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In the Footsteps of Mr. Kurtz: Living on the Brink of Disaster in Mobutu's Congo

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Known as "the Leopard," the president of Zaire for thirty-two years, Mobutu Sese Seko, showed all the cunning of his namesake — seducing Western powers, buying up the opposition, and dominating his people with a devastating combination of brutality and charm. While the population was pauperized, he plundered the country's copper and diamond resources, downing pink champagne in his jungle palace like some modern-day reincarnation of Joseph Conrad's crazed station manager. Michela Wrong, a correspondent who witnessed Mobutu's last days, traces the rise and fall of the idealistic young journalist who became the stereotype of an African despot. Engrossing, highly readable, and as funny as it is tragic, In the Footsteps of Mr. Kurtz assesses the acts of the villains and the heroes in this fascinating story of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Synopsis:

A brilliant journalistic account of the rape of the Congo chronicles three decades of graft, corruption, and robbery perpetrated by the Mobutu regime in the tragic central African country of Zaire. Reprint.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements — Map — Introduction — You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave — Plaything for a king — Birth of the Leopard — Dizzy worms — Living above the shop — Nation on low batt — Never naked — Importance of being elegant — I get by with a little help from my friends — Folly in the jungle — Night the pink champagne went flat — Inseparable four — Nappies on the floor — Ill-gotten gains — Epilogue — Glossary — Bibliography — Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780061863615
Subtitle:
Living on the Brink of Disaster in Mobutu's Congo
Publisher:
HarperCollins
Author:
Wrong, Michela
Author:
Michela Wrong
Subject:
Fiction : General
Subject:
History & Theory
Subject:
Government (non-U.S.)
Subject:
Africa
Subject:
History & Theory - General
Subject:
Africa - General
Subject:
Politics and government
Subject:
Mobutu Sese Seko
Subject:
Government - Comparative
Subject:
Congo.
Subject:
Congo (Democratic Republic)
Subject:
Africa-Congo
Subject:
Politics - General
Subject:
World History-Africa
Subject:
General Business & Economics
Subject:
AFRIC-ZAIRE/CO720EndCap
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20020528
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
368

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History and Social Science » World History » Africa
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