A Bright Flame Extinguished Too Soon

The story of Brazilian diplomat Sergio Vieira de Mello is recounted in Samantha Power's newest book, a poignant look at the United Nations and a man who tried to make a difference.

Michelle Collins
Published: Wednesday, 04/09/2008 12:00 am EDT

Chasing the Flame: Sergio Vieira de Mello and the Fight to Save the World
By Samantha Power
The Penguin Press
590 pp. $33.00
If Barack Obama does indeed become the next president of the United States, Samantha Power—acclaimed academic and journalist, and the former campaign aide who resigned after calling Hillary Clinton "a monster"—said she imagines Mr. Obama would start where Sergio Vieira de Mello left off.

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