Title: The Katanga Circus: A Detailed Account of Three UN Wars
Author: Mugur Valahu
Description: Spine ends are lightly bumped and worn. Spine as well as gilt lettering on spine are slightly faded. Soil spots on front and rear boards; slightly heavier on rear. Tiny tear to front hinge at lower end. Pages are free of marks. Binding is sound. Stated first edition, 1964.
An appraisal of United Nations' military and political actions, as well as of Communist infiltration and subversion in a mineral-rich province of the Congo. African political intrigues.
The author spent years "as a foreign correspondent in Tshombe-ruled, Independent Katanga," which are "described here with pitiless and extraordinary realism. Fascinating anecdotes… terse accounts of incredible financial trickery and the orgies of debauchery of unrestrained black Ministers and the Machiavellian white aides… Mr. Valahu is brave in his criticism of those who manipulated the men, mines and money of Katanga."
Contents: Introduction; Belgian Paternalism; Bantou Philosophy; Reasons for Premature Independence; Congo Independence and the Secession of Katanga; The United Nations and Its Initial Task in the Congo; The Union Miniere and Katanga; Tshombe, His Ministers and His Mercenaries; The United States and the Dis-United Nations; September War; Bloody December; Kitona and Its Aftermath; Katanga Enters Its Third Year of Independence; Struggle to Save Katanga; The Third U.N. Military Action; Capitulation; So-Called Anti-Communism in Leopoldville and in Katanga; Prognostics and Certitudes; Conclusions; Postscript.
Jacket Condition: None
Publisher: Robert Speller & Sons, Publishers, Inc.
Place: New York
Size: 5.75 x 8.5 inches.
Pages: 364 pages.
Keywords: Zaire, Central Africa; Belgian Congo; Congo (Democratic Republic); Politics and History, post-colonial
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