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285 pages : portrait, map ; 21 cm
  • Manifest destiny. Mozambique
  • Behold the future
  • Friendly gestures
  • The devil and the deep blue sea. Liberia : small fates
  • Conakry : late to the banquet
  • Freetown : instruments of magic
  • Why Mali?
  • Ghana : habits of democracy
  • Happy family. Saints of the household
  • Fat of the land.
French reveals the human face of China's economic, political, and human presence across the African continent-- and in doing so reveals what is at stake for everyone involved. We meet a broad spectrum of China's dogged emigrant population, from those singlehandedly reshaping African infrastructure, commerce, and even environment, to those just barely scraping by, still convinced that Africa affords them better opportunities than their homeland. And we encounter an equally panoramic array of African responses to this new world order.
Law Library (Crown)
xii, 303 pages : illustrations, maps ; 20 cm
  • The lost city
  • 'What you wanna go there for?'
  • Under the volcano
  • Meeting the colonel
  • Guerrillas in the mist
  • Blood cheese
  • 'The waves on the lake are not negligible, my dear'
  • Outsiders
  • A fishless lake
  • The return, part I
  • Trouble in the Mulenge hills
  • The end is nigh
  • In search of goats and gold
  • A cruise on Tanganyika
  • The intelligence director's bath
  • The forest people
  • 'Inhuman'
  • The guns of Moba
  • My name is Zongwe
  • The return, part II
  • The lake of snails
  • Eating the neighbours
  • Of pigs, rabbits, and popes
  • La route principale
  • Beer and normality
  • The bend in the river
  • The price of tin
  • Electric dreams
  • The news from Manono.
In this extraordinary debut - called 'gripping' by The Times of London - Ben Rawlence sets out to gather the news from a forgotten town deep in Congo's 'silent quarter' where peace is finally being built after two decades of civil war and devastation. Ignoring the advice of locals, reporters, and mercenaries, he travels by foot, bike, and boat, introducing us to Colonel Ibrahim, a guerrilla turned army officer; Benjamin, the kindly father of the most terrifying Mai Mai warlord; the cousins Mohammed and Mohammed, young tin traders hoping to make their fortune; and talk show host Mama Christine, who dispenses counsel and courage in equal measure. From the 'blood cheese' of Goma to the decaying city of Manono, Rawlence uncovers the real stories of life during the war and finds hope for the future.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781851689651 20160618
Law Library (Crown)
vi, 770 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (black and white), maps (black and white) ; 20 cm
Africa is forever on our TV screens, but the bad-news stories (famine, genocide, corruption) massively outweigh the good (South Africa). Ever since the process of de-colonialisation began in the mid-1950s, and arguably before, the continent has appeared to be stuck in a process of irreversible decline. Constant war, improper use of natural resources and misappropriation of revenues and aid monies contribute to an impression of a continent beyond hope. How did we get here? What, if anything, is to be done? Fully revised and updated and weaving together the key stories and characters of the last sixty years into a stunningly compelling and coherent narrative, Martin Meredith has produced the definitive history of how European ideas of how to organise 10,000 different ethnic groups has led to what Tony Blair described as the 'scar on the conscience of the world'. Authoritative, provocative and consistently fascinating, this is the updated edition of the seminal book on one of the most important issues facing the West today.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780857203885 20160618
Law Library (Crown)
xxvi, 380 p. : maps ; 21 cm
  • Introduction: Understanding the violence
  • pt. 1. Prewar. The legacy of genocide ; Aiding and abetting ; A country in ruins ; Six days ; Onion layers ; Mzee
  • pt. 2. The first war. Many wars in one ; The dominoes fall ; A thousand miles through the jungle ; This is how you fight ; A wounded leopard ; The King is dead, long live the King
  • pt. 3. The second war. One way too many ; The rebel professor ; The rebel start-up ; Cain and Abel ; Sorcerers' apprentices ; The assassination of Mzee ; Paying for the war
  • pt. 4. Neither war nor peace. The bearer of eggs
  • Conclusion: The Congo, on its own terms.
"The best account [of the conflict in the Congo] so far...The task facing anyone who tries to tell this whole story is formidable, but Stearns by and large rises to it." --Adam Hochschild, New York Times Book Review "[A] tour de force, though not for the squeamish." --Washington Post "This is a serious book about the social and political forces behind one of the most violent clashes of modern times--as well as a damn good read." --Economist "[P]erhaps the best account of the most recent conflict in the Congo." --Foreign Policy "A serious, admirably balanced account of the crisis and the political and social forces behind it...perhaps the most accessible, meticulously researched, and comprehensive overview of the Congo crisis yet." --Financial Times.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781610391078 20160605
At the heart of Africa is Congo, a country the size of Western Europe, bordering nine other nations, that since 1996 has been wracked by a brutal and unstaunchable war in which millions have died. And yet, despite its epic proportions, it has received little sustained media attention. In this deeply reported book, Jason Stearns vividly tells the story of this misunderstood conflict through the experiences of those who engineered and perpetrated it. He depicts village pastors who survived massacres, the child soldier assassin of President Kabila, a female Hutu activist who relives the hunting and methodical extermination of fellow refugees, and key architects of the war that became as great a disaster asand was a direct consequence ofthe genocide in neighboring Rwanda. Through their stories, he tries to understand why such mass violence made sense, and why stability has been so elusive. Through their voices, and an astonishing wealth of knowledge and research, Stearns chronicles the political, social, and moral decay of the Congolese State.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781586489298 20160605
Law Library (Crown)
xxxviii, 529 p. ; 23 cm
  • Rwanda's mixed season of hope (July 1994-April 1995)
  • From Kibeho to the attack on Zaire (April 1995-October 1996)
  • The Congo basin, its interlopers, and its onlookers
  • Winning a virtual war (September 1996-May 1997)
  • Losing the real peace (May 1997-August 1998)
  • A continental war (August 1998-August 1999)
  • Sinking into the quagmire (August 1999-January 2001)
  • Not with a bang, but with a whimper : the war's confused ending (January 2001-December 2002)
  • From war to peace : Congolese transition and conflict deconstruction (January 2003-July 2007)
  • Groping for meaning : the "Congolese" conflict and the crisis of contemporary Africa.
The Rwandan genocide sparked a horrific bloodbath that swept across sub-Saharan Africa, ultimately leading to the deaths of some four million people. In this extraordinary history of the recent wars in Central Africa, Gerard Prunier offers a gripping account of how one grisly episode laid the groundwork for a sweeping and disastrous upheaval. Prunier vividly describes the grisly aftermath of the Rwandan genocide, when some two million refugees--a third of Rwanda's population--fled to exile in Zaire in 1996. The new Rwandan regime then crossed into Zaire and attacked the refugees, slaughtering upwards of 400,000 people. The Rwandan forces then turned on Zaire's despotic President Mobutu and, with the help of a number of allied African countries, overthrew him. But as Prunier shows, the collapse of the Mobutu regime and the ascension of the corrupt and erratic Laurent-Desire Kabila created a power vacuum that drew Rwanda, Uganda, Angola, Zimbabwe, Sudan, and other African nations into an extended and chaotic war. The heart of the book documents how the whole core of the African continent became engulfed in an intractible and bloody conflict after 1998, a devastating war that only wound down following the assassination of Kabila in 2001. Prunier not only captures all this in his riveting narrative, but he also indicts the international community for its utter lack of interest in what was then the largest conflict in the world. Praise for the hardcover: "The most ambitious of several remarkable new books that reexamine the extraordinary tragedy of Congo and Central Africa since the Rwandan genocide of 1994."--New York Review of Books "One of the first books to lay bare the complex dynamic between Rwanda and Congo that has been driving this disaster."--Jeffrey Gettleman, New York Times Book Review "Lucid, meticulously researched and incisive, Prunier's will likely become the standard account of this under-reported tragedy."--Publishers Weekly".
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780199754205 20160618
Law Library (Crown)

6. The Rebels' hour [2008]

xx, 297 p. : maps ; 22 cm
Lieve Joris has long been considered "one of the best journalists in the world" (Liberation, France) and in The Rebels' Hour she illuminates the dark heart of contemporary Congo through the prism of one lonely, complicated man--a rebel leader named Assani who becomes a high-ranking general in the Congolese army. As we navigate the chaos of his lawless country alongside him, the pathologically evasive Assani stands out in relief as a man who is both monstrous and sympathetic, perpetrator and victim.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780802144218 20160618
Law Library (Crown)
xv, 290 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., map ; 21 cm
This is the autobiography of one of the Cold War's hottest warriors: the CIA Station Chief in the Congo during the tumultuous years of independence. Larry Devlin arrived as the new chief of station for the CIA in the Congo five days after the country had declared its independence, the army had mutinied and governmental authority had collapsed. As he crossed the Congo River in an almost empty ferry, all he could see were lines of people trying to travel the other way - out of the Congo. Within his first two weeks, he found himself on the wrong end of a revolver as militiamen played Russian-roulette with him, Congo style. During his first year, the charismatic and reckless political leader Patrice Lumumba was murdered, and Devlin was widely though to have been entrusted with (he was), and to have carried out (he didn't) the assassination. Then he saved the life of Joseph Desire Mobutu, who carried out the military coup that presaged his own rise to political power. Devlin found himself at the heart of Africa, fighting for the survival of perhaps the most strategically influential country on the continent, its borders shared with eight other nations. He met every significant political figure, from presidents to mercenaries, as he took the Cold War to one of the world's hottest zones. This is a classic political memoir from a master spy who lived in wildly dramatic times.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781586484057 20160528
Law Library (Crown)
355 p. : maps ; 21 cm.
Examines the horrors of genocide in Rwanda, where 800,000 people of an ethnic minority were exterminated in one hundred days.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780312243357 20160528
Law Library (Crown)
x, 338 pages : illustrations, maps ; 21 cm
  • 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.
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.
Law Library (Crown)
366 p. : ill., map ; 23 cm.
Law Library (Crown)