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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (312 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Brian Steidle Narrator: Jeff Cummings Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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  • “[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.”


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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Avi | 2/20/2014

    " A 5. not the best written book but the information therein is highly valuable "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Nancy | 2/17/2014

    " Now I'm just depressed. Are these people just insane? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dee | 2/13/2014

    " I have done my research on the genocide on Darfur, but this really gives an in-depth look at the atrocities that happened over there. More should have been done and should be done even now. I will never be able to comprehend how some are able to commit such horrifying human rights abuses against the most innocent of society. And how others are able to sit by when evil is committed and do nothing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Erin Sanborn | 2/8/2014

    " Terribly written...he is a marine, not a writer. But, provides an interesting perspective from someone who witnessed Darfur first-hand. "

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About the Author

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.