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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In this deeply reported book, Stearns vividly tells the story of the collapseof the Congo and the great war of Africa through the experiences of those whoengineered and perpetrated it
Publisher: New York : PublicAffairs, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781586489298
Branch Call Number: 967.5103 Stea
Characteristics: 380 p. ; 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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