Asia, insists that things are not so simple. He poses hard questions about whether remembrance ever truly has, or indeed ever could, “inoculate” the present against repeating the crimes of the past. He argues that rubbing raw historical wounds—whether self-inflicted or imposed by outside forces—neither remedies injustice nor confers reconciliation. If he is right, then historical memory is not a moral imperative but rather a moral option—sometimes called for, sometimes not. Collective remembrance can be toxic. Sometimes, Rieff concludes, it may be more moral to forget. Ranging widely across some of the defining conflicts of modern times—the Irish Troubles and the Easter Uprising of 1916, the white settlement of Australia, the American Civil War, the Balkan wars, the Holocaust, and 9/11—Rieff presents a pellucid examination of the uses and abuses of historical memory. His contentious, brilliant, and elegant essay is an indispensable work of moral philosophy." -- Publisher
Texas boots by Sharon DeLano( Book )

4 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 308 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Humanities in review( Book )

in English and held by 206 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Blood and honey : a Balkan war journal by Ron Haviv( Book )

5 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 194 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Of the thousands of photographs that emerged from the war in Yugoslavia, Ron Haviv's stand out as a unique record. From the first outbreak of war in 1991 to the present-day ethnic turmoil in Kosovo, Haviv produced images that depicted both the urgency and the tragedy of war." "Chuck Sudetic provides an essay giving Haviv's photographs a historical, political, and cultural context. Sudetic sheds light on the forces behind the tragic cycles of war that have engulfed the Balkans over the past century. David Rieff offers an acute and impassioned defense of the document and the importance of witness. Bernard Kouchner, present-day governor of Kosovo, writes with vigorous morality and passion about the importance and implication of the past on the future of the former Yugoslavia. The images in Blood and Honey are further augmented by a chronology of the conflict and quotations from victims, perpetrators, political figures, and international observers that provide alternative and opposing voices about the war."--Jacket
Crimes de guerre : ce que nous devons savoir( Book )

3 editions published in 2002 in French and held by 129 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Présente, sous forme d'un abécédaire composé de 150 articles rédigés par des journalistes et des juristes internationaux, les conflits contemporains avec leurs infractions graves et leurs conduites criminelles : Croatie (1991), Bosnie (1992), Rwanda (1994), Tchétchénie (1995), etc., ainsi que l'action du droit international humanitaire
Against remembrance by David Rieff( Book )

7 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in Spanish and English and held by 88 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Esteemed American journalist David Rieff argues against our passion for the past. He looks at how memory serves nationalistic history every ANZAC Day and annual pilgrimage to Gallipoli, and how memory of past horrors inflame deep-seated ethnic hatreds, violence and wars
As consciousness is harnessed to flesh : diaries 1963-1981 by Susan Sontag( Book )

10 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and Japanese and held by 57 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This, the second of three volumes of Susan Sontag's journals and notebooks, begins where the first volume left off, in the middle of the 1960s. It traces and documents Sontag's evolution from fledgling participant in the artistic and intellectual world of New York City to world-renowned critic and dominant force in the world of ideas with the publication of the groundbreaking Against Interpretation in 1966
Slaughterhouse : Bosnia and the failure of the West by David Rieff( Book )

22 editions published between 1995 and 2014 in English and Spanish and held by 57 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The war in Bosnia has confounded all our expectations. The end of the Cold War, most people imagined in 1989 and 1990, signaled the end of conflict in Europe. What Western Europeans already enjoyed - peace, prosperity, a common market - would be extended to countries like Yugoslavia. Like their neighbors in Croatia and Serbia, Bosnians - Croat, Serb, and Muslim alike - had the same expectations of the post-Communist era. Theirs was already a consumer culture, fueled by ever larger waves of tourists. In 1984, the Winter Olympics were held in Sarajevo. That event seemed to presage the rosiest of futures. But when the Yugoslavian state began to collapse, Bosnia collapsed with it. Ferocious ethnic and religious antagonisms - held beneath the surface by decades of Communist rule - were seized upon by ex-Communist politicians now turned nationalist, who, desperate to hold on to power, sold them with inceasing propaganda to a nervous population terrified as the civic order they had grown up with fell apart. In 1991, war broke out in Croatia. In April 1992, it came to Bosnia. In reality, it was more slaughter than war. The siege of Sarajevo has gone on longer than any siege in modern history. And, as the world stood by, for the third time in twentieth-century Europe a small minority, this time not the Armenians or the Jews but the Muslims of Bosnia, underwent a genocide. In a shocking and deeply disturbing tour de force, David Rieff - perhaps America's most acclaimed chronicler of displaced people, of lives in flux - journeys into the center of the war in Bosnia, a slaughterhouse made even more horrible by the failure of the West and its surrogate, the United Nations, to do anything to stop the genocide. Rieff follows the civilians, not the fighting. He vividly documents the way the Bosnians moved from their initial shock that this fate of murder and loss was really to be theirs, to their belief that the West, the United States in particular, would help them, to their ultimate, terrifying certainty that they would be left alone to their fate. From the summer of 1992, soon after the fighting started, through the late fall of 1994, Rieff lived for extended periods in Bosnia. He spent prolonged time in Sarajevo, moved back and forth across the front lines, and rode on the convoys that, often under fire, attempted to deliver humanitarian aid to the civilian population. He chronicles the heroism and bitterness of the aid workers and staffers of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees who knew, even as they tried to help, that their efforts were being used as a pretext for not intervening by the British and French in particular, and by United Nations bureaucrats. Slaughterhouse is both an unforgettable account of what the events in Bosnia during the last three years looked like from the ground and an unforgiving portrait of war, the first in Europe since the end of World War II, and of a genocide that might have been prevented and could have been stopped
L'humanitaire en crise : essai by David Rieff( Book )

2 editions published in 2004 in French and held by 48 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

D. Rieff, reporter au "New York Times", propose un regard critique sur l'engagement des organisations humanitaires, dresse un constat des limites et grandeurs de l'intervention des ONG et rappelle que l'action humanitaire est l'unique rempart contre la détresse du monde, la famine et les crimes contre l'humanité
Swimming in a sea of death : a son's memoir by David Rieff( Book )

13 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Both a memoir and an investigation, Swimming in a Sea of Death is David Rieff's loving tribute to his mother, the writer Susan Sontag, and her final battle with cancer. Rieff's brave, passionate, and unsparing witness of the last nine months of her life, from her initial diagnosis to her death, is both an intensely personal portrait of the relationship between a mother and a son, and a reflection on what it is like to try to help someone gravely ill in her fight to go on living and, when the time comes, to die with dignity. Rieff offers no easy answers. Instead, his intensely personal book is a meditation on what it means to confront death in our culture. In his most profound work, this brilliant writer confronts the blunt feelings of the survivor -- the guilt, the self-questioning, the sense of not having done enough. And he tries to understand what it means to desire so desperately, as his mother did to the end of her life, to try almost anything in order to go on living. Drawing on his mother's heroic struggle, paying tribute to her doctors' ingenuity and faithfulness, and determined to tell what happened to them all, Swimming in a Sea of Death subtly draws wider lessons that will be of value to others when they find themselves in the same situation
 
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Crimes of war : what the public should know
Alternative Names
David Rieff American political writer

David Rieff Amerikaans politicoloog

David Rieff escritor político estadounidense

David Rieff US-amerikanischer Polemiker und Kritiker

Dawei Ruifu 1952-

Reiff, David

Rieff, David

Rieff, David S. 1952-

Rieff, David Sontag.

Rieff, David Sontag 1952-

Rif, Dejvid

Ruifu, Dawei 1952-

Рифф, Дэвид

دافيد ريف، 1952-

리프, 데이비드

リーフ, デイヴィッド

大衛瑞夫 1952-

瑞夫, 大衛 1952-

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A bed for the night : humanitarianism in crisisReborn : journals and notebooks, 1947-1963Los Angeles : capital of the Third WorldThe exile : Cuba in the heart of MiamiGoing to Miami : exiles, tourists, and refugees in the new AmericaAt the point of a gun : democratic dreams and armed interventionHumanities in reviewBlood and honey : a Balkan war journal