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Blood River: The Terrifying Journey Through The World's Most Dangerous Country

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  • Posted November 4, 2011

    It's Mad Max - For Real

    This book was gripping and un-put-downable. Tim Butcher skillfully conveys the menace and terror that lurks around every bend of the jungle trail as he tries to retrace Stanley's journey through one of the most dangerous countries on earth. He also illustrates (powerfully) how the Congo has devolved - from a bustling, civilized destination for tourism and commerce (in the 1950s) to the decrepit, festering backwater it is today. Best scene? When he arrives at a missionary's remote house deep in the jungle - and the terrified occupant urges him to leave post haste. Honestly one of the best travel books I've ever read and a sad commentary on a country most of the world has forgotten.

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  • Posted March 13, 2010

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    The Congo stays in your mind, never to be forgotten

    What is it with me and muggy, hot, equatorial places and rivers? Like the book The Lost City of Z by David Grann, Blood River recounts the tale of Tim Butcher's crazy obsession to the trace the routes of a great explorer, Stanley in this case, through the Congo. While the rest of the world has become more accessible in the past half century, these two equatorial locales on different continents show that winning a battle (finding a route, establishing a forward post, or even building a city) is not winning a war (creating a functioning state). Vegetation has reclaimed much of the railway in the Congo, and once busy trading hubs have fallen into disrepair with no functioning services. Rule of law is unknown. Despair is endemic.

    In a way, the Congo may be a perfect example of how bad things can get when a state goes so wrong that great wealth of a few is squandered in the face of the unbounded poverty of the majority. And the resources are there for everyone to share in the future. All I could think was to have millions and millions of people descend on the Congo at once--the equivalent of holding a thrashing baby to silence it--and rock it into silence, until it unclenched enough to learn and notice there might be a better way to get what one needs. It is a terrible waste. Mankind is not always to be admired. We need to find a way to bring out the best in the Congo.

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  • Posted October 9, 2009

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    A great book

    This book about the Congo provides great insight into a little known topic. It is very well written and the blend between history and the author's experiences are very good. The book will make you a little upset about the way things are there. I recommend this to everyone.

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