Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda

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Arrow, 2004 - Burgeroorlogen / gtt - 562 pages
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On the tenth anniversary of the date that UN peacekeepers landed in Rwanda, Random House Canada is proud to publish the unforgettable first-hand account of the genocide by the man who led the UN mission. Digging deep into shattering memories, General Dallaire has written a powerful story of betrayal, na vet , racism and international politics. His message is simple and undeniable: "Never again." When Lt-Gen. Rom o Dallaire received the call to serve as force commander of the UN intervention in Rwanda in 1993, he thought he was heading off on a modest and straightforward peacekeeping mission. Thirteen months later he flew home from Africa, broken, disillusioned and suicidal, having witnessed the slaughter of 800,000 Rwandans in only a hundred days. In Shake Hands with the Devil, he takes the reader with him on a return voyage into the hell of Rwanda, vividly recreating the events the international community turned its back on. This book is an unsparing eyewitness account of the failure by humanity to stop the genocide, despite timely warnings. Woven through the story of this disastrous mission is Dallaire's own journey from confident Cold Warrior, to devastated UN commander, to retired general engaged in a painful struggle to find a measure of peace, reconciliation and hope. This book is General Dallaire's personal account of his conversion from a man certain of his worth and secure in his assumptions to a man conscious of his own weaknesses and failures and critical of the institutions he'd relied on. It might not sit easily with standard ideas of military leadership, but understanding what happened to General Dallaire and his mission to Rwanda is crucial to understanding the moral minefields our peacekeepers are forced to negotiate when we ask them to step into the world's dirty wars.

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Hard to read....but important read... - Goodreads
That said, some of his prose was hauntingly touching. - Goodreads
oh god, so hard to read. - Goodreads
The intro and first few chapters were really great. - Goodreads
A deep insight into the UN's failings in Rwanda. - Goodreads
This book provides some insight; it's not pretty. - Goodreads

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Everyone needs to read this book. Important history, add it to your wisdom and ponder over this for long after. Read full review

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It took me way longer than normal to read this book, not that I didn't enjoy it, but I had to put it down after reading a dozen page or so. I found myself thinking about the book between readings. An ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
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My Father Told Me Three Things
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Rwanda thats in Africa isnt it?
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Copyright

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About the author (2004)

Roméo Dallaire joined the Canadian Army in 1964. A three star General, he served as Deputy Commander of the Canadian Army and later in the Ministry of Defence. In 1993 he was sent to Rwanda on a UN peace-helping mission; he was soon struggling to prevent one of modern history's most shocking events and the UN's famous failed mission: the genocide in Rwanda. General Dallaire was medically released from the armed forces in April 2000 due to posttraumatic stress disorder and is now special adviser to the Canadian government on war-affected children and the prohibition of small arms distribution. In January 2002, he received the inaugural Aegis Award for Genocide Prevention in London. The Rwandan genocide is one of the most shocking examples of political exploitation and ethnic cleansing in living memory. It has been immortalised in the films Hotel Rwanda and Shooting Dogs, and here in the words of a seasoned soldier.

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