We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families

We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families
Author: Philip Gourevitch
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 355
Release: 2008-06-26
ISBN 10: 9781439503690
ISBN 13: 1439503699
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families Book Review:

Examines the horrors of genocide in Rwanda, where 800,000 people of an ethnic minority were exterminated in one hundred days

We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families

We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families
Author: Philip Gourevitch
Publsiher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Total Pages: 356
Release: 1999-09-04
ISBN 10: 0374706484
ISBN 13: 9780374706487
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families Book Review:

An unforgettable firsthand account of a people's response to genocide and what it tells us about humanity. This remarkable debut book chronicles what has happened in Rwanda and neighboring states since 1994, when the Rwandan government called on everyone in the Hutu majority to murder everyone in the Tutsi minority. Though the killing was low-tech--largely by machete--it was carried out at shocking speed: some 800,000 people were exterminated in a hundred days. A Tutsi pastor, in a letter to his church president, a Hutu, used the chilling phrase that gives Philip Gourevitch his title. With keen dramatic intensity, Gourevitch frames the genesis and horror of Rwanda's "genocidal logic" in the anguish of its aftermath: the mass displacements, the temptations of revenge and the quest for justice, the impossibly crowded prisons and refugee camps. Through intimate portraits of Rwandans in all walks of life, he focuses on the psychological and political challenges of survival and on how the new leaders of postcolonial Africa went to war in the Congo when resurgent genocidal forces threatened to overrun central Africa. Can a country composed largely of perpetrators and victims create a cohesive national society? This moving contribution to the literature of witness tells us much about the struggle everywhere to forge sane, habitable political orders, and about the stubbornness of the human spirit in a world of extremity. We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families is the winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction.

We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families

We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families
Author: Philip Gourevitch,Rory Stewart
Publsiher: Pan Macmillan
Total Pages: 355
Release: 2015-02-01
ISBN 10: 1447275268
ISBN 13: 9781447275268
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families Book Review:

With an introduction by Rory StewartWinner of the Guardian First Book award, a first-hand account one of the defining outrages of modern history.All at once, as it seemed, something we could have only imagined was upon us - and we could still only imagine it. This is what fascinates me most in existence: the peculiar necessity of imagining what is, in fact, real.In 1994, the Rwandan government orchestrated a campaign of extermination, in which everyone in the Hutu majority was called upon to murder everyone in the Tutsi minority. Close to a million people were slaughtered in a hundred days, and the rest of the world did nothing to stop it. A year later, Philip Gourevitch went to Rwanda to investigate the most unambiguous genocide since Hitler's war against the Jews.Hailed by the Guardian as one of the hundred greatest nonfiction books of all time, We Wish To Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families is a first-hand account one of the defining outrages of modern history, an unforgettable anatomy of Rwanda's decimation. As riveting as it is moving, it is a profound reckoning with humanity's betrayal and its perseverance.

Machete Season

Machete Season
Author: Jean Hatzfeld
Publsiher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2006-04-18
ISBN 10: 9781429923514
ISBN 13: 1429923512
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Machete Season Book Review:

In April-May 1994, 800,000 Rwandan Tutsis were massacred by their Hutu fellow citizens--about 10,000 a day, mostly being hacked to death by machete. In Machete Season, the veteran foreign correspondent Jean Hatzfeld reports on the results of his interviews with nine of the Hutu killers. They were all friends who came from a single region where they helped to kill 50,000 out of their 59,000 Tutsi neighbors, and all of them are now in prison, some awaiting execution. It is usually presumed that killers will not tell the truth about their brutal actions, but Hatzfeld elicited extraordinary testimony from these men about the genocide they had perpetrated. He rightly sees that their account raises as many questions as it answers. Adabert, Alphonse, Ignace, and the others (most of them farmers) told Hatzfeld how the work was given to them, what they thought about it, how they did it, and what their responses were to the bloodbath. "Killing is easier than farming," one says. "I got into it, no problem," says another. Each describes what it was like the first time he killed someone, what he felt like when he killed a mother and child, how he reacted when he killed a cordial acquaintance, how 'cutting' a person with a machete differed from 'cutting' a calf or a sugarcane. And they had plenty of time to tell Hatzfeld, too, about whether and why they had reconsidered their motives, their moral responsibility, their guilt, remorse, or indifference to the crimes. Hatzfeld's meditation on the banal, horrific testimony of the genocidaires and what it means is lucid, humane, and wise: he relates the Rwanda horror to war crimes and to other genocidal episodes in human history. Especially since the Holocaust, it has been conventional to presume that only depraved and monstrous evil incarnate could perpetrate such crimes, but it may be, he suggests, that such actions are within the realm of ordinary human conduct. To read this disturbing, enlightening and very brave book is to consider in a new light the foundation of human morality and ethics.

A Cold Case

A Cold Case
Author: Philip Gourevitch
Publsiher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Total Pages: 192
Release: 2002-07-10
ISBN 10: 1429981105
ISBN 13: 9781429981101
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Cold Case Book Review:

A tale of crime and punishment from a prizewinning writer. A few years ago, Andy Rosenzweig, an inspector for the Manhattan District Attorney's office, was abruptly reminded of an old, unsolved double homicide. It bothered him that Frankie Koehler, the notoriously dangerous suspect, had eluded capture and was still at large. Rosenzweig had known the victims of the crime, for they were childhood friends from the South Bronx: Richie Glennon, a Runyonesque ex-prizefighter at home with both cops and criminals, and Pete McGinn, a spirited restaurateur and father of four. Rosenzweig resolved to find the killer and close the case. In a surprising, intensely dramatic narrative, Philip Gourevitch brings together the story of Rosenzweig's pursuit with a mesmerizing account of Koehler's criminal personality and years on the lam. A Cold Case carries us deep into the lives and minds, the passions and perplexities, of an extraordinary cop and an extraordinary criminal whose lives were entwined over three decades. Set in a New York City that has all but disappeared, and written with a keen ear for the vibrant idiom of the colorful men and women who peopled its streets, this is nonetheless a book for our times. Gourevitch masterfully transforms a criminal investigation into a searching literary reckoning with the forces that drive one man to murder and another to hunt murderers."

Shake Hands With the Devil

Shake Hands With the Devil
Author: Romeo Dallaire
Publsiher: Vintage Canada
Total Pages: 592
Release: 2009-02-24
ISBN 10: 0307371190
ISBN 13: 9780307371195
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Shake Hands With the Devil Book Review:

On the tenth anniversary of the date that UN peacekeepers landed in Rwanda, Random House Canada is proud to publish the unforgettable first-hand account of the genocide by the man who led the UN mission. Digging deep into shattering memories, General Dallaire has written a powerful story of betrayal, naïveté, racism and international politics. His message is simple and undeniable: “Never again.” When Lt-Gen. Roméo Dallaire received the call to serve as force commander of the UN intervention in Rwanda in 1993, he thought he was heading off on a modest and straightforward peacekeeping mission. Thirteen months later he flew home from Africa, broken, disillusioned and suicidal, having witnessed the slaughter of 800,000 Rwandans in only a hundred days. In Shake Hands with the Devil, he takes the reader with him on a return voyage into the hell of Rwanda, vividly recreating the events the international community turned its back on. This book is an unsparing eyewitness account of the failure by humanity to stop the genocide, despite timely warnings. Woven through the story of this disastrous mission is Dallaire’s own journey from confident Cold Warrior, to devastated UN commander, to retired general engaged in a painful struggle to find a measure of peace, reconciliation and hope. This book is General Dallaire’s personal account of his conversion from a man certain of his worth and secure in his assumptions to a man conscious of his own weaknesses and failures and critical of the institutions he’d relied on. It might not sit easily with standard ideas of military leadership, but understanding what happened to General Dallaire and his mission to Rwanda is crucial to understanding the moral minefields our peacekeepers are forced to negotiate when we ask them to step into the world’s dirty wars. Excerpt from Shake Hands with the Devil My story is not a strictly military account nor a clinical, academic study of the breakdown of Rwanda. It is not a simplistic indictment of the many failures of the UN as a force for peace in the world. It is not a story of heroes and villains, although such a work could easily be written. This book is a cri de coeur for the slaughtered thousands, a tribute to the souls hacked apart by machetes because of their supposed difference from those who sought to hang on to power. . . . This book is the account of a few humans who were entrusted with the role of helping others taste the fruits of peace. Instead, we watched as the devil took control of paradise on earth and fed on the blood of the people we were supposed to protect.

Standard Operating Procedure

Standard Operating Procedure
Author: Errol Morris,Philip Gourevitch
Publsiher: Pan Macmillan
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2012-10-31
ISBN 10: 0330503499
ISBN 13: 9780330503495
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Standard Operating Procedure Book Review:

Standard Operating Procedure is an utterly original collaboration by the writer Philip Gourevitch (We Wish to Inform You that Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families) and the film-maker Errol Morris (The Thin Blue Line, The Fog of War). They have produced the first full reckoning of what actually happened at Abu Ghraib. Standard Operating Procedure reveals the stories of the American soldiers who took and appeared in the haunting digital snapshots from Abu Ghraib prison that shocked the world – and simultaneously illuminates and alters forever our understanding of those images and the events they depict. Drawing on more than two hundred hours of Errol Morris’s startlingly frank and intimate interviews with Americans who served at Abu Ghraib and with some of their Iraqi prisoners, as well as on his own research, Philip Gourevitch has written a relentlessly surprising account of Iraq’s occupation from the inside-out – rendering vivid portraits of guards and prisoners ensnared in an appalling breakdown of command authority and moral order. Gourevitch and Morris have crafted a nonfiction morality play that stands to endure as essential reading long after the current war in Iraq passes from the headlines. By taking us deep into the voices and characters of the men and women who lived the horror of Abu Ghraib, the authors force us, whatever our politics, to re-examine the pat explanations in which we have been offered – or sought – refuge, and to see afresh this watershed episode. Instead of a ‘few bad apples’, we are confronted with disturbingly ordinary young American men and women who have been dropped into something out of Dante’s Inferno. This is a book that makes you think, and makes you see – an essential contribution from two of our finest nonfiction artists working at the peak of their powers.

The Media and the Rwanda Genocide

The Media and the Rwanda Genocide
Author: Allan Thompson
Publsiher: IDRC
Total Pages: 463
Release: 2007-01-20
ISBN 10: 0745326250
ISBN 13: 9780745326252
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Media and the Rwanda Genocide Book Review:

The news media played a crucial role in the 1994 Rwanda genocide. Local media fueled the killings, while international media either ignored or seriously misunderstood what was happening. This is the first book to explore both sides of the media equation. Examining how local radio was used as a tool of hate, encouraging neighbors to turn against each other, the book also presents a critique of international media coverage. Bringing together local reporters, high-profile Western journalists, and leading media theorists, this is the only book to identify the extent of the media's accountability. It also examines deliberations by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda on the role of the media in the genocide. This book is a startling record of the negative influence that the media can have. The authors put forward suggestions for the future, outlining how we can avoid censorship and propaganda and they argue for a new responsibility in media reporting.

God Sleeps in Rwanda

God Sleeps in Rwanda
Author: Joseph Sebarenzi
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2009-09-08
ISBN 10: 1416575812
ISBN 13: 9781416575818
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

God Sleeps in Rwanda Book Review:

Joseph Sebarenzi’s parents, seven siblings, and countless other family members were among 800,000 Tutsi brutally murdered over the course of ninety days in 1994 by extremist Rwandan Hutu—an efficiency that exceeded even that of the Nazi Holocaust. His father sent him away to school in Congo as a teenager, telling him, “If we are killed, you will survive.” When Sebarenzi returned to Rwanda after the genocide, he was elected speaker of parliament, only to be forced into a daring escape again when he learned he was the target of an assassination plot. Poetic and deeply moving, God Sleeps in Rwanda shows us how the lessons of Rwanda can prevent future tragedies from happening all over the world. Readers will be inspired by the eloquence and wisdom of a man who has every right to be bitter and hateful but chooses instead to live a life of love, compassion, and forgiveness.

Life Laid Bare

Life Laid Bare
Author: Jean Hatzfeld
Publsiher: Other Press, LLC
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2013-03-26
ISBN 10: 1590516699
ISBN 13: 9781590516690
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Life Laid Bare Book Review:

"To make the effort to understand what happened in Rwanda is a painful task that we have no right to shirk–it is part of being a moral adult." –Susan Sontag In the late 1990s, French author and journalist Jean Hatzfeld made several journeys into the hilly, marshy region of the Bugesera, one of the areas most devastated by the Rwandan genocide of April 1994, where an average of five out of six Tutsis were hacked to death with machete and spear by their Hutu neighbors and militiamen. In the villages of Nyamata and N'tarama, Hatzfeld interviewed fourteen survivors of the genocide, from orphan teenage farmers to the local social worker. For years the survivors had lived in a muteness as enigmatic as the silence of those who survived the Nazi concentration camps. In Life Laid Bare, they speak for those who are no longer alive to speak for themselves; they tell of the deaths of family and friends in the churches and marshes to which they fled, and they attempt to account for the reasons behind the Tutsi extermination. For many of the survivors "life has broken down," while for others, it has "stopped," and still others say that it "absolutely must go on." These horrific accounts of life at the very edge contrast with Hatzfeld's own sensitive and vivid descriptions of Rwanda's villages and countryside in peacetime. These voices of courage and resilience exemplify the indomitable human spirit, and they remind us of our own moral responsibility to bear witness to these atrocities and to never forget what can come to pass again. Winner of the Prix France Culture and the Prix Pierre Mille, Life Laid Bare allows us, in the author's own words, "to draw as close as we can get to the Rwandan genocide."

You Hide That You Hate Me and I Hide That I Know

You Hide That You Hate Me and I Hide That I Know
Author: Philip Gourevitch
Publsiher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2022-04-12
ISBN 10: 0374294100
ISBN 13: 9780374294106
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

You Hide That You Hate Me and I Hide That I Know Book Review:

You Hide That You Hate Me and I Hide That I Know is the long-awaited follow-up to Philip Gourevitch's classic We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families Can a country recover from annihilating ethno-political polarization and violence? What future can a people defined by trauma imagine, much less realize? Philip Gourevitch's unforgettable book We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families--a modern classic--opened our eyes to the genocide of Tutsis in Rwanda as one of the defining experiences of humankind: in a hundred days as many as a million people were murdered by their fellow citizens, and the world refused to stop it. Now Gourevitch brings us another fiercely moving and essential literary reckoning. Drawn from twenty-five years of reporting on the aftermath of the slaughter, You Hide That You Hate Me and I Hide That I Know grapples with the burdens of memory and forgetting, of bloody division and enforced unity, of accountability and denial, of confession and forgiveness. Combining travelogue and investigative reportage, intimate personal testimony and national and global political debates, Gourevitch's dramatic stories of survivors and killers living again as neighbors, against all expectations, are charged with immense moral and political significance. As he returns over the years to the same cluster of peasant families on one small hill, the stories become at once more complicated and more meaningful--more complete and more resistant to journalistic simplification. In this powerful and necessary book, Gourevitch explores the challenges of forging a national future, and a habitable past, after near annihilation. By turns harrowing and exalting, You Hide That You Hate Me and I Hide That I Know illuminates the human condition as only great art can.

The Barefoot Woman

The Barefoot Woman
Author: Scholastique Mukasonga
Publsiher: Archipelago
Total Pages: 152
Release: 2018-12-18
ISBN 10: 1939810051
ISBN 13: 9781939810052
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Barefoot Woman Book Review:

LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR TRANSLATED LITERATURE A moving, unforgettable tribute to a Tutsi woman who did everything to protect her children from the Rwandan genocide, by the daughter who refuses to let her family's story be forgotten. The story of the author's mother, a fierce, loving woman who for years protected her family from the violence encroaching upon them in pre-genocide Rwanda. Recording her memories of their life together in spare, wrenching prose, Mukasonga preserves her mother's voice in a haunting work of art.

3rd Platoon a Corpsman s Story of the Vietnam War

3rd Platoon  a Corpsman s Story of the Vietnam War
Author: Keith Gum
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 329
Release: 2020-04-15
ISBN 10: 9780578650326
ISBN 13: 0578650320
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

3rd Platoon a Corpsman s Story of the Vietnam War Book Review:

Third Platoon is a series of vignettes about the Vietnam War by a corpsman (medic) who served with 1st battalion, 26th marines. You will find few accounts of heroic exploits here. This is not the memoir of a decorated hero but rather a frank disclosure of one who held on by a thread, witnessing the horror without hope of redemption. The reader is presented with a remarkable portrayal of the conflict from a unique perspective.The linocut illustrations are by the author.

The Rwanda Crisis

The Rwanda Crisis
Author: Gérard Prunier
Publsiher: Columbia University Press
Total Pages: 389
Release: 1995
ISBN 10: 9780231104081
ISBN 13: 0231104081
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Rwanda Crisis Book Review:

He shows how Western colonialists helped to construct a Tutsi identity as a superior racial type because of their distinctly "non-Negro" features in order to facilitate greater control over the Rwandese.

Season of Blood

Season of Blood
Author: Fergal Keane
Publsiher: Penguin UK
Total Pages: 224
Release: 1996-04-25
ISBN 10: 0141927739
ISBN 13: 9780141927732
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Season of Blood Book Review:

When President Habyarimana’s jet was shot down in April 1994, Rwanda erupted into a hundred-day orgy of killing – which left up to a million dead. Fergal Keane travelled through the country as the genocide was continuing, and his powerful analysis reveals the terrible truth behind the headlines. ‘A tender, angry account ... As well as being a scathing indictment – Keane says the genocide inflicted on the Tutsis was planned well in advance by Hutu leaders – this is a graphic view of news-gathering in extremis. It deserves to become a classic’ Independent.

Hotel Rwanda

Hotel Rwanda
Author: Terry George,Keir Pearson
Publsiher: Newmarket Press
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2005-01-27
ISBN 10: 9781557046703
ISBN 13: 1557046700
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Hotel Rwanda Book Review:

The official companion book, edited by director Terry George, including essays on the history of the genocide, the complete screenplay written by Keir Pearson & Terry George, and more than 70 photographs. A Story That Had to Be Told: In 1994, as his country descended into madness, Paul Rusesabagina, the hotel manager of a Belgian-owned luxury hotel in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, used cunning and courage to save 1,268 people from certain death while the rest of the world closed its eyes. His real-life story inspired the Oscar® -nominated writer of In the Name of the Father, Terry George, to make the extraordinary film, Hotel Rwanda, starring Don Cheadle, Sophie Okonedo, Joaquin Phoenix, and Nick Nolte, which has received accolades from critics and moviegoers alike, winning numerous awards. Now, in the only official companion book, comes the fascinating filmmaking story, with first-person pieces by Terry George and co-screenwriter Keir Pearson about their three-year struggle to gain support and financing, as well as a brief history of Rwanda with details on the actual events portrayed in the movie. Illustrated with more than 70 historical and contemporary photos and movie stills, the book also includes journalist Nicola Graydon's report on joining Paul Rusesabagina when he first returned to Rwanda on the tenth anniversary of the genocide; writer Anne Thompson's personal journal of her visit to the set in Africa during production in February 2004; and a compelling transcript of the PBS Frontline documentary revealing the afterthoughts of officials who chose not to listen to the cries for help. In addition there is a timeline of the crisis, a further reading and viewing list, and the complete screenplay.

Rwanda Inc How a Devastated Nation Became an Economic Model for the Developing World

Rwanda  Inc   How a Devastated Nation Became an Economic Model for the Developing World
Author: Patricia Crisafulli,Andrea Redmond
Publsiher: St. Martin's Press
Total Pages: 248
Release: 2012-11-13
ISBN 10: 1137066474
ISBN 13: 9781137066473
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Rwanda Inc How a Devastated Nation Became an Economic Model for the Developing World Book Review:

Eighteen years after the genocide that made Rwanda international news, but left it all but abandoned by the West, the country has achieved a miraculous turnaround. Rising out of the complete devastation of a failed state, Rwanda has emerged on the world stage yet again-this time with a unique model for governance and economic development under the leadership of its strong and decisive president, Paul Kagame. Here, Patricia Crisafulli & Andrea Redmond look at Kagame's leadership, his drive for excellence and execution that draws comparisons to an American CEO and emphasizes the development of a sophisticated and competitive workforce that leverages human capital. In Rwanda, the ultimate turnaround, strong and effective leadership has made a measurable and meaningful difference. Rwanda's progress offers an example for other developing nations to lift themselves out of poverty without heavy reliance on foreign aid through decentralization, accountability, self-determination, and self-sufficiency. The authors also explore Rwanda's journey toward its goal of becoming a middle-income nation with a technology-based economy, and its progress to encourage private sector development and foster entrepreneurship, while also making gains in education, healthcare, and food security-and all with a strong underpinning of reconciliation and unification. As so many nations stand on the brink of political and economic revolution, this is a timely and fascinating look at the implications of Rwanda's success for the rest of the continent-and the world.

We Wish to Inform You that Tomorrow We Will be Killed with Our Families

We Wish to Inform You that Tomorrow We Will be Killed with Our Families
Author: Philip Gourevitch
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 355
Release: 1999
ISBN 10: 9780330371209
ISBN 13: 0330371207
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

We Wish to Inform You that Tomorrow We Will be Killed with Our Families Book Review:

An account of a people's response to genocide and what it tells us about humanity. It chronicles what has happened in Rwanda since 1994, when the government called on the Hutu majority to murder the Tutsi minority. Some 800,000 people were exterminated in a hundred days. A Tutsi pastor, in a letter to his church president, a Hutu, used the chilling phrase that give the book its title.

Left to Tell

Left to Tell
Author: Immaculee Ilibagiza,Steve Erwin
Publsiher: Hay House Incorporated
Total Pages: 231
Release: 2014
ISBN 10: 1401944329
ISBN 13: 9781401944322
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Left to Tell Book Review:

Presents the true story of a woman who endured the murder of her family as a result of genocide in Rwanda and turned to prayer for strength, love, and forgiveness.

Akhenaten Egypt s False Prophet

Akhenaten  Egypt s False Prophet
Author: Nicholas Reeves
Publsiher: Thames & Hudson
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2019-08-20
ISBN 10: 0500774595
ISBN 13: 9780500774595
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Akhenaten Egypt s False Prophet Book Review:

Nicholas Reeves’s radical interpretation of a revolutionary king—now available in paperback. One of the most compelling and controversial figures in ancient Egyptian history, Akhenaten has captured the imagination like no other Egyptian pharaoh. Much has been written about this strange, persecuted figure, whose depiction in effigies is totally at odds with the traditional depiction of the Egyptian ruler-hero. Akhenaten sought to impose upon Egypt and its people the worship of a single god—the sun god—and in so doing changed the country in every way. In Akhenaten, Nicholas Reeves presents an entirely new perspective on the turbulent events of Akhenaten’s seventeen-year reign. Reeves argues that, far from being the idealistic founder of a new faith, the Egyptian ruler cynically used religion for political gain in a calculated attempt to reassert the authority of the king and concentrate all power in his hands. Backed by abundant archaeological and documentary evidence, Reeves’s narrative also provides many new insights into questions that have baffled scholars for generations—the puzzle of the body in Tomb 55 in the Valley of the Kings; the fate of Nefertiti, Akhenaten’s beautiful wife; the identity of his mysterious successor, Smenkhkare; and the theory that Tutankhamun, Akhenaten’s son and heir to the throne, was murdered.