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The Lord's Resistance Army: Myth and Reality Hardcover – August 17, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1848135628 ISBN-10: 1848135629

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'For those interested in a critical alternative to the official line from the ICC, this is a collection to read. It brings together a range of scholars, bright and bold, from within and outside the continent, joined by a shared commitment to a future for Africa beyond crime and punishment.' - Mahmood Mamdani, author of Saviours and Survivors: Darfur, Politics and the War on Terror 'The atrocities by the LRA left behind a legacy which will not die. This book gives the true account about the war, with no stone left untouched.' - Adrawa Lawrence Dulu, Programme Coordinator, African Development and Peace Initiative (ADPI) 'Why bad things happen in Africa. ... there are no excuses for Joseph Kony and his bestial 'Christianity', but there are reasons for it rooted in the politics and history of Uganda and its neighbours. This book goes beyond the simplistic media stereotypes to provide the best analysis yet of how these child-abusers continue to defy international justice.' - Geoffrey Robertson QC, author of Crimes Against Humanity: The Struggle for Global Justice 'This book will be essential reading for anyone interested in the conflict in Uganda and in "terror" more generally.' - David Keen, LSE, author of Complex Emergencies 'While it has become cliche claim that any book is "essential" or "required" reading on a given subject, in this case the praise is more than fitting. One could not desire a more comprehensive, wide-ranging yet coherent, deeply informed discussion of the Lord's Resistance Army than the one Allen and Vlassenroot have put together. Covering such a diverse range of topics as the ethnic and spiritual aspects of the LRA and data about abductees to the failed Juba peace process and the International Criminal Court prosecution to transcripts of interviews with Joseph Kony himself, there is not a single chapter in this volume that does not advance our understanding of the LRA in important and significant ways. This book should also be held up as a template for how an edited volume should be put together to provide a wide-range spectrum of intellectual engagement on complex conflicts, in Africa and elsewhere. In the end, this volume is more than "essential" and "required". It is utterly brilliant.' - Kevin Dunn, Assistant Professor, Hobart & William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY, author of Imagining the Congo: The International Relations of Identity. 'This masterful, long-awaited and much-needed book transcends political agendas and uninformed stereotyping to present an astute and balanced analysis of the Lord's Resistance Army. The skilful assembling of expertise and insight from the key analysts of the LRA into a single publication makes this an essential read for researchers, practitioners, and students seeking to understand the LRA.' - Nana Poku, University of Bradford, co-author of Development and Human Security 'The conflict in northern Uganda has seemingly defied coherent explanation for the past two decades, yet in this insightful, compelling and compassionate book we at last have a definitive work on the strange phenomena that is the Lord's Resistance Army. Every essay here is contributes to our understanding of the political and social forces that have created and sustained Joseph Kony and his followers. If ever a group of international writers have provided an 'insider's account' of an African struggle, then this is surely it.' - David Anderson, University of Oxford, author of Histories of the Hanged: Britain's Dirty War in Kenya and the End of Empire

About the Author

Dr Tim Allen is a Reader at the London School of Economics and Program Director of the graduate program in Development Studies. Prof. Koen Vlassenroot is the Coordinator of the Conflict Research Group at Ghent University.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Zed Books (August 17, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848135629
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848135628
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,457,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DaveB on July 6, 2012
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The book goes into detail about Joseph Kony and the LRA mass abduction of children and genocidal killing of civilians by the Ugandan border.The writer is a journalist that met Joseph Kony and member of the LRA command and has recorded many interviews with children and fighters that were abducted plus case studies of the alleged number and ages of the abductees.This is a very informative book with alot of information on the LRA,local armies and countries fighting the against Kony's rebels
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By Scott on April 25, 2013
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If you are interested in learning more about the LRA conflict, this is perhaps the best single resource for the topic. The book covers all of the primary aspects of the conflict: the experience of being in the LRA, the politics of the war, problems with how we understand the LRA, the role of the ICC, etc. It also includes a very good analysis of the Juba Peace Process. The contributors are among the top LRA scholars today. I'm a graduate student working on the LRA and this book is usually my go-to resource. It's bibliography also is a good starting point for further research.
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