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In this gripping book, Green (West Africa correspondent, Financial Times) describes his quest to locate and interview Joseph Kony, the elusive leader of the northern Ugandan rebel group the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). After years of filing stories about the LRA out of the Reuters Nairobi office, Green wanted to know how "one maniac could hold half a country hostage for twenty years." Though Kony's LRA has indeed been brutalizing northern Uganda for decades, the struggle has rarely received much attention from the West. Green's lucid, illuminating book describes the West's interest in believing in a stable post-Amin Uganda in a part of the world plunged into chaos by conflicts in neighboring Sudan, Congo, and Rwanda. With its brisk pacing emanating from the central narrative of Green's journey up and down the Nile, the work manages to be a page-turner while exploring the political history of the country. In the end, Green's story provides a thoughtful and evenhanded exploration of a conflict that is all too often sensationalized, misunderstood, or ignored. While its long-form reportorial style, without endnotes or an index, may not make it a choice for all academic libraries, they should still consider it. It is highly recommended for all public libraries.