''Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda'' is a 2003 book by Lieutenant General Romeo Dallaire and Major Brent Beardsley. It is an account of Dallaire's experiences during his stint as force commander in UNAMIR from 1993-1994 and the Rwandan Genocide.

This book won the 2003 Shaughnessy Cohen Award for Political Writing, and 2004 Governor General's Award for nonfiction. It was made into a documentary film called ''Shake Hands With the Devil: The Journey of Romeo Dallaire'' in 2004.

!!This work provides examples of:
* BadassCrew: Dallaire's entire team, save the Bangladeshis. It takes ''balls'' to live the way they did.
* BadassPacifist: All of UNAMIR. They aren't allowed to fight unless they're attacked first. That doesn't stop them from protecting the refugees.
* BlackAndGrayMorality: The RGF is slaughtering and torturing civilians, while the RPF is shelling civilian places and taking away medical aid.
* BlatantLies: What the Clinton administration said about what they did to help Rwanda. 'Provided $9 million in relief' my ass.
* CanucksWithChinooks: Dallaire himself and the Canadian contingent within UNAMIR.
* TheChessmaster: Paul Kagame
* ChildSoldiers: The RPF and the RGF both use child soldiers... something Dallaire is violently opposed too.
* {{Doorstopper}}: Over 500 pages, in most versions.
* {{Frameup}}: Used in one of the most depicable ways possible: it is speculated that the RGF had framed the RPF for the [[MoralEventHorizon murders and gangrape of six young children]].
* FriendToAllChildren: Dallaire. In the Prologue, he almost decides to take an orphaned child back to the UN camp in Kigali. He cares deeply about the youth of Rwanda.
* HeroWithBadPublicity: Dallaire and his team. The RPF could technically count, too, though the [[BlackAndGrayMorality hero]] part is really debatable.
* HeroicBSOD: Dallaire and troops suffer from post-traumatic stress syndrome after all the horrors they've witnessed in genocide.
** Dallaire himself was seriously suicidal for years after returning to Canada. As he mentioned in the afterword for the book, writing it was his attempt to dispel the demons that haunted him. It was apparently mostly successful, though in speaking engagements and interviews he admits to still having deep-seeded psychological problems.
* HumansAreBastards
* LastStand: Dallaire's there to the bitter end.
* OnlySaneMan: Dallaire, sometimes. While the rest of the world refuses to see the scope of the genocide and take action, Dallaire is in the thick of it from start to finish. Especially later on in the book, when Dallaire's two most loyal men, Brent Beardsley and Luc Marchal, are forced to leave UNAMIR.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: After finding out that their family had been slaughtered, some of the RPF soldiers go on this against the Hutus.
* ShellShockedVeteran: Romeo Dallaire.
* SlaveToPR: The entire UN
* TooDumbToLive: Yes, France, try to to stop the genocide by launching an operation to ''support the genocidaires''.
** Of course, they were the only foreign combat mission with boots on the ground and succeeded in stopping the Genocide in the territory they deployed in. However, while it also prevented the RPF from pursuing the fleeing Hutus- including the Genocidaires-,the fact that the RPF's response to this [[CongoWars was to more or less wage a war in the Eastern Congo]], this might be less irresponsible than it seems.
* TragicHero: Dallaire, oh so much.
* UnreliableNarrator: Just about everybody. The UN, the national heads of state, the genocidaires, the RPF.... everybody. Even Dallaire has been accused of this.
* VillainBall: The Genocidaires. Had they not decided to wage genocide, they wouldn't have seen themselves reduced to hated, hunted, and despised escapees fleeing not only from a Rwandan government ruled by their longtime enemy, but also most of the world.