David Rieff

Johanna Lawshea

David Rieff is the author of eight previous books, including Swimming in a Sea of Death, At the Point of a Gun: Democratic Dreams and Armed Intervention; A Bed for the Night: Humanitarianism in Crisis; and Slaughterhouse: Bosnia and the Failure of the West. His latest book is The Reproach of Hunger: Food, Justice, and Money in the Twenty-First Century (Simon & Schuster), a groundbreaking book, based on six years of on the ground reporting, that offers a masterly review about whether ending extreme poverty and widespread hunger is within our reach as increasingly promised. Some of the most brilliant scientists, world politicians, and aid and development persons forecast an end to the crisis of massive malnutrition in the next decades. Rieff, who has been studying and reporting on humanitarian aid and development for thirty years, puts the claims of both sides under a microscope and asks if any one of these efforts will solve the crisis.