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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.
Philip Gourevitch is a journalist with a great story and the talent to write an interesting, informative, and intelligent book.
This book starts with a close-up view of some horrific and shocking stories of massacres in Rwanda during the genocide of Tutsis by Hutus in 1994.
Books like this one need to be read by more people in the hope that understanding will prevent things like this from happening again.
The author has cleared some of my questions on what was really happening during and after the genocide. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Robert Ngalu
Blaming that genocide on colonial myths is a poor analysis of. the situation. African tribes murdered each other long before Europeans arrived. Read morePublished 7 days ago by B. Groves
Well written, informative, well-researched. The Rwandan story is sad and disturbing and hopefully will never be repeated. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Fungai
Philip Gourevitch has written a book that deserves to be compared favorably with the history of the Peloponnesian war by Thucydides.Published 1 month ago by Lancelot R. Fletcher
An impossible event to understand this book goes far to see it from many perspectives and it is written with insight and thoughtfulnessPublished 2 months ago by Michael J. Cohen
Excellent, but disturbing, book. Good history of status of different classes in African tribes. So sad things like this continue around the worldPublished 3 months ago by Brenda Flowers
A well-written book about a nightmare situation and the internal and external forces that moved it along. Read morePublished 3 months ago by bronte666