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on December 30, 2015
Fabulous book. Perhaps too many details.

"the Rwandan story is the story of the failure of humanity ity to heed a call for help from an endangered people."
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on December 22, 2015
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In 1994, two major events happened, at least as I recall: first, Kurt Cobain shot himself; then OJ Simpson went on a strange highway getaway and was charged with murder. It's odd that Rwanda was such a minor part of my life. When one reads Romeo Dallaire's chilling account of the Rwandan genocide, it doesn't take long to figure out why that was: Rwanda is in central Africa, an insignificant dot on a map; there's no oil, and therefore, the horrific atrocities perpetrated by the Hutus on the Tutsis went largely unnoticed.

What I found so interesting about the book--apart from the history of the genocide and the people involved--was the personal toll the event had on the life of Dallaire. Post-traumatic stress, suicide attempts, and severe depression were what awaited the man who tried numerous times to warn the UN of the impending danger in Rwanda.

One thing I can say: Hollywood's version of the event, entitled "Hotel Rwanda" is an embarrassment. Dallaire wasn't even recruited for the film as a consultant. But when one reads "Shake Hands With the Devil," they can put that Hollywood dribble out of their minds. Here is the true story.
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on December 21, 2015
amazing
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on December 2, 2015
This is a sad book full of troubling issues that Government should be held accountable for before sending our men and women into harms way. Remeo Dallaire is a wonderful man and leader.
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on November 13, 2015
Must read for anyone interested in Canadian military history. Lays bare the shortcomings of UN sanctioned missions.
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on September 8, 2015
The book clearly shows how hopeless was Dallaire's situation. His frustration comes out on every page. I don't know how the UN forces stationed there lasted as long as they did. Sadly, the political situation at the UN that allowed the Rwandan genocide doesn't seem to have changed given what is happening in Syria.
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on August 13, 2015
Excellent read
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on June 30, 2015
an eye opener
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on May 23, 2015
easy read
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on December 1, 2014
amazing book
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