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Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda - Samantha Power, Roméo Dallaire
Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda
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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... show more
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.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780786715107 (0786715103)
ASIN: 786715103
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Pages no: 562
Edition language: English
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5.0 Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda
A timely reminder of what effect the failures of the world community can have.
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Gypsy Librarian on Books rated it
5.0 Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda
I wrote about it in my blog here. Please go there to read my notes. All I can add to what I wrote is that this is definitely a must-read.
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