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Selfish Altruist
Tony Vaux
Price: $ 19.95

Famine and war evoke strong emotional reactions of pity and concern. For most of us there is a limited amount that we are prepared or able to do, but relief workers have to convert such natural, human emotional responses into practical action whilst addressing the stark dilemmas that go hand-in-hand with humanitarian intervention. Whom, how and, ultimately, Why do we assist? Are aid workers motivated by altruistic concern, the power they experience or the attention they receive?

In The Selfish Altruist, Tony Vaux brings over 20 years¿ experience as one of Oxfam¿s leading emergency coordinators to a far-reaching and unflinching account of the conflicts between subjective impulses and objective judgement. Describing and analysing some of the most traumatic crisis situations of the last two decades, he helps us to understand what it takes to be an aid worker and how important humanitarian action is today.

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