By David van Reybrouck

Epic but eminently readable, penetrating and profoundly relocating, ‘Congo’ strains the destiny of 1 of the world's such a lot devastated international locations, moment merely to war-torn Somalia: the Democratic Republic of Congo.

With a span of numerous hundred years and an immense forged of characters, ‘Congo’ chronicles the main dramatic episodes of the nation’s background, the folk and occasions that experience made up our minds Congo’s improvement – from the slave alternate to the ivory and rubber booms; from the arriving of Henry Morton Stanley and his assembly with Dr Livingstone to the brutal regime of Belgium’s King Leopold II; from the fight for independence to Mobutu's exploitative rule; and from Muhammad Ali and George Foreman’s global well-known ‘Rumble within the Jungle’ to the civil warfare over average assets that started in 1996 and nonetheless rages today.

David Van Reybrouck interweaves his personal family's historical past with the voices of a various variety of people – charismatic dictators, feuding warlords, child-soldiers, aged, lady smugglers, and lots of within the African diaspora of Europe and China – to provide a deeply humane method of political heritage, focusing squarely at the Congolese standpoint in an try and go back a nation's historical past to its people.

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