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Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda
Romeo Dallaire
0786715103
October 2004
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
As former head of the late 1993 U.N. peacekeeping mission in Rwanda, Canadian general Dallaire's initial proposal called for 5,000 soldiers to permit orderly elections and the return of the refugees. Nothing like this number was supplied, and the result was an outright attempt at genocide against the Tutsis that nearly succeeded, with 800,000 dead over three months. The failure of the U.N.'s wealthier members to act as the tragedy unfolded obliged the author to leave military service to recover from PTSD (as well as the near breakdown of his family). While much of the account is a thickly described I-went-here, I went-there, I-met-X, I-said-this, one learns much more about the author's emotional states when making decisions than in a conventional military history, making this an important document of...


Hotel Rwanda
Terry George
1557046700
Mar 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
In 1994, Rwanda endured a genocide of about 800,000 people, mostly minority Tutsi slaughtered by machete-wielding Hutu, the country's majority. During the three months of killing, Paul Rusesabagina, now often called the Rwandan Schindler, sheltered and saved more than 1,200 people in the hotel he managed in the capital city of Kigali. Hotel Rwanda is of course the acclaimed film about Rusesabagina, played by Don Cheadle; George is the film's director, and in this powerful volume he marshals writings by himself and others that provide context and commentary on both the movie and the holocaust that prompted it. The book most notably includes the screenplay of Hotel Rwanda by Keir Pearson and George, an inspiring and devastating script. Of only slightly less emotional impact is the transcript of "The Triumph of...


We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families: Stories from Rwanda
Philip Gourevitch
0312243359
September 1999
Paperback
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Book Review
"Hutus kill Tutsis, then Tutsis kill Hutus--if that's really all there is to it, then no wonder we can't be bothered with it," Philip Gourevitch writes, imagining the response of somebody in a country far from the ethnic strife and mass killings of Rwanda. But the situation is not so simple, and in this complex and wrenching book, he explains why the Rwandan genocide should not be written off as just another tribal dispute.

The "stories" in this book's subtitle are both the author's, as he repeatedly visits this tiny country in an attempt to make sense of what has happened, and those of the people he interviews. These include a Tutsi doctor who has seen much of her family killed over decades of Tutsi oppression, a Schindleresque hotel manager who hid hundreds of refugees from certain death, and a Rwandan bishop who has...



Rwanda
Janice Booth
1841620882
Apr 2004
Paperback
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Review
"As a guide to getting around Rwanda and seeing the beauty as well as the sorrow, the hope as well as the history, this is an important and timely book. It is packed with essential information for the traveler."
--Fergal Keane


Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust
Immaculee Ilibagiza
1401908969
February 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. In 1994, Rwandan native Ilibagiza was 22 years old and home from college to spend Easter with her devout Catholic family, when the death of Rwanda's Hutu president sparked a three-month slaughter of nearly one million ethnic Tutsis in the country. She survived by hiding in a Hutu pastor's tiny bathroom with seven other starving women for 91 cramped, terrifying days. This searing firsthand account of Ilibagiza's experience cuts two ways: her description of the evil that was perpetrated, including the brutal murders of her family members, is soul-numbingly devastating, yet the story of her unquenchable faith and connection to God throughout the ordeal uplifts and inspires. Her account of the miracles that protected her is simple and vivid. Her Catholic faith shines through, but the book will...


Conspiracy to Murder
Linda Melvern
1859845886
Apr 2004
Hardcover
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John Pilger
With testimony from witnesses and access to documents previously unseen, she tells an epic and shaming story.

Choice
The definitive account of the origins of the [Rwandan] tragedy… Essential. Accessible to all readers. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Rwanda: A Question and Answer Book (Questions and Answers: Countries)

0736837590


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Machete Season: The Killers in Rwanda Speak
Jean Hatzfeld
0312425031
April 2006
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
This book features the testimony of 10 friends from the same village who spent day after day together, fulfilling orders to kill any Tutsi within their territory during the 1994 Rwandan genocide. While their anecdotes are shocking at first, they detail how an ordinary person with an everyday life in a farming village can be transformed into a killer. As one man explains, "if you must obey the orders of authorities, if you have been properly prepared, if you see yourself pushed and pulled, if you see the killing will be total and without disastrous consequences for yourself, you feel soothed and reassured." A reporter for Paris's Libération, Hatzfeld has a remarkable ability to pry into the killer's memory and conscience. One Hutu tells how "a pain pinched his heart" when confronted with an old Tutsi soccer...


Field Guide to the Reptiles of East Africa
Stephen Spawls
0126564701
Oct 2001
Hardcover
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Book Description

This book breaks new ground: it is the first complete listing and guide to all the known reptiles of the five East African countries (Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi.) Written by expert East African herpetologists, it incorporates virtually all known information on the East African reptile fauna. Nearly 500 high-quality color photographs illustrate most of the species involved, many of which have never been illustrated in color before. Keys and introductory essays are included for all orders, families, genera, and species, giving clear introductions for every group. There is an individual account for each species, describing its appearance, habits, and habitat, accompanied by a map showing its known distribution within East Africa and notes indicating its Africa-wide distribution as well. Hence this book...



The Cohesion of Oppression
Catharine Newbury
0231062567
Feb 1989
Hardcover
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Review
"A carefully researched analysis of the background to the overthrow of Tutsi dominance in the terminal colonial period." -- Foreign Affairs

Foreign Affairs
A carefully researched analysis of the background to the overthrow of Tutsi dominance in the terminal colonial period. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Rwanda Means the Universe: A Native's Memoir of Family and Murder
Louise Mushikiwabo
0312209592
April 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
In her impassioned and necessary but overwritten memoir of the Rwandan genocide, Mushikiwabo delves deep into her family and national history to explain the horrific slaughter of 800,000 people in 1994. Mushikiwabo, the youngest of nine children in a Tutsi family, was living in Washington, D.C., at the time of the genocide—and many of her friends and family members back home were butchered. She begins her story by reconstructing the week leading up to the assassination of the Hutu president, Habyarimana, a murder that sparked the mass slaughter of ethnic Tutsis. From there, she looks back in an effort to recount the history of Rwanda, a former Belgian colony, through the aperture of a single family: "Trying to sort this out will send me rummaging back to my father's days and on past him, back three...


An Ordinary Man : An Autobiography
Paul Rusesabagina, Tom Zoellner
0670037524
April 6, 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description
The riveting life story of Paul Rusesabagina—the man whose heroism inspired the film Hotel Rwanda As his country was being torn apart by violence during the Rwandan genocide of 1994, hotel manager Paul Rusesabagina—the "Oskar Schindler of Africa"—refused to bow to the madness that surrounded him. Confronting killers with a combination of diplomacy, flattery, and deception, he offered shelter to more than twelve thousand members of the Tutsi clan and Hutu moderates, while homicidal mobs raged outside with machetes. An Ordinary Man explores what the Academy Award-nominated film Hotel Rwanda could not: the inner life of the man who became one of the most prominent public faces of that terrible conflict. Rusesabagina tells for the first time the full story of his life—growing up as the son of a...


Key to My Neighbor's House: Seeking Justice in Bosnia and Rwanda
Elizabeth Neuffer
0312302827
November 2002
Paperback
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Book Review
In the wake of genocide, it is probably impossible to achieve anything that approaches justice--and Boston Globe journalist Elizabeth Neuffer knows it. Yet this heartfelt book describes how some of the people in war-torn Rwanda and Bosnia have sought after it anyway, and why the search is so important. The Key to My Neighbor's House is ultimately an anecdotal and impressionistic document, but therein lies its power. It's difficult to forget scenes that begin this way: "Photographs of mass graves can prepare you for what you might see--a jumble of skeletalized limbs, heads, bodies--but nothing prepares you for how it smells." The reportage is marvelous. For instance, Neuffer recounts how prosecutors at a Rwandan tribunal were forced to argue "over whose motion was the most important to be printed out from the scarce paper...


The Rwanda Crisis
Gerard Prunier
0231104081
Dec 1995
Hardcover
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Book Review
Although it occurred only in 1994, the civil war in the tiny central African nation of Rwanda has already slipped from memory. In that country, writes Belgian historian Gérard Prunier, Tutsi and Hutu fell to slaughtering each other at the end of a long history of Belgian, German, and French colonialism that deliberately played on ethnic tensions. The final "historical product" was the murder of perhaps a million people and the displacement another two million, nearly half of the country's population all told. Prunier traces a course through the complex history of unrest and hatred that washed over Rwanda, and he looks deeply into the question of why this horror could have happened in an era of international peacekeeping. His conclusion is disturbing: "Genocides are a modern phenomenon--they require...


The Rwanda Crisis
Gerard Prunier
023110409X
Apr 1997
Paperback
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Book Review
Although it occurred only in 1994, the civil war in the tiny central African nation of Rwanda has already slipped from memory. In that country, writes Belgian historian Gérard Prunier, Tutsi and Hutu fell to slaughtering each other at the end of a long history of Belgian, German, and French colonialism that deliberately played on ethnic tensions. The final "historical product" was the murder of perhaps a million people and the displacement another two million, nearly half of the country's population all told. Prunier traces a course through the complex history of unrest and hatred that washed over Rwanda, and he looks deeply into the question of why this horror could have happened in an era of international peacekeeping. His conclusion is disturbing: "Genocides are a modern phenomenon--they require...


Machete Season: The Killers in Rwanda Speak
Jean Hatzfeld
0374280827
June 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
This book features the testimony of 10 friends from the same village who spent day after day together, fulfilling orders to kill any Tutsi within their territory during the 1994 Rwandan genocide. While their anecdotes are shocking at first, they detail how an ordinary person with an everyday life in a farming village can be transformed into a killer. As one man explains, "if you must obey the orders of authorities, if you have been properly prepared, if you see yourself pushed and pulled, if you see the killing will be total and without disastrous consequences for yourself, you feel soothed and reassured." A reporter for Paris's Libération, Hatzfeld has a remarkable ability to pry into the killer's memory and conscience. One Hutu tells how "a pain pinched his heart" when confronted with an old Tutsi soccer...


Ejo
Derick Burleson
0299170209
Nov 2000
Hardcover
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Book Description
In 1994 the worst episode of genocide since the Holocaust of the Second World War ravaged the Central African country of Rwanda. Derick Burleson lived there and taught at the National University during the two years leading up to the genocide. The poems in this collection explore the cataclysm in a variety of forms and voices through the culture, myths, and customs he absorbed during this time. Ejo, meaning "yesterday and tomorrow" in Kinyarwandan, celebrates in language both lyrical and austere the lives of the friends Burleson made in Rwanda, those who survived to tell their own stories, and those whose voices were silenced. "The place is Rwanda, the poet is a teacher of English from the American south, the poetry has the loveliness and wisdom of a casual, easy-breathing and humorous voice, able to encompass the...


Genocide in Rwanda: Complicity of the Churches
Hubert Locke
1557788375
March 2004
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Book Description
In 1994, genocide put Rwanda on the map for most of the world. It also exposed one of the most shameful scandals of the Rwandan churches—the complicity of the Christian churches in the genocide. These are strong words to use when speaking about an institution committed to preaching and practicing Jesus’ "two great commandments"—Thou shalt love the Lord your God with your whole heart and mind, and thou shalt love your neighbor as yourself—and yet, they need to be said. Why? Because Rwanda is the most Christian country in Africa. More than 90% of its people are baptized Christians, with the Roman Catholic and Anglican Churches having the greatest number of adherents (65% and 20% respectively). What is it that happened in Rwanda between April and July 1994 that has left so many Rwandans...


Speak Rwanda
Julian R. Pierce
0312276796
November 2000
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Since 1994, several books of nonfiction, and now Pierce's debut novel, have tried to comprehend how an estimated one million Tutsi men, women and children came to be slaughtered by their Hutu neighbors in a chilling episode of modern genocide. Pierce, who has worked and traveled in Africa, divides his unbiased novel into the short internal narratives of 10 different figures from all sides of the conflictATutsis and Hutus, murderers and victims, refugees and good SamaritansAwhose lives are threaded together by chance and violence. Characters include Silas Bagambiki, a local Hutu petty official who sees slaughter as a way to consolidate power; Augustin Makizimana, a foolish young Hutu who is drawn quickly and unthinkingly into committing atrocities; and Innocent Karangwa, a Tutsi boy who escapes Bagambiki's militia...


The Shallow Graves of Rwanda
Mary Robinson (Foreword), Shaharyan M. Khan
1860646166
January 6, 2001
Hardcover
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From Booklist
Khan, a special United Nations representative assigned to Rwanda, provides a provocative and insightful account of the aftermath of a devastating contemporary genocide. Within a three-month period, more than one million people died in a series of massacres following the April 1994 death of Rwanda's president, killed when his airplane was shot down by a missile. The resulting Tutsi-Hutu conflict was thought to be a mere civil conflict. That perception, if not world indifference, masked the systematic genocide that followed. Khan conveys the sheer horror of legions of dead bodies in the midst of the living dead. The conflict between Rwandans, both Tutsi and Hutu, returning to their homeland set off mass murders at the hands of neighbors. Khan is most enlightening at conveying the attempts at national reconciliation--the...


Ejo
Derick Burleson
0299170241
Nov 2000
Paperback
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Book Description
In 1994 the worst episode of genocide since the Holocaust of the Second World War ravaged the Central African country of Rwanda. Derick Burleson lived there and taught at the National University during the two years leading up to the genocide. The poems in this collection explore the cataclysm in a variety of forms and voices through the culture, myths, and customs he absorbed during this time. Ejo, meaning "yesterday and tomorrow" in Kinyarwandan, celebrates in language both lyrical and austere the lives of the friends Burleson made in Rwanda, those who survived to tell their own stories, and those whose voices were silenced. "The place is Rwanda, the poet is a teacher of English from the American south, the poetry has the loveliness and wisdom of a casual, easy-breathing and humorous voice, able to encompass the...


Antecedents to Modern Rwanda
Jan Vansina
0299201201
Jan 2005
Hardcover
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Review
"For historians . . . the choice is clear. Only at their peril will they ignore Vansina’s seminal contribution to our understanding of one of the most complex and controversial chapters in the history of the continent. There are few books about Africa today I would qualify as a magnificent achievement. This is one of them."— Rene Lemarchand, African Affairs

Book Description
To understand the genocide and other dramatic events of Rwanda’s recent past, one must understand the history of the earlier realm. Jan Vansina provides a critique of the history recorded by early missionaries and court historians and provides a bottom-up view, drawing on hundreds of grassroots narratives. He describes the genesis of the Hutu and Tutsi identities, their growing social and...


People Betrayed: The Role of the West in Rwanda's Genocide
Linda Melvern
185649831X
November 2000
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
In her excellent new work, investigative journalist Melvern (formerly of the Sunday Times of London) carefully reveals how the Security Council, the United Nations, the Belgians, the French and the Americans, in particular, failed to act in the face of a carefully executed plan to murder one million Tutsis and moderate Hutus in Rwanda in 1994. Melvern uncovers the historical roots of the supposed ethnic differences between the Hutu and Tutsi and what she identifies as the real cause of the genocide: the Rwandan government's corrupt oligarchy pilfered the treasury, fomented violence and planned the extermination of the Tutsis simply to hold on to power. She writes that a considerable amount of the $216 million in loans to Rwanda's government from international institutions like the World Bank and the IMF went to...


When Victims Become Killers : Colonialism, Nativism, and the Genocide in Rwanda
Mahmood Mamdani
0691102805
August 12, 2002
Paperback
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Richard Synge, The Independent
Few are better qualified to explain the tensions of post-colonial Africa than Mahmood Mamdani. . . .

Review
The Economist : [Mamdani] recommends a broad-based constitutional settlement that includes everyone prepared to give up violence whatever their ideology.
Victoria Brittain The Guardian : [Mamdani's] analysis of Rwandese society, in particular the role of the church in the genocide, is fascinating. . . .
Richard Synge The Independent : Few are better qualified to explain the tensions of post-colonial Africa than Mahmood Mamdani. . . .

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The Birds of East Africa : Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi (Princeton Field Guides)
Terry Stevenson, John Fanshawe
0691126658
January 30, 2006
Paperback
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Book Description

Birds of East Africa is the first comprehensive field guide to this spectacular birding region--and one of the best to any region in the world. Covering all resident, migrant, and vagrant birds of Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, and Burundi, this small and compact guide describes and illustrates a remarkable 1,388 species in convenient facing-page layout. Featuring 287 new color plates with 3,400 images painstakingly rendered by three experienced artists, the guide illustrates all the plumages and major races likely to be encountered. Set opposite the plates are range maps and concise accounts describing identification, status, range, habits, and voice for each species. Introductory sections provide notes on how to use the species accounts, the nomenclature adopted, conservation issues, where to send...



Intimate Enemy : Images and Voices of the Rwandan Genocide
Robert Lyons, Scott Straus
1890951633
March 1, 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
If the perpetrators of the 1994 Rwandan genocide interviewed by political science professor Straus are to be believed, virtually none of them acted voluntarily; it was only because their own lives were threatened that they shot, stabbed and bludgeoned to death thousands of Tutsis. The plausibility of their stories is left up to the reader. "The book's purpose," writes Straus, "is not to interpret or analyze... but to present largely unmediated narratives and images." Fair enough. If intended purely as a primary source on the genocide, Straus's text may indeed be useful. It is the book's second section, comprising unremarkable portraits of Rwandans by Lyons, which is more problematic. "I felt that condemning those responsible for the genocide too easily makes them into the 'other,' " writes Lyons, who therefore...

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