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These books are related to the broad field of genocide and atrocity prevention. STAND does not necessarily endorse the arguments put forth by these authors. Follow STAND’s social media (@STANDnow) to participate in our regular Book Club!

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Mass Atrocities and Peacebuilding (General)

  • Power, Samantha. A Problem from Hell”: America in the Age of Genocide 
  • Sands, Philippe. East West Street:  On the Origins of Genocide and Crimes against Humanity
  • Strauss, Scott. Fundamentals of Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention **Free PDF
  • Gangi, Jane. Genocide in Contemporary Children’s and Young Adult Literature: Cambodia to Darfur


  • Balakian, Peter. The Burning Tigris: The Armenian Genocide and America’s Response
  • Bedoukian, Kerop. Some of Us Survived: the Story of an Armenian Boy
  • Dadrian, Vahakn. The History of the Armenian Genocide: Ethnic Conflcit from the Balkans to Anatolia to the Caucasus
  • Davis, Leslie A. The Slaughterhouse Province: An American Diplomat’s Report on the Armenian Genocide, 1915-1917
  • Hartunian, H. Abraham. Neither to Laugh nor to Weep: A Memoir of the Armenian Genocide
  • Kalajian, Hannah. Hannah’s Story: Escape from the Genocide in Turkey to Success in America
  • Ketchian, Bertha A. In the Shadow of the Fortress: the Genocide Remembered
  • Morgenthau, Henry. Ambassador Morgenthau’s Story
  • Simpson, Christopher. The Splendid Blond Beast: Money, Law, and Genocide in the Twentieth Century
  • Slide, Anthony. Ravished Armenia and the Story of Aurora Mardiganian.
  • Temon, Yves. The Armenians: History of a Genocide
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  • Anzulovic, Branimir. Heavenly Serbia: From Myth to Genocide
  • Bass, Gary J. Stay the Hand of Vengeance: The Politics of War Crimes Tribunals
  • Gallagher, Tom. The Balkans after the Cold War: from tyranny to tragedy
  • Koff, Clea. The Bone Woman
  • Mestrovic, Stjepan. Genocide after Emotion: The Postemotional Balkan War
  • Mills, Nicolaus and Kira Brunner. The New Killing Fields
  • Naimark, Norman M. Fires of Hatred: Ethnic Cleansing in Twentieth Century Europe
  • Neuffer, Elizabeth. The Key to My Neighbor’s House
  • David Rohde. End Game: The Betrayal and Fall of Srebrenica: Europe’s Worst Massacre Since the Holocaust 
  • Ron, James. Frontiers and ghettos: state violence in Serbia and Israel
  • Sadkovich, James J. The US Media and Yugoslavia, 1991-1995
  • Scharf, Michael P. Slobadon Milosevic on trial: a companion
  • Thomas, Raju C.G. Yugoslavia unraveled: sovereignty, self-determination, intervention
  • Vulliamy, Ed. Middle Managers of Genocide
  • Stone, Marla. Bosnia’s Untenable Peace


  • Craig, Charmaine. Miss Burma


  • Chandler, David. Brother Number One: A Political Biography of Pol Pot
  • Cruvellier, Thierry. The Master of Confessions: The Making of a Khmer Rouge Torturer 
  • Etcheson, Craig. After the Killing Fields: lessons from the Cambodian Genocide
  • Fifield, Adam. A Blessing Over Ashes: The Remarkable Odyssey of My Unlikely Brother
  • Him, Chanrithy. When The Broken Glass Floats: Growing Up Under the Khmer Rouge
  • Jarvis, Helen and Tom Fawthrop. Getting Away with Genocide: Cambodia’s Long Struggle Against the Khmer Rouge
  • Kiernan, Ben. Genocide and Democracy in Cambodia: the Khmer Rouge, the United Nations, and the International Community
  • Kiernan, Ben. The Pol Pot Regime
  • Maguire, Peter. Facing Death in Cambodia
  • Oeur, U. Sam. Sacred Vows
  • Pran, Dith. Children of Cambodia’s Killing Fields: Memoirs by Survivors
  • Ung, Loung. First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers


  • Apsel, Joyce. Darfur: Genocide Before Our Eyes
  • Cheadle, Don and John Prendergast. Not On Our Watch: The Mission to End Genocide in Darfur and Beyond
  • de Waal, Alex and Julie Flint. Darfur: A Short History of a Long War
  • Marlowe, Jen and Aisha Bain, Adam Shapiro, Paul Rusesabagina. Darfur Diaries: Stories of Survival
  • Prunier, Gérard. Darfur: the Ambiguous Genocide
  • Reeves, Eric and Michael Brassard. A Long Day’s Dying: Critical Moments in the Darfur Genocide
  • Steidle, Brian and Gretchen Steidle Wallace. The Devil Came on Horseback: Bearing Witness to the Genocide in Darfur
  • Totten, Samuel and Eric Markusen. Genocide in Darfur: Investigating the Atrocities in the Sudan
  • Young, Helen. Darfur: Livelihoods Under Siege

East Turkistan (Xinjiang, China)

  • La Valley, Josanne. Factory Girl


  • Berenbau, Michael. The World Must Know
  • Browning, Christopher R. Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland
  • Frank, Anne. Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
  • Kovaly, Heda. Under a Cruel Star
  • Levi, Primo. If This is a Man
  • Levi, Primo. Survival in Auschwitz
  • Lowry, Lois. Number the Stars
  • Matas, Carol. Daniel’s Story
  • Spiegelman, Art. Maus: A Survivor’s Tale: My Father Bleeds History and Maus II: A Survivor’s Tale: and Here My Troubles Began
  • Trunk, Isaiah. Lodz Ghetto: a History
  • Wiesel, Elie. Night
  • Yolen, Jane. The Devil’s Arithmetic


  • Barnett, Michael. Eyewitness to a Genocide
  • Chretien, Jean-Pierre. The Great lakes of Africa: Two Thousand Years of History
  • Dallaire, Romeo. Shake Hands with the Devil
  • des Forges, Allison Liebhafsky. Leave None to Tell the Story: Genocide in Rwanda
  • Gourevitch, Phillip. We Wish to Inform You that Tomorrow We Shall be Killed with Our Families
  • Keane, Fergal. Seasons of Blood: A Rwandan Journey
  • Hatzfeld, Jean. Machete Season: The Killers in Rwanda Speak
  • Melvern, Linda. A People Betrayed: The Role of the West in Rwanda’s Genocide and Conspiracy to Murder: The Rwanda Genocide and the International Community
  • Neuffer, Elizabeth. The Key to My Neighbor’s House
  • Rusesabagina, Paul. An Ordinary Man
  • Wamariya, Clemantine. The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After 

United States and Indigenous Peoples

  • Dunbar-Ortiz, Roxanne. An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States