Season of Blood: A Rwandan Journey

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? Season of Blood was awarded Britain?s prestigious Orwell Prize for the best political book of 1995 ? Fergal Keane is the recipient of the 1995 Amnesty International Award for Best International Television Documentary. In 1994 he was named Sony Reporter of the Year at the New York Festival of Radio. When Rwandan president Habyarimana?s jet was shot down in April 1994, the country erupted into a hundred-day orgy of killing which left up to one million dead. Now, following the lines of blood and history, Fergal Keane takes us right along with him

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Overview

? Season of Blood was awarded Britain?s prestigious Orwell Prize for the best political book of 1995 ? Fergal Keane is the recipient of the 1995 Amnesty International Award for Best International Television Documentary. In 1994 he was named Sony Reporter of the Year at the New York Festival of Radio. When Rwandan president Habyarimana?s jet was shot down in April 1994, the country erupted into a hundred-day orgy of killing which left up to one million dead. Now, following the lines of blood and history, Fergal Keane takes us right along with him on a journey through the holocaust that preempted our television screens. Season of Blood is a veteran Africanist?s deeply personal and elucidating account of ordinary people caught in a nightmare of manipulation and massacre?an encounter with unimaginable evil. Contradicting the popular assumption that the genocide erupted as a result of tribal tensions, Keane demonstrates how a power-hungry clique actually planned the massacres far in advance through a systematic campaign of brainwashing and propaganda delivered with a precision not seen since Nazi Germany. Harrowing, searching, and tender, this overpowering narrative asks profound human questions for which we have no answers.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Winner of Britain's Orwell Prize for best political book of 1995, this searing, impassioned eyewitness account of the genocide of Rwanda's Tutsi minority by Hutu extremists dispels a number of media-sustained myths surrounding the slaughter in 1994 of a million people. BBC reporter and documentary filmmaker Keane saw absolutely no evidence to support the widely held belief that the Tutsiswho once comprised Rwanda's ruling class, abetted by German and Belgian colonialistsare lighter-skinned than Hutus. Contrary to the view that mutual hatred between tribes spontaneously erupted into irrational violence, he demonstrates that the killings were planned well in advance by a clique close to Rwandan President Juvenal Habyarimana. Bitterly resentful of the prospect of sharing power with the Tutsis, this clique created its own civilian militia and mounted a virulent propaganda campaign scapegoating Tutsis. The principal architects of the genocide found a haven in Zaire and Tanzania. Blaming the U.S., the European Community and the U.N. for failing to halt mass murder, Keane calls on the international community to assist Rwanda's new government, formed after the death of Habyarimana in a plane crash in April 1994. (July)
Library Journal
Keane is a journalist for BBC and winner of Britain's 1995 Orwell Prize for best political book and Amnesty International's Human Rights Reporter of the Year 1993. His first book, on South Africa (The Bondage of Fear: A Journey Through the Last White Empire), only partially prepared him for his Rwandan journey in the spring of 1994. Containing some of the most graphic depictions of death and violence in modern history, Keane's well-written account of the genocide in Rwanda recalls the stunned words of the Allies who liberated Nazi death camps in 1945. Keane's thesis is that the Rwandan massacres were due to more than tribal squabbling: murdered Rwandan president Juvenal Habyarimana and his supporters had long planned the genocide of over a million Rwandan Tutsis and moderate Hutus. After an introductory chapter on the history of the Rwandan situation, Keane leads us through "an encounter with evil." Constantly present is the incomprehensible fact that most of the killings occurred within a two-month period. Other recent books on the subject include Gerald Prunier's The Rwandan Crisis: History of a Genocide (LJ 11/1/95) and Alain Destexhe's Rwanda and Genocide in the Twentieth Century (LJ 10/1/95). Highly recommended because of the focus on understanding, and hopefully solving, the issue of ethnic genocide and hatred in today's world.Cynthia D. Bertelsen, Virginia Polytechnic Institute Lib., Blacksburg, Va.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140247602
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/1997
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,001,393
  • Product dimensions: 5.02 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Map of Rwanda Prologue: Bloodlines Chapter One: Travellers Chapter Two: Rebels Chapter Three: Orphans Chapter Four: Nyarubuye Chapter Five: A Servant of the People Chapter Six: Siege Chapter Seven: Borderlands Chapter Eight: Killers Epilogue: Blood Following A Chronology of Genocide

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