Dancing in the Glory of Monsters

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

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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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 139.7 x 208.28 x 33.02mm | 408.23g
  • The Perseus Books Group
  • PublicAffairs,U.S.
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 5 maps
  • 1610391071
  • 9781610391078
  • 38,043

About Jason Stearns

Jason Stearns has been working on the conflict in the Congo for the past decade, most recently as the head of a special United Nations panel investigating Congolese rebel groups. He worked for the United Nations peacekeeping operation, and as a senior analyst for the International Crisis Group. He is currently completing a PhD at Yale University.show more

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The best account [of the conflict in the Congo] so far.The task facing anyone who tries to tell this whole story is formidable, but Stearns by and large rises to it. Adam Hochschild, New York Times Book Review [A] tour de force, though not for the squeamish. Washington Post This is a serious book about the social and political forces behind one of the most violent clashes of modern timesas well as a damn good read. Economist [P]erhaps the best account of the most recent conflict in the Congo. Foreign Policy A serious, admirably balanced account of the crisis and the political and social forces behind it perhaps the most accessible, meticulously researched, and comprehensive overview of the Congo crisis yet. Financial Times Impressively controlled account of the devastating Congo warThe book's greatest strength is the eyewitness dialogue; Stearns discusses his encounters with everyone from major military figures to residents of remote villages (he was occasionally suspected of being a CIA spy)An important examination of a social disaster that seems both politically complex and cruelly senseless. -Kirkus"show more
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