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Not on Our Watch: The Mission to End Genocide in Darfur and Beyond

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An Academy Award-nominated actor and a renowned human rights activist team up to change the tragic course of history in the Sudan -- with readers' help

While Don Cheadle was filming Hotel Rwanda, a new crisis had already erupted in Darfur, in nearby Sudan. In September 2004, then-Secretary of State Colin Powell termed the atrocities being committed there "genocide" -- and

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Published May 1st 2007 by Hyperion (first published January 1st 2007)
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Jun 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: africa
Did you know that John Prendergast also wrote this book? He did.
Let's not give all the credit to Don Cheadle.
Oh wait, I get it! Let's throw a celebrity name on the book and maybe, just maybe, someone will start to give a shit about something other than American Idol. Maybe someone will LEARN something and even more, DO something to stop the horrors going on in Darfur. (and elsewhere.)

Think Pamela Anderson and PETA. Who knows how many people she's brought to the cause because of her super aweso
Jul 29, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone!
The genocide in Darfur has been getting a lot of much-deserved attention in popular and alternative media, and Darfur has been a rallying point for human rights activists and enhanced foreign policy advocates for the past four years. This book is by a couple of the higher-profile individuals working to make change. It details much of what has been happening there, what has been done or not been done to stop it, and, in the last couple of chapters, offers some steps that everyone can do to stop i ...more
May 02, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: africa
For years, I have turned a semi-blind eye to Darfur because the thought of genocide seems too big to handle...depsite feeling like I could make a difference in global health, I've always felt helpless to do anything against crimes against humanity. This book is NOT a detailed history about the Darfur crisis. There is some historical background, enough to give you some knowledge to discuss in conversation. It is an extremely easy read and it's interesting to see the transformation of Don Cheadle, ...more
Leah Petersen
Five stars for the subject, 2 stars for the actually book. I was excited to dive into a book I thought would cover the facts of these troubled African areas to give me a deeper understanding of the current conflict and human rights violations. What I found was a disorganized proposal of acronyms and memorable rhymes for how normal citizens can invoke "change," an honorable endeavor, but this is where this train of thought ends. Rallying, funds-raising, and generating awareness is fine and good, ...more
Jun 13, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I actually read this book as part of my research on Darfur....but it reads very easily and is very interesting. If you want to read about a current hot topic with politics and human rights, I highly recommend it. The topic itself is depressing but the two authors do a good job of constantly reminding the reader about what one can do to help.
May 09, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you want to become more knowledgeable about the crisis in Darfur, this is definitely the book to read. I enjoyed it and it is a fast read. Don Cheadle and John Prendergast really help you to be informed about what is happening in Darfur and neighboring countries. Also, they offer many recommendations on how we, as Americans can end the genocide.
Jul 29, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any one who wants to get involved
This book is amazing. It gives you ways to get involved with the genocide and how to prevent it from happening again. If you consider your self a humanitarian- no if you consider yourself HUMAN read this book.
Nov 17, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: activists
First of all, if you have deeper interest in issues surrounding American intervention in Darfur, you should read this article, and the commentary following it:
Here's a taste: "The depoliticisation, naturalisation and, ultimately, demonisation of the notion ‘Arab’, as against ‘African’, has been the deadliest effect, whether intended or not, of the Save Darfur campaign." Yep, Mahmood Mamdani is not afraid to attack this "righteous cause." But you should re
Oct 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In John Prendergast and Don Cheadle's clarion call of a book, they discuss and bring to light the horrors of the mass atrocities that have happened in Africa, namely Darfur, Sudan and also the past genocide that occurred in Rwanda in the 1990's. Don Cheadle's light-hearted conversational banter about his reluctant involvement in social activism (he played Paul Rusesabagina in "Hotel Rwanda") helps to somewhat lighten the heavy and urgent message that the erudite John Prendergast (senior advisor ...more
Nov 08, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow. It took me forever to get through this book. Part of it was grading, pregnancy woes, and less frequent gym sessions, which all conspired against my reading time. But part of it was also that I was just the wrong audience for this book, I think. I appreciate everything the book is trying to do and am now equipped to write letters and otherwise be more active on the Darfur front; however, I didn't need so much motivating as much as clear information and resources. In fact, the most useful par ...more
Ana-Maria Bujor
How much you'll like this book depends on what you expect. If you simply want to understand the situation in Darfur, this may not be the best to start. Although there is an entire chapter explaining the history of the conflict, as well as some references to the measures taken until that point, the book is mostly about what the average citizen can do for the people in Darfur.
The book is a bit dates now as many things have changed politically, but the main core is as valid as it could be, as after
Jul 30, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had very limited knowledge of the situation in Darfur before reading this book. I definitely learned a lot about it. It's beyond tragic and the authors gave a very good picture of all the factors at play. The frustration with the lack of action from the US and the west was palatable from the authors.

The message of the book was wonderful and people need to hear about things like this rather than the celebrity garbage that wastes the bandwidth here. One of the points the book made was that peop
Jun 14, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wish I have read this a decade ago. I once loved a book, entitled 'Inyenzi' by Andrew Brown, which was a fictional book that perhaps was based on the genocide in Rwanda. I picked this book up because it is also about genocide but not fictional. It even was written for a cause. The authors wrote about the reality of the victims, oppressors and the governments involved. They wrote about the efforts they've done and what else everyone can do. Their activism for the lives of the people in Darfur i ...more
Oct 23, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a clear, proactive call-to-action to stop the genocide in Darfur. Co-written by John Prendergast of The International Crisis Group and ENOUGH project, and Don Cheadle, Academy-Award nominee and activist, this work is a multifaceted analysis of the genocide in Sudan, and how Americans can contribute to stopping it. The authors carefully explain the regional conflict and history (including neighboring conflicts in Rwanda, Uganda, and Congo), and put United States and international com ...more
Mar 28, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Finally finished! I have started this book and dropped it and started it and dropped it probably a dozen times since I purchased it when it first came out. But this time, I promised I was going to stick with it.

This book should be read by people who have never gotten involved with humanitarian efforts or awareness or know nothing about Sudan. It would not be a bad book for them. Oh, and if you live in the United States and think it is the be all end all for the whole entire universe.

Having a fa
Mar 08, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book years ago and finally finished reading it. This is an important book. It's basically a call to action.
Though the book focuses on the history of the most recent genocide in Darfur, it refers back to Rwanda, the Holocaust, etc. In light of recent events in Egypt and Libya, this book can shed some light on the power dynamics/alliances at work in the Middle East.
In addition to providing the relevant historical data, the book gives several examples of instances in which one per
This book could not really hold my interest. In fairness, I have been reading a lot of novels lately about genocide and civil wars, from multiple perspectives, and I am probably a bit jaded. The approach was unique as the main focus of the book was to illustrate to the reader that they could make a difference. The objective was to persuade any reader to take action against humanitarian atrocities and not to feel dwarfed or inconsequential in the face of such overwhelming issues. While I truly ap ...more
Apr 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I see the face of Don Cheadle the three things that come to mind are Sylvester, Mouse and Hotel Rwanda. I now have one more thing to add to my fond memories for Mr. Cheadle, Not On Our Watch. This book is a journey, a history lesson, a manual, and a call to action that tap dances on the open nerves of the compassionate citizens of the world.

It is said that there is a part of social history written in every book. Not only does Don Cheadle and John Prendergast highlight pertinent aspects of p
Jul 31, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book which portrays the suffering of non-Muslim Africans in the Darfur region of the Sudan is as horrific as it is inspiring. The great actor Don Cheadle and John Prendergast, who worked in The Clinton Administration, write down their memories of collaborating to make sure Al-Bashir is brought to justice for the atrocities against humanity that he is committing. There are introductions from Elie Wiesel, who has seen his own share of man's most despicable acts. Senators Barack Obama and Sam ...more
Ben Kawaguchi
Mar 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I felt this was a great book to read to help those who see problems without solutions. It focuses on the killings (genocide) within Darfur, and explains how different work by individuals has helped to bring attention to the region. It also talks about the help that these individuals have brought to the people, in spite of the feeling that more needs to be done. The examples of what a person can do are simple, but need to be refreshed for many. This book should be referenced when a person feels l ...more
May 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Eleah
I picked up this book because I had watched The Devil Came On Horseback and I wanted to learn about how to do more.

This book is really excellent because it's part text book, part personal memoirs, part call to do more. It tells you why you should care, why the authors have dedicated a large part of their lives to the cause, and how to alleivate the situation in several different ways.

Before I thought the only way to help the situation in Darfur was to write letters. But, there is so much more to
May 09, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Got me pumped to write some letters, raise some money, do anything i can to stop genocide in Darfur. These guys did a good job of keeping the reading light and fast--doesn't bog you down with data and what not--it's basically a guide to how to be active on the issue but it has multiple references to other books and sources that are more factual and academic in their handling of the issue.

All in all, a good read if you know nothing about Darfur but care enough to learn a little and do a little.

Aug 27, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: activists
Shelves: politics, darfur, activism
Provides a good overview of the conflict in Darfur, including a brief history of the issues in southern Darfur and how they relate, as well as mention of the atrocities in Uganda and Congo. The book is mostly about what we can do about this issue and provides a number of examples of what others have done, such as student groups. The book also provides a background on the two authors, John Prendergrast and Don Cheadle, and how they came to where they are in the struggle. This would be a good addi ...more
Jun 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If a reader is looking for a great summary of the crisis in Darfur riddled with opinions, thoughts and memories from Don Cheadle and John Prendergast - and to be honest who wouldn't - this is a phenomenal read. I found myself consumed with laughter, contemplation and most of all hope.

It is easy to be consumed with the dark subject of the book - but the authors keep coming back at you with hopeful tidbits.

I am thoroughly convinced a class on activism and genocide should be taught/centered on th
There are many books on these atrocities but unfortunately not many on call for action; or at least provide the general public with some ideas on how they can help/make a difference. A very American book, but the given thoughts and call for action are universal. I didn't read this book word for word, because I don't live under Uncle Sam nor do I have a government that's doing much about any wars. However there should be more of such such form of writing and publishing around. John is a veteran - ...more
Jun 02, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With prose oozing with the colorful personalities of Don Cheadle and John Prendergast, this book provides a comprehensive history of the conflict in the Sudan and an update on the violent and desperate situation still raging in Darfur. It also tells the story of Don and Johns involvement in the area, and the amazing people they have met, all inspired to end the genocide and make good on the promise 'Never Again.' It includes practical tips on how to get involved, to speak out and include others ...more
Nov 28, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Don Cheadle the actor is co-author. the story is interesting about what's going on in Darfur and the reaction- or lack of reaction- by the rest of the world. the writing isn't great, but the issue is compelling

Now that I've finished I'm just a little bit pissed off. How is it that this stuff happens without any news coverage or attention from our government? How can we spend billions in Iraq for no apparent reason and not pay attention to this? I suppose as long as our foreign policy is dictated
This book gets four stars because at the time of reading it is a bit outdated... however I now understand the situation that currently still transpires for the people of Darfur..

Reading from the perspective of a movie star (Don Cheadle) who is candid about his shift from apathy to activism is uplifting; the book also outlines steps on how ordinary people can get involved.

A particular response I found fascinating was the call to divestment of funds in corporations that support the government of S
Mar 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Truly amazing! Awareness to injustice is vital for all people to be educated about and stand up for your fellow human beings. The people of Dardur are currently awaiting for the results on the arrest warrant of the Sudanese President who committed crimes against humanity. The ENOUGH project is on the for front of this issue and also does a great job of explaining government policies in the book. This is a great read. Activist's rule!
Jul 10, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The book is informative about the history of Sudan, but it's tedious if you already know the material. The section of the book meant to galvanize people into participating gets repetitive and is not as inspiring as it needs to be. However, despite all this, what makes the book worth reading are people's individual stories (i.e. survivors, victims, Don Cheadle, etc). Those were the moments where I got goosebumps. Those were the times I wanted to push for action.
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