Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
The Congo: From Leopold to Kabila: A People's History Paperback – May 3, 2002
The Amazon Book Review
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
"Georges Nzongola-Ntalaja is one among those very few intellectuals who possesses the background, the knowledge, the commitment and the vantage point from which to assess the historical possibilities for contemporary Congo." --Mahmood Mamdani, Herbert Lehman Professor of Government, Columbia University
"This book could not be more timely. It throws new light on the past struggle for democracy in the Congo while indicating possible directions for the future." --Mbaya Kankwenda, UNDP Resident Representative in Nigeria
About the Author
Top Customer Reviews
Nzongola-Ntalaja states that "This book is a study of the democracy movement in Congo, from the standpoint of popular resistance to exploitation and repression, for a better social and political order" (3), and the perspective molds the entire book. This should not be surprising from a person who spent most of his life in exile and in resistance to the powers governing his own nation. He emphasizes those groups and individuals in Congo's history who have resisted the government. This is not an official history!
Along with Democracy, another related theme running through the book is that of the tremendous weight of external influences in Congo's history over the last century. Beginning with King Leopold of the Belgians, through the colonial rulers which followed him, on to the Cold War superpowers, and finally invading neighboring African states like Uganda and Rwanda, Congo's vast riches and strategic location have attracted outsiders.Read more ›
Ntalaja's english is easy reading for non-native speakers like myself ;-)
The book comes across like an academic assignment--a university thesis. It is as though it had an hypothesis that had been erased for publication but still accompanied by a text that seeks to substantiate that hypothesis with historical fact. That's where the shoe-horning comes in. At times it is stiff, mechanical reading. On the other hand, it contains that rigor of academic clarity so helpful to a reader trying to understand this history for the first time. It is also a compendium of the political/historical facts and is probably used as a source book by scholars.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It certainly opened new possibilites but can they be substantiated? I look forward to the results of the UN investigation of the crash of Transair Sweden DC-6B.Published 15 months ago by djd
I'm sure the book has its merits, but at a cost of over $18 for a digital copy, it won't get much viewing. Too bad, I was looking for a authentic viewpoint about Zaire's history.Published on September 9, 2013 by J. H.