Known as “the leopard, the president of Zaire for thirty-two years, Mobutu Sese Seko, showed all the cunning of his namesake – seducing Western powers, buying up the opposition, and dominating his people with a devastating combination of brutality and charm. While the population was pauperized, he plundered the country’s copper and diamond resources, downing pink champagne in his jungle palace like some modern-day reincarnation of Joseph Conrad’s crazed station manager.
Michela Wrong, a correspondent who witnessed Mobutu’s last days. traces the rise and fall of the idealistic young journalist who became the stereotype of an African despot. Engrossing, highly readable, and as funny as it tragic, In The Footsteps of Mr. Kurtz assesses the acts of the villains and the heroes in this fascinating story of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.
Power. Betrayal. broken hearts. Broken promises. This book traces the life and career of Ugandan opposition leader Kizza Besigye and his contest with President Yoweri Museveni. It uncovers details of the relationship between the two men and Winnie Byanyima, explores Besigye’s falling out with the regime and the Army, his flight into exile, and the trials and tribulations he faced on his return.