Shake Hands with the Devil (book)

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Shake Hands with the Devil
Author Roméo Dallaire
Country Canada
Publisher Random House Canada
Publication date
September 2003
ISBN

ISBN 978-0-679-31171-3 (0-679-31171-8) /

978-0-679-31172-0 (0-679-31172-6)
OCLC 50022773
LC Class DT450.435 .D35 2003

Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda is a book by Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire of the Canadian Forces, with help from Major Brent Beardsley. It was first published by Random House Canada in September 2003.

Romeo Dallaire signing Shake Hands with the Devil

The book chronicles the fateful months of Dallaire's tour as Force Commander of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda (UNAMIR) in 1993-1994, during which he witnessed the 1994 Rwandan Genocide.

This book won the 2003 Shaughnessy Cohen Award for Political Writing, and 2004 Governor General's Award for nonfiction.

The edition published in French is entitled J'ai serré la main du diable: La faillite de l'humanité au Rwanda.

The award-winning documentary film Shake Hands with the Devil: The Journey of Roméo Dallaire (2004) and a 2007 dramatic feature film are inspired by and in part based on the book. Dallaire was consulted in the making of both films.

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Awards
Preceded by
Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World
Governor General's Award for English language non-fiction recipient
2004
Succeeded by
The Golden Spruce: A True Story of Myth, Madness and Greed