FREE READ ☆ Dancing in the Glory of Monsters: The Collapse of the Congo and the Great War of Africa


Personally in the Glory PDF #201 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 Wa. Having worked on and off in the Congo since 2002 when I met the author at the beginning of his experience of the country and just recently returned after a year in Kinshasa when I again had the good fortune to talk to him from Goma January 2016 I found Jason Stearns' book both extremely comprehensive and insightful To have pulled together the myriad strands that make up the history in such a way that can be understood and readable at the same time represents a challenge that he has risen to magnificently The DRC is in the news today as much as ever with the political contortions just as challenging and confusing The book gives a detailed explanation on what why and how events have reached this pass Two things especially stay with me; the thread illustrated throughout the book getting first hand accounts in particular the devastating impact of the mindless brutality and secondly Jason’s explanation of the psyche which as he puts it is not due to a missing “virtue gene” but owes its origins to a much deeper and darker history of abuse going back hundreds of years This is an account delivered both factually but also with an obvious personal compassion If you want to understand the place this book will help If you know a bit about it already then it will make you ponder further

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

Dancing in the Glory of Monsters The Collapse of the Congo and the Great War of AfricaA Best Book of the Glory PDFEPUB #236 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 has been wracked by a brutal war in which millions have died In Dancing in PDFEPUB or Dancing in. Nuanced and well written Mingling personal vignettes interviews and narrative history this story is a fascinating overview of a complex period in a complex country

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FREE READ ☆ Dancing in the Glory of Monsters: The Collapse of the Congo and the Great War of Africa ò [EPUB] ✼ Dancing in the Glory of Monsters: The Collapse of the Congo and the Great War of Africa By Jason Stearns – A Best Book of the Year 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. Dancing in the Glory of Monsters is an exceptionally well written set of accounts of the actions in and around the Congo Wars This is not a history of the wars themselves but a series of expertly interwoven narratives charting some of the actions of the people involved It is the story of politicians perpetrators and victims The logic and reasoning behind some of the myriad different actors in the Wars is touched on and offers a great introduction to understanding Africa's World WarThe book rightly starts at the genesis of the Wars the Rwanda massacres of Tutsis by Hutus Strange that so much suffering in Congo can have been caused by this bout of outrageous violence in small neighbouring Rwanda Jason Stearns takes an holistic view not just looking at the actions within Congo but the motivations of those around Of course Rwanda is the most important because it was the Government of Paul Kagame who toppled Mobutu Sese SekoThe thinking behind the Rwandan intervention is fascinating Impressive to see such access to some of those in the inner circle that Kagame put together Of course the Rwandans made a terrible mistake in installing Laurent Kabila and there is not really enough here to explain how come they made that error Kabila does not seem to be such an obvious leader that the Rwandans had to choose him given the comments of those who were around him in the early goingThe capability of the Rwandan forces compared to the impoverished Congolese ones is well laid out The depredations of Mobutu and his systematic dismantling of the Congolese forces is described as the ultimate cause of their futility It was only foreign intervention that held the Rwandans in check at allThe international element is not fully explored There is description of the Angolan and Zimbabwean intervention gains some coverage but this is not really their story It is mostly the story of the Congolese themselves and in many cases the proxies used by others for purposes both moral and self interestedSome of the savagery carried out in the DRC was utterly heartbreaking Stearns tells some of those stories like the worshippers burned in a church or villagers being wiped out The tales told by survivors are devastating to read and there is a lot of human tragedy in this work Stearns tells victims stories sympathetically without being overly sentimental It is fascinating that different sides see things so differently and that each side only really knows about atrocities carried out by the otherStearns also engages with perpetrators He meets with some of those who led factions or militias and tells their story or retells the descriptions of those who were close to leadership These are classic stories of Big Men Many of them seem to be out to enrich themselves and in a few instances they seem to be utterly incompetent The tales of people who emerged from the jungle to glorify themselves and then fade away when their facade falls are a level of detail that those without than a passing interest in the subject will not necessarily have It is understanding these factions that leads to understanding the overall tragedyThe reason this book works so well though is because it is structured and written so effectively The narrative spreads over so many different angles because there are so many different aspects to the conflict Stearns does not take a strictly chronological order but it is roughly a guide from the Rwanda massacre to the time of Joseph KabilaDancing in the Glory of Monsters is not a military history but is an important analysis of the politics and people It is a seminal work on a conflict that has had a devastating effect in Central Africa Stearns shines a light on dark corners of the violence and does so with a dispassionate sympathy which makes it so easy to identify with all of those involved