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Ver o eBook site: R$ 58,49 When Roméo Dallaire was called on to serve as force commander of the UN Assistance In Shake Hands with the Devil, General Dallaire recreates the awful history the world community chose to ignore. Compre Shake Hands With the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda ( English Edition) de Romeo Dallaire na venxilinapsee.tk Confira também os eBooks. (ebook) Shake Hands With The Devil from Dymocks online store. When Lieutenant General Roméo Dallaire received the call to.
The book unravels into day-to-day accounts of everything that happened in Rawanda. I suspect many people will find this type of storytelling, boring and repedative. It can definately be these things at times but this book was not written to sensationalize what happened, it's written to tell you what happened. Dallaire describes the brutality he sees with an eerie calmness, you can definately understand how one could become desensitized to the carnage given the frequency of it.
It's not the easiest of reads, there are many names and factions at play throughout the book and it's easy to forget who is who. The book is we'll worth the read. The conclusion is a searing summary of why the genocide occurred and does not mince words when placing blame. They are some of the best pages I have read in any book. They lay out exactly why we are doomed as a species, to repeat the same atrocities over and over again. site Edition Verified download. As the title says it's a book about a failure of humanity, a grim account of the civil war and genocide in Rwanda written by the head of UNAMIR UN assistance mission for Rwanda peacekeepers general Romeo Dellaire.
While reading a detailed story of the events in Rwanda can be an eye-opener by itself, Dellaire's book provides a unique viewpoint. Being a highest-ranking UN military official stationed in Rwanda since he gives a first-hand account of the political events, which involved Rwandan leaders, UN officials and several major countries, showing the utter failure to prevent the war before it errupted or to mitigate the subsequent horrible events.
Dellaire's idealism it was his first mission abroad adds a constant sense of conscience to the story, making it a personal story and not just a chronicle of events. It's a story of a war and a genocide, of propaganda and hatred, of peacekeeping and postcolonialism, of heroism and resolve, of helplesness, trauma and indeciseveness, of tens of thousands women and children massacred. It's an engaging read, but far from a pleasant one, even if you exclude graphic details of the genocide.
This is however the main point of the book, to face unpleasant truths and horrors of what happened in Rwanda 20 years ago and is still hapenning around the world this way or another. When I was there I went to the Genocide Museum and Memorial and was both fascinated and appalled that this happened. Since I didn't have much knowledge of the incident, I was in 12th grade when it happened, I decided to read this book as it was highly rated. I'm very glad I did. As is the case with most nonfiction books there is a bit of history on the author and where they came from, etc.
This is kept fairly short in this book and is also relevant to the story and interesting. When Dillaire starts the story of what happened in Rwanda you can tell its not going to end well and he does not hide the bitterness and pain that his 1 yr experience in living hell left him with.
Be forewarned this book is very graphic and pulls no punches. The detail in which the actual genocide is detailed and how some of the acts were perpetrated is not for the faint of heart, no pictures are needed and thankfully not included.
To be honest there were a few times that some of the details in this book kept me up at night and brought a sense how we "civilized" Nations could have just sat back and , people be slaughter in days.
The detail in this book is not written simply to shock the reader, but rather to inform you the reader of the brutality and complete hatred that was so prevalent during this event.
This book also does a phenomenal job of also describing the excruciating effects on the UN Peacekeepers and Dillaire that witnessing so much death and destruction had on them.
I walked away from reading this book mad that the UN and the "leader" nations of the world didn't give a damn about Rwanda and as is continually demonstrated the African continent. If you decide to download this book, and I highly recommend that you do, you will understand why I made that last statement. I enjoyed this book immensely and also came away better understanding the sense of abandonment that so many developing countries feel from Western culture and nations, and the continual issues that past colonialism in Africa is still causing today.
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The failing of the U. Rated 5 out of 5 by Zainib from Great book! So intense and real! Rated 5 out of 5 by Will from Frightening The UN was really exposed in this book as am indifferent, corrupt and incompetent body that has no ability to really solve any issues.
The atrocities documented in this book are horrifying. Still this book was informative as well as disturbing.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by Melissa17 from At times horrifying This book was definitely hard to read at times mostly because of the subject matter but it is an excellent book, and an important story for Dallaire to tell. Rated 5 out of 5 by Steven from Whirlwind of emotions Sad to see the depths that humanity can sink to. Yet also inspiring seeing the amazing kindness we can show towards each other. Rated 5 out of 5 by Scott from Compelling!
Couldn't take my eyes off the page Date published: Both books are hard to put down as the graphic images and compelling stories make the content come to life. It provides excellent information on his career, but more importantly the genocide in Rwanda and his thoughts on how to fix it.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Nancy from Powerful This account of the event s during the genocide in Rwanda is powerful. Dalaire doesn't pull any punches as he chronicles the daily happenings, the requests for assistance from the United Nations and the international community, and the results of the inaction by the global community.
The horrors he witnessed, the challenges his team faced, and the lives they did save all are documented. This book should be on everyone's list.
Rated 5 out of 5 by lesleyatsales from Powerful An amazing read. The reader is taken to where the writer wants us to go and it is a very moving first-hand account of the genocide.
It makes me realize just how fortunate we are in Australia. I would thoroughly recommend this book. Rated 5 out of 5 by Tony from Great Read about a terrible time Read this in paper form a few years ago. A fantastic read about a terrible event. A must read in my opinion Date published: Especially for a Canadian like myself who's never been to Africa. Many photographs of the victims of the massacre are available on the Internet today.
Looking at these helps to create images that you will see in your mind as you read this book. I don't agree with everything Mr Dallaire says. He seems good-hearted albeit angry and sometimes even left-wing, strangely for a military man. He does make a good case for our military, which I like, but in the book he discusses "human rights" and mentions "humanism", an ideology I disagree with. Throughout the book one gets the feeling that people are sucking up to him as they try to help him.
A lot of the book was about diplomats, politicians, military figures, and a fair portion of the pages were dedicated records of Dallaire's meeting with Rwandan political and military figures, and he recalls what he was trying to decide about these people.
Although it is non-fiction tragically , the book is really layed out like a mystery novel; Dallaire often debates with himself about the possible connections between the former Rwandan government and military and power figures in surrounding countries and how the puzzle fits together, all while being understaffed and underpowered to properly carry out his mission.
I watched the movie this book was based off of and it helps you to understand the book, although a huge portion of the book, namely the behind-closed-door scenes, were not filmed. It is hard to rate this book. Who "really likes" a book about a brutal end to an already brutal civil war in a small central African country?
I bought it out of intrigue, wanting to read about what was happening in Africa at a time when I was watching 'The Lion King'. It is not an uninteresting book, but if you are not used to reading mystery novels or long books, it can take a while to finish. If you are willing to tolerate Dallaire's bitterness and tragic depressing storytelling, it is interesting enough.
Rated 2 out of 5 by E. Canadian force commander Romeo Dallaire tells his account of triumphs and failures of his time in charge of the United Nations peacekeeping mission during the Rwandan genocide. Human life was snuffed out at an alarming rate in a vile killing spree. These two groups were comprised of a large Hutu population that was responsible for the barbarous slaughter of the Tutsi and pro-Tutsi Hutus.
Within one hundred days between April and July, approximately , Tutsis were obliterated.
I commend all the peacekeepers during this extremely difficult time when the world media and governing bodies ignored all their pleas for aide. It would have been just as easy for Romeo Dallaire to just give up and return to Canada but he felt that he and his fellow peacekeepers could not stand idly by. I bought this book without knowing too much of the atrocities that were in Rwanda but I knew enough that it would be a very difficult read.
There are extremely graphic descriptions within the confines of this book dealing with rape and torture and the subject matter is not for the faint of heart. It is a must read for anyone in the political science field but I highly recommend it to anyone with a conscience.
No matter how idealistic the aim sounds, this new century must become the Century of Humanity, when we as human beings rise above race, creed, colour, religion and national self-interest and put the good of humanity above the good of our own tribe.
For the sake of our children and of our future. Rated 3 out of 5 by Jenn from Required Reading A very important read. Required reading for an Globalization and International Affairs majors. Rated 4 out of 5 by LibraryCin from Interesting and frustrating Dallaire was a Canadian peacekeeper sent by the UN as commander of the peacekeeping effort in Rwanda a few months before the genocide in It was very interesting and extremely frustrating at times to read about what happened from this perspective.
It was the perspective of the people on the ground who were trying with what very little resources they had not nearly enough to find peace in the country before the genocide and civil war broke out. The UN abused him and all Canadians; they used him as a scapegoat by ignoring his pleas for troops, material and intelligence. He may not have completely averted all of the tragedies that took place How many lives would he and his Contingents have been credited of saving, had he been listened to and granted the respect of his analysis of the entire situation?
The prime of the life of a great Canadian Officer was wasted on the un-caring prima-donnas of the UN.
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And to ad insult to injury, at the end of his mission, completely demoralized, yet unbeaten, he had to endure and live through a depression that bordered on insanity I bought this book a few days after it was released and read it within a week. It is an extremely compelling account of the horrific Rwandan genocide from one of the few people who tried so hard to stop it. Dallaire pleaded with the UN and the powerful nations of the world to send him a few thousand troops, so that he could save hundreds of thousands of innocent lives.
In the end, it seemed that ignoring what was happening in a tiny African country was more important to those nations than the lives of almost a million Africans. The story is written by a Canadian Lt. General Romeo Dallaire during the Rwandian genocides in Dallaire went to Rwanda under the UN banner truly believing that the UN was going to make a difference in lives of the Rwandian people and bring peace and stability to this region. Instead, Hutu extremists slaughtered over , Rwandians with the majority being Tutsi.
Dallaire does a good job in going beyond the "military" aspects of the events and actually dealing with the emotional effects of the events. It's what kept me reading. This event leaves Dallaire scared after seeing the gruesome events that he was unable to intervene in. His hands were tied by a number of different agencies and departments. When Dallaire goes home he has trouble coming to terms with the events in Rwanda and he tries to commit suicide and later diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.
He got a medical release from the military. A fantastic book and well worth the time it takes to read. Rated 5 out of 5 by Orioncali from Shocking and Brilliant! Dallaire gives us one of the best accounts on the genocide in Rwanda, not only the historical background of the violence between the Hutu's and the Tutsi, but also make interesting parallels with Canada and its own difficulties between the anglo and franco phones. This raises many questions about not only the UN and it's matra of peacekeeping, but also of Canada's and its image of the helpful comrade.
No one cared about Rwanda, it is landlocked and of no political or economic importance; but in this breathtaking retelling Dallaire shows that there was some people who really wanted to help Rwanda. He named the mission: United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda, for a reason. They were there for the people, and in many ways Dallaire has served the people of Rwanda and refuses to let this genocide be forgotten by the easily amused masses, popular culture and even the Canadian Government.
The book was hard to follow in my opinion Date published: Another writing documenting Man's continuing Inhumanity to Man While reading you unknowingly place yourself in Dallaire's mind and soul and the reading becomes painful at times but you continue reading A must-read for the history-of-life reader The Peacekeepers that gave their heart and souls and in some cases their lives to save total strangers were abandoned.
The reader will be touched and will understand what genocide means and appreciate the immense sacrifice Peacekeepers give. Like many other words, a hero is open to interpretation.
Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda
Anna's review is fair and justified, but it seems to suffer from a lack of insight into the military ethos. Dallaire's leadership may be questionable, but it should be noted that dedication to duty, loyalty, and integrity are the foundations of an exemplary soldier.
An Officer's actions are meant to lead and set an example - the mission retains priority; not courage, not morality, not your justice. Sound frustrating? You bet. Having said that, to earn the rank of Lt. Rated 4 out of 5 by Anonymous from Powerful Dallaire has written a book that will force us never to forget the reoccuring apathy that world powers hold during genocides. His book is more than just powerful and meticulous in detail, his book serves to educate and inform, which is vital to forcing world powers to pay attention and act.
His account is so honest in admitting and condemning the inaction of the international community and the inability of the UN to work efficiently. It is pages long but so brutally honest and powerful that it is important to read.
As Canadians, we often get too nationalistic about our invention of peacekeeping and we must realize that reforms in peacekeepings are neccesary to solve new conflicts. Very informative and powerful. I will never underestimate the power of freedom and humanity again.
It was fast, action-packed, and emotional. Though the plot was overly painful, reading the book was not. Overall it was a very informative read and one that I definitely recommend to teens who want to pick up an intriguing, but more challenging read. Any Canadian adult will be sure to take away a lot from the tale as well. Rated 5 out of 5 by Anonymous from Most Highly Recommended This book shows how the United Nations has a history of failing it's peace keeping missions in extrordinary ways.
In this case they left a highly respected Canadian army general in charge of a mission which the New York clique would not support. He had to witness cowardly acts by other nations peace keepers, apathy by European and North American nations, and daily genocide. By reading this book, the reader will understand why the UN is ignoring the present genocide in Sudan which is reaching over now into it's neighbouring countries.
A nation which does not hold resources like gold or oil poses no interest to "developed" nations. All the Canadian Liberal government did was award the general with a senate position to placate him.
This has done little to erase the general's horrible memories and the discrace he felt as a "peace keeper". It is one of the darkest moments in the history of the UN and of the Canadian Forces, who were not allowed to support one of their finest leaders. Shake Hands With The Devil left me awed, and ready to look at the world in a totally different way.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Anonymous from Do Something About it Read the book, and resolve to do something to make a difference. Research Ploughshares, or investigate what's happening in the community working to limit small arms sales and distribution.
It seems petty to debate how Dallaire could have made different choices - in light of the undisputed genocide and Dallaire's subsequent struggle to come to grips with having been deserted by the UN. The UN Association in Canada could use your support to further the cause.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Anonymous from Great book! This book is so realistic and literal that you may think you are in the middle of the crisis. The book made me realize the brutal truth of what people can do to fulfill their desire and how greed drives people insane.
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It may make some people uncomfortable because some of the expression for the scene of the war can be a little overwhelming. Rated 5 out of 5 by Anonymous from Shocking This book opened up my eyes to the greed in this world. We all live in this little bubble where we cry because we can't get a certain item at the shopping mall. The genocide of the Rawandan people is heart breaking, but a story that had to be told. Wake up people to the things that are going on around you.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Jenn from A absolute must read! Romeo Dallaire's account of the events during his mission in Rwanda are written with such passion. The genocide that occurred in Rwanda in is something that must not ever happen again. Dallaire is an inspiration for every Canadian. As you read this book, you will be overwhelmed with emotion. How could this happen? Today, as we sit and watch our televisions This is a must read for anyone who wants raw honesty of what happened in Rwanda In shocking clarity he reveals the difficulties of UN peace missions, the bureaucracy and the importance of providing our women and men with the proper tools to accomplish goals for which traditional armies are frequently ill-equipped.
It takes you on a long, difficult, sad journey. The sadness not only lies in the atrocities, but with our ignorance. Over and over, we say that it'll bever happen again, and over and over, it happens again and again.
Dallaire writes with so much detail that you feel that you are actually there, and on the other hand, so thankful, you'. Be warnes, its a long and very heavy read -- but so worth it. Rated 4 out of 5 by Martha from No wonder he went for a swim After reading the book I understood how he lost his mind upon his return to Canada. The sheer horror of what happenned is only begun to be understood after reading Romeo's recollections. Rated 4 out of 5 by crow from Dallaire says what can be said with words.
You need to read this account. There are lesser evils, and then there are choices that lead to great evil.Rated 5 out of 5 by pyaqk from Worth every bucks Sad and shocking story so well written. The Poison Artist.
The atrocities documented in this book are horrifying. It is one of the darkest moments in the history of the UN and of the Canadian Forces, who were not allowed to support one of their finest leaders. For the latest books, recommendations, offers and more. Dallaire left Rwanda a broken man; disillusioned, suicidal, and determined to tell his story. This book is the account of a few humans who were entrusted with the role of helping others taste the fruits of peace.
We need to learn from history and prevent this from happening again. It has been immortalised in the films Hotel Rwanda and Shooting Dogs, and here in the words of a seasoned soldier.