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4.0 out of 5 stars Authoritative, thorough but heavy mapping of the DRC today
After reading this book, it would be nigh on impossible to leave without a sense of the complex, tangled web of militarized politics that has swept and continues to sweep across the DRC. Deibert forensically maps out the actors on the ground and traces their evolution over the preceding decades to explain how we end up where we are today. There is a clear sense of...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not thorough enough
Good Read but not thorough enough. Dancing in the Glory of Monsters and (particularly the excellent) The Congo: From Leopold to Kabila: A People's History, are great supplements.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Authoritative, thorough but heavy mapping of the DRC today, 19 May 2014
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After reading this book, it would be nigh on impossible to leave without a sense of the complex, tangled web of militarized politics that has swept and continues to sweep across the DRC. Deibert forensically maps out the actors on the ground and traces their evolution over the preceding decades to explain how we end up where we are today. There is a clear sense of shifting loci of power and control, and reams of evidence to shock and appall. The Rwandan government comes in for particular criticism and Deibert makes a compelling case to shatter the illusion of Kagame's innocence in the eyes of the West - which began to come crashing down with aid suspensions as a result of involvement across the border.

An excellent, in-depth and insightful sweeping history of the DRC. Some familiarity with the region's history, particularly that of Rwanda would be useful but by no means a compulsory requirement. It is not a light read and quite easy to get tangled up - this is by no means criticism of the writing, simply indicative of switching allegiances, shaky peace agreements and (as always) a plethora of acronyms. At times, it lacks a certain human element (there is little attention on the agency of the Congolese themselves - or reflection on their perspectives of the conflict), with attention focusing almost entirely on the politics, economics and militarization of life. Overall, an authoritative text and recommended for a deeper understanding of the issues affecting the DRC today.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not thorough enough, 27 Aug. 2014
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Good Read but not thorough enough. Dancing in the Glory of Monsters and (particularly the excellent) The Congo: From Leopold to Kabila: A People's History, are great supplements.
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