By Alison Des Forges, David Newbury, Roger Des Forges
A Rwandan proverb says “Defeat is the one undesirable news.” For Rwandans residing less than colonial rule, successful referred to as not just for armed disagreement, but in addition for a conflict of wits—and not just with foreigners, but additionally with one another. In Defeat Is the one undesirable News Alison Des Forges recounts the targets, innovations, and intrigues of an African royal courtroom less than Yuhi Musinga, the Rwandan ruler from 1896 to 1931. those have been turbulent years for Rwanda, while first Germany after which Belgium pursued an competitive plan of colonization there. on the time of the Europeans’ arrival, Rwanda was once additionally engaged in a succession dispute after the dying of 1 of its most famed kings. in contrast backdrop, the Rwandan courtroom turned the level for a drama of Shakespearean proportions, packed with deceit, intelligent calculation, ruthless betrayal, and occasionally murder.