'Indispensable reading for all those interested in post-conflict state-building.'
Crawford Young, University of Wisconsin
'Sure to create controversy, this book makes for a compelling read and calls for an understanding of Congo and the Congolese on their own terms.'
Pierre Englebert, Pomona College
'Written in simple prose and short chapters, this book will provide a more convincing explanation of what is happening in the Congo than most other books available today.'
Patrick Chabal, Kings College London
'This is an excellent introduction to the Congo's complex problems.'
Nicolas van de Walle, Department of Government, Cornell University
'In a nuanced yet compelling way, Trefon argues (as others have done for Liberia and Sierra Leone) for the need to "put the state back in" and to reform it in such a way as to give it the capacity to deliver public goods.'
Edouard Bustin, Boston University