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3.38 out of 53.38 out of 53.38 out of 53.38 out of 53.38 out of 5 3.38 (26 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Brian Steidle Narrator: Jeff Cummings Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455187485
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “[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.”

    AudioFile

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 1/31/2014

    " It's clear that Brian Steidle is more schooled in military operations than in writing, but given that, this memoir is pretty compelling. I could definitely feel his frustration at not being able to do more to prevent the genocide he was instructed to witness. The world's indifference to what is going on in Darfur continues to alarm me...how is it that the U.S. is taking no significant action to protect the people of Darfur? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Regi | 1/23/2014

    " Heartbreaking. It is really hard to critique the writing of a book that opened my eyes to so much going on in the world. This was my first book on Darfur, and not my last. There is so much heartbreak in the book, but it compels you to follow the author and not turn your eyes away from the misery and his life changes. The book changed me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ryan | 1/15/2014

    " Couldn't wait to finish this one. The only thing worse than a bad writer is a bad writer with a massive ego. But, I picked this one to learn some more about Darfur, which I guess I did. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 1/13/2014

    " Fantastic Book. Really sad though. It is shocking what happens in this world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Con | 1/2/2014

    " Totally worth reading to feel and understand the genocide in Darfur. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirsten Allen | 12/27/2013

    " his descriptions of what he saw and the photos included in the book are not for the faint of heart. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Winter | 12/23/2013

    " A new perspective on an incredibly pertinent subject. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dude Hell | 11/18/2013

    " heartwrenching! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Renee | 10/19/2012

    " haven't finished yet, is pretty good. see darfur from american soldier's eyes "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 9/4/2012

    " this book opens up your eyes to the violence in Darfur, Sudan as told by someone who witnessed it. i had to do a project on Darfur and this book was a big help. WARNING: IF YOU HAVE A HEART YOU WILL CRY!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alan Tulppo | 6/20/2012

    " Definately a sobering read about the atrocities committed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenna Copeland | 6/8/2012

    " This was an engaging account about living though one of the most horrific acts of genocide the world has ever ignored. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 MikeFromQueens | 9/29/2011

    " First person accounts and not much connection to the politics, history, or any of the references I was hoping for. Two stars for effort. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 8/28/2011

    " Why do I read these types of book?! Oh yeah, because American news won't report on this kind of ongoing horror. A pretty gruesome and painful read but important. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leah Coffin | 5/13/2011

    " I could have done without the endless reiteration of "awed Sudanese people meet their first whitey" scenes. That said, this book is important for the witness it bears to the horrors committed in Darfur. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian | 1/10/2011

    " Not an easy read but well worth reading. I recommend this particularly to anyone who doesn't know what's going on in Darfur. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ryan | 12/7/2010

    " Couldn't wait to finish this one. The only thing worse than a bad writer is a bad writer with a massive ego. But, I picked this one to learn some more about Darfur, which I guess I did. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 MikeFromQueens | 9/12/2010

    " First person accounts and not much connection to the politics, history, or any of the references I was hoping for. Two stars for effort. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alan | 4/3/2010

    " Definately a sobering read about the atrocities committed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 2/8/2010

    " Retelling of the tragedies of Darfur from someone who was part of the AU mission team. Frightening stuff. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 12/2/2008

    " Fantastic Book. Really sad though. It is shocking what happens in this world. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian | 11/25/2008

    " Not an easy read but well worth reading. I recommend this particularly to anyone who doesn't know what's going on in Darfur. "

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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.

About the Narrator

Jeff Cummings, as an audiobook narrator, has won both an Earphones Award and the prestigious Audie Award in 2015 for Best Narration in Science and Technology. He is also a twenty-year veteran of the stage, having worked at many regional theaters across the country, from A Contemporary Theatre in Seattle and the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta to the Utah Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City and the International Mystery Writers’ Festival in Owensboro, Kentucky. He also spent seven seasons with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.