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, buy . A review, and links to other information about and reviews of In the Footsteps of Mr. Kurtz by Michela Wrong. 7 May Wrong, a British journalist, spent six years reporting on Africa, and she not only was present for the end of the Mobutu regime, in Zaire (now.

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The thought of the USSR getting access to that alone must have caused some anxiety. Strongly recomme If you want to know what happened in Zaire, then read this. The author, Michela Wrong, is not a historian but a foreign correspondent. To ask other readers questions about In the Footsteps of Mr.

In the Footsteps of Mr. Kurtz Summary

What Wrong finds is a widespread refusal, among Westerners and ,r alike, to accept responsibility for the country’s deterioration, which has led to a situation in which “each man’s aim is to leave Congo, acquire qualifications and build a life somewhere else.

But it was a real war and Mobutu played a rather key role in blocking Khrushchev. Jul 29, elizabeth rated it it was ok.

Goodness I had no idea. She speaks fluent Ni and French. From the Heart romance readers. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

The people of Zaire not only grew disillusioned with Mobutu’s leadership, but became disillusioned with the hope of betterment. Like his predecessor Leopold II, one can imagine no person more wrong for the Congo at that or any time. It should suffice to mention that Mobutu suffered privation; readers can draw their own conclusions.

In the Footsteps of Mr. Kurtz: Living on the Brink of Disaster in Mobutu’s Congo by Michela Wrong

I love the way the book starts: Someone has even swiped one of the uranium rods from the country’s only nuclear reactor. Everyone is on the take. There’s a problem loading this menu right now.

She produces a stinging condemnation, but her book lacks the empathy that even the most venal of nations deserves. In the late 50s and early 60s Americans had recently come out of a decade of feverish McCarthyism and still had the bogey footssteps of communism looming and the kurhz domino effect.

Belgian colonial rule had been brutal and everyone had learned to fend for themselves economically. The wealth was, of course, distributed in the most politically expedient way, creating a class of so-called “Grosses Legumes Big Vegetables ” while in no way benefitting the population as footstepz whole. His insatiable thirst for cruelty brought Zaire, a nation with massive potential for wealth and prosperity, to its knees and subsequently destroyed the will of his own proud people.

Books by Michela Wrong. Mobutu and the “Big Vegetables. These events should have been a dramatic scene in the book but were not emphasized enough in my opinion. The links will take you to the Web site’s homepage.

Africa has had leaders that were crueller, stupider, greedier than Mobutu, but few have had such a devastating and lasting impact on their country. She later moved to Kenya, where she spent four years covering east, west and central Africa for the Financial Times newspaper. In the early chapters, there is a lackluster attempt by the author to provide background history on the Congo region.

In the Footsteps of Mr. Kurtz

Open Preview See a Problem? US voters elect their presidents in November. Feb 06, Gavin rated it really liked it. Very insightful and somewhat comical, a great read for anyone interested in African history and politics and the neocolonialism that followed Africa’s independence. It was named as one of the Footstepx “best books of ” and was shortlisted for ot Orwell Prize. Mobutu’s reign was so extensively corrupt, a new phrase for government plundering was created, namely “kleptocracy”.

The sketch she gives of Mobutu can be gleaned from the press of the time, but the travelogue and commentary may be unique.

It sounds a little too much like a burned out expat who can’t see the beauty amidst the mess. Mobutu’s only success was in fomenting a notion of “nation” where there perhaps was none before — an extremely dubious achievement at best. He ploughed billions into this complex in the far north, that included a runway big enough to accommodate Concorde as well as installing a nuclear bunker amongst many other outlandish and superfluous features.

Ships from and sold by Amazon. Even with the benefit of hindsight — and even Devlin is not blind to the fact that Mobutu went disastrously bad — he still believes: Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. So Zaire was ruined