Dancing in the Glory of Monsters The Collapse of the Congo and the Great War of Africa

ISBN-10: 1586489291

ISBN-13: 9781586489298

Edition: 2011

Authors: Jason Stearns
List price: $33.50
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Description: 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.

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Book details

List price: $33.50
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 3/29/2011
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 400
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.694
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Acronyms
Maps
Introduction: Understanding the Violence
Prewar
The Legacy of Genocide
Aiding and Abetting
A Country in Ruins
Six Days
Onion Layers
Mzee
The First War
Many Wars in One
The Dominoes Fall
A Thousand Miles Through the Jungle
This Is How You Fight
A Wounded Leopard
The King Is Dead; Long Live the King
The Second War
One War Too Many
The Rebel Professor
The Rebel Start-Up
Cain and Abel
Sorcerers' Apprentices
The Assassination of Mzee
Paying for the War
Neither War Nor Peace
The Bearer of Eggs
Conclusion: The Congo, On Its Own Terms
Notes
Index
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