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Me against my brother [electronic resource] : at war in Somalia, Sudan, and Rwanda : a journalist reports from the battlefields of Africa /
Scott Peterson.
imprint
New York : Routledge, 2000.
description
xxii, 357 p. : col. ill., maps ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0415921988
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Book
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imprint
New York : Routledge, 2000.
isbn
0415921988
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
catalogue key
11755831
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [329]-350) and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Scott Peterson is currently the Middle East correspondent for The Christian Science Monitor.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 2000-05-15:
Most journalists will witness perhaps one major crisis and report it in detail. Peterson, currently Middle East correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor, experienced three major catastrophes in as many countries between 1992 and 1994. This affecting book provides an inside look at the crises in Somalia, Sudan, and Rwanda. Peterson spends half of the book detailing the failed mission in famine-stricken Somalia, where the U.S. military failed to unarm the warlords, favoring instead a "plucking the bird" strategyDthat is, taking one feather at a time until the unsuspecting bird finds that it can't fly. Unfortunately, this strategy drew the U.S. military into a battle it could not win. Peterson covered the battles and nearly got killed by a mob that wanted revenge on an American. In the Sudan, he had the rare privilege of visiting both sides of the religious holy war to see how the people lived and how the fighters are recruited. And he also reported the genocide that occurred in Rwanda; he not only describes the tragedy that led to the mass killings but provides some thoughtful analysis. For African history or journalism collections.DMichael Sawyer, Northwestern Regional Lib., Elkin, NC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2000-04-24:
Peterson files this report from the front lines of three of Africa's most virulent wars of the 1990s. It has the immediacy and vividness of eyewitness testimony, because Peterson, who was reporting from Africa for London's Daily Telegraph, was present at the scenes of battle, recording his impressions as the carnage went forward. His reporting is visceral and close to the ground: "in the dust and the sweat, and the laughter mixed with misery that permeates the flavor of war in Africa." In Somalia, he observed how clan hatreds, combined with grossly excessive arms shipments from the developed nations, resulted in an explosion of anarchy and violence. The U.S. comes in for a substantial share of blame for its ill-considered, violent and ultimately disastrous intervention. In the Sudan, Peterson witnessed what he calls an apocalyptic civil war in which neither side was strong enough to win or weak enough to lose. Rwanda was even worse; at the height of the Hutu war of extermination against the Tutsis, one murder took place about every two seconds for an entire month. In his firsthand account of these genocidal conflicts, Peterson neither flinches from the appalling bloodshed nor closes his mind to the many scenes of generosity and honorable conduct he also witnessed. The author's purpose is made clear in the book's introduction: the catastrophic wars of Africa, "largely unrecorded, ...require exploring for what they tell us about the human capacity to conduct evil, and also to survive it." With tribal, ethnic and religious conflicts now so pervasive, the lessons Peterson communicates about Africa should claim the attention of everyone trying to make sense of today's world. 16 pages of color photos not seen by PW. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Appeared in Choice on 2000-12-01:
Peterson, correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor, rivets one's attention on that brutal and senseless violence of the 1990s perpetrated by indigenous peoples and connived at by foreign governments and the UN. For Somalia, Peterson pinpoints the villainy: clan and subclan system; countless weapons left over from Soviet and then US assistance to dictator Barre; US obsession with hunting down General Aidid. For Sudan, Peterson illuminates factors for incessant civil war: the Khartoum government's remorseless drive to impose Islamic law; interminable splits among the rebellious southerners; foreign relief agencies' contributing to the strife's continuation. Concerning Rwanda's holocaust, Peterson describes causes: German and Belgian colonial authorities falsifying history; Hutu plans for Tutsi extermination; the Roman Catholic hierarchy's involvement; US, French, and UN complicity. Peterson buttresses his eyewitness accounts about Somalia, Sudan, and Rwanda with careful choices of secondary sources. The resulting analysis superbly exposes war criminals in the three countries but also assigns guilt internationally: Presidents Clinton and Mitterand; US Ambassador Albright; UN Secretaries-General Perez de Cuellar and Boutros-Ghali, and Undersecretary-General Annan. Good print, instructive maps, well-captioned photos, helpful index. A book for all humanity. E. E. Beauregard; emeritus, University of Dayton
Reviews
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Kirkus Reviews, March 2000
Publishers Weekly, April 2000
Booklist, May 2000
Library Journal, May 2000
Washington Post, August 2000
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Summaries
Publisher Fact Sheet
Foreign corresponent Scott Peterson provides a daring expose of events in Africa that are an important corrective tot he "official" version. Filled with dust, sweat & powerful details of real life, Peterson's book graphically illustrates how preventive action & a better understandin gof Africa -- especially by the US -- could have averted much suffering.
Bowker Data Service Summary
Foreign correspondent Scott Peterson has witnessed at first hand the bloody conflicts in Somalia, Rwanda and the Sudan, and he relates the stories of some of the harrowing events he has witnessed in this account of his reporting in Africa.
Main Description
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.
Back Cover Copy
As a foreign correspondent, Scott Peterson witnessed firsthand Somali'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. Filled with dust, sweat and powerful detail, this book graphically illustrates how preventive action and a better understanding of Africa - especially by the US - could have averted much suffering.
Back Cover Copy
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.
Unpaid Annotation
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 U.S.--could have averted much suffering. 16-page color insert.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. xi
Mapsp. xxiii
Somalia: Warlords Triumphant
Laws of Warp. 3
"City of the Insane"p. 19
A Land Forgotten By Godp. 37
"Club Skinny--Dancers Wanted"p. 51
"Camp of the Murderers"p. 71
The Fugitivep. 93
Bloody Mondayp. 117
Mission Impossiblep. 137
Back to Zerop. 157
Sudan: Endless Crusade
Divided By Godp. 173
War of the Crossp. 197
The False Messiahp. 217
Darwin Deceivedp. 229
Rwanda: The Machete War
A Holocaustp. 247
"Dreadful Note of Preparation"p. 267
Genocide Deniedp. 289
In Perpetuump. 303
Epiloguep. 323
Notesp. 329
Indexp. 351
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