The Epic History of A People

Book - 2014
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Van Reybrouck reviews some of the most dramatic episodes in Congolese history -- from the slave trade to the ivory and rubber booms; from the arrival of Henry Morton Stanley to the tragic regime of King Leopold II; from global indignation to Belgian colonialism; from the struggle for independence to Mobutu's brutal rule; and from the world famous Rumble in the Jungle to the civil war over natural resources that began in 1996 and still rages today.
Publisher: New York : Ecco, c2014.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780062200112
Branch Call Number: 967.51 REY
Characteristics: x, 639 p. : maps ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Garrett, Sam


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Sep 18, 2015

An exhaustive (and sometimes exhausting) combination of travelogue and history that starts with colonialism and ends with where Congo is now. The subtitle is an "epic history" and it covers a lot of ground, touching on legendary figures like King Leopold, Stanley, Lumumba, and Mobutu. It is helpful to have some background on the subject before diving in and I'd recommend "King Leopold's Ghost" for non-fiction and "Heart of Darkness" for fiction. Reybrouck is Belgian and so has some personal connections to Congo as his father worked there for a time. A worthwhile book, but a bit of a tough read.


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