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Genocide

May 19, 2012 — Patricia McCormick's new young adult novel tells the story of Arn Chorn-Pond, a real-life survivor of the Cambodian genocide whose musical skills kept him alive.
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Sep 8, 2011 — Over the past few weeks, Talk of the Nation has been asking for the books you think should be required reading for all college freshmen. Here are 10 of your suggestions.
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Jun 11, 2011 — Author Robert Lifton has confronted some of the most appalling historical episodes of the mid-20th century, from Chinese mind control to the psychology of Nazi doctors. In his new memoir, Witness to an Extreme Century, he talks about why he still has faith in humankind.
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Dec 29, 2009 — If these books prove anything, it's that the legacy of nonfiction storytelling is still very much alive. Steve Weinberg's picks reflect the depth and diversity of the 2009 current affairs library, ranging from investigations of the role of women in America to a look at what it means to sit supreme on the highest court in the U.S.
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Dec 29, 2009 — This book reveals the personal odyssey of Deogratias Niyizonkiza, an American-trained physician living and working in the central African nations of Burundi and Rwanda. His personal tale is one of triumph and misery as he fights to bring modern medical care to his homeland.
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Sep 5, 2009 — There's a saying in Rwanda: "God spends the day elsewhere, but he sleeps in Rwanda." It alludes to Rwanda's physical beauty, but also to the brutality that has sometimes haunted the country. Joseph Sebarenzi captures both in his memoir, God Sleeps in Rwanda.
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Aug 29, 2009 — Author Tracy Kidder recounts the story of a refugee from the war-torn African country of Burundi in the new book Strength in What Remains. When Deogratias "Deo" Niyizonkiza arrived in New York City in 1993, he had little beyond the clothes on his back.
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Oct 23, 2008Tears of the Desert is the first memoir written by a woman caught in the war in Darfur. The author, Halima Bashir, was born into the Zaghawa tribe in the Sudanese desert. She went on to become her village's first formal doctor. But that did not protect her from violence in Darfur.
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May 1, 2007 — Actor Don Cheadle, who starred in a movie about the Rwanda genocide of 1994, is urging citizens to speak out to help end suffering in Darfur. He is the co-author of a book that maintains that people can influence their governments to act.
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Apr 24, 2006 — Authors Louise Mushikiwabo and Jack Kramer discuss their new book, Rwanda Means the Universe. They describe years of peaceful coexistence between the Bahutu and Batutsi in Rwanda, and events leading up to the massacre of the Tutsi people in 1994.
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