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 apocalypsea nation plunged back to the Iron Age, whose citizens miraculously continue to survive.
Wholly unsentimental ... Wrong gets it right ... [a] chillingly amusing cautionary tale. Washington Post Book World