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Death in the Congo: Murdering Patrice Lumumba

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Death in the Congo "is a gripping account of a murder that became one of the defining events in postcolonial African history. It is no less the story of the untimely death of a national dream, a hope-filled vision very different from what the war-ravaged Democratic Republic of the Congo became in the second half of the twentieth century.

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Hardcover, 296 pages
Published February 10th 2015 by Harvard University Press
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Dec 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Authors Girard and Kuklick digest the sad story of Patrice Lumumba who within two years of being the first democratically elected prime minister of the Congo was removed from office and murdered.

It appears that Belgium never expected to truly liberate the Congo or, maybe they didn’t know what liberty entailed. There were many financial interests in the southern province of Katanga, where with installation of Lumumba, a secession movement began. The story takes a lot of twists and turns. At a few
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May 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The history of Africa as fiefs for the European countries tells us that the western culture had little understanding of anything outside their own lifestyles, did not want to spend the time trying to figure out why and how the African cultures developed and worked the way that they did, thought only of the monetary rewards of usage and denied a people's their sovereignty. And that was just the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. By the twentieth century the west had become convinced that they c ...more
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Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
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This book is the definitive account of the murder on Patrice Lumumba. The authors skip the overanalysis of colonialism but decide to give a factual overview about this very complex chain of events which led to the murder of Patrice Lumumba.
Christine (TheOtherChristineThatReads) McMillan
Thank you thank you thank you to this book. Loved it.
Jeff Schauer
Aug 01, 2016 rated it liked it
A very careful, painstaking account. Not sure how much it adds to the body of information out there, but compiles a thorough narrative of the years 1959-61 in one place. The organization gets a little bit tedious, and there's not a lot of analytical content. But certainly worth a read, particularly if the events in Congo in the early 1960s are unfamiliar.
Rob Schmults
Jun 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
Detailed but so poorly written (and/or edited) that the details lose much of their force. Too bad as it should have been a powerful story had it been better told
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This was a pretty good book that reads like an academic research paper. It is very informative.
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