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The Invisible Enemy (Kindle Single) [Kindle Edition]

Jonathan Littell
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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The LRA in Congo: The Forgotten War

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In remote villages of the Congo, the children of more than 1,000 families have been taken by armed members of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) and made to become slaves and "wives." In The Invisible Enemy, Jonathan Littell--war correspondent and author of the novel The Kindly Ones--investigates the panic, disbelief, and powerlessness faced by the effected families. He journeys to jungle and savannah villages where the LRA hides, interviewing children who escaped, government officials who help the victims, and military officers who lead the anti-LRA operations. Haunted with images of terror, Littell's history of the LRA's atrocious campaign nevertheless offers powerful psychological portraits, richly described landscapes, strategic details of both sides' operations. --Paul Diamond

About the Author

Jonathan Littell was born in 1967 in New York of American parents and brought up and educated mainly in France. His novel The Kindly Ones, originally published in France as Les Bienveillantes, became a bestseller and won the coveted Prix Goncourt and the Académie Française's Prix de Littérature. Previously he worked for the humanitarian agency, Action contre la faim, in Bosnia, Chechnya, Afghanistan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. He now lives in Spain.

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  • File Size: 27 KB
  • Print Length: 16 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004KKXSO6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #378,657 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good journalism, but a little hard to follow January 27, 2011
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This short work, which reads like a feature magazine article, describes the continuing violence perpetrated by the Lord's Resistance Army in several central African countries. I was amazed when it was revealed how few of them are estimated to be left, given the amount of havoc they continue to wreak. It was eye-opening but not as terrifying as I expected given the Amazon.com review that appears with the product description. The reporter talked to members of the armies trying to rout the LRA and to some of its escaped victims, but he didn't really help me understand what the conflict is about or why the LRA continues to fight when it's obvious their days are numbered.

So, this was like a magazine article, but without the visuals and the maps that would normally accompany a piece like this. After a while, the names of towns and villages just started to jumble together. There were a few sidebar-like paragraphs about the history of the LRA and a guide to the acronyms used, but unfortunately these helpful tidbits were at the end of the article instead of the beginning where they could have done some good.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing piece February 13, 2011
By sk
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Although the author does a good job of summarizing the problem, the issue with this single is that he stops there. All the information presented in this single can easily be obtained by reading a few NYT articles on the LRA. This single would be much more enticing if the author included some sort of analysis, or spoke more about his journey to the DRC.

All in all, it doesn't seem worth spending $2 on it.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Eye Opener January 27, 2011
By Ed C.
Format:Kindle Edition
In this short piece, Jonathan Litell is able to capture the devastation in the Congo. Early on, he states it is easy to push aside what is happening in this part of the world and discard it as, "just another war in Africa." Until we are able to mentally see ourselves, our families, and our friends in these people and what would be the inevitable destabilization and destruction of our society, the situation in the Congo will not end.

This is a must read!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Read like a first draft, not a finished product March 30, 2011
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I think it's worth a read for the information it contains but this single could have used some serious editing. It had numerous typos and the organization was backwards - the background information on the LRA should have come at the beginning, not the end.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Short but information rich March 1, 2011
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This is a relatively short article detailing one of the many problems facing the Congo - a country as big as all the European nations combined. I appreciated the information shared but thought the article was much shorter than I expected.
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More About the Author

Jonathan Littell was born in 1967 in New York of American parents and brought up and educated mainly in France. This novel, originally published in France as Les Bienveillantes, became a bestseller and won the coveted Prix Goncourt and the Académie Française's Prix de Littérature. Previously he worked for the humanitarian agency, Action contre la faim, in Bosnia, Chechnya, Afghanistan and the Democratic Republic of Congo. He now lives in Spain.

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