Shake Hands With the Devil

Shake Hands With the Devil

The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda

Book - 2003
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Serving in Rwanda in 1993 as a UN Force Commander, Lieutenant General Roméo Dallaire and his small UN peacekeeping force found themselves abandoned by the world's major powers in a vortex of civil war and genocide. With meagre resources to stem the killings, General Dallaire was witness to the murder of 800,000 Rwandans in a hundred days, and returned home broken, disillusioned and suicidal. "Shake Hands with the Devil" is his return to Rwanda: a searing book that is both an eyewitness account of the failure of humanity to stop the genocide, and the story of General Dallaire's own struggle to find a measure of peace, reconciliation and hope.
Publisher: Toronto : Random House Canada, c2003
ISBN: 9780679311720
0679311726
9780679311713
0679311718
Characteristics: xviii, 562 p. : ill ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Beardsley, Brent

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wyenotgo
Aug 03, 2015

Certainly not for the faint of heart but an important document of the harsh realities of our modern world. Dallaire's first-hand account of his involvement in the Rwandan genocide in 1994, an experience that came close to destroying him emotionally and mentally is at times frightening, at times simply tragic. Surely, it was the UN's darkest hour, displaying the stark, relentless, bitter truth of the impotence of that organization in the face of unbridled barbarism.

AMILLERGIRL Mar 23, 2014

i am to afaid that i might be haunted by horrors that went on in Rwanda

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Keogh
Apr 28, 2012

A haunting, powerfully written book by the commander of the UN peacekeeping mission in Rwanda during the genocide. It's difficult to read, because you'll come away from the book angry and disgusted frequently. The disregard of most of the world to what was going on in Africa at the time, the horrors of the genocide, the brutality of what happened... all of these things will horrify you. Dallaire paid a steep price, placed into an impossible position and unable to act. He went to Rwanda a proud soldier and came back a broken man, shattered by what he had witnessed. The book serves as a damning indictment of much of the world for its thoughtlessness, and as a reminder of just how cruel human beings can be.

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hajt3
Mar 03, 2012

cruel politics, humans are dispensible.

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KVERBEEK
Jan 31, 2012

This is a horrifying tale to with the Rwandan genoicide. Mr. R. Dallaire is the author, as well as the appointed commander of the Peace Keeping efforts at this time....A man with way too much responsibility with way too few resources and support....awful..

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wearenotamused
Jun 21, 2011

This was a beautiful and moving book, it really touched my soul. Roméo Dallaire is a very inspiring person, and is one of my role models in life. This is a heartbreaking book, but it also proves that there are some people who will always d the right thing, no matter what the situation.

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Oct 20, 2008

painful writing

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DannyBoy17
Aug 11, 2009

Serving in Rwanda in 1003 as a UN Force Commander, Lieutenant General Romeo Dellaire and his small UN peacekeeping force found themselves abandoned by the world's major powers in a vortex of civil war and genocide. With meager resources to stem the killing, General Dellaire was witness to the murder of 800,000 Rwandans in a hundred days, and returned home broken, dissillusioned and suicidal.

Shake Hands with the Devil is his return to Rwanda: a searing book that is both an eyewitness account of the failure of humanity to stop the genocide, and the story of General Dellaire's own struggle to find a measure of peace, reconciliation and hope.

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