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The Resource In the footsteps of Mr. Kurtz : living on the brink of disaster in Mobutu's Congo, Michela Wrong

In the footsteps of Mr. Kurtz : living on the brink of disaster in Mobutu's Congo, Michela Wrong

Label
In the footsteps of Mr. Kurtz : living on the brink of disaster in Mobutu's Congo
Title
In the footsteps of Mr. Kurtz
Title remainder
living on the brink of disaster in Mobutu's Congo
Statement of responsibility
Michela Wrong
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"He was known as "the Leopard," and for the thirty-two years of his reign Mobutu Sese Seko, president of Zaire, 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 firsthand 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, her book assesses how Belgium's King Leopold, the CIA, and the World Bank all helped to bring about the disaster that is now the Democratic Republic of Congo. If, in this poignant account, the villains are the "Big Vegetables" (les Grosses Legumes) - the fat cats who benefited from Mobutu's largesse - the heroes are the ordinary citizens trapped in a parody of a state. Living in the shadow of a disintegrating nuclear reactor, where banknotes are not worth the paper they are printed on, they have turned survival into an art form. For all its valuable insights into Africa's colonial heritage and the damage done by Western intervention, In the Footsteps of Mr. Kurtz is ultimately a celebration of the irrepressible human spirit."--BOOK JACKET
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1961-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Wrong, Michela
Dewey number
967.5103
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
DT658.25
LC item number
.W76 2001
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Mobutu Sese Seko
  • Kabila, Laurent-Désiré
  • Wrong, Michela
  • Congo (Democratic Republic)
  • Congo (Democratic Republic)
Label
In the footsteps of Mr. Kurtz : living on the brink of disaster in Mobutu's Congo, Michela Wrong
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Originally published: London : Fourth Estate, 2000
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [325]-327) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
45320378
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
1st U.S. ed.
Extent
x, 338 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780060188801
Lccn
00052976
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
Label
In the footsteps of Mr. Kurtz : living on the brink of disaster in Mobutu's Congo, Michela Wrong
Publication
Note
Originally published: London : Fourth Estate, 2000
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [325]-327) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
45320378
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
1st U.S. ed.
Extent
x, 338 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780060188801
Lccn
00052976
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, map

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