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A Savage Order by Rachel Kleinfeld
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A Savage Order

How the World's Deadliest Countries Can Forge a Path to Security

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Narrator Joyce Bean
Length 12 hours 8 minutes
Language English
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The most violent places in the world today are not at war. More people have died in Mexico in recent years than in Iraq and Afghanistan combined. These parts of the world are instead buckling under a maelstrom of gangs, organized crime, political conflict, corruption, and state brutality. Such devastating violence can feel hopeless, yet some places—from Colombia to the Republic of Georgia—have been able to recover.

In this powerfully argued and urgent book, Rachel Kleinfeld examines why some democracies, including our own, are crippled by extreme violence and how they can regain security. Drawing on fifteen years of study and firsthand field research—interviewing generals, former guerrillas, activists, politicians, mobsters, and law enforcement in countries around the world—Kleinfeld tells the stories of societies that successfully fought seemingly ingrained violence and offers penetrating conclusions about what must be done to build governments that are able to protect the lives of their citizens.

Taking on existing literature and popular theories about war, crime, and foreign intervention, A Savage Order is a blistering yet inspiring investigation into what makes some countries peaceful and others war zones, and a blueprint for what we can do to help.

RACHEL KLEINFELD is a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the founding CEO of the Truman National Security Project. She served under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on the U.S. State Department's Foreign Affairs Policy Board and has consulted for the U.S., as well as the U.K. and other foreign governments on how to improve their foreign interventions, along with the World Bank, the European Union, the OECD, and many other institutions. She is the author of numerous book chapters, papers, and articles, as well as two books published by think tanks and op-eds in outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle. She has made numerous appearances on Fox & Friends, The Sean Hannity Show, CNN, BBC, NPR, The Montel Williams Show, Left Jab, and WBAI NYC. Kleinfeld received her B.A. from Yale University and her M.Phil and D.Phil from Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes scholar. She serves on the supervisory board of the Justice Leadership Group, a sister organization to Nelson Mandela's The Elders.

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