'The most thorough treatment of the background to the massacres . . . He presents his balanced and painstaking research with clarity and skill, and he shows how the ideological, political, and economic components of Rwanda's human time bomb slowly assembled. . . A former consultant to the Mitterrand government, Prunier is particularly well informed on the shameful role of the French in helping create the conditions that led to the 1994 explosion.' --Foreign Affairs
'Gerard Prunier's new history of the Rwandan genocide casts this sad moment into the black and white relief of print and commits to memory the struggle of those Rwandans who fell victim to the atrocities of last year's tragedy. His book is a fitting tribute to those who lost their lives, and an important contribution to the work of understanding the complexities of modern conflict.' --The Boston Book Revie
'Prunier's elucidation of [Rwanda's history] seems to me to be beyond praise. He has reconstructed the entire process by which a thorough modern genocide was planned.He has read all the documents. He has interviewed both perpetrators and survivors. He has anatomized the cold process of mass murder in both theory and practice.' --Christopher Hitchens, Washington Post
About the Author
Gerard Prunier is a renowned historian of contemporary Africa and author of the acclaimed From Genocide to Continental Wr: The Congolese Conflict and the Crisis of Contemporary Africa and Darfur: The Ambiguous Genocide, both published by Hurst.