Shake Hands with the Devil : The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda, Paperback Book

Shake Hands with the Devil : The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda Paperback

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When Lieutenant General Romeo Dallaire received the call to serve as force commander of the UN mission to Rwanda, he thought he was heading off to Africa to help two warring parties achieve a peace both sides wanted.

Instead, he and members of his small international force were caught up in a vortex of civil war and genocide.

Dallaire left Rwanda a broken man; disillusioned, suicidal, and determined to tell his story.

An award-winning international sensation, Shake Hands with the Devil is a landmark contribution to the literature of war: a remarkable tale of a soldier's courage and an unforgettable portrait of modern warfare.

It is also a stinging indictment of the petty bureaucrats who refused to give Dallaire the men and the operational freedom he needed to stop the killing. 'I know there is a God,' Dallaire writes, 'because in Rwanda I shook hands with the devil.

I have seen him, I have smelled him and I have touched him.

I know the devil exists and therefore I know there is a God.'


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: African history
  • ISBN: 9780099478935

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Dallaire was a Canadian peacekeeper sent by the UN as commander of the peacekeeping effort in Rwanda a few months before the genocide in 1994. 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.