In the Footsteps of Mr. Kurtz

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Summary

A sparkling account of the rise and fall of Mobutu Sese Seko, the charismatic dictator who plundered his country’s wealth and indulged a passion for pink champagne, gold jewellery and chartered Concordes. Absurdity, anarchy and corruption run riot in Michela Wrong’s fascinating dissection of the Congo; a story of grim comedy amidst the apocalypse and a celebration of the sheer indestructibility of the human spirit.


Product Details


Author: Michela Wrong

Paperback: 335 pages

Publisher: Fourth Estate, a division of HarperCollinsPublishers

ISBN-13: 978-1841154220


Reviews

“Michela Wrong nimbly balances absurdity and outrage in her portrait of Mobuto Sese Seko and the wreckage he visited with steady Western sponsorship – on the county he called Zaire. Her book is charged with pity and terror, and with the sort of sustaining humour that she rightly admires in Mobutu’s former subjects.” - Philip Gourevitch

“Michela Wrong’s colourful, vivid study of the rise and fall of Mobutu mixed the horror stories and well-researched history with a sympathetic study of the daily lives of those who somehow survived in a country plunged into economic freefall.” Guardian

“Michela Wrong blends the history of the Congo and her personal experiences into a compelling narrative, and apportions blame to those foreign governments without whose financial support Mobutu’s tyranny could never have flourished.” Mail on Sunday

“Ms Wrong was present at Mobutu’s downfall in 1997, and her description of those days is both hair-raising and hilarious … This book is a subtle evocation of the complexities of Africa.” Sunday Telegraph