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  • Published: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407098746
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 592
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Shake Hands With The Devil

The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda




The award-winning war memoir by the general who commanded the UN forces during the Rwandan Genocide

THE NUMBER ONE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER
WINNER OF THE GOVERNOR GENERAL'S AWARD

'Indisputably the best account of the whole terrible Rwandan genocide.' R. W. Johnson, Sunday Times
'Angry, accusatory and extremely moving.' Caroline Moorhead, Spectator


When Lieutenant General Roméo 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 warfare. 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.'


'Read Roméo Dallaire's profoundly sad and moving book.' Madeleine Albright, Washington Post

  • Published: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407098746
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 592
Categories:

About the author

Romeo Dallaire

Romeo 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 post-traumatic 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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Praise for Shake Hands With The Devil

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

'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.

indisputably the best account of the whole terrible Rwandan genocide

The Sunday Times

"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

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