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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book but missing detail, 2 Jun. 2005
This is the 4th book I have read regarding the Rwandan genocide. The details of the genocide are both shocking and disturbing, so grit your teeth as you read this. The culprits who are interviewed in this book seem to view the genocide as a job easier than farming with greater rewards gotten by looting. Some are honest and open whilst others you suspect are more guarded with the truth, trying to describe their attrocities as bad, but not as bad as others.
The downside of the book was the lack of detail from the interviewees. This is probably not the fault of the author, but rather the perpetrators not wishing to divulge so much of their disgusting acts. There is harrowing stuff in here. The matter of fact way they went about their killing as if a job is extremely disturbing.
This book is a worthy contribution to book about genocide and will help you try to comprehand what the killer's mindset was.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Human being is the worst animal out there, 10 Dec. 2012
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This review is from: Machete Season: The Killers in Rwanda Speak (Paperback)
The educated people were certainly the ones who drove the farmers on, out in the marshes. Today they're the ones who juggle with the words or turn close-mouthed. Many sit quietly in their same places as before. Some have become ministers or bishops; they aren't much in the public eye, but they still wear their fancy clothes and fold framed glasses. While suffering keeps us in prison. Adalbert, a Hutu farmer turned killer in the 1994 Rwanda genocide.

What a book. Its a book which is unlike any other, written from the point of view of a journalist with very few of his own deductions. I loved the whole outlay of the book as it just presented the facts from the killers point of views. There was little covering or philosophy behind the pure butchery of the whole exercise which sort of makes sense when you consider butchers dealing with meat, taking life every day and living without any remorse in their daily lives. The interviewed Hutu killers were like the butchers for three months of absolute carnage, egged on by the society and the leadership, they killed with systematic efficiency, over and over again. There seems to be no rational explanation of this absolute carnage. All you get is quiet contemplation and a warning to quell any hate filled rhetoric as quickly as possible, because any idea once popular is impossible to kill.
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Machete Season: The Killers in Rwanda Speak by Jean Hatzfeld (Paperback - 18 April 2006)
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