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To Stop a Warlord: My Story of Justice, Grace, and the Fight for Peace
Davis, Shannon Sedgwick
One woman's inspiring true story of an unlikely alliance to stop the atrocities of a warlord, proving that there is no limit to what we can do, even in the face of unspeakable injustice and impossible oddsLate one night in the summer of 2010, Shannon Sedgwick Davis, a lawyer, human rights advocate, and Texas mom to two young boys, first met a Ugandan general to discuss an unconventional plan to stop Joseph Kony, a murderous warlord who'd terrorized communities in four countries across Central and East Africa.For twenty-five years, Kony and his Lord's Resistance Army had killed over a hundred thousand people, displaced millions, and abducted tens of thousands of children, forcing them to become child soldiers. After Sedgwick Davis met with survivors and community leaders, aid workers and lawmakers, it was clear that the current international systems were failing to protect the most vulnerable. Guided by the strength of her beliefs and convictions, Sedgwick Davis knew she had to help other parents to have the same right she had--to go to sleep each night knowing that their children were safe.But Sedgwick Davis had no roadmap for how to stop a violent armed group. She would soon step far outside the bounds of traditional philanthropy and activism and partner her human rights organization, the Bridgeway Foundation, with a South African private military contractor and a specialized unit within the Ugandan army. The experience would bring her to question everything she had previously believed about her role as a humanitarian, about the meaning of justice, and about the very nature of good and evil.In To Stop a Warlord, Shannon Sedgwick Davis tells the story, for the first time, of the unprecedented collaboration she helped build with the aim of finally ending Joseph Kony's war--and the unforgettable journey on an unexpected path to peace. A powerful memoir that reads like a thriller, this is a story that asks us just how hard we would fight for what we believe in.
He was a brawny, blue-eyed, Irish-American religious convert who became a holy warrior in the name of Islam -- until the holy war began to change.Aukai Collins grew up hard: abandoned, surviving in the streets and running with thugs. While serving time, he converted to Islam, and went to fight with the Muslims who were targeted for genocide in Chechnya and Bosnia. This led him to Usama bin Laden's training camps in Afghanistan. As terrorist attacks on civilians around the world intensified, Aukai was asked to lead a mission that included hostage taking and the killing of civilians -- something he would not do. Disillusioned by those who used Islam for their own ends or to attack innocents, Aukai offered his services to the FBI and CIA as a counter-terrorist operative, even getting close to one of the leaders of the September 11 attacks. Yet his greatest strength -- providing insight into the problems surrounding the U.S. government's fight against something it doesn't understand -- was ignored by inept members of the American intelligence community."My Jihad" is an insiders story about the greatest threat to world peace and stability in modern times, told by an unforgettable true-life warrior who has walked the walk, fought the fights, and lived to tell about it.
La Ultima Cruzada Del Papa
Basándose en recursos sin explotar, entrevistas exclusivas y nueva investigación de archivos, La última cruzada del Papa por Peter Eisner es un emocionante relato que trae a la luz el valiente esfuerzo del Papa Pío XI para condenar el nazismo y la política del Tercer Reich -una cruzada que podría haber cambiado el curso de la segunda guerra mundial. Un escandaloso relato de intriga y suspenso, ilustrado con dieciséis páginas de fotos de archivos, La última cruzada del Papa: cómo un jesuita estadounidense ayudó a la campaña del Papa Pío XI para detener a Hitler ilumina la atrevida pero poco conocida campaña de este líder religioso, una batalla espiritual y política que se descarriló por la muerte de Pío XI tan sólo unos meses más tarde. Peter Eisner revela cómo Pío XI tuvo la intención de rechazar inequívocamente el nazismo en uno de los pronunciamientos sin precedentes y progresistas jamás emitidos por el Vaticano, y cómo un grupo de clérigos conservadores conspiró para prevenirlo. Durante años, se han conocido sólo partes de esta historia. Eisner ofrece una nueva interpretación de este acontecimiento histórico y las figuras poderosas en su centro en una obra esencial que proporciona una visión seria y plantea cuestiones controversiales que afectan nuestra época actual.
Formation: A Woman's Memoir of Stepping Out of Line
Dostie, Ryan Leigh
Raised by powerful women in a restrictive, sheltered Christian community in New England, Ryan Dostie never imagined herself on the front lines of a war halfway around the world. But then a conversation with an Army recruiter in her high-school cafeteria changes the course of her life. Hired as a linguist, she quickly has to find a space for herself in the testosterone-filled world of the Army barracks, and has been holding her own until the unthinkable happens: she is raped by a fellow soldier.Struggling with PTSD and commanders who don't trust her story, Dostie finds herself fighting through the isolation of trauma amid the challenges of an unexpected war. What follows is a riveting story of one woman's extraordinary journey to prove her worth, physically and mentally, in a world where the odds are stacked against her.
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