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Accounting for Horror: Post-Genocide Debates in Rwanda Paperback – March 20, 2004
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This is a fine study: shrewdly conceived, carefully judged, wide-ranging and richly detailed... it is essential reading for scholars of any discipline examining the genocide in Rwanda"--Political Studies Review
"[A] balanced and scholarly account of the social and historical forces that led to the genocide"--Africa Today
"...makes a notable contribution to Rwanda's complex fabric and paves the way to understanding other large-scale human tragedies"--African Studies Quarterly"Outstanding... [a] timely and thoughtful study of the meaning of the Rwandan genocide."--Ethnic and Racial Studies
"... this is a very important book... a superb addition to Rwandan ethnography and historiography"--Journal of Conflict Studies
I think it is going to be a very fine contribution to African Studies. It is well structured, cogently argued, erudite and most of the time well-written -- Rene Lemarchand, author of Burundi: Ethnic Conflict and Genocide - professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Florida. The proposal certainly identifies some of the most critical issues in the discourse about the Rwandan Genocide. -- Carina Tersakian
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Accounting for Horror seeks to `account' for what happened in Rwanda, but it does it in a way that is never simplistic. It confronts head-on the casual enquirer who only wants to know `who are the victims and who are the perpetrators?' Instead it deconstructs such facile questions in a way that is both disturbing and fascinating. In this respect it reminded me very much of Hannah Arendt's Eichmann in Jerusalem.
I bought this book because I wanted to know more about what happened in Rwanda. This book explains it in a way that works on many different levels. It is an illuminating study of one of the darkest chapters in recent human history.
Why go to the trouble of writing a book when only a handful of subject experts can understand it. Was this written as a doctoral dissertation?