This work of non-fiction is an attempt to dissect the wars and chaos that became the Congo post 1996. There are no simple answers. Multiple variables from wars spilling over from neighboring countries to political corruption play a part. And yet the history of violence in this part of world has origins that go back much farther than the 20th century.
Stearns does an admirable job of trying to analyze and provide explanation to the violence in the Congo, including interviews and personal stories. I felt a bit out of my depth here, because I know very little of African history. I know a bit more, thanks to Stearns, but I don’t think I fully grasped the wealth of information here.
4 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2011