Shake Hands With the Devil

Shake Hands With the Devil

The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda

Book - 2004
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A brave, unforgettable first-hand account of the Rwandan genocide by a man almost literally haunted by the dead and by the spectre of his mission's failure. Marking the twenty-fifth anniversary of this horrific event, this edition includes a new note from Roméo Dallaire.


Serving in Rwanda in 1993, LGen. Roméo Dallaire and his small peacekeeping force found themselves abandoned by the UN in a vortex of civil war and genocide. With meagre resources to stem the killing, 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 :, Vintage Canada,, 2004, c2003
Edition: Vintage Canada edition
ISBN: 9780679311720
Branch Call Number: 967 .571 DAL
Characteristics: xviii, 562 pages :,maps ;,23 cm
Additional Contributors: Beardsley, Brent

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erinsnest
Jun 28, 2018

June 28 2018.....I found this book difficult to read because of all the acronyms. However I toughed it out, as I thought the subject was something that I should really get to know. The last 125 pages were captivating.....maybe because I was glad that his ordeal was coming to a close! I have to say, I can never complain about anything in my life after reading this nightmare. I thought his words on the last few pages were so enlightening. When I get down, I will just think of Romeo Dallaire and give myself a kick in the butt from now on!

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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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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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