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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 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
this is a good book. very informative. it gets a bit long winded toward the end but it has a lot of valuable historical knowledge in it and is written in a way that keeps the... Read morePublished 24 days ago by morgan fritz
A well-written compendium of interviews conducted immediately in the aftermath of Rwanda's 1994 genocide. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Mark Egge
Very well written, I applaud the author, I am sure the interviews and writing was difficult. Very sad and disturbingPublished 1 month ago by cambug
A brilliantly written book about a harrowing subject. Outstanding and intuitive writerPublished 2 months ago by Orthodontic Teacher
If there is such a phenomenon as graphic philosophical writing, this author achieves it.Published 3 months ago by Michelle6