In Rescue: Refugees and the Political Crisis of our Time (TED Books 2017), David Miliband takes us from war zones in the Middle East to peaceful suburbs in America to explain the crisis and show what can be done, not just by governments with the power to change policy but by citizens with the urge to change lives. His innovative and practical call to action shows that the crisis need not overwhelm us.
Miliband says this is a fight to uphold the best of human nature in the face of rhetoric and policy that humor the worst. He defends the international order built by Western leaders out of the ashes of World War II, but says now is the time for reform. Describing his family story and drawing revealing lessons from his life in politics, Miliband shows that if we fail refugees, then we betray our own history, values, and interests.
The message is simple: rescue refugees and we rescue ourselves.