The Big Man

Alex de Waal

  • From War to Genocide: Criminal Politics in Rwanda 1990-94 by André Guichaoua, translated by Don Webster
    Wisconsin, 424 pp, £73.95, October 2015, ISBN 978 0 299 29820 3

Did the Rwanda genocide happen because a few army officers and politicians, squabbling over whom they should appoint as leader, casually used mass murder as a means of obtaining a temporary consensus? The idea that the largest mass murder of the last 25 years came about through banal politicking is perhaps even more disturbing than the notion that it was the enactment of a grand ideological project.

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