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Democratic Republic of Congo (African Arguments) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 12. September 2013

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'In this remarkable tour de force of reporting, analysis, historical inquiry, and personal experience, Michael Deibert delivers the story of Congo's bloody recent history in unflinching, often bitingly acerbic prose, setting forth in the clearest terms the causes, perpetrators, and disastrous effects of the seemingly endless Congo wars. Anyone searching for a genuine way forward for Congo needs to read this book.'
-Ben Fountain, author of "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk," winner of the National Book Critics' Circle Award and finalist for National Book Award, and "Brief Encounters With Che Guevara
'Nothing short of a tour de force of excruciating yet compassionate clarity through the political history and unspeakable violence and suffering of civilians in the lands of the Congo, this book is mandatory reading for anyone interested in building lasting peace in the heart of Africa. International donors who support governance and development in the DRC should pay close attention to Michael Deibert's compelling account.'
-Dr. Markus Schultze-Kraft, Governance Team Leader and Research Fellow, Institute of Development Studies, United Kingdom.
'This exhaustively researched history of Congo takes us from the dark days of Belgian conquest and tyranny to modern day atrocities carried out by warring militias and their legions of child soldiers. The promise driving the madness: abundant natural resources, from gold to diamonds to tantalum. Deibert lays bare complexities of power and he names names, not only those of the Congolese but also of world leaders who've either turned a blind eye to or directly fomented the misery of the Congolese people.'
-Gerry Hadden, author of "Never The Hope Itself: Love and Ghosts in Latin America and Haiti"
'Michael Deibert restores balance to analysis on the Congo with a holistic view grounded in history and the sociopolitical dynamics at play in the nation. A must-read book to understand the complexity of the crisis in the Congo.'
- Kambale Musavuli, Congolese human rights activist and spokesperson for the Friends of the Congo, Washington, DC
'Michael Deibert's work is the very model of what strong independent journalism can accomplish. His Congo book is no ordinary achievement. It bulges with both the grand sweep of history and a rich variety of voices gathered through enterprising, on the ground reporting.'
-Howard W. French, author of "China's Second Continent: How a Million Migrants are Building a New Empire in Africa," and Associate Professor at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
'Michael Deibert has connected the thousands of threads linking the Democratic Republic of Congo's conflicts in a way that allows us to see the tattered fabric of this tragic country. Deibert writes with verve, clarity, passion, and obvious empathy for all of the peoples of the Great Lakes region, and his understanding of the regional and global contexts of the Congo wars is outstanding. His story-telling ability is unsurpassed, and even veteran observers of the region will be grateful for his marvelously distilled synthesis of the ordeals Congo has endured over the past 20 years.'
- John F. Clark, author of "The Failure of Democracy in the Republic of Congo" (2008)
'A comprehensive first-rate account of the tragedy of Congo DR: the human suffering, rape and plunder of its immense mineral wealth. Riveting and brutally honest'
- George Ayittey, author and president Free Africa Foundation, Washington, DC

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Michael Deibert is a journalist and author. His writing has appeared in "The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The Miami Herald, Le Monde diplomatique, Folha de Sao Paulo, World Policy Journal," and "The Huffington Post," among other venues. He has been a featured commentator on international affairs on the BBC, Al Jazeera, Channel 4, National Public Radio, WNYC New York Public Radio, and KPFK Pacifica Radio.
His first book, "Notes from the Last Testament: The Struggle for Haiti," was praised by "The Miami Herald" as "a powerfully documented expose" and by the "San Antonio Express-News" as "a compelling mix of reportage, memoir and social criticism," and has since become required reading for diplomats and others seeking to understand that country's complex 1994-2004 era.
In 2012, he was awarded a grant from the International Peace Research Association, and in 2008 he was selected as a ?nalist for the Kurt Schork Award in International Journalism, sponsored by the Institute for War and Peace Reporting, both in recognition of his work in the Democratic Republic of Congo.


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Excellent reading. The writer has an impressive background. Full of facts. Excellent interpretation. Highly recommendable for people interested in DCR.
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HASH(0xa0d27694) von 5 Sternen A challenging read but the rewards are well worth the effort 21. Oktober 2013
Von David Doherty - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Michael Deibert has undertaken the gargantuan task of unraveling the tangled web of players and perpetrators in the DRC. There is one constant throughout the shifting alliances and rhetoric detailed in this book: lust for control and money always trumps the most basic right to life. Unlike many conflicts of this nature, the Congolese people are not pawns in this vicious game; they are incidental and disposable which makes the crime even more profound and evil.
Mr. Deibert does not make an emotional appeal to his readers. Rather he forces you to confront meticulously detailed (and footnoted) facts. As a primer, he provides a brief history of the DRC that sets the stage for what has become one of the largest killing fields in the world. Ground truth exposes that all the key players in the never-ending "peace process" either have a vested interest in promoting conflict or lack interest in dealing with the true causes of the suffering. The United Nations, ICC and the Clinton administration are shown to have lacked any conviction or moral compass. Each of these groups function in the murky shadows of political expedience and demonstrate their mastery of giving the appearance of doing something when actually doing nothing (or worse). Museveni, Kabila and Kagame waver between competition and collaboration in an effort to gain control over valuable swaths of the DRC's abundant natural resources. The covers are finally pulled back on the lie that is Paul Kagame. He is neither democratic nor morally grounded. Like so many despots in the developing world, he has packaged his particular brand of evil in a persona that appeals to the more shallow senses and sensibilities of the United States and European countries.
The story of the oxymoronically-named Democratic Republic of the Congo needs to be told; it needs to be heard; it needs to motivate us to act. Mr. Deibert has made many of the gruesome details and history of this country accessible to us. The victims now have a voice.
As a secondary comment, Mr Deibert touches on how Belgium established the foundation for human rights abuses that have become the norm in the DRC. Upon finishing his book, I would encourage the interested reader to pick up a copy of Adam Hochschild's "King Leopold's Ghost" for a more comprehensive overview of the Belgian "contributions" to the DRC.
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HASH(0x9ea6a450) von 5 Sternen ... is a very well written book and has a nice flow to it 28. Februar 2016
Von Steven Kuhlke - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This is a very well written book and has a nice flow to it. It is highly informative and the writer gives some meaning and understanding to the extremely complex socio-political make-up of Congo DR. Having been there twice, I can say this book gives me a clearer picture of Congo DR.
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HASH(0x9ea6b914) von 5 Sternen This Could Be About Anywhere 25. August 2014
Von Peter Christopher - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Michael Deibert does the nearly impossible task of clearly defining the players and their roles in the history of the Democratic Republic of Congo from the days prior to Belgian rule up to 2013. This feat alone is highly impressive. For the unfamiliar, it proves to be a bit difficult keeping track of who's in conflict with whom, but it definitely accomplishes the overall goal of explaining one of our generation's greatly overlooked (in the West) tragedies. What I took away from this book is a story that could be told about any place in the world - a brutal struggle for power and control of wealth and resources, with those blessed to dwell in such lands finding their blessings to be a curse at the hands of those who foster the worst in mankind (the greedy). I highly recommend this book for anyone with an interest in Africa, or anyone with an interest in a clear case study in greed and those who suffer as a result of it.
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HASH(0xa0d275d4) von 5 Sternen I would recommend it to anyone with an interest in the country ... 29. September 2015
Von Eirin Mobekk - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Michael Deibert’s book is a remarkable detailed both historic and contemporary tour de force of the Democratic Republic of Congo. It shows in-depth knowledge, not only of the country but of the region; and also importantly where the DRC sits in the global context and on the international agenda. It has a level of detail that is rare, founded on solid researched that could only be accomplished through spending significant amounts of time in-country.
Untangling the web of actors, identifying their roles and how they relate is a huge task in a complex context such as the DRC – and this book does it excellently. I would recommend it to anyone with an interest in the country or the region.
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HASH(0x9ea6bc80) von 5 Sternen Too dense 14. März 2015
Von sandsmith - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This is a well written account of the recent Congo wars and endless conflicts. This is not an easy subject indeed, and it was good to have it all described in one place, and Diebert certainly knows the area. I did finish it although I found it heavy going. So many characters, so many factions, so many unfamiliar names - there are four pages of acronyms. I could not keep it all straight and found myself frequently going to Wikipedia for simple clarity and summaries, and glazing over pages of detail The book has only two maps at the start (in the Kindle edition anyway) and no photographs. It would have helped a lot to have had specific maps of the various subject areas, and photos of the principals.
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