We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families Gourevitch, Philip - 8/10
After a rather grim month of international news - race riots in the US, epidemics in Africa, wars and potential genocide in Iraq and Israel, government propaganda from Russia, and failed humanitarian efforts everywhere - I thought I'd read something that crammed all these elements into one place. Ugh. This is the most unpleasant book I've ever read, which I pretty much expected going in. Gourevitch was a journalist in Rwanda for several years after the peak of the Rwandan genocide, but he still had plenty of harrowing tales to recount. At some point I want to read Dallaire's (the head of the UN task force in Rwanda) take on the issue to see how it differs from a journalist's.
Overall I'm glad I forced myself through this book, but was frustrated that I'm left with so little tangible conclusions. Despite being warned against it in the first few pages, I found myself making the same lazy excuse of "this is just too complicated and messy to keep track of", which seems to be the same attitude that enabled the genocide to persist in the first place.