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    DescriptionWhen Lieutenant General Romeo Dallaire received the call to serve as force commander of the UN mission to Rwanda, he thought he was heading off to Africa to help two warring parties achieve a peace both sides wanted. Instead, he and members of his small international force were caught up in a vortex of civil war and genocide. Dallaire left Rwanda a broken man; disillusioned, suicidal, and determined to tell his story. An award-winning international sensation, Shake Hands with the Devil is a landmark contribution to the literature of war: a remarkable tale of a soldier's courage and an unforgettable portrait of modern warfare. It is also a stinging indictment of the petty bureaucrats who refused to give Dallaire the men and the operational freedom he needed to stop the killing. 'I know there is a God,' Dallaire writes, 'because in Rwanda I shook hands with the devil. I have seen him, I have smelled him and I have touched him. I know the devil exists and therefore I know there is a God.'


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    Title
    Shake Hands with the Devil
    Subtitle
    The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Romeo Dallaire
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 592
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 194 mm
    Thickness: 42 mm
    Weight: 399 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780099478935
    ISBN 10: 0099478935
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25580
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.2
    BIC subject category V2: HBLW3
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJH
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1HFGR
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037070, HIS001020
    Libri: POLI2091, WELT7400
    DC22: 967.5710431
    Libri: P0040744, RUAN5000, RWAN5000
    BIC subject category V2: 1HFGR
    Thema V1.0: NHH
    Thema time period qualifier V1.0: 3MPQ
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1HFGR
    Publisher
    Cornerstone
    Imprint name
    ARROW BOOKS LTD
    Publication date
    01 February 2005
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Romeo Dallaire joined the Canadian Army in 1964. A three star General, he served as Deputy Commander of the Canadian Army and later in the Ministry of Defence. In 1993 he was sent to Rwanda on a UN peace-helping mission; he was soon struggling to prevent one of modern history's most shocking events and the UN's famous failed mission: the genocide in Rwanda. General Dallaire was medically released from the armed forces in April 2000 due to posttraumatic stress disorder and is now special adviser to the Canadian government on war-affected children and the prohibition of small arms distribution. In January 2002, he received the inaugural Aegis Award for Genocide Prevention in London. The Rwandan genocide is one of the most shocking examples of political exploitation and ethnic cleansing in living memory. It has been immortalised in the films Hotel Rwanda and Shooting Dogs, and here in the words of a seasoned soldier.
    Review quote
    "Shake Hands With The Devil is one of the saddest books I have ever read and one of the most heart-breaking eye-witness accounts.A kind of naive and painfully honest confession of the failure of an organisation, a meticulous description of one of the worst betrayals in the history of humanity." Guardian "indisputably the best account of the whole terrible Rwandan genocide" The Sunday Times "Although this is a deeply personal book, it is undoubtedly an important historical record of the UN's failure in Rwanda and an impassioned plea against the moral cowardice that allowed the genocide to happen." The Independent