Conspiracy to Murder: The Rwandan Genocide

Conspiracy to Murder: The Rwandan Genocide


By (author) Linda Melvern

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  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Format: Paperback | 380 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 192mm x 32mm | 422g
  • Publication date: 30 April 2006
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1844675424
  • ISBN 13: 9781844675425
  • Edition: 2, Annotated
  • Edition statement: annotated edition
  • Illustrations note: maps
  • Sales rank: 220,054

Product description

Voted the Best Book on Africa by Foreign Affairs and Outstanding Academic Title in 2004 by Choice. Conspiracy to Murder is a gripping account of the most appalling event of the late 20th century: the Rwandan genocide of 1994. Linda Melvern's damning indictment of almost all the key figures and institutions involved only serves to sharpen the horror of a tragedy that could have been avoided. Fully updated, this new edition includes an in-depth account of the genocide trials at the International Criminal Tribunal.

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Author information

Linda Melvern is a widely published investigative journalist. She is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and was a consultant to the Military One prosecution team at the International Criminal Tribunal on Rwanda. Her previous books include The Ultimate Crime and A People Betrayed.

Review quote

"A devastating account of the West's failure to act, in the face of clear evidence that a planned genocide was taking place." The Times "Melvern's Book is outstanding... Her research has been exhaustive and the clarity of her chronology is the most dfamning of all indictments against those who looked the other way in the years leading up to 1994." Robert Kirby, Mail & Guardian "The definitive account of the origins of the tragedy... essential." Choice "A meticulous reconstruction of how the genocide happened." New Internationalist "An epic and shaming story of culpability and missed opportunities... in the finest traditions of investigative journalism." John Pilger

Table of contents

Maps Preface Genocides Civil Defence A Programme of Hatred Mission Impossible Morning Prayers On The Edge Crash Zero Network Apopcalypse Two Interantional Spin The Silence Judgement Notes Sources Chronology List of Abbreviations Appendix: The Genocide Convention Acknowledgements Index