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The Devil's Gardens: A History of Landmines

The Devil's Gardens: A History of Landmines

by Lydia Monin, Andrew Gallimore, Andrea Gallimore
     
 

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The use of landmines began on the battlefields of two world wars, gathered momentum in Korea and Vietnam, then spread like wildfire throughout the developing world. This important new book traces the history of what has become a global humanitarian crisis. It is the story of the development and proliferation of a weapon of terror, of suffering and devastation, and

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The use of landmines began on the battlefields of two world wars, gathered momentum in Korea and Vietnam, then spread like wildfire throughout the developing world. This important new book traces the history of what has become a global humanitarian crisis. It is the story of the development and proliferation of a weapon of terror, of suffering and devastation, and of a worldwide crusade to put an end to landmines forever. Drawing on a wide range of distinguished interviewees, as well as the authors’ own firsthand experiences in severely mine-affected countries, this timely book looks at all sides of the story.

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“The image I have is a kid on a country lane on a Saturday afternoon herding his family cattle, meaning no harm to anybody and putting one step wrong. It’s one thing to die in combat, it’s one thing to die defending land, but it’s another thing to die tending cattle on a Saturday afternoon and we want a world where that doesn’t happen.” – Michael Ignatieff
Publishers Weekly
Based on a television series of the same name produced and directed by the authors, this book provides a clear account of the invention and proliferation of landmines, "a global humanitarian crisis." Secondary-source-based accounts of the comprehensive deployment of mines in the two world wars leads into discussions of Korea and Vietnam, where a wealth of primary source material kicks in on the continuing horrors of mined fields in Southeast Asia. Chapters on Africa, the Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan are no less disturbing, showing how regional conflicts can escalate severely and interminably once mines are involved. Mines can also be used as a psychological and economic weapon-in Mozambique, people were told there were mines where there really were none. While the book includes b&w photos of mine types and victims, none are graphic, as the myriad injuries and deaths caused by mines-often to children-have been well-documented elsewhere. The economics of de-mining are explained clearly, as is the necessity of global action, undertaken by such groups as Adopt-a-Minefield, which counts Sir Paul McCartney among its members. As he notes in his back-cover blurb: "It is not brave to leave mines when war is over and I want to see the world rid of these terrible weapons." While the book does not linger over the narratives of individual victims, it may help inspire the same feeling in others. (Dec.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780712668590
Publisher:
Random House UK
Publication date:
04/23/2002
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Lydia Monin is a journalist and television producer at Concordia, for whom she produced the four-part TV series, The Devil’s Gardens. Andrew Gallimore was a print and television journalist before establishing Concordia, a company specializing in international documentaries. He directed The Devil’s Gardens TV series.

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