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Shake Hands With The Devil

The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda

By Romeo Dallaire

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Format: Paperback, 592 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 September 2004
When Lt. General Romeo Dallaire received the call to serve as force commander of the UN mission to Rwanda, he thought he was heading off to Africa to help two warring parties achieve a peace both sides wanted. Instead, he and members of his small international force were caught up in a vortex of civil war and genocide. Dallaire left Rwanda a broken man, disillusioned, suicidal, and determined to tell his story. An award-winning international sensation, Shake Hands with the Devil is a landmark contribution to the literature of war: a remarkable tale of a soldier's courage and an unforgettable portrait of modern war. It is also a stinging indictment of the petty bureaucrats who refused to give Dallaire the men and the operational freedom he needed to stop the killing. I know there is a God,Dallaire writes, because in Rwanda I shook hands with the devil. I have seen him, I have smelled him and I have touched him. I know the devil exists and therefore I know there is a God.

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The number one international bestseller chosen as Nonfiction Book of the Year and winner of the Shaughnessy-Cohen prize; for political writing. A harrowing and ultimately redemptive war memoir by the General who commanded the UN forces in Rwanda, Dallaire's book is an invaluable contribution to the perennially popular genre of war literature.

About the Author

Rom-o 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. 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.

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"Shake Hands With The Devil is one of the saddest books I have ever read and one of the most heart-breaking eye-witness accounts.A kind of naive and painfully honest confession of the failure of an organisation, a meticulous description of one of the worst betrayals in the history of humanity." * Guardian * "indisputably the best account of the whole terrible Rwandan genocide" * The Sunday Times * "Although this is a deeply personal book, it is undoubtedly an important historical record of the UN's failure in Rwanda and an impassioned plea against the moral cowardice that allowed the genocide to happen." * The Independent *

EAN: 9780099478935
ISBN: 0099478935
Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd
Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 3.7 centimetres (0.38 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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This is an outstanding book that everyone should read, even though at times it is deeply disturbing and carrying on reading sometimes seems impossible. What was allowed to happen in Rwanda was a shameful tragedy on so many levels for so many people. Here, Dalliare, the UN commander on the ground at the time, tells his story, the story of frustrated aims and deaf ears turned away from him and international silence. Dallaire's own personal story is equally fascinating and sad. A shattering book.

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