Season of Blood
A Rwandan Journey
By Fergal Keane
(Penguin Books, Mass Market Paperback, 9780140247602, 224pp.)
Publication Date: September 1, 1997
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? Season of Blood was awarded Britain?s prestigious Orwell Prize for the best political book of 1995 ? Fergal Keane is the recipient of the 1995 Amnesty International Award for Best International Television Documentary. In 1994 he was named Sony Reporter of the Year at the New York Festival of Radio. When Rwandan president Habyarimana?s jet was shot down in April 1994, the country erupted into a hundred-day orgy of killing which left up to one million dead. Now, following the lines of blood and history, Fergal Keane takes us right along with him on a journey through the holocaust that preempted our television screens. Season of Blood is a veteran Africanist?s deeply personal and elucidating account of ordinary people caught in a nightmare of manipulation and massacre?an encounter with unimaginable evil. Contradicting the popular assumption that the genocide erupted as a result of tribal tensions, Keane demonstrates how a power-hungry clique actually planned the massacres far in advance through a systematic campaign of brainwashing and propaganda delivered with a precision not seen since Nazi Germany. Harrowing, searching, and tender, this overpowering narrative asks profound human questions for which we have no answers.