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    DescriptionThe Rwandan genocide sparked a horrific bloodbath that swept across sub-Saharan Africa, ultimately leading to the deaths of some four million people. In this extraordinary history of the recent wars in Central Africa, Gerard Prunier offers a gripping account of how one grisly episode laid the groundwork for a sweeping and disastrous upheaval. Prunier vividly describes the grisly aftermath of the Rwandan genocide, when some two million refugees--a third of Rwanda's population--fled to exile in Zaire in 1996. The new Rwandan regime then crossed into Zaire and attacked the refugees, slaughtering upwards of 400,000 people. The Rwandan forces then turned on Zaire's despotic President Mobutu and, with the help of a number of allied African countries, overthrew him. But as Prunier shows, the collapse of the Mobutu regime and the ascension of the corrupt and erratic Laurent-Desire Kabila created a power vacuum that drew Rwanda, Uganda, Angola, Zimbabwe, Sudan, and other African nations into an extended and chaotic war. The heart of the book documents how the whole core of the African continent became engulfed in an intractible and bloody conflict after 1998, a devastating war that only wound down following the assassination of Kabila in 2001. Prunier not only captures all this in his riveting narrative, but he also indicts the international community for its utter lack of interest in what was then the largest conflict in the world. Praise for the hardcover: The most ambitious of several remarkable new books that reexamine the extraordinary tragedy of Congo and Central Africa since the Rwandan genocide of 1994.--New York Review of Books One of the first books to lay bare the complex dynamic between Rwanda and Congo that has been driving this disaster.--Jeffrey Gettleman, New York Times Book Review Lucid, meticulously researched and incisive, Prunier's will likely become the standard account of this under-reported tragedy.--Publishers Weekly


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    Title
    Africa's World War
    Subtitle
    Congo, the Rwandan Genocide, and the Making of a Continental Catastrophe
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Gerard Prunier
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 576
    Width: 155 mm
    Height: 231 mm
    Thickness: 36 mm
    Weight: 748 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780199754205
    ISBN 10: 0199754209
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27430
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.4
    BIC E4L: WAR
    BIC subject category V2: JPB, HBJH
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC subject category V2: CF, HBW
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1HFJ
    BISAC V2.8: LAN009000
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Subject Code: HM
    Libri: I-HM
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 41
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/21CNTY, CHRN/1990
    LC classification: DT
    BISAC V2.8: HIS001010
    Ingram Theme: CULT/CAFRIC
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    B&T Approval Code: A40550000, A41821000
    BISAC V2.8: POL009000
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 77
    Abridged Dewey: 967
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 967.032
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    B&T Approval Code: A15505000
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    DC21: 967.032
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027000
    Thema V1.0: JPB, NHW, CF, NHH
    Edition statement
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    Publisher
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Publication date
    06 April 2011
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Gerard Prunier is a widely acclaimed journalist as well as Director of the French Centre for Ethiopian Studies in Addis Ababa. He has published over 120 articles and five books, including The Rwanda Crisis and Darfur.
    Review quote
    "Mr. Prunier points out, the genocide in Rwanda acted as an incendiary bomb, setting fire to disputes that go back generations...Help(s) disentangle the fiendishly complicated histories of national and tribal identities, real and invented."--The Economist"This unique and hugely ambitious book may turn out to be one of the most important to emerge on Africa for a long time."--Financial Times"Lucid, meticulously researched and incisive, Prunier's will likely become the standard account of this under-reported tragedy."--Publishers Weekly"Africa's World War is the most ambitious of several remarkable new books that reexamine the extraordinary tragedy of Congo and Central Africa since the Rwandan genocide of 1994."--New York Review of Books"The book is remarkable not just because Gerard Prunier, who has spent his life studying African conflicts, is able to call on every academic discipline required to comprehend this gigantic disaster, but also because he was an eyewitness to much of it himself, and frequently has telling details to offer about the behaviour and motivation of key individuals. He writes, moreover, with a verve, sophistication and wit equalled, in my experience, only by fellow French intellectual Regis Debray."--The Sunday Times, UK"Runier is immensely knowledgeable and passionate about his subject.... [He sorts] out some of the strands of an immenseley complicated and enormously devastating conflict, and for that we are surely in his debt."--Books & Culture"Africa's World War is one of the first books to lay bare the complex dynamic between Rwanda and Congo that has been driving this disaster."--Jeffrey Gettleman, New York Times Book Review"War correspondents also love Prunier's work: Howard French, who covered Congo during the 1990s for the New York Times, recently placed Africa's World War on a list of books he thought President Obama should be reading."--The Nation"One of the most remarkab