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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; Reprints edition (10 Mar. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330371215
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330371216
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.4 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 119,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Hutus kill Tutsis, then Tutsis kill Hutus--if that's really all there is to it, then no wonder we can't be bothered with it," Philip Gourevitch writes, imagining the response of somebody in a country far from the ethnic strife and mass killings of Rwanda. But the situation is not so simple, and in this complex and wrenching book, he explains why the Rwandan genocide should not be written off as just another tribal dispute.

The "stories" in this book's subtitle are both the author's, as he repeatedly visits this tiny country in an attempt to make sense of what has happened, and those of the people he interviews. These include a Tutsi doctor who has seen much of her family killed over decades of Tutsi oppression, a Schindleresque hotel manager who hid hundreds of refugees from certain death, and a Rwandan bishop who has been accused of supporting the slaughter of Tutsi schoolchildren, and can only answer these charges by saying, "What could I do?" Gourevitch, a staff writer for the New Yorker, describes Rwanda's history with remarkable clarity and documents the experience of tragedy with a sober grace. The reader will ask along with the author: Why does this happen? And why don't we bother to stop it? --Maria Dolan, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"[It is the] sobering voice of witness that Gourevitch has vividly captured in his work."―Wole Soyinka, " The New York Times Book Review" "[Gourevitch] has the mind of a scholar along with the observative capacity of a good novelist, and he writes like an angel. This volume establishes him as the peer of Michael Herr, Ryszard Kapuscinski, and Tobias Wolff. I think there is no limit to what we may expect from him."―Robert Stone "A sobering, revealing, and deeply thoughtful chronicle."―"The Boston Globe" "The most important book I have read in many years . . . [Gourevitch] examines [the genocidal war in Rwanda] with humility, anger, grief and a remarkable level of both political and moral intelligence."―Susie Linfield, " Los Angeles Times" "Shocking and important . . . clear and balanced . . . the voice in this book is meticulous and humane."--Michael Pearson, "The Atlanta Journal-Constitution" "Astonishing . . . [Gourevitch] is masterful at pl

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By A Customer on 1 July 2001
Format: Paperback
...This book was written by a journalist and does not claim to be an academic history of Rwanda during the genocide. It's concerned more with the reasons individual people did what they did rather than a clinical reporting of facts. Its account of the complete failure of the International community to respond in an even partially adequate fashion coupled with its insights into the minds of the Rwandan people - both Hutu and Tutsi - before and after the genocide make it an absolute must read for anyone who really wants to know what happened in Central Africa over the past 10 years. That Philip Gourevitch is also a brilliant writer is just one more reason to buy this book.
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An excellent history of Rwanda's 1994 genocide told by the author, a journalist for the "New Yorker" magazine, but including a large number of personal accounts. If a book about this horrible salughter doesn't make you feel ashamed then it shouldn't be published. This one works, brilliantly. It is also more up to date than other books on the Rwanda crisis in that it includes descriptions of the Rwandan Patriotric Army's forcible dissolution of the refugee camps in Zaire in 1996. This is a period which supporters of the RPA tend to have problems with. Gourevitch is certainly one of those supporters but he tackles the issue head on. The most haunting passages of this book, which live in the memory, are the personal recollections of loss and survival in the genocide. Having spoken to many survivors myself I know how difficult it is to retell those awful stories without destroying their immediacy and horror, but Gourevitch manages this perfectly. I would urge anyone who is thinking of reading this book to do so, but would encourage them to look at Fergal Keane's masterpiece, "Season as Blood" as well. For the full tragedy, fear and anger, Keane is the better guide.
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This book is one of the greatest books I have ever read. Gourevitch tells the account of the atrocities in Rwanda with amazing eloquence and some the most evocative and beautiful prose. The nature of the atrocities are beyond words but Gourevitch tells this story with amazing lucidity and takes you right into the middle of the bloodshed, pulls your head back and screams at you to look at what is happening in front of you.

Gourevitch makes this story so real and so raw it is often difficult to read at times. I had to put the book down several times because its so horrific, heart wrenching and personal. I read this book for the first time about 5 years ago and as a practitioner of international human rights law this is still one of the most insightful and realistic accounts of genocide i have read.
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This book is extremely powerful. I came to it after a personal recomendation and after seeing the equally powerful Hotel Rwanda. Although not ignorant of the genocide in central Africa, it had nestled in the back of my mind, along with other disasters, atrocities and tragedies across the 15 years I have been a sentient observer of these things.
I think it is vital that people understand what happened in Rwanda. I think it is important that people realise the capacity of man to bring devestation and horror to fellow man. But perhaps most shockingly people in the West should realise just how callously the foreign policy of their countries is carried out. The Realpolitik of genocide, with Chinese trade, French support for the Francophonie (dead Tutsis don't speak English), US unwillingness to risk another Somalia and the stalling and prevarication of the UN all add to the sheer anger and frustration that one feels when reading about this.
A must read.
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This book changed the way I think. I watched the clips of the Rwanda genocide in the Comic Relief programme earlier this year, and while it upset and disturbed me, the empathy I felt was minimal to what this book has done for me. As Westerners we often sit back in our comfortable homes and comment on the barbaric nature of some African nations without ever contemplating and fully understanding that so many Africans have been completely at the mercy of a dictatorship with little or no power to overcome it. Why is it that so much sypathy is invested in the Holocaust, but so little in African genocide. Gourevitch exposes the so called humanitarian first world countries for their role in allowing such atrocities to occur, but also backs this up by giving the reasons why America and Europe should have been more active and instrumental, even by law, in preventing the genocide that most definately occurred. Gourevitch writes with a passion that is passed on to the reader - he evokes feelings of anger, sadness and empathy that cannot be ignored.
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Many books have been written in recent years describing events within the Rwandian atrocity but this is the first and least biased account so far, that includes the nuances and politics that culminated in the final massacre. The author delves into the history of Rwanda and its peoples without allowing the reader to become bogged down by uneccesary detail and promotes a level, unsaturated awareness; almost like living in a Rwandian skin. Excellent and compelling.
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