Robert Kaplan's riveting biography of Bob Gersony ("the US government's greatest humanitarian"
) is truly epic. The brilliant, humble State Department consultant traveled deep into virtually every war-torn region and natural-disaster zone in the world over the last half century… finding the truth of the always complicated situations by listening to the people stuck in the middle of it all. Gersony's extremely accurate, detailed reports to government officials almost always resulted in wiser and more humane policy. The Good American
is as thrilling and inspiring as any superhero's tale—it just happens to be 100% true. (CH)