- Commended, Booklist Top 10 Youth Series — Nonfiction
- Short-listed, Norma Fleck Non-fiction Award
- Commended, NYPL Books for the Teenage List
- Commended, IRA Children's Book Award Notables
- Commended, Maine State Library Cream of the Crop List
- Commended, CCBC Our Choice (Starred Selection)
"[The Groundwork Guides] are excellent books, mandatory for school libraries and the increasing body of young people prepared to take ownership of the situations and problems previous generations have left them." — Globe and Mail
Some view the systematic killing, rape and destruction of homes in Darfur as a grave humanitarian crisis. For others, it's a clear example of the ultimate crime against humanity — genocide. Who is right? What is genocide? What is the impact on humanity of wiping out entire groups of people? Who are the endangered human beings in today's world?
This thoughtful book helps young readers understand these and other difficult questions. Providing an overview of the history of genocide worldwide, the book explores the paradox that while a person who murders another person can be tried and even executed for the crime, a person who murders hundreds or thousands of people usually goes free. Using case studies the book points out their unique character while at the same time establishing important links between them. Most important, the book answers the question, what can be done to prevent genocide from happening in the future?close this panel
Jane Springer is the author of Genocide, part of the Groundwork Guides series for which she is also the series editor. She is a consultant in international development and has lived and worked in Mozambique and India. She is the author of Listen to Us: The World's Working Children and translator of the Portuguese-language books Nest Egg and Tales from the Amazon. Jane Springer lives in Toronto.close this panel
The authors express strong viewpoints that are sure to jolt readers into ready agreement or opposition...These concise, straightforward titles are important additions to all collections.
Though the topic is a dark one, Springer's passionate plea against the status quo lends her book an urgency and immediacy that pulls the reader equally through the dry legalism of United Nations statutes and the vivid horrors of genocides past and present...Highly Recommended.
...engaging and thought-provoking...an excellent primer for anyone interested in international human rights and the fate of humankind itself.
...in a lucid, informal text, Springer ably documents particular crimes against humanity...A fine resource for Holocaust and genocide curriculums, and as a discussion starter for the topic of human rights.
Each of the four well-written and engaging books in this valuable series provides a foundation for understanding an important subject relevant to current world stability and peace.
...concise and well-written...
...the book gives an impassioned overview of a timely topic.
Readers will come away from the book wanting to do better, and be better, than the people who went before them who allowed such crimes to happen...