Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan: Humanitarian and Visionary

Rated 4.93 out of 5 based on 15 customer ratings
(15 customer reviews)


  • Author Name: Diana Miserez
  • Publication Date: 28/01/2017
  • Format: Hardback

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ISBN: 9781910878880

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The life of a high-born humanitarian, visionary and environmentalist…

Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan traces the life of a high-born humanitarian, visionary and environmentalist, the second son of the once very well-known Aga Khan III.

The birth of the prince in France and his years in Switzerland and at Harvard University are sketched against the background of world events that would have repercussions in his adult life. The author, in depicting the prince’s expert work with UNESCO and as UN High Commissioner for Refugees, also reflects his deep concern over North-South disparities and their inevitable consequences. The descriptions of his strenuous efforts to make known the dangers of nuclear proliferation and environmental depredation are interspersed with accounts of the crucial United Nations missions that the prince undertook over almost 20 years. Diana refers to some of the prince’s remarkable predictions and in later chapters speaks of his overall outlook and his lifelong collection of Islamic and Indian art. Throughout the book the Prince’s exceptional personality is reflected in extracts of his speeches, radio interviews, press cuttings and photographs.

This is the story of a high UN official who devoted his life to improving the lives of the planet’s inhabitants. Sadruddin Aga Khan looked to the younger generations to make the world a better place. His example will surely prove inspiring to many young people.

‘I have done my best to portray him in a way fitting to such an exceptional person.’ Diana Miserez

15 reviews for Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan: Humanitarian and Visionary

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    A friend of Prince Sadruddin

    “I really think that the book will be a success. It is full of fascinating information about PSAK, and moreover I think that the style is very good – direct, forthright, and very much the tone which I think he would appreciate.”

  2. Rated 4 out of 5

    A friend of Prince Sadruddin

    “Very good, I can’t stop reading it!”

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    A friend of Prince Sadruddin

    “A great book, full of interesting and important facts about Sadri. Very rich in content.”

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Olivia Wetterwald

    I opened the Letter Box to your wonderful book. The book looks magnificent and the pictures do him justice. I can’t wait to get reading.
    Bravo, bravo you have done a fantastic job and he would have been very proud of you, as we all are.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    George Gordon-Lennox

    I have just received THE book! Very fine, starting with the beautiful cover.
    I will be reading it as this gloomy Lemanic winter proceeds.
    Warmest congratulations

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Randi Rønning Balsvik

    Congratulations on a most impressive, nice looking hard cover book.The book is so important as it deals with one of the major problems in the world today: how to prevent the large number of refugees in the world and how to deal with those who feel they have to leave an intolerable existence. What is humanitarianism – and how can the UN protect people without breaking international law that upholds a state’s sovereignty and non-intervention from outside. These issues are dealt with — and the reader is also informed about refugee history. I turned quite quickly to the chapter in which you relate your personal communications and relationship to Sadruddin, which gave me a good repetition of your own history as a UN employee to aid refugees You have a great gift for writing.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kate Tiborn, a friend and former colleague

    From the bottom of my heart: Congratulations Diana. You must very pleased with such a good job. You reached your goal and much more then that, I am so happy to hear about it. What an acknowledgement from HRH Prince Philip. You can be very proud!

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Azeem Maherali

    Dear Diane:

    What a wonderful account of a global citizen – A Prince of all Nations as you put it in the book. Your book about Prince Sadruddin is a special gift to us who love him – You have done a fantastic job of it.

    When I got the book, I did not put it down until I had read most of it.

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Judith Weber

    This book arrived yesterday afternoon and I read it the minute I had it in my hands in 4 hours – with a passionate interest and an emotion which I cannot describe. From 1974 in this book, it is an entire section of my life with Franz that passes before my inner vision. These were the years, OUR years from 1974 to 1999 in my memory! Years for ever marked by the existence of all that was Bellerive to us. Thank you for writing this great book. Thank you for words that went straight to my heart.
    Judith Weber

  10. Rated 5 out of 5


    Thank you for this wonderful opportunity to remember a great man.

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ms. Sissel Stenbäck

    Now I have been reading your book – and I am very IMPRESSED! It must have taken you years to collect the material and to put it all together …..Well done! You really succeed in placing the prince’s importance in the right historical context – and at the same time you are trying to figure out what he could/would have thought about todays challenges …

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Christof Decker – University of Munich, Germany

    The biography truly looks very fine, and it’s obvious how much work went into writing it, a true labour of love. Even though it must have been a daunting task, it was well worth it. Looking through your book, I thought it to be such a timely publication. Furthermore, It seems to me that the international and cosmopolitan background of Prince Aga Khan and his conviction to use it for the public good was and is very exceptional.

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    Mr Gerald Walzer

    It is a great comprehensive account of PSAK’s public life and an insight into the person he was. Much of his initiatives after he left HCR were news to me as well. You have done a marvellous job, established a record that surely would have gotten lost.

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    Oliver West

    I can see what an incredibly unique role you have played in drawing attention to Prince Sadruddin’s very substantial mandate during so many years of dramatic change across the globe. Well done Diana, for all your persevering. It sounds as though the Biography will be an important book to refer to for both understanding the sequence of many events over the past 70+ years but also being informative going forward in these fast changing and often challenging days!

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jimmy Moolji

    Dear Diane,
    Oh! what a book.Being an Ismaili myself,I did not know what a great man Prince Sadrudin Aga Khan was.Thanks for opening my eyes. Now I admire such a great Humanitarian.

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