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Congo by David van Reybrouck Read & download ↠ 9 Þ ❮EPUB❯ ✼ Congo Author David van Reybrouck – Eyltransferservices.co.uk FINALIST FOR THE CUNDILL PRIZE FOR HISTORYNot only deserves the description epic in its true sense but the term masterpiece as well Independent This gripping epic tells the story of onRitical failed nation states the Democratic Republic of Congo Interweaving his own familys history with the voices of a diverse range of individuals charismatic dictators feuding warlords child soldiers and. From the explorer and colonial operator Stanley’s activities until 2010 David Van Reybrouck’s book covers 140 years of life and it must be said a horrific amount of death in the Congo Almost as epic as the history of its subtitle ‘Congo’ is a thrilling and informative readAs you’d expect the book includes all the tropes of Central Africa down the years the violence and corruption; the exploitation and the greed; institutional frailty and the fecklessness of politicians; the cruelty chaos and waste But there is much here and a lot of it surprising right up to the last chapter a coda set in the Chinese powerhouse metropolis of GuangzhouVan Reybrouck’s approach has been to overcome acronym fatigue by personalising his account as far as possible so that his impressive sifting of secondary sources is leavened with episodes from his travels to the four corners of Congo over several years In fact the glory of the book is the author’s first person interviews with a whole string of engaging Congolese characters of all ages and from all walks of lifeIt would be churlish to deduct a star for the numerous typographical errors and occasional clunkiness of the English version surely not down to the translator who has also produced wonderful renderings of Otto de Kat’s novels This is a piece of work that transcends such gripes Africa’s second largest country is increasingly receiving the historiographical and literary attention it deserves and this book is a glittering addition to the canon

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FINALIST FOR THE CUNDILL PRIZE FOR HISTORYNot only deserves the description epic in its true sense but the term masterpiece as well Independent This gripping epic tells the story of one of the worlds most c. Read this book previously in hard cover Really super Has to be the best book going around on the Congo For anyone interested in central Africa and especially the Congo its a must read Van Reybrouck knows the Congo and its people really well and tells its story from day one right up to now

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Congo by David van ReybrouMany in the African diaspora of Europe and China Van Reybrouck offers a deeply humane approach to political history focusing suarely on the Congolese perspective and returning a nations history to its peop. Having raced through a number of books on the Congo I can say for completeness this has the title pipped For particular epochs of the Congolese history there are however better David van Reybrouck 'beginning to end' story gives you in a large volume a real A Z of Congo and the FULL story The pre Mobutu part 60% of the book is as good as you will find with the chapters covering the process of independence to Mobutu taking full control the notably highlight in writing research scope and narrative From there onward into the civil wars and Congo today the book becomes in part a series of interviews and observations All very readable with first class writing and insightsFor a shorter history and better starter I would recommend In the Footsteps of Mr Kurtz For Congo post Mobutu there is no beating Dancing in the Glory of Monsters If you want it all in one volume and are not put off by the size go with David van Reybrouck brilliant work