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- Editor: Random House (2 de septiembre de 2004)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0099478935
- ISBN-13: 978-0099478935
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Shake Hands With The Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 2 sep 2004
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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)
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When lt. general Rom-o 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.Ver Descripción del producto
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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 1993 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.
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.
If you're struggling to finish, READ THROUGH THE END. 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.
This was/is an amazing book that goes into substantial detail of how and why this horrific incident happened. As is the case with most nonfiction books there is a bit of history on the author and where they came from, etc. This is kept fairly short in this book and is also relevant to the story and interesting. When Dillaire starts the story of what happened in Rwanda you can tell its not going to end well and he does not hide the bitterness and pain that his 1 yr experience in living hell left him with. Be forewarned this book is very graphic and pulls no punches. The detail in which the actual genocide is detailed and how some of the acts were perpetrated is not for the faint of heart, no pictures are needed and thankfully not included. To be honest there were a few times that some of the details in this book kept me up at night and brought a sense how we "civilized" Nations could have just sat back and 800,000 people be slaughter in 100 days. The detail in this book is not written simply to shock the reader, but rather to inform you (the reader) of the brutality and complete hatred that was so prevalent during this event. This book also does a phenomenal job of also describing the excruciating effects on the UN Peacekeepers and Dillaire that witnessing so much death and destruction had on them. I walked away from reading this book mad that the UN and the "leader" nations of the world didn't give a damn about Rwanda and as is continually demonstrated the African continent. If you decide to buy this book, and I highly recommend that you do, you will understand why I made that last statement. I enjoyed this book immensely and also came away better understanding the sense of abandonment that so many developing countries feel from Western culture and nations, and the continual issues that past colonialism in Africa is still causing today.
It is hard to read, but it is worth it. Dallaire and the people who helped him write this book have somehow managed to convey some of the horror and despair of trying to do something in an impossible situation, but Dallaire and his fellow UN people's determination to do what they could gives some hope. I really hope that some lessons have been learnt. Dallaire is extremely honest about where he feels he has failed. I don't think I could have done a fraction of what he did.
Unfortunately, at the very end of the book, there seems to be a mix up between the acronyms RPF and RGF, which makes things very confusing.
The book includes a helpful glossary.