Do Not Disturb (Hardback)
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Hardback 512 Pages / Published: 01/04/2021
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Drawing from direct testimonies of key participants in Rwanda’s recent history, Michela Wrong delivers an impassioned, absorbing study of a modern African dictatorship, exploring the aspects of Paul Kagame’s regime obliterated from official narratives.

A new book from the award winning author of In the Footsteps of Mr Kurtz, Do Not Disturb explores the controversial career of Paul Kagame and the legacy of the Rwandan genocide.

Do Not Disturb is a dramatic recasting of the modern history of Africa's Great Lakes region, an area blighted by the greatest genocide of the twentieth century. This bold retelling, vividly sourced by direct testimony from key participants, tears up the traditional script.

In the old version, an idealistic group of young rebels overthrows a genocidal regime in Kigali, ushering in an era of peace and stability that makes Rwanda the donor darling of the West, winning comparisons with Switzerland and Singapore. The new version examines afresh questions which dog the recent past: Why do so many ex-rebels scoff at official explanations of who fired the missile that killed the presidents of Rwanda and Burundi? Why didn't the mass killings end when the rebels took control? Why did those same rebels, victory secured, turn so ruthlessly on one another?

Michela Wrong uses the story of Patrick Karegeya, once Rwanda's head of external intelligence and a quicksilver operator of supple charm, to paint the portrait of a modern African dictatorship created in the chilling likeness of Paul Kagame, the president who sanctioned his former friend's murder.

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780008238872
Number of pages: 512
Weight: 750 g
Dimensions: 240 x 159 x 44 mm


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'A withering assault on the murderous regime of Kagame, and a melancholy love song to the last dreams of the African Great Lakes ... very driven, very impassioned.' - John Le Carre

'In this extremely important and profoundly disturbing book, Michela Wrong sets out all the miss-steps that were ignored, all the flagrant human rights abuses that were overlooked and all the criminality for which excuses were found, until the new horrors that have been visited upon that country were perpetrated. Ms Wrong is not suggesting that we become Afro-pessimists but telling us that not only is the price of freedom eternal vigilance, but also that we must, in the words of Amilcar Cabral, "tell no lies, claim no easy victories".' -  Archbishop Desmond Tutu, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize

'Extraordinary and utterly gripping, an excoriating work of immense courage and commitment, one that will surely make waves.' - Philippe Sands, author of The Ratline: Love, Lies and Justice on the Trail of a Nazi Fugitive

'Michela Wrong takes her readers on an absorbing political journey, in which Rwandan comrades-in-arms Paul Kagame and Patrick Karegeya steadily mutate into lethal adversaries upon achieving power. The ghosts of other historic mortal fallouts - Stalin and Trotsky, Sankara and Compaore, Robespierre and Danton, Mugabe and Mujuru - haunt this story, but more importantly, it draws our attention to the significant structural problems created by ex-military leaders' participation in the building of post-war democracy and peace.' - Miles Tendi, author of The Army and Politics in Zimbabwe: Mujuru, the Liberation Fighter and Kingmaker

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“Good as a speculative work, not a historical account”

Undeniably this book is well put together. The author writes compellingly but she does not provide enough evidence. She circulates allegations, most of which rely on anonymous sources. Plus she has a tendency to... More

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