Editions. War Games . Linda Polman ‘Polman shines a light on the multibillion dollar juggernaut that is today’s humanitarian aid network. But as Linda Polman’s War Games reveals, the delivery of aid can often have unintended consequences. Relying on decades of experience as. Conor Foley: Of course there are problems with the aid industry, but books like Linda Polman’s War Games only simplify the debate.

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Sep 08, Alex Maxwell rated it it was amazing Shelves: War Games covers some similar ground — in fact, there is quite a bit of repetition from the previous book — but Polman’s grasp of her material seems far less sure this wwar. Of course there are problems with the aid industry. Sure, aid can be much more efficient and, sure, all the little NGOs should more often band together and present a united front to avoid being used and abused by those in control of the areas they are trying to provide for, hut Polman annoyingly is very scant on providing solutions, meaning that the whole book ends up being little more than a frustrated rant.

Meghna rated it it was amazing Jun 12, May 14, Tom rated it it was amazing. Her previous book, We Did Nothing, is a well-written critique of various UN interventions that took place in the 90s and combines a mix of good personal anecdotes and being-in-the-right-place-at-the-right-time luck.

The book ends with a rather embarrass “aid polma which claims to translate aid speak into plain English.

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Paperbackpages. You gamess never donate to one of these good causes again after you’ve read this book. While not alleviating any one person of fault, it is obvious that Linda Polman’s in My best friend’s sister lent me this book, most likely in hopes that I’d understand more about the humanitarian world, and I have to say it was much more beneficial to read than I had originally anticipated.


Accessibility links Skip to article Skip to navigation. Loading comments… Trouble loading? It’s not as easy as just giving humanitarian aid.

It is bleak reading: The road to wzr, it seems, is paved with stereotypical cliches, as well as good intentions. Not an eye-opener I was already aware of many facts here but equally impressive.

Return to Book Page. The operation has been one of the most extensively documented and critiqued, as it was a turning point for the humanitarian movement, and Polman draws on many of these secondary sources when discussing what went wrong and why so much international aid ended up being expropriated by the genocidaires. The book shows a ton of criticism to the current humanitarian industry, and gives plenty of reasons to back up said criticism, but lacks any concrete suggestions toward a solution.

I’m sure at least one such person could have been found. The research is also often just bad.

War Games is investigative journalism, not an academic treatise, so while it’s certainly well-researched, Polman is not pretending pollman be impartial, comprehensive, or to provide any solutions to the problems she diagnoses. There was a massive ethnic cleansing carried out by the Hutus against the Tutsis.

It would be wrong to let such arguments go by default.

Attacking humanitarian aid with cliche

Good examples of how aid can become politicized and how it can be used as a tool of war. A complete edition of John James Audubon’s world famous The Birds of America, bound in linen and beautifully presented in a special slipcase. Trivia About War Games: The research is extensive and the book is really well written considering the subject matter I flew through it.


The pages of this necessary but contentious book burn with a righteous moral anger about the contradictions and tensions of delivering humanitarian aid in conflict zones. If you are already familiar with its course material as I wasLinda Polman’s book is an eye opener.

War Games: The Story Of Aid And War In Modern Times

If we want to give our aid to places where it will be spent without any worries about unintended consequences or the risk of corruption, we might as well give it to Sweden polmn Switzerland. A large number of agencies had pulled out of the camps long before Polman arrived and her failure to acknowledge this weakens what is otherwise a fairly standard treatment of the issues.

It was easy to read in short spurts – a few pages on wag train or a couple quick pages while the kettle was boiling.

Each chapter has a string of anecdotes illustrating their venality, incompetence, naivety or cynicism. Ask Them Questions’ chapter was succinct, polmqn, and to the point.