This was a hard book to read, because the subject matter is so horrifying. But it is important for me to be aware of something that I wasn't aware of at the time. The writing seems very much like a long newspaper article, as opposed to a book.
Very powerful and disturbing book about the Rwandan genocide. The author spent 3 years traveling in Rwanda after the 1994 genocide. He talked to people involved on both sides and also in the surrounding countries. He tells what happened to lead up to the genocide and also what happened in the following 3 years. It is chilling to know that even though we say "never again" when we talk about the Holocaust, the world stood by and allowed a genocide in Rwanda that was even more thorough. And afterwards the UN helped the perpetrators of the genocide, not victims! This book will greatly enhance your understanding of events in Rwanda in the 1990's. It will also make you question your own responsibility to "humanity".
I read this book after seeing the movie Hotel Rwanda. The book tries to explain what happened in Rwanda in 1994 and before that lead to the genocide. The author has made several trips to Rwanda since the genocide, and talks to survivors and their families.
If you want to read about the Rwandan genocide, this is the book. Excellent book that also covers Rwandan history that led up to the genocide.
An amazing book, one of the best I've ever read. There isn't much else I can say that the reviews haven't except to just read it.