As a foreign correspondent, Scott Peterson witnessed firsthand Somalia's descent into war and its battle against US troops, the spiritual degeneration of Sudan's Holy War, and one of the most horrific events of the last half century: the genocide in Rwanda. In Me Against My Brother, he brings these events together for the first time to record a collapse that has had an impact far beyond African borders.In Somalia, Peterson tells of harrowing experiences of clan conflict, guns and starvation. He met with warlords, observed death intimately and nearly lost his own life to a Somali mob. From ground level, he documents how the US-UN relief mission devolved into all out war - one that for America has proven to be the most formative post-Cold War debacle. In Sudan, he journeys where few correspondents have ever been, on both sides of that religious front line, to find that outside "relief" has only prolonged war. In Rwanda, his first-person experience of the genocide and well-documented analysis provide rare insight into this human tragedy.Filled with the dust, sweat and powerful detail of real-life, Me Against My Brother graphically illustrates how preventive action and a better understanding of Africa - especially by the US - could have averted much suffering. Also includes a 16-page color insert.
|Publisher:||Taylor & Francis|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.82(d)|
About the Author
Scott Peterson is currently the Middle East correspondent for The Christian Science Monitor, and is based in Amman, Jordan. He covered Africa for The Daily Telegraph of London and his photography regularly appears in Time, Newsweek, Life, The New York Times Magazine, and Harper's.
Table of Contents
|Part I||Somalia: Warlords Triumphant|
|1||Laws of War||3|
|2||"City of the Insane"||19|
|3||A Land Forgotten By God||37|
|4||"Club Skinny--Dancers Wanted"||51|
|5||"Camp of the Murderers"||71|
|9||Back to Zero||157|
|Part II||Sudan: Endless Crusade|
|10||Divided By God||173|
|11||War of the Cross||197|
|12||The False Messiah||217|
|Part III||Rwanda: The Machete War|
|15||"Dreadful Note of Preparation"||267|
What People are Saying About This
Scott Peterson has given us a sad, compelling, and depressingly accurate picture of African countries torn apart by senseless civil wars. In this beautifully written account, Peterson shows us what we need to see to understand Africa's current plight. This is first-rate reportage from the front lines of some of the continent's most persistent conflicts. (Keith B. Richburg, author of Out of America:A Black Man Confronts Africa)
Peterson has brought us where UN soldiers, foreign diplomats and fellow journalists rarely dare to travel. He brings us wrenching tales of good intentions gone awry, bad intentions paying grisly dividends, and far too little attention being paid to the human cost of conflict in Somalia, Sudan and Rwanda. Peterson's book should heighten political and public resolve to get our Africa policy right, as he shows we could hardly get it more wrong. (Samantha Power, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University)
A gripping piece of reportage by a courageous American journalist about Africa's most horrific episodes of the 1990s. Peterson takes his readers on a frightening journey to the very edge of human tragedy.
(Karl Maier, author of Into the House of the Ancestors: Inside the New Africa)
Scott Peterson was among the most intrepid, energetic journalists in Africa during the 1990s. In Me Against My Brother, he takes us on a terrifying journey across the continent during a time when humanity's darkest impulses seemed to overwhelm all reason and compassion. A masterwork of on-the-ground reportage and analytic clarity.
(Josh Hammer, author of Chosen By God: A Brother's Journey)
Scott Peterson's vivid, compelling story of bloody conflicts in Somalia, Sudan and Rwanda underlines both the folly of war and the horrible consequences for those who are caught in its path. This is a disturbing book, as one would expect from an account in which death, too often of the innocent, is a constant. But also disturbing are the heartlessness of Somali, Sudanese and Rwandan warlords and the indifference of Western publics to the plight of Africans. The author's sometimes controversial observations about the actions and inactions of United Nations and American officials merit careful consideration.(Ambassador Don Petterson: Somalia, 1978-1982; Tanzania, 1986-1989; Sudan, 1992-1995)
A relentless account of local, civil, and ethnicidal war in Africa and an angry protest against the way that war's horror is compounded by cynical and ignorant bureaucrats and politicians who have not yet learned the consequences of unwise aid and intervention.
(Peter Matthiessen, author of the novel Bone by Bone)
A decade of extraordinary reporting informs these accounts of war in three countries in Africa. Peterson has traveled as deeply into the darkness of these conflicts as any journalist alive, and while the stories he returns with are both terrifying and enlightening, they retain a generous, hard-earned vision of another, more humane African future. (William Finnegan, author of Crossing the Line: A Year in the Land of Apartheid and A Complicated War: The Harrowing of Mozambique)