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Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda is a book by Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire of the Canadian Forces, with help from Major. Start by marking “Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda” as Want to Read: Shake Hands With the Devil is a frustrating, horrifying and terribly important book, written by a reluctant eyewitness to the Rwandan Genocide: Lt Gen Roméo Dallaire, Force Commander. Shake Hands with the Devil and millions of other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more. Enter your mobile number or email address below and.
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Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. As former head of the late U.N. Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best. Romeo Dallaire gives his account of a disastrous UN command in Shake Hands with the Devil. Gil Courtemanche tries to be sympathetic. For the first time in the United States comes the tragic and profoundly important story of the legendary Canadian general who "watched as the.
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From meticulous diary entries he wrote during his service there, Dallaire pieces together the inside story of what went wrong. He puts unsparing blame on the circular failure of the UN: S and the Security Council, which led to lack of respect for the UN, which then led to lack of support from member countries. He blames the warring sides, especially extremist Hutus, for planning the genocide during peace talks, knowing the UN would not have the courage to enforce the peace: For those who would understand the inexorable but entirely preventable unfolding of the Rwandan holocaust, this account, told from the eye of the storm, is indispensable.
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Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda
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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Paperback Verified Purchase. This book starts out reading like a history book.
It delves into Dallaire's roots and paints the picture of a man who grew out of a poor family into a marriage to the military. The book unravels into day-to-day accounts of everything that happened in Rawanda. I suspect many people will find this type of storytelling, boring and repedative. It can definately be these things at times but this book was not written to sensationalize what happened, it's written to tell you what happened.
Dallaire describes the brutality he sees with an eerie calmness, you can definately understand how one could become desensitized to the carnage given the frequency of it.
It's not the easiest of reads, there are many names and factions at play throughout the book and it's easy to forget who is who. The book is we'll worth the read. The conclusion is a searing summary of why the genocide occurred and does not mince words when placing blame.
They are some of the best pages I have read in any book. They lay out exactly why we are doomed as a species, to repeat the same atrocities over and over again. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. As the title says it's a book about a failure of humanity, a grim account of the civil war and genocide in Rwanda written by the head of UNAMIR UN assistance mission for Rwanda peacekeepers general Romeo Dellaire. While reading a detailed story of the events in Rwanda can be an eye-opener by itself, Dellaire's book provides a unique viewpoint.
Being a highest-ranking UN military official stationed in Rwanda since he gives a first-hand account of the political events, which involved Rwandan leaders, UN officials and several major countries, showing the utter failure to prevent the war before it errupted or to mitigate the subsequent horrible events.
Dellaire's idealism it was his first mission abroad adds a constant sense of conscience to the story, making it a personal story and not just a chronicle of events. It's a story of a war and a genocide, of propaganda and hatred, of peacekeeping and postcolonialism, of heroism and resolve, of helplesness, trauma and indeciseveness, of tens of thousands women and children massacred.
It's an engaging read, but far from a pleasant one, even if you exclude graphic details of the genocide.
This is however the main point of the book, to face unpleasant truths and horrors of what happened in Rwanda 20 years ago and is still hapenning around the world this way or another. Dallaire is brutally honest and tells the story as it is - not how people want to hear it.
Date published: Rated 5 out of 5 by Robert from Raw and necessary reading 'Never again' is a useless catch phrase, a man-made concoction to satisfy those in power within the First World.
In what should be compulsory reading for all history students, you will finish the book wanting to strangle the UN, Boutros-Ghali, Annan, the US and France, all who gutted several resolutions that would have stopped the killing of , Rwandans in days far sooner.
Despite having visited the Milles Collines and the Kigali Genocide Museum, I remain complicit if I do not realise that a lost soul is equal to one standing on its grave.
Date published: Rated 2 out of 5 by Alexis from Disappointing I had been looking forward to reading this book for years, and when I finally got the chance I was quite disappointed.
It seems that a lot of the book focus on military specifics, which is fine for those who want to learn about that, but that isn't what was advertised. And I felt there was a lot of shaming certain officials. Date published: Rated 5 out of 5 by melanie from Eye opening Romeo Dallaire's story of his experiences of the Rwandan genocide are truly eye opening.
It is amazing and devastating to see how the world chose to ignore this horrific act. Readers begin by following his life before he was sent to Rwanda and his journey through the military to seeing the daily struggles he and his team faced trying to get resources to prevent and then stop this genocide.
It is an amazing read. The character inspired by him in my novel was not a major one. I used him as a symbol of the indifference of the UN and of the ignorance of Africa. All in all he was a secondary character, but one I loved to hate. For the novelist, he was an easy and useful character. I was deeply moved by his wish to join, in death, the men and women he had not saved - our mutual friends who had died. I frantically crossed out several paragraphs of my novel.
I was caught up by his tragic humanity and I felt guilty for criticising a man who sought oblivion in death for his own failure. This man had paid too dear a price. In my novel I depicted a man who was cautious to the point of powerlessness, a soldier obedient to the point of being someone who merely carried out orders, a bureaucrat anxious for the support of his superiors.
How could such a character be credible in fiction if in reality he had been transformed into a tragic human being? In Shake Hands with the Devil, Romeo Dallaire answers all my questions as a novelist and as a journalist. The novelist tells himself that he should not have censored himself and the journalist wonders how it was that this man had been elevated to the status of a hero when he was a victim - of his own ignorance, of the UN, of the great powers and of history.
It's not I who say so, it is what the general himself writes.
He admired his father who had fought in the second world war; as a boy he led his lead soldiers in great manoeuvres on the carpet and dreamt of commanding troops in battle. An ordinary pupil, an average soldier, a model officer, an absent father obsessed by the army which was his religion, he rose through the ranks. He never fought a war but he taught war.
Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda
He married the woman he had known for seven years. So we have here a cautious man who thinks a great deal before he makes a decision. One of life's good bureaucrats.
His military career followed its course without mishap.You cannot read a book on this period without having your stomach turn. First, reading page after page of the unimaginable evil that people committed, and two, reading page after page about those that stayed on the sidelines and watched it happen.
Shake Hands with the Devil Lt. From the young boys I met in the demobilization camps in Sierra Leone to the suicide bombers of Palestine and Chechnya, to the young terrorists who fly planes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, we can no longer afford to ignore them.
As Dallaire quotes the American officer, it would take Rwandan deaths to justify the death of an American soldier, whereas in Iraq, it takes only the US's desire for cheap gas for their SUVs to justify the death of American soldiers. Set up a giveaway. Customers who bought this item also bought. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
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