Dancing in the Glory of Monsters: The Collapse of the Congo and the Great War of Africa
by Jason K. Stearns
PublicAffairs, 380 pp., $28.99
Jason Stearns does not believe in the glory of monsters. Neither does he accept a “Heart of Darkness” view of the Congo as a zone of hopeless, endemic monstrosity. This is a country he knows well (if it is possible to know well a place so enormous and so roadless). Stearns led the 2008 UN mission to study violence there, and worked on conflict and human rights in the Congo with a series of agencies and charities.