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Do Not Disturb Reviews

Do Not Disturb by Michela Wrong

Do Not Disturb

The Story of a Political Murder and an African Regime Gone Bad

Michela Wrong

4.00 out of 5

3 reviews

Imprint: Fourth Estate Ltd
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 1 Apr 2021
ISBN: 9780008238872

A new book from the award winning author of In the Footsteps of Mr Kurtz, Do Not Disturb explores the controversial career of Paul Kagame and the legacy of the Rwandan genocide

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4 stars out of 5
Chris McGreal
13 Apr 2021

"(an) engrossing and revelatory investigation"

Do Not Disturb is part murder mystery and part sweeping history of an extended family tragedy spread over two countries, three wars, four decades and a genocide. Along the way, Wrong asks hard questions about the true nature of Kagame’s rule and the claims made for Rwanda’s rebirth... Do Not Disturb will make uncomfortable reading for those who still adhere to that view, even if some will argue that Wrong does not take enough account of Rwanda’s efforts to address the legacy of genocide and a country awash in murderers. For all that, we can be pretty certain one person won’t care. Asked about Karegeya’s murder, Rwanda’s president denied responsibility. Then Kagame added a comment about his old comrade in arms. “I actually wish Rwanda did it. I really wish it.”

Reviews

4 stars out of 5
Alec Russell
6 Apr 2021

"a remarkable, chilling and long overdue book"

Kagame’s aides will no doubt dismiss this book as one-sided and reflecting merely the biased view of defectors. Wrong could arguably have devoted more space to the horrors of the genocide, if only to set up what happened next and to exonerate her of the regime’s accusation of being partisan. I also would have welcomed the testimony of some of Kagame’s western backers, although it is possible that they did not want to go on the record. But these are quibbles. This is a remarkable, chilling and long overdue book — and one whose narrative does not bode well for Rwanda’s future.

4 stars out of 5
Nicholas Shakespeare
27 Mar 2021

"she has produced a classic"

Yet in the teeth of complete indifference, she has produced a classic, her own journalistic complicity in the hollowness at the heart of power to rival Rian Malan’s My Traitor’s Heart and Gitta Sereny’s Albert Speer: His Battle with Truth. Meanwhile, even as Commonwealth leaders prepare to meet ‘Africa’s Lee Kuan Yew’, another of Kagame’s former pillars — his hugely popular ex-army chief General Kayumba — is massing rebel forces on a high plateau near Uvira in the eastern DRC.