The Devil Came on Horseback

  • by Brian Steidle, Gretchen Steidle Wallace
  • Narrated by Jeff Cummings
  • 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Devil Came on Horseback is an intense, vivid autobiographical report from the heart of violent Darfur and a call to action by a former American Marine who became a military observer for the African Union. The first extensive on-the-ground account of the genocide in Sudan, it leads us through the tragic impact of an Arab government bent on destroying its black African citizens and the frustrating complexity of international inaction. At the same time, it is a powerful memoir of one soldier's awakening to conscience and his awkward, heroic transformation from Marine to humanitarian. While bearing witness to unmentionable atrocities, this compelling story offers evidence that the actions of just one committed person have the power to transform the world.


What the Critics Say

"Steidle's personal and fluent account effectively channels an idealistic, adventuresome young man's growing frustration and horror in the face of ongoing crimes against humanity and international complacency." (Publishers Weekly)
"The Devil Came on Horseback grabs the reader from page one, then takes us on a journey of Conradian intensity through a circle of hell, its horrors mitigated by moments of humanity....In every sense, the devil is indeed in the details." (Karl E. Meyer, Editor, World Policy Journal)
"Brian Steidle's vivid, compelling account of the on-going genocide in Darfur bears stark witness to the worst humanitarian crisis facing the world today....If you are at all concerned about your fellow man, The Devil Came on Horseback is not only a haunting must read; it is a call to action." (David Freed, Los Angeles Times)


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Customer Reviews

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It's amazing to learn about what's going on in other places, and it's wonderful to learn that there are people like the author who put their lives asaide to help others in need.
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- Cranberry

A review from a local point of view

What was most disappointing about Brian Steidle and Gretchen Steidle Wallace ’s story?

I am still reading through it and i will update this when I finish.

The narration of incidents might be correct. I KNOW for sure that at least some of the atrocities he described has really happened. However, I disagree with most of his comments and explanations of the same incidents.

For example when he is talking about the "wealthy" army generals he forgets that we are talking about a country whose budget is far less than Manchester United's.

He then talks about the Islamist arabic northern backed government, while everyone in the country is oppressed by that government. Including the Arabs of the North.

Although I can't question the accuracy of the events, I think the writer didn't understand the Sudanese society/culture at all.

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- Ahmed

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-09-2007
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.