Description - The Devil's Gardens by Lydia Monin
The image I have is a kid on a country lane on a Saturday afternoon herding his family cattle, meaning no harm to anybody and putting one step wrong. It's one thing to die in combat, it's one thing to die defending land, but it's another thing to die tending cattle on a Saturday afternoon and we want a world where that doesn't happen' - Michael Ignatieff. During the twentieth century a landmine plague raged across the globe. It began on the battlefields of two world wars, it gathered momentum in Korea and Vietnam and then spread like wildfire throughout the developing world. The Devil's Gardens is the definitive story of the landmine. It is the story of the development and proliferation of a weapon of terror. It is also the story of suffering and devastation, and a worldwide crusade to put an end to the curse of landmines forever. The issues surrounding landmines and their continued use are controversial. Drawing on a wide range of distinguished interviewees and the authors' first-hand experiences in severely mine-affected countries, The Devil's Gardens look at all sides of the landmine story.
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(233mm x 153mm x 18mm)
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Book Reviews - The Devil's Gardens by Lydia Monin
UK Kirkus Review »
When Diana, Princess of Wales, walked through an Angolan minefield in 1997 many Britons were made aware of the horror and the extent of these 'devil's gardens' for the first time. As Monin and Gallimore argue in this powerful and often shocking book, the landmine is one of the most invidious and destructive legacies of warfare in the 20th century. In Europe after the First World War, in North Africa following the Second World War and in Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, Afghanistan and the Balkans, a subterranean trail of devastation was bequeathed to posterity, much of it still awaiting in sinister silence the innocent who unsuspectingly puts a foot wrong. Injuries caused by landmines total now around 300,000 worldwide, while the death toll runs into many thousands more. In December 1997 a treaty was signed in Ottawa, becoming law in May 1999, which forbade the production of landmines and made a commitment to their destruction. Although endorsed by some 100 nations, the United States, China and Russia failed to subscribe. Monin and Gallimore begin by charting the rise of the Campaign to Ban Landmines which culminated in the Ottawa agreement and by analyzing why the world's three great super-powers remained outside it. Successive chapters then trace the evolution of the landmine and the history of its deployment since 1914. They are interspersed with chilling little vignettes, such as 'Stepping on a Landmine', which give graphic descriptions of the physical and psychological impact of the injuries inflicted by this most cowardly of weapons, or reveal the fortunes of the social and economic marginality which is so often the fate of its victims. This is sober and thought-provoking reading. (Kirkus UK)
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Author Biography - Lydia Monin
Lydia Monin was born and educated in New Zealand. She holds a degree in Political Studies, and a post-graduate Diploma in Journalism. In 1997, after working as a reporter and producer for Television New Zealand, she was awarded a fellowship to attend the Reuter Foundation Programme, Green College, Oxford. She went on to join the television production company Concordia, for whom she produced The Devil's Gardens. Andrew Gallimore was born and educated in Wales. He holds a degree in Industrial Relations and a master's degree in journalism. He worked as a print and television journalist before establishing Concordia, specialising in international documentary co-production. In 1997-8 he held a fellowship at the Reuter Foundation Programme, Green College, Oxford. He directed The Devil's Gardens television series.