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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The Devil Came on Horseback

My recommendation- Listen to the fabulous book "An Ordinary Man" by Paul Rusesabagina and then listen to this amazing account on genecide and ask yourself one question: what does the UN really do? As Americans with all of our big, fat luxurious lives able to dissent to our Government without fear of being killed in the middle of the night, are you really enjoying your fresh glass of water? I hope so. This is a must read for all of those who claim to care but only play lip service to civil rights and liberties AND for the rest of us who really want to make a difference. Thank-you Brian and Gretchen, for having the courage to write this book! It is life affirming.
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- Leslie


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

Book Details

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