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Julia Taft and first lady Hillary Clinton at the United States Mission to the United Nations in 1999.

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“This book is an eloquent and informative testament to Julia Taft, a heroic, indefatigable, and prodigiously effective champion of refugees and other victims of natural and man-made disasters. In capturing the essence, the scope, and the spirit of Julia’s lifework and legacy, Ann Blackman has brought to bear her prodigious reportorial and narrative skill, along with an intimate personal knowledge of Julia. The result is a labor of love and a fitting tribute to a remarkable individual and to the entire field of humanitarian activism.” 

Strobe Talbott
President, Brookings Institution


“The story of Julia Taft should serve as an inspiration to us all.  This vibrant and funny woman never stood by daunted by the size of the world’s problems or the stubbornness of its politicians.  Instead, she stepped up whenever she saw people in need—whether it be survivors of natural disasters, victims of atrocities, sufferers from famines and disease, refugees from wars —and found a way to help them.  With admiration and amusement, Ann Blackman tells the story of Julia Taft, who changed the way the United States responds to disasters, proving that one person truly can make a difference in thousands, if not millions, of lives.”

Cokie Roberts
Senior news analyst, ABC News, National Public Radio


"Julia was the real All-American. Leading humanitarian operations from the front, never taking no for an answer but then racing home to be mother and wife. Ann Blackman has captured a Julia that personified the very best of her country."

Mark Malloch-Brown
Former Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations.


“Julia Taft was a consummate humanitarian whose intelligence, openness, and deep caring for the world’s most vulnerable people will continue to be sorely missed. Ann Blackman has written a highly entertaining and very enlightening book about Julia’s unusually productive life. We need more books like this and more people like Julia Taft.”

Ron Waldman
Founding Director, Program on Forced Migration and
Health, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University


“Julia Taft was one of a kind. Ann Blackman has captured this extraordinary woman with a passion that equals her passionate personality. She brought a voice, a commitment and tireless purpose to our cause, making US NGOs a force to be reckoned with in policy circles.”

William S. Reese
President and CEO, International Youth Foundation


“Everyone who knew Julia Taft has a favorite ‘Julia story’ and OFF TO SAVE THE WORLD is a treasure chest of stories about an incredible individual whose passion, wit, and charm empowered people impacted by disasters worldwide. I had the privilege to work with and learn from Julia and will be using the chapters detailing Julia’s involvement with Operation Lifeline Sudan, the Armenian Earthquake, the War in Bosnia, etc., as case studies that illuminate the qualities of leaders in the humanitarian field for our students in the Master of Science in Disaster Resilience Leadership program at Tulane University.”

Ky Luu
Executive Director, Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy,
Tulane University

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