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A Life Half Lived: Out Now!
Life Half Lived, an autobiography. New Holland Press.
Review By Sally J Seward
The Asian tsunami, Pakistani earthquake, Rwandan genocide: we see the images and donate to the appeals. Is there really anything else we can do? Yes, asserts humanitarian businessman, Andrew Macleod in his insightful part-biographical book, A Life Half Lived. Here he provides a balance to the media coverage then demands you look even closer.
He offers a unique perspective: the humanitarian aid worker on the bloodied ground, learns the ropes, rises to Chief of Operations in the aftermath of the 2005 Pakistani earthquake. With his sharp lawyer’s mind and honest style, he also writes of the brutality of war, thousands of rotting corpses in a Rwandan church, and how sights like this have becomes scars on his soul.
Macleod coordinated huge relief programmes and reveals surprising behind-the-scenes facts about high profile international aid agencies. We live with instant gratification and desensitizing images at our fingertips, so to bring life’s fragility and human frailty into such sharp focus in this written form is a welcome change.
Today, Macleod is on a mission to encourage an open discussion about poverty issues, how to measure aid effectiveness, how to bring innovation and business focus to the arena, making problems and solutions transparent. He was inspired on his life’s journey by the words spoken during a college lecture and it’s fitting now that his words should inspire others to join the discussion. His last words in A Life Half Lived are, “Are you up to that challenge?” So, are you?
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Stop The Bollocks
Devastated by the poor quality of global political dialogue? Active writer, author and blogger, Andrew MacLeod has compiled this series of essays and opinion pieces. The collection is designed to challenge readers to question their views on a series of policy issues and to raise the quality of community debate.
Controversial views on Iraq, Australian Refugee Policy, and gender roles amongst others give lots of room for reader thought.
Maria: A lonely tear that never dries
When the abstract 'refugee' becomes a real young girl, a life will change forever.
"It nearly broke my heart when she sat next to me. She placed her arms around my waist with the soft touch of a shy, young girl. Her pale face, with strong, dimpled chin and hardened eyes, did not look directly at me, nor at anyone else for that matter. She sat in the still night air seeking to leave the serenity unthreatened."
So begins "Maria". The night I met Maria and what subsequently happened haunts me forever. If you ever thought refugees needed no help, this book will make you think again.
Doing Good By Mistake
Andrew's Quick Read "Doing Good by Mistake", takes a humorous but cynical look at the Aid world. It is a 'novelette' - a quick read. When an aid worker in Rwanda MacLeod wrote this over one night in sheer frustration - not at the horror around him, but at the inadequacies of the Aid world. This is a cynical, frustrated but hopefully humorous look at the world of Aid.
If you ever thought donating to large charities was good, this book will make you think again.
The Pulse of Humanitarian Action (Contributor)
Understanding the complex nature of international humanitarian action-particularly following natural disasters or armed conflicts-has been the mission of this unique series. This book explores the cutting-edge concerns that will affect how assistance is offered in the future.
Featuring twelve original essays by leading practitioners, policy makers, and scholars, the book is a state of the field report on problems, threats, and opportunities facing relief efforts in today's world.
Mr Oli Goes Up The Mountain (Children's Book)
The story of the new children's hero: Mr. Oli!In this book Mr Oli sets about climbing to the top of a Mount Pinatubo to swim in a lake with his friends - but on the way he meets the challenges of snakes and animals, and big rivers - but in the end he makes it to the top!
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