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Darfur: The Ambiguous Genocide

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"A passionate and highly readable account of the current tragedy that combines intimate knowledge of the region's history, politics, and sociology with a telling cynicism about the polite but ineffectual diplomatic efforts to end it. It is the best account available of the Darfur crisis.."—Foreign Affairs

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Hardcover, Revised, Updated, 236 pages
Published January 1st 2007 by Cornell University Press (first published January 1st 2005)
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Yves Gounin
La lecture du livre de Gérard Prunier s'impose à qui veut comprendre la crise du Darfour. Pour avoir arpenté la Corne depuis plus de trente ans, depuis l'Ouganda d'Idi Amin auquel il consacra sa thèse jusqu'à l'Ethiopie où il dirigea longtemps le Centre français d'Etudes éthiopiennes, en passant par la Somalie ou le Kenya dont il reste l'un des meilleurs experts, Gérard Prunier connaît bien cette région et ses fausse évidences. Grâce à lui, le Darfour n'est plus seulement une crise humanitaire l ...more
DoctorM
A quick but razor-sharp analysis of the slaughter and ongoing quasi-genocide in Darfur, the impoverishd western areas of the Sudan. Like Prunier's "Africa's World War" about the Congo Wars after 1996, you'll have to keep the glossary at hand to keep track of the political parties and militias involved--- alphabet soup once again ---but Prunierlays out a clear and concise history of Sudanese politics since independence and how what began as a localised dispute over grazing/water issues and region ...more
Adam Mattison
Well detailed, concise, and very readable. It provides a plethora of easily digestible information which would take forever for one to look up alone. Knowing very little about the topic before reading this book, I feel I know have a much more thorough grasp of the issues involved, and what has and has not been done to deal with the conflicts still currently underway. There are a few editing problems, but they do not inhibit the reader's ability to understand the book. The only major problem is k ...more
Peter Owens
Just the facts; incredibly dry, but dense in a way few short books can be.
Anna
This is a good book if you want to go from 0 to 60 in terms of your knowledge of the Darfur conflict. It's easy to read and VERY thorough. Just be prepared for some moralizing near the end. Prunier is always very critical of the UN and other international agencies in his writing, and he makes no attempt to hide his anger, contempt, bitterness in his writing. Starts to sound like a tirade after a while.
Daniel
Prunier’s fact-filled and clear-eyed account of the Darfur crisis is sobering. Although the dry writing and numerous details make for an unusually long 150 pages, this is a must-read for anyone seeking more than the cursory—and frequently inaccurate—overviews provided by Western media outlets. Prunier—who has also written on the Rwandan genocide—has produced an authoritative and balanced account.
Arielle
Very concise, yet informative source to learn more about Darfur. Because it's so tightly written, it's a bit of a difficult read - lots of information packed into not that many pages - but well worth it. I particularly appreciate the author's insistence on expressing the complexity of the situation and not watering things down just to make it easier for the reader to understand.
Becca
If I had to read this book for a class, I'm sure I would have gotten more out of it. It reads very much like a textbook, which is good considering the complexity of the topic. When I picked up the book, I was hoping for more of an overview on the situation in Darfur, but this book gives a great deal of detail on the history of the region.
Jeanne
I recommend reading this one after the De Waal/Flint book, it goes into more historical detail and is a bit more dense. I'm not sure I agree with Prunier's idea of an ambiguous genocide - it seems like parsing words to me.
Tiffany
The only complete history and criticism of the crisis in Darfur. Prunier presents the facts in a straightfoward and intelligent manner.
Charles
I had to read this book about four times before I chould characterize the theme/message.
Liliana Bachelder
how the f### things got that way in Darfur
Joan
If the only thing you know about Darfur is that the President of Sudan is evil incarnate, you owe it to yourself to read this slim volume to get grounded in the roots of this conflict and the heartache consuming Darfur.
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