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Do Not Disturb

The Story of a Political Murder and an African Regime Gone Bad

ebook / ISBN-13: 9781610398435

Price: $18.99 / $23.99 (CAD)

ON SALE: March 30th 2021

Genre: Nonfiction / Political Science / World / African

PAGE COUNT: 496

A powerful investigation into a grisly killing that leads to an unravelling of the benign image of Rwanda, a country showered with Western aid while its leaders began a bloody killing spree of their political opponents.

In the late 1980s four driven young men helped establish a revolutionary movement which wrested Rwanda from the clutches of a genocidal regime. Their rebel group liberated the country and brought development to a previously impoverished land, widely lauded today as the Switzerland of Africa. Or at least, that’s what is supposed to have happened.
In fact, as Michela Wrong reveals in intimate detail, the Rwanda story went off the rails almost immediately. The rebel movement’s charismatic leader was killed, possibly by his own deputies, his murder concealed. The guerrilla group – which may well have triggered the genocide it claims to have brought to an end — was taken over by the most ruthless and cold-blooded of the four, who made revenge a signature of his rule. Brushing aside friendships going back to school days, he has ruthlessly pursued his former comrades-in-arms, even into exile. The price of dissent is death.

Do Not Disturb is an unflinching portrait of a regime dependent on violence, intimidation and surveillance. It will change the way you understand the story of Africa’s Great Lakes region, and the rest of the world’s often misguided support for President Paul Kagame.

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“Imagine a journalist of the 1930s brave enough to investigate one of the mysterious assassinations of Stalin’s opponents who had fled abroad—and to tell that story to a world where too many people were enamored of the Soviet leader. Michela Wrong has taken on a similar job today: to use a killing to expose a man today seldom recognized as a ruthless dictator. Her skills as a writer and expert knowledge of Africa make this a chilling story.”
ADAM HOCHSCHILD, author of King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa, ¿Imagine a journalist of the 1930s brave enough to investigate one of the mysterious assassinations of Stalin¿s opponents who had fled abroad¿and to tell that story to a world where too many people were enamored of the Soviet leader. Michela Wrong has taken on a similar job today: to use a killing to expose a man today seldom recognized as a ruthless dictator. Her skills as a writer and expert knowledge of Africa make this a chilling story.¿
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