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The African Dream: The diaries of the Revolutionary War in the Congo
by Ernesto Che Guevara, Translated by Patrick Camiller
Listed under Che Guevara

Africa's Mountains of the Moon: Journeys to the Snowy Sources of the Nile
by G. H. Yeoman, Christabel King
Hardcover from Universe Books

American Congo : The African American Freedom Struggle in the Delta
by Nan Elizabeth Woodruff
Hardcover from Harvard Univ Pr

The Assassination of Lumumba
by Ludo De Witte
Hardcover: 400 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.95 x 9.52 x 6.44
Verso Books; ISBN: 1859846181;

Che in Africa: Che Guevara's Congo Diary
from Ocean Press
Listed under Che Guevara

The Congo-Zaire Experience, 1960-98
from Palgrave Macmillan

The African Stakes of the Congo War
by John F. Clark
Hardcover from Palgrave Macmillan

Congo-Paris: Transnational Traders on the Margins of the Law (African Issues Published in Association With International African institutE)
by Janet Macgaffey, Remy Bazenguissa-Ganga, International African Institute
Paperback from Indiana University Press

Black Livingstone: A True Tale of Adventure in the Nineteenth-Century Congo
by Pagan Kennedy
Paperback from Penguin USA (Paper)

Captive in the Congo: A Consul's Return to the Heart of Darkness
by Michael P. E. Hoyt, Monteagle Stearns
Hardcover from United States Naval Inst.

Colonialism in the Congo Basin 1880-1940 (Monographs in International Studies: African Series, No 64)
by Samuel H. Nelson
Paperback from Ohio Univ Ctr for Intl Studies

The Congo: From Leopold to Kabila: A People's History
by Georges Nzongola-Ntalaja
Paperback from Zed Books

Congo Cables: The Cold War in Africa--From Eisenhower to Kennedy
by Marvin Kalb, Madeleine G. Kalb
Hardcover from MacMillan Publishing Company

Culture and Customs of the Congo
by Tshilemalema Mukenge
Hardcover from Greenwood Publishing Group

East Along the Equator : A Journey Up the Congo and into Zaire
by Helen Winternitz

The Eyes of Another Race: Roger Casement's Congo Report and 1903 Diary
by Roger Casement
Paperback from University College Dublin Press

European Atrocity, African Catastrophe: Leopold II, the Congo Free State and Its Aftermath
by Martin Ewans
Hardcover from Curzon Press

From Zaire to the Democratic Republic of Congo (Current African Issues, 20)
by Georges Nzongola-Ntalaja

Forests and the Democratic Republic of Congo: Opportunity in a Time of Crisis
from World Resources Inst

From the Congo Free State to Zaire : how Belgium privatized the economy : a history of Belgian stock companies in Congo-Zaire from 1885 to 1974
by Jacques Depelchin
Hardcover: 235 pages
Publisher: Conseil Pour Le Developement De LA; (April 1992)
ISBN: 1870784111

Genocide in the Congo, Zaire: In the Name of Bill Clinton, and of the Paris Club, and of the Mining Conglomerates, So It Is
by Yaa-Lengi M. Ngemi
An incredible and horrific tale of genocide and unbelievable atrocities, both in words and in pictures. Genocide in the Congo/Zaire exposes incredible and horrific atrocities taking place in the heart of Africa, in the Congo/Zaire, a country that is as big as all of Western Europe or the United States East of the Mississippi River. The world, though, is silent over 1.7 million deaths, a number larger that the Rwandan genocide in 1994. Why the silence? How come the American mainstream media has not raised hell or demanded action? Is this a repeat of the 1960s when the American Government and its CIA engaged in covert operations to kill foreign heads of states and destabilize foreign governments that they did not like? What is happening in the Congo comes close to that. The 1.7 million Congolese have died with the financial, military and political blessings and help of the US Government, Western Europe (The Paris Club), and the mining conglomerates. Who own the media outlets? Who finance the politicians' campaigns? Genocide in the Congo (Zaire) exposes, both in words and pictures, the genocide and humanitarian misery being directed by President Clinton, Europe and the companies that are enriching themselves over Congo's mineral wealth. Because President Kabila of the Congo wants a fair deal for the wealth of his country, Clinton and the West don't like him. So he must be removed, like was done to Patrice Lumumba in the 60s. In this process, already 1.7 million Congolese have died. Would genocide, rape, and mutilations of the Congolese be President Clinton's Congo Legacy? The Publisher.
Paperback: 116 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.31 x 8.96 x 5.99; ISBN: 0595139388;

In the Footsteps of Mr. Kurtz: Living on the Brink of Disaster in Mobutu's Congo
by Michela Wrong
Paperback from Perennial
28 May, 2002

Inventing Masks: Agency and History in the Art of the Central Pende
by Z. S. Strother
Listed under African Art

The King Incorporated: Leopold the Second and the Congo
by Neal Ascherson
Paperback from Granta Books


King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa.
by Adam Hochschild
King Leopold of Belgium, writes historian Adam Hochschild in this grim history, did not much care for his native land or his subjects, all of which he dismissed as "small country, small people." Even so, he searched the globe to find a colony for Belgium, frantic that the scramble of other European powers for overseas dominions in Africa and Asia would leave nothing for himself or his people. When he eventually found a suitable location in what would become the Belgian Congo, later known as Zaire and now simply as Congo, Leopold set about establishing a rule of terror that would culminate in the deaths of 4 to 8 million indigenous people, "a death toll," Hochschild writes, "of Holocaust dimensions." Those who survived went to work mining ore or harvesting rubber, yielding a fortune for the Belgian king, who salted away billions of dollars in hidden bank accounts throughout the world. Hochschild's fine book of historical inquiry, which draws heavily on eyewitness accounts of the colonialists' savagery, brings this little-studied episode in European and African history into new light. --Gregory McNamee -
Hardcover: 366 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.28 x 9.35 x 6.37
Houghton Mifflin Co; ISBN: 0395759242;
King Leopold's Soliloquy: A Defense of His Congo Rule
by Mark Twain
Paperback: 96 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.25 x 8.00 x 5.00
Publisher: International Publishers Co; (March 1991)
ISBN: 0717806871

Leisure and Society in Colonial Brazzaville
by Phyllis Martin, J. M. Lonsdale, J. D. Y. Peel, John Sender
Hardcover from Cambridge University Press

Mbuti Design: Paintings by Pygmy Women of the Ituri Forest
by Georges Meurant, Robert Farris Thompson
Listed under African Art

No Mercy : A Journey to the Heart of the Congo
by Redmond O'Hanlon
Hardcover from Knopf

The Okapi : Mysterious Animal of Cong-Zaire
by Susan Lyndaker Lindsey, Mary Neel Green (Illustrator), Cynthia L. Bennett
Congo-Zaire contains Africa's largest remaining tracts of intact rain forest, making it one of the most important regions for biodiversity conservation. Its Ituri Forest is home to plants and animals native to nowhere else on earth, including the elusive and little-known okapi.
Paperback: 140 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.38 x 8.98 x 6.04
Publisher: Univ of Texas Pr; (April )
ISBN: 0292747071

The Path of a Genocide : The Rwanda Crisis from Uganda to Zaire
by Howard Adelman et al.
Listed under Rwanda

The Political Economy of Third World Intervention: Mines, Money, and U.S. Policy in the Congo Crisis (American Politics and Political Economy)
from University of Chicago Press

The Ponds of Kalambayi
by Mike Tidwell
Paperback from The Lyons Press

A Private War: An American Code Officer in the Belgian Congo
by Robert Laxalt
Paperback from Univ of Nevada Pr

The Rise and Decline of the Zairian State
by Crawford Young, Thomas Turner
Hardcover from University of Wisconsin Press

The Troubled Heart of Africa: A History of the Congo
by Robert B. Edgerton
Book Description: Plundered for centuries for its natural resources (which remain Africa's most abundant), the Congo was not always a place of horror. Before the Portuguese landed on its shores at the end of the 15th century, it was a prosperous and thriving region. The Congo River, the world's second longest as well as the deepest, and one of the only routes to the continent's interior, provided indigenous populations with ample means for living and trading. What the Portuguese found first to exploit were people, and with the slave trade began a dizzying downward spiral of conquest and degradation that continued for centuries. By the 19th century the race to explore the full length of the legendary river masked a fight for territorial and moral control among the French, Arabs, British, Germans, as well as American missionaries, all of whom dreamed of possessing Africa's very heart. When King Leopold of Belgium managed to solidify control in 1885, the Congo "question" seemed solved. His reign, of course, was almost pathological in its cruelty-the true source of Conrad's "horror"-and its grim legacy endures to this day.

Edgerton documents the Congo's long, sad history with a sense of empathy with and admiration for the character of the land and its inhabitants. Since independence in June 1960, the country has endured the machinations and disappointments of one dictator after another, beginning with Patrice Lumumba, and continuing through Joseph Mobutu, Laurent Kabila, and today Kabila's son, Joseph, who assumed power after his father was assassinated in January 2001. Whether called the "Congo Free State," or "Zaire," or the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the country remains perilously unstable.

The Troubled Heart of Africa is the only book to give a complete history of the Congo, filling in the blanks in the country's history before the advent of Henry Stanley, David Livingstone, King Leopold, and other figures, and carrying us straight into today's headlines. The Congo continues today to be the subject of intense speculation and concern, and with good reason: upon it hangs the fate of sub-Sahara Africa as a whole. Here is a book that helps us face the stark truths of the Congo's past and appreciate both the enormous potential and uncertainty of its future.
Hardcover from St. Martin's Press

Report of the Kingdom of Congo & of the Surroundings: Countries Drawn Out or the Writings of the Portuguese Duarte Lopez
by Filippo Pigafetta, Duarte Lopes
Hardcover from International Specialized Book Services
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Rise and Fall of Patrice Lumumba
by Thomas N. Kanza
(Paperback - June 1979)

Remembering the Present: Painting and Popular History in Zaire
by Johannes Fabian, Tshibumba K. Matulu
Hardcover from University of California Press

The River Congo: The Discovery, Exploration and Exploitation of the World's Most Dramatic River
by Peter Forbath
Paperback from Houghton Mifflin Company

Dictionary of African Biography : Sierra Leone/Zaire

The Transition Towards Democracy in Post-1990 Zaire
by Mondonga M. Mokoli
Book Description: This timely book, written by a Zairean sociologist, provides a useful evaluation of the transition from one party dictatorship to multiparty democracy in Post-1990 Zaire. The in-depth causes of this failed transition are rooted in the Belgian colonialism, and more importantly in the nature and the role of the post-colonial state that Mobutu Sese Seko and his associates have engineered and implemented in Zaire for more than three decades. Instead of social progress, this transition period ahs rather been a political maneuver geared to sustain the status quo and the kleptocracy in their best interests, but at the expense of most Zaireans. It has prompted Post-1990 Zaire from the stage of chaos to oen of a complete collaspe of socio-economic and political structures. Feudalistic rationality, anarchy, pillage, abject poverty, refugee crisis and armed conflict, which are likely to lead to the destabilization of the whole central African region, are among the significant indicators of this failed transition. The book calls for free market rationality and socio-economic development at the grass roots level as the prime mover that can recreate, empower and freee the Zairean civil society in order to put the democratic transition back on track. This is a necessary and a sufficient condition that will enable this civil soicety to make appropriate choices of its representatives, who cand design and set up social structures conductive to sustainable democracy. 
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield (Non NBN); (June )
ISBN: 157309143X

Prison Conditions in Zaire
by Peter Rosenblum
Paperback: ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.25 x 11.25 x 9.00
Publisher: Human Rights Watch;
ISBN: 1564321207

War and Peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo (Current African Issues, No. 22)
by Herbert Weiss
Paperback from Nordiska Afrikainstitutet

We Two Alone: Attack and Rescue in the Congo
by Ruth Hege
Paperback from Emerald House Group

Working Class in the Making: Belgian Colonial Labor Policy, Private Enterprise, and the African Mineworker, 1907-1951
from Univ of Wisconsin Pr

Zaire : A Country Study (Area Handbook Series)

Rumba on the River: A History of the Popular Music of the Two Congos
by Gary Stewart
Paperback from Verso Books

Rural Society and Cotton in Colonial Zaire
by Osumaka Likaka
Book Description: This masterful social and economic history of rural Zaire examines the complex and lasting effects of forced cotton cultivation in central Africa from 1917 to 1960. Osumaka Likaka recreates daily life inside the colonial cotton regime. He shows that, to ensure widespread cotton production and to overcome continued peasant resistance, the colonial state and the cotton companies found it necessary to augment their use of threats and force with efforts to win the cooperation of the peasant farmers, through structural reforms, economic incentives, and propaganda exploiting African popular culture. 

Lumumba and Malcolm: Black National Separatists
Maglangbayan, Shawn. Garvey, Third World Press, Chicago 1972. 
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Religion and Society in Central Africa : The Bakongo of Lower Zaire
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Snowcaps on the Equator : The Fabled Mountains of Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Zaire
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The Organization of African Unity and the Congo Crisis, 1964-65, documents.
Hoskyns, Catherine. Institute of Public Administration, 1969. 
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The Congo Since Independence, January 1960-December 1961. 
Hoskyns, Catherine. Oxford University Press, London 1965. 
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Murderous Angels: A Political Tragedy and Comedy in Black and White
O'Brien, Conor. 
Little Brown, Boston 1968. 
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Lumumba: Death of a Prophet, VHS
California Newsreel
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Lumumba: The Last Fifty Days
by Heinz, G and Donnay, H.
Grove Press, Inc., New York 1969. 
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Lumumba Speaks: The speeches and writings of Patrice Lumumba, 1958-1961
Lumumba, Patrice, Little Brown, Boston 1972. 
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McKown, Robin, Lumumba: A Biography
Doubleday, Garden City, NY 1969. 
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Patrice Lumumba: Fighter for African Freedom
Progress Publishers, Moscow 1961. 
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A Season in the Congo; A Play
Cesaire, Aime
Grove Press, New York 1969. 
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The Poisonwood Bible
Kingsolver, Barbara
Harper Perennial Library, 1999.
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