Road to Hell

Mr. Maren's mission, which he accomplishes beyond a doubt, is to force us to think about humanitarian intervention in uncomfortable ways. Maren and his conclusions will have to be heard whenever the issue [of aid] is aired, lest more money be wasted and fewer people actually helped.

— Raymond Bonner The New York Times Book Review


Reading The Road to Hell, I kept thinking of the novels of Joseph Conrad. Lively, hard-hitting and written with keen scorn; it deserves to be widely read.

--Montreal Gazette

Imagine a blend of the old-style American muck-raking populism of H.L. Mencken or I.F. Stone and Evelyn Waugh's eye for absurdity. . . for an idea of what to expect in this well-written, ticking time bomb of a book.

-- Vancouver Sun

Maren writes with the fury and disillusionment of intimacy. . . an invaluable corrective to the hagiographical accounts of humanitarian aid operations that have been the norm. . . He is an expert debunker.

-- David Rieff in Foreign Affairs


A devastating portrayal of aid agencies drunk on government largesse and indifferent to actual needs and to the impact of their assistance.

-- London Review of Books.

A chilling exposé... a rare insider's view of the effects of international-relief efforts. A compelling indictment of good intentions gone awry, solidly documented.

-- Cleveland Plain Dealer

Maren is a dogged, tenacious researcher -- The Road to Hell is a first-rate exposé.

--The American Enterprise

Maren's work is a superb and detailed account of something terribly wrong. Ultimately, the "global fixit industry" fixes little but itself.

-- The National Catholic Reporter

Marvellous. Maren shows how aid is the modern form of colonialism, a 'humanitarian' cover for maintaining imperialist domination.

-- Socialist Review

This book is a forceful and disturbing portrait of Western intervention in Somalia.

-- Publisher's Weekly

Engaging. . .provocative.. . will require some kind of response by those wishing to refute the broader argument against foreign aid.

-- The Washington Times

Tenaciously and passionately researched... Maren hurls stinging accusations and makes them stick. Much of what Maren uncovers is shocking, some of it surreal.

Kirkus

Eloquent and forceful...crisply written. -- The New Democrat

Reads like a morality play - how Lady Bountiful turned Hydra -- The Baltimore Sun

A splendid, literate,muckraking memoir -- Amazon