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At the heart of Africa is Congo, a country the size of Western Europe, bordering nine other nations, that since 1996 has been wracked by a brutal and unstaunchable war in which millions have died. And yet, despite its epic proportions, it has received little sustained media attention. In this deeply reported book, Jason K. Stearns vividly tells the story of this misunderstood conflict through the experiences of those who engineered and perpetrated it.

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At the heart of Africa is Congo, a country the size of Western Europe, bordering nine other nations, that since 1996 has been wracked by a brutal and unstaunchable war in which millions have died. And yet, despite its epic proportions, it has received little sustained media attention.

In this deeply reported book, Jason K. Stearns vividly tells the story of this misunderstood conflict through the experiences of those who engineered and perpetrated it. He depicts village pastors who survived massacres, the child soldier assassin of President Kabila, a female Hutu activist who relives the hunting and methodical extermination of fellow refugees, and key architects of the war that became as great a disaster as—and was a direct consequence of—the genocide in neighboring Rwanda. Through their stories, he tries to understand why such mass violence made sense, and why stability has been so elusive.

Through their voices, and an astonishing wealth of knowledge and research, Stearns chronicles the political, social, and moral decay of the Congolese State.

“Covering the devastating effects of these deadly contests on the Congolese infrastructure, Congolese institutions, and people's lives, Stearns informatively reports on affairs for students of African politics.” ---Booklist

"Dancing in the Glory of Monsters is riveting and certain to become essential reading for anyone looking to understand Central Africa.” ---Wall Street Journal

“This is a serious book about the social and political forces behind one of the most violent clashes of modern times—as well as a damn good read.” ---Economist

“Impressively controlled account of the devastating Congo war . . . An important examination of a social disaster that seems both politically complex and cruelly senseless.” ---Kirkus

Dancing in the Glory of Monsters

The Collapse of the Congo and the Great War of Africa

Author Jason Stearns

Narrated by Mike Chamberlain

Publication date May 9, 2017

Running time 15 hrs 28 min

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