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Or, get it for Kobo Super Points! Ratings and Reviews 1 1 star ratings 1 reviews. Yes No Thanks for your feedback! A very compelling read. Partly due to my extreme ignorance on Rwanda but also due to Kinzer's well-researched, well-written style. Not only did I learn about Rwanda, the genocide, Paul Kangame and his part in the rebirth of Rwanda, but I also learned about how specific world leaders, countries, the U.
More and more I lament the lack of world news that we are given in the U.
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At the time of the genocide, all we heard about was the O. How out of balance are we?! This is a must-read for everyone!! Jun 17, Rex rated it really liked it. I only read it, because a friend of mine who is involved in humanitarian efforts in Rwanda gave it to me. I was expecting something dry and boring, but I was delightfully surprised as I found myself tearing through its pages. It gave a clear overview of the history of the conflicts that led to the genocide, and it highlighted the flaws of supposedly humanitarian efforts that only proved counter-productive.
A very pro-Kagame view of the recent history in Rwanda. Insightful in many ways, this should not stand alone as your only source of understanding. However, it does give details into Kagame that make for a better understanding of the circumstances facing Rwanda. Jun 26, Theres Lessing rated it liked it. Kinzer gives Kagame the first and last word in his book, and that pretty much sums it up.
If you want to read a book on Kagame apologetics i. Someone else wrote they could see why Kagame would justify his actions, but not why Kinzer would, and I completely agree - why write "Kagame probably committed serious human rights violations" and then completely change topic? Does he not t Kinzer gives Kagame the first and last word in his book, and that pretty much sums it up.
Does he not think we can handle it? There's a nuanced assessment to be made is a 'benevolent dictator' ultimately worth it? I assume the reason Kagame gave him so much of his time is because he's pro-regime. I'll try to read something from the other perspective now someone recommended "God sleeps in Rwanda". Jan 09, Justinian rated it really liked it Shelves: Less hagiographic than I expected If you want to understand Rwanda, the Congo and the like you should read this.
If you want to conduct an insurgency or a counter insurgency … you should read this. Feb 07, Eileen Breseman rated it really liked it. Audiobooks got me through the tough to listen to parts. Well written and very interesting to learn about the life of Paul Kagame, current president of Rwanda.
Having lived during the time of the genocide, it is interesting to have a deeper understanding of the conflict, the world's un involvement in such a humanitarian crisis, and the current efforts to heal as one nation. Plans to visit Rwanda next month made this an excellent, informative read. Jun 03, Benjamin rated it really liked it.
I've read a lot of books about Rwanda, and I think this one is especially useful for gaining a basic understanding of Rwandan history, the genocide, and post-genocide reconstruction. I was worried that it would be full of nothing but praise for Kagame, and while it's clear Kinzer is sympathetic, I appreciated that he also discussed criticisms as well.
Dec 04, Lois rated it really liked it. Very intense and detailed reading, with much graphic violence described. Gives a good history of Rwanda, its leaders, its people, the genocide and how it came about, as well as more on the current atmosphere there than most other books I've read on the subject. Dec 22, Lisa rated it it was amazing Recommended to Lisa by: Wow, Kinzer is a phenomenal writer. I thought I would be bored reading this book, but he brought Rwandan's past and present to life. Very moving to read. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to learn more about Rwanda and its recent history.
Jan 14, Kelsey Breseman rated it really liked it. Very interesting, definite pro-Kagame slant. Jul 22, Michal rated it it was amazing. All the facts in one place. I read few other books and this is the one I would recommend if you want the thorough background to one of worlds nastiest event which shaped an amazing country. Apr 04, Frans rated it it was amazing. I start each next chapter just thinking I must reread the previous, and just like that before the thought is clearly formed, I am hooked by the next!
I should confess I am among many of president Kagame's admirers. Aug 09, Michelle Ng added it. I have the utmost respect for President Kagame. He not only brilliantly ended the war, stopped the genocide, and he brought development to Rwanda in such a short period of time. I can't help weeping reading parts of the book, especially when the book talked about how President Kagame pleaded the UN and the outside world for help, yet no one came running.
And the helpless General Dallaire who also pleaded the UN but was not authorized to do anything whatsoever but to merely look on. And also how I have the utmost respect for President Kagame. And also how it affected his mental health after the genocide. They said President Kagame is repressive towards the opposition. If I were President Kagame, I would do the same things. There's a huge difference between the mindsets of westerners and people like me, who were brought up in Malaysia, under the leadership of "authoritarian" Dr Mahathir.
Authoritative as he was, he brought us peace and development. The same goes to Singapore under the leadership of Lee Kuan Yew. Most westerners would probably reject this idea, but I personally believe that in the case of Rwanda, there's even more need for authoritarianism. Anti-Tutsi feeling is not yet dead. Authoritarianism is required in order to prevent another genocide from happening. It would probably take another generation to safely allow more political freedom. President Kagame despises foreigners who came telling him what Rwandans should or should not do.
I feel for him. After reading the book, I have the same feeling towards those who kept their silence when the killings were happening, and came telling Rwandans what is right and what is wrong after President Kagame had stopped the genocide. President Kagame's mindset is so different from most of the leaders in African countries where corruption is an everyday business. When I read about how disciplined his soldiers were, I could not help but admiring him. To me, he is like the Lee Kuan Yew of Rwanda. Africa needs more leaders like him. The book talks from before the genocide to post-genocide rebuilding, development, justice, trials, reconciliation, and Rwandan's hope for the future.
A very complete journal, a very good read for someone who wants to know how it genocide happened, why it happened and what went on after it ended. The book is very easy to read. There are some spelling errors here and there but no big deal. I highly recommend this book. Oct 31, William rated it really liked it. I enjoy the latter part of the story as well as the amazing, truly remarkable story of Paul Kagame.
Paul Kagame is the man who has lead Rwanda from the genocide of which the author discusses extensively how this is the main reference point for most international interest in Rwanda into relative economic prosperity, even to the point where it may become a model of development. In Uganda last summer several Ugandans remarked at how well the Rwandan government was run and the national unity of the country. One man even said something to the extent of, "yes the Ugandans and Rwandans both plundered the Congo, but the Rwandans returned it to their national coffers, while the Ugandans put it in their pockets.
Some of the things he has done in Rwanda deserve study. This biography doesn't quite on them in the level of depth that one might want, but the entire book remains interesting. Still, I was glad they were included. I know there are plenty of other books on Kagame and Rwanda, but this might be a good easy place to start to learn.
Dec 20, Kevin Pedersen rated it it was amazing Shelves: A lot to unpack here. As is often the case, an oppressed minority legitimately, actually oppressed!
The more of these places I learn about where the stories ring the same, the more I see the dangers of populism. Is there a lesson to be extr A lot to unpack here. Is there a lesson to be extrapolated here, I ask in a America, a few months too late? I don't know how to adequately describe it. For me, one thing that really hits is the way the radio was used to drive the genocide forward. It's such a frightening, relatable detail. This was, frankly, shocking after a year of reading books about war-torn African countries where the best you could hope for was that the author got asylum in Europe to write the book.
Rwanda actually seems to be on the rebound. Kagame seems to be the leader the country needs. Sure, he is a bit authoritarian and there's not a lot of freedom of the press and the elections don't seem entirely legit. But honestly, at the end of all this, I kind of don't care. Feb 04, Marcia Call rated it really liked it. This is the story of Paul Kagame's life, vision, and challenges. I learned much, much more about Kagame than I knew from reading other books about Rwanda, Congo, and the genocide.
The knowledge is welcome. He has succeeded in rebuilding the country in spite of critics. Although many undervalue stability as progress -- the peace and security the RPF offers the countryside is the hallmark of his leadership efforts, that criticism comes from corners of the globe that have not lived in war-wracked c This is the story of Paul Kagame's life, vision, and challenges.
Although many undervalue stability as progress -- the peace and security the RPF offers the countryside is the hallmark of his leadership efforts, that criticism comes from corners of the globe that have not lived in war-wracked countries. All in, Kagame is leading his country to democracy and justifies the undemocratic way his government is going about it. I am not sure how I feel about this, but also recognize that the issues in Rwanda are much more complex than I know sitting in my comfortable book-lined study in Alexandria, Virginia.
Like all things, the proof will be in the pudding when Kagame's term ends in The history of our own country reminds me that 23 years is not a long time and indeed we have been refining the democratic model for well over years. Unlike Kagame's critics, I hope that a peaceful transition is what takes place for the sake of Rwanda.
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Feb 09, Chris rated it it was ok Shelves: This book is more about Paul Kagame than Rwanda. Kagame is a remarkable man but I'm left wondering if what he is building will all come falling down. He is no Nelson Mandela. I see the same pattern of violence coming again due to his authoritarian leadership and stifling of dissent.
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His plan or Vision is in effect and his final term as president under the constitution will expire in He has been in power since or so. Will he become another Mugabe? This book is really hagiography. Not until the final chapters do we meet some different perspectives on what life is like in Rwanda. The one guy who inspired me was Gerard Sina who we meet on page Everything is rosey in Rwanda as long as you agree with Paul Kagame. My friend in Rwanda loves the country and its people and I wanted to embrace this book but after reading it, I'm fearful for their future.
Jul 09, Tanveer rated it it was amazing Shelves: When I eventually make it to Rwanda and I will , it will be because I read this book. Most importantly, the history is told from the point of view of current president Paul Kagame. In the states we have Barack Obama. Read this on audiobook form during hour bus rides throughout Vietnam. Oct 18, Max rated it really liked it.
Well-written book on Rwanda's recent history, with Paul Kagame at the center of the book's narrative. The first part of the book is a history of the roots of the genocide and then the genocide itself. I don't have a great knowledge of Rwanda's history, but this history seemed fairly superficial. It seemed to be presented with a heavy pro-Tutsi slant.
Nevertheless, it made for interesting and compelling reading and I quite enjoyed it. The book's second half described the post-genocide reconstruct Well-written book on Rwanda's recent history, with Paul Kagame at the center of the book's narrative. The book's second half described the post-genocide reconstruction.