This is an excellent piece of historical writing for anyone seeking to understand the contexts and events of the Congo war. It is not simplistic and there are no heroes although plenty of victims... The problem of elites that see the state as a means to their own enrichment is evident. It is harder to see why any elite in power in any state in sub-saharan africa would do anything else.
This book is well researched and very detailed, it examines the roles of all the neighbouring countries and the internal factions in Africa's first continental war. The level of details and sheer numbers of protagionists means that this book is for those seriously interested in the subject.
Wow! What a mess! This book is a very detailed account of the (most probably) biggest African conflict; a war fought among foreigners on the Congolese land for often unrelated interests and reasons. Starting with the aftermaths of the Rwandan genocide, Prunier covers the events `till the 2008. Although the situation is extremely intricate (during your reading you can probably get lost in a war bush somewhere in the Congo basin or drown in the river of words of a western diplomat), the author manages to guide a careful reader in the complexity of what he calls the "continental war".
I have learnt so much from this book! The mineral wealth of the Congolese region has been often used as a kind of catch-all explanatory device; well, through this work you are able to see much more about this catastrophe (which hasn't been very "media-sexy").