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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.
Books like this one need to be read by more people in the hope that understanding will prevent things like this from happening again.
Overall a good covering of the topic with just the right amount of detail to keep the book interesting and not get bogged down into the minor issues.
Gourevitch provides the reader with a moving and engaging account of the costs of genocide from the eyes of survivors of the bloodbath in Rwanda.
Well written, informative, well-researched. The Rwandan story is sad and disturbing and hopefully will never be repeated. Read morePublished 5 days 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 19 days 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 1 month 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 2 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 2 months ago by bronte666
For those of us who have not experienced genocide and its consequences first-hand, books such as this are an entrée to a reality from which fate, circumstance, or Providence... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mike DePue, OFS
This book contains much information about Rwanda's genocide not found in other books. An awesome read. Not pretty, but you will learn a lot. Read morePublished 2 months ago by eiliketoknit
Amazing book ! Each one have to read and remember. It was shocking reading the book. Every page was newPublished 2 months ago by Oren Fleisher
I read this book because it was recommended in Shake Hands with the Devil. It is a very comprehensive account of a horrible story. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Betty J Wydryk