The Devil Came on Horseback: Bearing Witness to the Genocide in Darfur

By Brian Steidle with Gretchen Steidle Wallace
Read by Jeff Cummings

7.97 Hours 01/01/2006 unabridged
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The Devil Came on Horseback is an intense, vivid autobiographical report from the heart of violent Darfur and a call to action by a former American marine who became a military observer for the African Union. The first extensive on-the-ground account of the genocide in Sudan, it leads us through the tragic impact of an Arab government bent on destroying its black African citizens and the frustrating complexity of international inaction. At the same time, it is a powerful memoir of one soldier’s awakening to conscience and his awkward, heroic transformation from marine to humanitarian. While bearing witness to unmentionable atrocities, this compelling story offers evidence that the actions of just one committed person have the power to transform the world.

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The Devil Came on Horseback is an intense, vivid autobiographical report from the heart of violent Darfur and a call to action by a former American marine who became a military observer for the African Union. The first extensive on-the-ground account of the genocide in Sudan, it leads us through the tragic impact of an Arab government bent on destroying its black African citizens and the frustrating complexity of international inaction. At the same time, it is a powerful memoir of one soldier’s awakening to conscience and his awkward, heroic transformation from marine to humanitarian. While bearing witness to unmentionable atrocities, this compelling story offers evidence that the actions of just one committed person have the power to transform the world.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“[A] vivid, compelling account…If you are at all concerned about your fellow man, The Devil Came on Horseback is not only a haunting must read; it is a call to action.” David Freed, Los Angeles Times reporter
“The Devil Came on Horseback grabs the reader from page one, then takes us on a journey of Conradian intensity through a circle of hell, its horrors mitigated by moments of humanity…In every sense, the devil is indeed in the details.” Karl. E. Meyer, former editor, World Policy Journal
“Steidle’s personal and fluent account effectively channels an idealistic, adventuresome young man’s growing frustration and horror in the face of ongoing crimes against humanity and international complacency.” Publishers Weekly
“In ever-rising tones, Cummings conveys Steidle’s developing incredulity, frustration, horror and impotence.” Publishers Weekly
“The horrifying memoir…grips you in the horrors of genocide and international inaction…recommended for all libraries interested in current affairs or African history.” Library Journal (starred review)
“Echoing Steidle’s personal narrative, Jeff Cummings’ voice moves from naïve hope that something can be accomplished to anger at the senseless slaughter and surprise at its political complexity.” AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: Brian Steidle

Brian Steidle, a former captain in the Marine Corps, worked for the African Union in Darfur. He has made several return trips to Africa and now gives lectures about Darfur across the country. He lives in Los Angeles.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction
Runtime: 7.97
Audience: Adult
Language: English