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

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

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A Best Book of the Year- The Economist & the Wall Street Journal At the heart of Africa is the Congo, a country the size of Western Europe, bordering nine other nations, that since 1996 has been wracked by a brutal war in which millions have died.

In Dancing in the Glory of Monsters, renowned political activist and researcher Jason K.

Stearns has written a compelling and deeply-reported narrative of how Congo became a failed state that collapsed into a war of retaliatory massacres.

Stearns brilliantly describes the key perpetrators, many of whom he met personally, and highlights the nature of the political system that brought these people to power, as well as the moral decisions with which the war confronted them.

Now updated with a new introduction, Dancing in the Glory of Monsters tells the full story of Africa's Great War.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416 pages, 5 maps
  • Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: African history
  • ISBN: 9781610391078



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I really did not know much about the Congo and it's 15 year war, but was interested in the country after reading In The Footsteps of Mr Kurtz, about Mubutu's reign in that country. I thought things were bad when Mubutu was running things, I had no idea how horrible things are now. The book is loaded with facts and interviews but it never gives any suggestions or solutions, which is something you usually expect. What you do get is a clear picture of why there is no clear picture, no one group or even groups you can point a finger and lay blame at. One thing that is clear is that while it would be great if Belgium were forced, along with the rest of Europe to clean up the mess they made in Africa, that will not happen, which is probably also a good thing. No amount of money, military assistance, or meddling intervention from the UN, the USA, or Europe, can fix the problems in the Congo, yes there are the usual wishful thinking ideas that someone like the author (who was/is employed by the UN, comes up with, but saying if they do this and that is a lot different than mapping out HOW THEY NEED TO DO IT), and ignores the fact that Congo as well as a number of other countries in Africa, is at least as bad off if not worse, than when they were either governed by murderous dictators, or under colonial rule. That is why I say there seemed to be no answers, but so far everything that has been tried has failed, and so the slaughter of people continues on a daily basis. A very sad commentary on the human race.

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