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Accounting for Horror: Post-Genocide Debates in Rwanda Hardcover – March 20, 2004
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'This complex subject is examined in a novel and critical way. -- Your Black Eye
A very fine contribution to African Studies. It is well structured, cogently argued and erudite. -- René Lemarchand, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Florida
Outstanding. [A] timely and thoughtful study of the meaning of the Rwandan genocide. -- Ethnic and Racial Studies
[An] interesting and insightful discussion of the issues of justice, guilt, and blame in present-day Rwandan society. -- Studies in Conflict and Terrorism
[This] makes a notable contribution to Rwanda's complex fabric and paves the way to understanding other large-scale human tragedies. -- African Studies Quarterly
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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?
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.