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Congo : The Epic History of a People

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From the beginnings of the slave trade through colonization, the struggle for independence, Mobutu's brutal three decades of rule, and the civil war that has raged from 1996 to the present day, Congo: The Epic History of a People traces the history of one of the most devastated nations in the world. Esteemed scholar David Van Reybrouck balances hundreds of interviews with a diverse range of Congolese with meticulous historical research to construct a multidimensional portrait of a nation and its people.

Epic in scope yet eminently readable, both penetrating and deeply moving, Congo--a finalist for the Cundill Prize--takes a deeply humane approach to political history, focusing squarely on the Congolese perspective, and returns a nation's history to its people.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 656 pages
  • 155 x 231 x 28mm | 635g
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0062200127
  • 9780062200129
  • 98,071

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"This is a magnificent account, intimately researched, and relevant for anyone interested in how the recent past may inform our near future... Van Reybrouck's bibliography alone is worth the cover price. But what distinguishes the book is its clearheadedness." New York Times Book Review
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"Balancing research with personal testimonies, Van Reybrouck . . . presents a panoramic account of Congo's turbulent past."--New York Times Book Review: Paperback Row
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About David Van Reybrouck

David Van Reybrouck is an award-winning author, acclaimed playwright, reporter, and poet who holds a doctorate from Leiden University. He has traveled extensively throughout Africa and has been actively involved in organizing literary workshops for young Congolese writers. He lives in Brussels.
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3,512 ratings
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