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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.
This is a history lesson that must be remembered. I learned so much from this author about Rwanda. I feel guilty to admit that I, probably like many, never gave enough thought to... Read morePublished 10 hours ago by donna
Knowing I was going to visit Rwanda as a tourist, I wanted to have a better understanding of Rwanda’s recent history. Read morePublished 2 days ago by William Hory
It is an amazing book. His story lines are a bit unconventional in the sense that he does not take a widely academic approach and yet you know that he did his research very well. Read morePublished 4 days ago by monica ramirez
The author has cleared some of my questions on what was really happening during and after the genocide. Read morePublished 21 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 21 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 2 months ago by Lancelot R. Fletcher