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In April of 1994, the government of Rwanda called on everyone in the Hutu majority to kill everyone in the Tutsi minority. Over the next three months, 800,000 Tutsis were murdered in the most unambiguous case of genocide since Hitler's war against the Jews. This haunting work by Philip Gourevitch, staff writer for the New Yorker, is an anatomy of the killings in Rwanda, a vivid history of the genocide's background, and an unforgettable account of what it means to survive in its aftermath.
"[It is the] sobering voice of witness that Gourevitch has vividly captured in his work." ( New York Times Book Review)
"The most important book I have read in many years....Gourevitch examines [the genocidal war in Rwanda] with humility, anger, grief and a remarkable level of both political and moral intelligence." ( Los Angeles Times)
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By Josh on 05-26-08
Worth your time
I have educated myself on the conflict in Rwanda somewhat, but this book opens your eyes even wider.
Good background information, honest, exposes the hypocritical governmental and religious authorities involved. A thinking person can't help but ask, "What would I do in this situation?". Plus there are examples of fundamental good, by individuals who have determined to be governed by a higher moral standard (or you might say a MORAL standard period.) One that reflects simple human decency and responsibility to ones fellowman.
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