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In the Footsteps of Mr. Kurtz: Living on the Brink of Disaster in Mobutu's Congo

 
 
 
 
In the Footsteps of Mr. Kurtz: Living on the Brink of Disaster in Mobutu's Congo
Author: Michela Wrong
ISBN 13: 9780060934439
ISBN 10: 60934433
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: 2002-05-28
Format: Paperback
Pages: 368
List Price: $14.99
 
 

In a country rich with diamonds, gold, copper, uranium, oil, and timber, the average worker was reduced to a living income of $120 a year under the rule of Mobutu. From 1965 to 1997, his regime bled the country of some $4 billion. This is both a brilliant journalistic account and a grimly humorous story set amid the heart of the apocalypse—a nation plunged back to the Iron Age, whose citizens miraculously continue to survive.

Jonathan Yardley

Wholly unsentimental ... Wrong gets it right ... [a] chillingly amusing cautionary tale. —Washington Post Book World