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In the footsteps of Mr. Kurtz

Michela Wrong

In the footsteps of Mr. Kurtz

living on the brink of disaster in the Congo

by Michela Wrong

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Published by Fourth Estate in London .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Mobutu Sese Seko, -- 1930-1997,
  • Kabila, Laurent-Désiré,
  • Wrong, Michela, -- 1961-,
  • Political corruption -- Congo (Democratic Republic) -- History -- 20th century,
  • Congo (Democratic Republic) -- Politics and government -- 1960-1997,
  • Congo (Democratic Republic) -- Politics and government -- 1997-

  • Edition Notes

    Includes bibliographical references (p. 312-314) and index

    StatementMichela Wrong
    Classifications
    LC ClassificationsDT658.25 .W76 2000
    The Physical Object
    Paginationx, 324 p., [8] p. of plates :
    Number of Pages324
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL15309676M
    ISBN 101841154210

    The conquest of the earth, which mostly means the taking it away from those who have a different complexion or slightly flatter noses than ourselves, is not a pretty thing when you look into it too much. Average rating:5out of5stars, based on0reviews I was in downtown Seou The book mostly explains the collapse of Mobutu, and also why he was able to retain power for so long. He turned his experience into the novella ''Heart of Darkness,'' the story of Mr.

    January 1, Stephen Witt As a candidate for the past century's worst country it has no parallels. The path taken after was indeed influenced by the conditions created by Leopold and his successors, but other elements also helped shape it -- specifically the stunningly inept Mobutu, foreign interests mainly American, Belgian, and Frenchand the natural wealth of the nation. As the rest of Ms. Part sad history of the Democratic Republic of the Congo or Zaire as it was then and part reference to the then no less sad current events in Mobutu's Zaire, Wrong gets it right ho ho in showing, with a wry sense of humour, how dictator Mobutu was able to rule Zaire for so long, and how he managed to fleece so much from the state and from donor countries. As a description of absolute power and an attempt to look at Mobutu's legacy of leaving one of Africa's richest states in terms of natural resources as one of its poorest in institutions it is interesting.

    There is some speculation as to how Mobutu prevailed in the early days of liberation. An analysis of the historical background to the Congo, Leopold, the rise of Mobutu, and a fascinating analysis of the anatomy simply of a dictatorship, but of the particular form of kleptocracy that Mobutu pioneered. The causal relationship she draws between the brutal excesses of the Belgian colonialists and the complacency of the population under Mobutu seems a bit too neat. You may wonder how things could go bad like this — and there are many reasons. The plight of the common man is addressed to some extent, as Wrong tries to give examples of entrepreneurial spirit, the life of soldiers in what was -- thank god -- perhaps the most pathetic army ever assembledand examples of life around Mobutu's court.


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In the footsteps of Mr. Kurtz book

Nowadays people tend to forget what happened in Africa during the colonial rule and how Western countries have influenced the development or underdevelopment of the whole continent. Trying to justify America's and his inexcusable interference in the Congo, the Cold War operative tells Wrong: You're too young to remember much about the Cold War.

Kleptocracy is an illness in Africa, that we need to find solutions to. But, you could never be sure. But none of this absolves Mobutu, who is, unquestionably, ultimately the man to blame for what has become of the Congo today.

Nevertheless, his interference, and that of the American government generally, certainly helped put Mobutu in power -- and then keep him there. Her third book, It's Our Turn to Eat: The Story of a Kenyan Whistle-Blowertells the story of John Githongoa Kenyan journalist and civil society activist who, intook on a senior anti-corruption role within the newly elected government of President Mwai Kibaki.

And since she also writes things such as: "In JuneUS voters elected George Bush, a former CIA chief and long-standing Mobutu supporter, as their new president" one has to wonder about how thorough she is in fact-checking.

He was on site and involved in much of what happened -- and was even instructed to arrange Lumumba's assassination, though he apparently never got around to it.

A way of dividing would be passing large amounts around, cash in brown envelopes, buying, at least for a time, faithfulness. He seemed untouchable until the Cold War ended and the Americans no longer needed him.

By Shakespeare. I enjoyed reading this book, and yet Perhaps if they build a hall of shame then Mobutu could find a place of honour there; otherwise he is best remembered only as an example of all the worst things a leader can be, the antithesis of everything that any nation needs in a head of state.

It's all very Heart of Darkness, as Joseph Conrad recognized so well. Wrong's descriptions of some of these greedy politicians and Big Vegetables, and the endemic corruption in the country, is quite shocking.

Michela Wrong offers a useful introduction to one of the most outrageous figures of modern history, a man whose sad legacy will probably last for generations. The second half describes different sectors of the society, economic, mining, the hyper-inflation, the abysmal condition of infrastructure of all sorts from roads to airports to hospitals — much of which was the result of the total collapse of Congolese society brought about by the draining of resources by the corrupt regime Very well written, with intensity and passion and analytical clarity.

This final collapse is the meat of her book, but she also tells the whole sad history of the Congo and covers the pitiful Mobutu's entire career.

She talks about the process of moving from fact to fiction and the real border dispute that inspired the book. Footsteps is well written from an expatriate journalist perspective.

Graces bestowed on people of your own tribe, clan and extended family is nothing new in Africa. Strongly recommended."In the Footsteps of Mr Kurtz is a wonderfully readable book, written with a novelist's eye .) Rare for a book about Africa, it is without moral superiority or preachiness, and often turns the tables on the west by showing how it built up Mobutu as an anti-communist hero of the cold war.".

Book Type Category Average Review New Releases Language Price See Other Books I Didn't Do It for You. by Michela Wrong. Open eBook Preview. Store; In the Footsteps of Mr. Kurtz; In the Footsteps of Mr. Kurtz (eBook) by Michela Wrong (Author)Words. A story of grim comedy amid the apocalypse and a celebration of the sheer indestructibility of the human spirit in a nation run riot: Michela Wrong's vision of Congo/Zaire during the Mobutu years is incisive, ironic and revelatory.

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