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In the Footsteps of Mr. Kurtz by Michela Wrong
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May 27, 12

really liked it
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Read in May, 2012

This is a powerful account of the Mobutu "kleptocracy" gained control of Congo after the Belgians were removed from power. The author is sympathetic to the Congolese people and thankfully uses humor to keep you from being overwhelmed by sadness. I learned a lot about the culture in Congo which I really appreciated. By the time I finished reading, I was left with a profound sense of sadness and shame for the US, French, and Belgian role in the Congo. This is an excellent followup to King Leopold's Ghost (one of my favorite books of all time) and I recommend this to anyone interested in learning about how much people have suffered in Africa.

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