Damned Nations by Samantha Nutt

Damned Nations

Damned Nations is the brilliant distillation of Samantha Nutt’s observations over the course of fifteen years providing hands-on care in some of the world's most violent flashpoints. Combining original research with her personal story, it is a deeply thoughtful meditation on war as it is being waged around the world against millions of civilians -- primarily women and children. Samantha's boundless energy, dedication, and compassion shine throu...

Details Damned Nations

TitleDamned Nations
Release DateOct 25th, 2011
GenreNonfiction, Politics, Cultural, Africa, International Rel..., International Development, History

Reviews Damned Nations

  • Jill Mackin
    An exceptional account of her humanitarian work in war torn areas of the world.
  • Wendy Caron
    I made the mistake of reading this book on the train, with no kleenex in my purse. Not that this is one of those books that plays-up the horrors of war and manipulates your emotions; rather, Nutt's honest, straight-forward story-telling of her personal involvement in war-torn countries lays it all on the line evoking an honest, unbidden reaction of tears. Nutt provided a balanced mixture of anecdotes and information, the former reinforcing and il...
  • Carly Drake
    I had the pleasure of listening to Samantha Nutt at a conference in Calgary this past January. She was lovely, and had so many great things to say about community development that I didn't hesitate to buy her book and have her sign it while she was there. I wasn't disappointed with this read - Samantha is a tough, seasoned veteran of the development world. It's no surprise that her writing was jam-packed with pertinent information. There were som...
  • CynthiaA
    Wow. A whole lot of information to digest -- much of it extremely sobering. But much of it helpful, insightful and hopeful, too. I won't look at "aid" the same ever again. I will be spending a lot of time over the next few days and weeks thinking about this, digesting all her info, and deciding what I personally am going to do about it. Thank you, Samantha Nutt. This was a brave and important work.
  • Fereshta
    By far one of the most enlightening books on the current state in play within the 3rd sector & how as individuals we can actually make a real difference
  • Lisa Faye
    As someone who works in development, this is the book that I wish so many of my friends who don't work in development would read. It's easy to read, short, and has a nice blend of personal stories and facts. It comes with a Canadian perspective and could really help some people I know to think more critically about the Canadian government and Canadian mining companies abroad. I also think that she really outlines the best way to give - not a 1 mo...
  • Betty
    I bought this book on the advice of a friend who shares my interest in international women's issues. Damned Nations fully lived up to expectations, providing not only insight but turning into one of the few books in recent memory that I've read without interruption. Dr. Nutt kept me engaged from the start, and my ebook is peppered with highlighted passages. Bravo! I will surely continue to read her work.
  • Julia
    i'm studying international development and this book is a necessary read for anyone interested in it
  • Suzanne Arcand
    What a righteous, passionate, heartbreaking book! Samantha Nutt doesn’t pull any punches as she guides us on a “guilt trip” through “Damned Nations.” One through which I travelled slowly since it was arduous and enlightening but also humorous at times. In the chapter one, “Invitation to War,” she takes us to Somalia in the ’90s by relating her experience as a naïve twenty-five years old. Her description of Somalia is both vivid ...
  • Phoenix
    Second, Do No HarmPassionate, intimate and moving, Nutt takes us to Somalia, the Congo, Iraq, Afghanistan, Liberia, Haiti and Sri Lanka and Burundi providing an insider's look at the state of humanitarian aid in these troublesome regions of the world. Naively most would believe that the aura of saintliness that aid organizations project protects them from being drawn into the conflict itself, but this is far from the case. Alas good intentions ma...
  • Billie Trahan
    I found it nice and educational and full of stories that really broke or touched my heart. I enjoyed reading it. My rating is lower because I did find it quite repetitive towards the end and rather biased as well in terms of the author's interpretation of the world's problems and how to solve them. There seemed to be some strong political beliefs coloring her perspective; so while I feel like I learned a lot from this book, I also don't agree wit...
  • Andrew Lee
    This book appeals to the truth seeker and conspiracy theorist's heart. I couldn't put this book down from start to finish.Samantha writes in a simple, easy-to-read, yet eloquent style. Her stories are heart wrenching, and she follows up her shared experiences very smoothly with hard data and facts to support those experiences.Her arguments are undeniable. Her message is one that must be heard.
  • Ashley Stein
    Eye opening and informativeI highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in working for international NGO's or getting involved in humanitarian aid. It is very informative and written beautifully.
  • Mohammad
    Eventhough i don’t agree with everything in this book i still think it deserves 5 stars!The gruesome stories were even too sad to read yet they are some people’s realities! We owe it to them to at least know what has happened to them
  • Barbara Mainville
    An Eye-openerThrough personal experience, she tells us how Western aid is usually ineffective and often makes things worse. Her advice is invaluable!
  • Michelle
    Very eye opening and thought provoking.
  • Amara
    Although I think Nutt should’ve included some sort of disclaimer concerning the quite macabre and lurid details (as it can be triggering); I understand why she had no problem providing the reader with such a vivid understanding of the mass atrocities people in war are subjected to. Loved the sassiness at points throughout the book. Well written and informative. Being a sceptic when it comes to the issue of foreign aid, I will say this book allo...
  • ❀ Susan G
    https://ayearofbooksblog.com/2017/01/...“My aim is simply to introduce a process of critical reflection considering our own actions and deeds, and how, collectively, we are so often implicated in horrific acts of violence, around the world while our personal interventions rarely do more than maintain the status quo”.After hearing Samantha Nutt Speak at the University of Guelph Leadership Call to Action Event, I couldn’t wait to read my sign...
  • Janeschmidt
    Simply put, everyone in the developed world should read this book. While it is pretty dense, it is very readable and short enough that most would be able to get through it with a small amount of determination. It was a transformational read in that it made me re-evaluate how I approach charitable giving and gave me enough talking points to be able to intelligently discuss the pros and cons of donating to large organizations. In short, Nutt's thes...
  • Fnouristani
    Reading this book opened my eyes to how indirectly each of us is responsible for the suffering of so many through inaction or thoughtless actions. Through Samantha Nutt’s passionate and eloquent words I feel that my understanding of this topic had been enhanced immensely. Her accounts of the people she has met throughout the years and their tragedies are moving, told with compassion not with pity. These personal anecdotes are what substantiate ...
  • René
    The title of Chapter 5 says it all : "Pack your bags, we're going on a guilt trip". Dr. Nutt, the most inspiring speaker I ever had the privilege to hear, writes a powerful statement regarding the effects of the trade in arms, the lack of focus in developmental aid, the little steps we could make to try have the developed world (which is the sole beneficiary of the developing world's misery) move towards really helping the victims of our greed. M...
  • Kathleen McRae
    Excellent book! Samantha Nutt goes through various countries she has worked in as a UN representative and with chilling detail talks about the lives of the war torn and oppressed and talks about her version of the causes and what we can do better to provide aid.She continues to come back to one solution and that is the undeniable fact that in nations where women gain equality and a voice , that nation begins to show more economic success,as well ...
  • Elizabeth B
    This book doesn't mince words. It's a compelling look at the arms trade and it's long range (and little known) effects on everyday people. Full of facts and figures, that may put off some readers which is unfortunate. Rather than a dull history book or a re-imagining of stories already told, this book provides a ground breaking look of humanitarian efforts that directly impact those in need. Instead of formulas or impossible suggestions to solve ...
  • Matt Escott
    Although this book was at times very difficult to read (some of the stories she tells are horrific and quite graphic), it was also a very important book. Samantha Nutt has spent over 20 years in war torn areas of the world, and offers some excellent insight into the best ways that aid should be used. In particular, I appreciated her insistence that simply having good intentions is not enough (advice that many churches would do well to heed), but ...
  • Paula
    Dr. Samantha Nutt insightfully analyzes the causes of armed conflict and critiques the effectiveness of various types of humanitarian aid in her book, Damned Nations. A recipient of the Order of Canada, Samantha Nutt shares her experiences as a humanitarian who has worked in the most violent places on earth. Through her observations, we witness horrific atrocities while meeting people who give their lives for peace and progress. This book will re...
  • Meghan
    An excellent examination of the unfortunate way aid is becoming more entwined with military spending. It can also be read in counterpoint to Dambisa Moyo's Dead Aid; the arguments in Damned Nations are far stronger, more compelling, less ideological, and in the end, more convincing, than those given in Dead Aid. McNutt destroys the idea that the free market is not the solution (as advocated in Dead Aid), as well as destroying the military-humanit...
  • Julie
    Everyone should read this book and expose themselves to the global impacts of their individual actions. In that way, the book emphasized our connectedness and the need to act locally but think globally. As someone engaged in development work, reading this was affirming of many of my opinions on development issues. However, reading this book I was challenged to critique and evaluate some of my work in Tanzania, which I believe is beneficial both t...
  • Shannon
    Samantha Nutt's humanitarian and development experience really allows this book to express the truths behind wars and aid without being political or accusatory. I really liked that she gave honest opinions on how to provide aid without making suggestions of specific organizations - many of which I'm sure she has - her own included, but it gives the book an unbiased approach, and the solutions within it more weight. Definitely gives you something ...
  • Bennett Coles
    Written by Dr. Samantha Nutt, the founder of a not-for-profit organization called War Child that makes it their business to get in deep and protect the vulnerable, this is an excellent book told convincingly by a woman from the front lines of modern aid. She describes some surprising truths about how the multi-billion-dollar aid industry can go wrong, and how we can be unwitting accomplices even when we mean well. Although a little light on speci...
  • Kathy
    Samantha Nutt is a doctor who has spent over 15 years in international development in some of the scariest places in the world. Her books documents the myriad ways in which international aid works against those it should help, and makes the case that good intentions are simply not enough when we're trying to help those in need. We need to understand the complexities involved and resist the urge to provide quick solutions. Her book is a must read ...