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Kirkus, February 15, 2011
“Impressively controlled account of the devastating Congo war…The book’s greatest strength is the eyewitness dialogue; Stearns discusses his encounters with everyone from major military figures to residents of remote villages (he was occasionally suspected of being a CIA spy)…An important examination of a social disaster that seems both politically complex and cruelly senseless.”
Sunday Times, May 1, 2011
“Stearns has done a fine job of amassing vast amounts (of material), much of it based directly on interviews with the participants and victims, to bring to light details of a scandalously under-reported war… (T)his book succeeds in providing a vivid chronicles of this rolling conflict involving 20 rival rebel groups.
Book of the Year, “(a) serious account of the social and political forces behind one of the most violent clashes of modern times… by one of its most meticulous and empathetic observers.”
Times Literary Supplement
“(Dancing in the Glory of Monsters) is both readable and humane. (Jason Stearns) offers an effective narrative of the convoluted regional politics of a conflict that saw the rapid emergence of an alliance of neighbouring governments which gave their support to the rebel army recruited from DRC’s Tutsi population… While Stearns works hard to make his readers understand the violence, it is clear that he is both impassioned and outraged by this story of human suffering… This intelligent and moving book may help us understand some of the people of the Congo better, as humans, tragically liable to do evil rather than as monsters; but unsurprisingly, it provides no clear answer to intractable questions about the scope of international intervention.”
Midwest Book Review
“Any collection strong in African history and culture—as well as many a military collection—will find this a ‘must’”
Great work elaborating on specifics of the Rwanda genocide and aggression of Rwanda against DRC.Published 22 days ago by YBJ
Very informative and very thorough. The author does a very good job of walking you day by day, week by week through the extended conflict.Published 2 months ago by Elvis
A well-researched and readable book on a very troubled area. Jason Stearns has done an incredible job of presenting the brutality and horror of the Congo wars and for once, has... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Windhoek
to be brief it's an exemplary account of the conflicts and history of the CongoPublished 3 months ago by acidtripdxm
An excellent account of the Great African War. Making sense of a seemingly senseless war, and contributing to an understanding of how the different actors and driving factors... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Tahkee
An excellent introduction to the war in the DRC in the wake of the Rwandan Genocide. It could benefit from more maps to help orient the reader, but by and large the author does an... Read morePublished 4 months ago by John
A superb look at the tragedy that is DR Congo, through the eyes of a journalist who never afraid to go right to his sources. Read morePublished 5 months ago by John A. LoGiudice
Disappointed that the book heavily relies upon on personal relationships to tell its story. Some people might really enjoy that style, but it left me feeling like I had a narrow... Read morePublished 5 months ago by EF
This book makes a valiant attempt to make a very complex set of circumstances understandable and interesting. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Timothy W. Cox