In the Footsteps of Mr. Kurtz

Living on the Brink of Disaster in Mobutu's Congo

Known as "the Leopard," the president of Zaire for thirty-two years, Mobutu Sese Seko, showed all the cunning of his namesake -- seducing Western powers, buying up the opposition, and dominating his people with a devastating combination of brutality and charm. While the population was pauperized, he plundered the country´s copper and diamond resources, downing pink champagne in his jungle palace like some modern-day reincarnation of Joseph Conrad´s crazed station manager.

Michela Wrong, a correspondent who witnessed Mobutu´s last days, traces the rise and fall of the idealistic young journalist who became the stereotype of an African despot. Engrossing, highly readable, and as funny as it is tragic, In the Footsteps of Mr. Kurtz assesses the acts of the villains and the heroes in this fascinating story of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Michela Wrong has worked as a foreign correspondent for Reuters, the BBC, and the Financial Times. She has written about Africa for Slate.com and is a frequent commentator on African affairs in the media. Her first book, In the Footsteps of Mr. Kurtz, won the James Stern Silver Pen Award for Nonfiction. She lives in London.

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Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 368
Erscheinungsdatum 01.05.2002
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-06-093443-9
Verlag HarperCollins
Maße (L/B/H) 207/135/22 mm
Gewicht 313
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