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

Front Cover
Carroll & Graf, Jan 1, 2005 - History - 562 pages
18 Reviews
For the first time in the United States comes the tragic and profoundly important story of the legendary Canadian general who "watched as the devil took control of paradise on earth and fed on the blood of the people we were supposed to protect." When Roméo Dallaire was called on to serve as force commander of the UN Assistance Mission for Rwanda, he believed that his assignment was to help two warring parties achieve the peace they both wanted. Instead, he was exposed to the most barbarous and chaotic display of civil war and genocide in the past decade, observing in just one hundred days the killings of more than eight hundred thousand Rwandans. With only a few troops, his own ingenuity and courage to direct his efforts, Dallaire rescued thousands, but his call for more support from the world body fell on deaf ears. In Shake Hands with the Devil, General Dallaire recreates the awful history the world community chose to ignore. He also chronicles his own progression from confident Cold Warrior to devastated UN commander, and finally to retired general struggling painfully, and publicly, to overcome posttraumatic stress disorder—the highest-ranking officer ever to share such experiences with readers.

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
10
4 stars
7
3 stars
1
2 stars
0
1 star
0

Shake hands with the devil: the failure of humanity in Rwanda

User Review  - Not Available - Book Verdict

Canadian Dallaire was the first commander of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda in 1993-94. He and his staff worked long hours to try to keep the peace and provide protection for ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Cathy - Goodreads

A lot of the content is very disturbing, but this is an important book to show how society and governments around the world failed Rwandans. Read full review

All 4 reviews »

Other editions - View all

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (2005)

LT. GEN. ROMÉO DALLAIRE joined the Canadian Army in 1964. After returning from Rwanda, he was promoted to three-star general and served in various senior positions including assistant deputy minister in the Canadian Ministry of Defence. He is the highest-ranking military figure ever stricken with post-traumatic stress disorder, and continues to advise Canadian Forces and Veterans Affairs in matters related to PTSD. In January 2002 he received the inaugural Aegis Award for Genocide Prevention in London.

Bibliographic information