In termos of information Mr Kinzer's book is first rate, covering all aspects of the disintegration and rebirth of Rwanda: a brief history of the country, a description of the genocide, the story of the war, and the achievements and challenges of the new government. The contribution to the tragedy of the United Nations and western nations - in particular Belgium and France - is duly documented. The author benefited greatly from intensive access to the president and conversations with both eyewitnesses of Rwanda's tragic past and contributers to the country's regeneration.
But the campaign of the Rwandan Patriotic Front and its principal leader somehow deserves more. The story of Paul Kagame and his comrades is the Africa's equivalent of Mao's Long March. Mr Kinzer's effort suffers from a text that could be better organized, better focused - and better written.