Top critical review
Do not recommend it.
on July 11, 2013
I have read quite a few different books on the history of Congo region. This book is comprehensive enough, however I got the impression that there is a manipulation of facts especially regarding Stanley and his methods of exploration. He is glorified as the greatest explorer of all time when in fact it is well known that he was certainly the most brutal of all. Stanley's involvement in paving the way for Leopold for his later plundering is also downplayed. And most of all, there is hardly any mention of Mobutu and the way in which his regime was encouraged by some western powers.
All in all, when I choose to read a book that is supposed to give a true unbiased historical account and fails to do so, it defeats the purpose of the book. And this book is just that. A failure.