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Dancing in the Glory of Monsters by Jason  Stearns
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Oct 15, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: africa, nonfiction, 2012
Read from April 12 to 23, 2012

The more I read about African history and politics, the more I realize I will probably never understand African history and politics. Africa is such a huge place, with diverse and complex histories (and yes, I meant that in the plural), and all too often, it seems, Westerners tend to view it as a monolithic primitive place with a primitive culture, which is completely wrong.

The author of Dancing in the Glory of Monsters does a very good job of placing the Congo wars into perspective. He refers to them as an African World War, which I think is appropriate; in a nation the size of Western Europe and with the involvement of some nine countries and 20 rebel factions, I think this qualifies. The book is very readable and isn't overly academic; it's packed with interviews and statistics, but they are both necessary and well-integrated into the text. Recommended for anyone who wants to learn about this deadly conflict.

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