The Devil's Gardens by Lydia Monin
A History of Landmines

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'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.


About Lydia Monin

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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.
Published December 31, 2011 by Vintage Digital. 256 pages
Genres: History, War. Non-fiction

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Secondary-source–based accounts of the comprehensive deployment of mines in the two world wars leads into discussions of Korea and Vietnam, where a wealth of primary source material kicks in on the continuing horrors of mined fields in Southeast Asia.

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