Dancing in the Glory of Monsters

Dancing in the Glory of Monsters

The Collapse of the Congo and the Great War of Africa

Book - 2011
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At the heart of Africa is Congo, a country the size of Western Europe, bordering nine other nations, that since 1996 has been wracked by a brutal and unstaunchable war in which millions have died. And yet, despite its epic proportions, it has received little sustained media attention. In this deeply reported book, Jason Stearns vividly tells the story of this misunderstood conflict through the experiences of those who engineered and perpetrated it. He depicts village pastors who survived massacres, the child soldier assassin of President Kabila, a female Hutu activist who relives the hunting and methodical extermination of fellow refugees, and key architects of the war that became as great a disaster as- and was a direct consequence of - the genocide in neighboring Rwanda. Through their stories, he tries to understand why such mass violence made sense, and why stability has been so elusive. Through their voices, and an astonishing wealth of knowledge and research, Stearns chronicles the political, social, and moral decay of the Congolese State. - Publisher description.
Publisher: New York : PublicAffairs, [2011], ©2011
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781586489298
Branch Call Number: 967.5103 St
Description: 380 pages ; 25 cm


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Jul 28, 2013

Wow! I always knew there was more to African politics, but I didn't know it was this deep. The journalist who wrote this book conducted a lot of interviews. My head is swimming with new information.

Oct 16, 2011

Excellent to have such a coherent book on this subject, people should know more about this part of the world. Hopefully increased awareness (a la Darfur) would someday lead to a more stable and peaceful region, though with the long list of structural and humanitarian problems documented here it would be naive to imagine it coming any time soon even with the world's attention and best of intentions.

Jul 26, 2011

This author truly inserted himself into his subject, touring the countryside and interviewing everyone from retired generals to groups of witnesses to village atrocities.
A balance is struck between history, politics, tales of warfare, and a few mini-bio's of prominent personalities. Does about the best that can be expected in trying to outline the chaos of multiple insurgencies in a region encompassing several countries.
A compelling read, not as depressing as it might sound.

Jul 26, 2011

failed states and just how horrible they are, no easy solutions here


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