'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
'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
'A work 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.'
Markus Schultze-Kraft, Institute of Development Studies
'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
'Deibert lays bare complexities of power and he names names, not only those of the Congolese but also of the 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
'A must-read book to understand the complexity of the crisis in the Congo.'
Kambale Musavuli, Friends of the Congo
'Riveting and brutally honest.'
George Ayittey, Free Africa Foundation