"A powerful and long-overdue expose of greed and violence in the battle over Africa’s mineral wealth. . . . A harrowing and important work that shows yet again that far-flung conflicts touch closer to home that we may imagine."—Greg Campbell, author of Blood Diamonds: Tracing the Deadly Path of the World's Most Precious Stones
"An exceptional book that opens up the complicated and brutal reality of life in the Democratic Republic of Congo. By explaining and connecting the violence that occurs on the ground to the products it facilitates, Eichstaedt serves up a devastating global insight into the perpetuation of violence in the DRC.” —Sarnata Reynolds, Amnesty International USA
"Eichstaedt provides counterpoint and a glimmer of hope in the form of possible reforms and legislations that could restore order to a devastated region."
About the Author
Eichstaedt is the winner of the 2015 International Latino Book Award for best in Current Affairs. The prize-winning book, The Dangerous Divide, reveals the realities of life and immigration along the U.S.-Mexico border. He is an author and veteran journalist who has written about locations worldwide, including Afghanistan, Albania, Somalia, the Sudans, Uganda, Kenya, eastern DR Congo, eastern Europe, and the Caucasus.
His latest work is Borderland, a thriller set in the Southwest and Washington DC. The novel features war correspondent Kyle Dawson, whose father is brutally murdered in the desert west of El Paso. Dawson tracks down the killers with the help of Raoul Garcia, an ex-special forces veteran turned DEA special agent. Dawson quickly finds himself embroiled in cross-border drug cartel violence linked to a U.S. senator who is on the verge of being elected to the White House. Dawson knows he has the story of a lifetime -- one that could cost him his career and his life.
He attended the University of the Americas in Mexico City and graduated from Ohio State University. He earned a masters degree from St. John's College in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he lived and worked for more than twenty years. From 2010 to 2011 he was the Afghanistan country director for the Institute for War and Peace Reporting in Kabul. He is the author of Above the Din of War, Consuming the Congo, Pirate State, First Kill Your Family, and If You Poison Us.