Peter Balakian, a professor of the humanities at Colgate University, wrote The Burning Tigris: The Armenian Genocide and the American Response.
This book, which was published in 2003, goes into great detail describing the horrors of the genocide and the efforts of many Americans and others to provide protection and relief to the Armenians. The book was praised by such luminaries as Paul Fussell, Sir Martin Gilbert, James Carroll, Deborah Lipstadt, and Robert Jay Lifton.
One incident described in the book stands out for sheer colossal gall. In 1916, after much of the killing had taken place, Talaat Bey, the Turkish Interior Minister, met with Henry Morgenthau, the United States Ambassador to Turkey. Balakian describes the exchange -
Knowing that many Armenians with American ties had life insurance policies with the New York Life Insurance Company and the Equitable Life of New York, Talaat said to the ambassador: "I wish that you would get the American life insurance companies to send us a complete list of their Armenian policyholders. They are practically all dead now and have left no heirs to collect the money. It of course all escheats to the State. The Government is the beneficiary now. Will you do so?"
Morgenthau stormed out of that meeting in an understandable rage. (The source of this account was Morgenthau's own book, Ambassador Morgenthau's Story.)