All Things Must Fight to Live: Stories of War and Deliverance in Congo

All Things Must Fight to Live: Stories of War and Deliverance in Congo

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by Bryan Mealer
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1596916265

ISBN-13: 2901596916264

Pub. Date: 05/26/2009

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA

A foreign correspondent's gripping account of his experiences in Congo, told through the long scope of the country's dark and brutal history.
After covering a brutal war that claimed four million lives, journalist Bryan Mealer takes readers on a harrowing two-thousand-mile journey through Congo, where gun-toting militia still rape and kill with impunity. Amid

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A foreign correspondent's gripping account of his experiences in Congo, told through the long scope of the country's dark and brutal history.
After covering a brutal war that claimed four million lives, journalist Bryan Mealer takes readers on a harrowing two-thousand-mile journey through Congo, where gun-toting militia still rape and kill with impunity. Amid burned-out battlefields, the dark corners of the forests, and the high savanna, where thousands have been massacred and quickly forgotten, Mealer searches for signs that Africa's most troubled nation will soon rise from ruin.
At once illuminating and startling, All Things Must Fight to Live is a searing portrait of an emerging country devastated by a decade of war and horror and now facing almost impossible odds at recovery, as well as an unflinching look at the darkness and greed that exists in the hearts of men. It is nonfiction at its finest—powerful, moving, necessary.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2901596916264
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
05/26/2009
Edition description:
NE
Pages:
320

Table of Contents


Map     xi
Introduction     xiii
In the Valley of the Gun     1
Daily Blood     49
Waiting for Cobra     96
The River Is a Road     151
"Un Petit Deraillement"     220
Epilogue     293
Acknowledgments     297
A Note on Sources     299

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All Things Must Fight to Live: Stories of War and Deliverance in Congo 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book startled me with its truth. Intellectually a jewel of a book. Tells us so much we can barely take it all in. A must-read of vital importance.
Julius Rugwiro More than 1 year ago
Good explanationbof miserable life in Congo but also its natural beauty. I can say most political facts are truth exept Rwandan implecation an role in conflict. Its like thw writer is scared to talk about Tutsi attrocities against Congolese and hutus.
Michelle Wells More than 1 year ago
There are several good, first hand accounts - this is not one of them. This book is more focused on the author's experience and feelings rather the people/events in the Congo.
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ger1959 More than 1 year ago
Bryan Mealer is one courageous dude. Check out this harrowing memoir; an unbelievably gripping account of his four years spent covering the brutal wars in Congo. This amazing book is an unflinching account of man's inhumainity and a testament to the will of average people as they try to eek out an existence amidst unbelievable suffering, mayhem and destruction. As a career Army officer who has been to Africa and also Iraq and Afghanistan, I am in awe of the amount of courage and tenacity Bryan demonstrated living the events that make this narrative so gripping, moving and utterly unfortgettable.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bryan Mealer, an editor and journalist for Harper's and Esquire takes us on a journey through the last seven years of the Congo, the nearly unknown and underreported but bloodiest civil war in recent history, where over 4 million people died. The first half of the book nearly breaks your heart as it describes a war of unprecedented savagery that imposed terrible suffering on civilians. The second half describes two journeys of hope against all odds, one up the fabled Congo River and one on the last operating rail line in the Congo. In turns lyrical and profoundly moving, All Things Must Fight to Live is a must-read if you care about Africa, peace and the dignity of each human being. Mealer proves a worthy successor to Joseph Conrad in his beautiful non-fiction narrative. Highly recommended.