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Synopsis: Patrice Lumumba, first prime minister of the Republic of Congo and a pioneer of African unity, was murdered on 17 January 1961.
Democratically elected to lead the Mouvement National Congolais, the party he founded in 1958, Lumumba was at the centre of the country’s growing popular defiance of the colonial rule of oppression imposed by Belgium. When, in June 1960, independence was finally won, his unscheduled speech at the official ceremonies in Kinshasa received a standing ovation and made him a hero to millions. Always a threat to those who sought to maintain a covert imperialist hand over the country, however, he became within months the victim of an insidious plot and was arrested and subsequently tortured and executed.
This book unravels the appalling mass of lies, hypocrisy and betrayals that have surrounded accounts of the assassination since it perpetration. Making use of a huge array of official sources as well as personal testimony from many of those in the Congo at the time, Ludo De Witte reveals a network of complicity ranging from the Belgian government to the CIA. Chilling official memos which detail ‘liquidation’ and ‘threats to national interests’ are analysed alongside macabre tales of the destruction of evidence, putting Patrice Lumumba’s personal strength and his dignified quest for African unity in stark contrast with one of the murkiest episodes in twentieth-century politics.
About the Author: Ludo De Witte is a sociologist and a writer. He is author of the Dutch work Crisis in Kongo and has researched two broadcast television documentaries on Patrice Lumumba.
Title: The Assassination of Lumumba
Publication Date: 2001
Book Condition: very good
Book Description Verso, 2001. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Seller Inventory # mon0001721822
Book Description Verso, 2001. Condition: Good. A+ Customer service! Satisfaction Guaranteed! Book is in Used-Good condition. Pages and cover are clean and intact. Used items may not include supplementary materials such as CDs or access codes. May show signs of minor shelf wear and contain limited notes and highlighting. Seller Inventory # 1859846181-2-4
Book Description Verso, 2001. Hardcover. Condition: Used: Good. Seller Inventory # SONG1859846181
Book Description Verso, London, 2001. Hard Cover. Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. Yellow boards, 224pp with illustrations contents unmarked and as new in like DJ. Seller Inventory # 009549
Book Description Verso, 2002. Condition: Very Good. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Seller Inventory # GRP97127435
Book Description Verso Books, 2001. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Very Good: a copy that has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Most items will be dispatched the same or the next working day. Seller Inventory # mon0008913954
Book Description Verso Books, 2001. Condition: Fair. This is an ex-library book and may have the usual library/used-book markings inside.This book has hardback covers. In fair condition, suitable as a study copy. Dust Jacket in fair condition. , 650grams, ISBN:9781859846186. Seller Inventory # 7194584
Book Description New York & London: Verso, (2001.) dj, 2001. Hardcover - Later printing. In June 1960, the former Belgian Congo won its independence; on January 17. 1961, the first democratically elected prime minister of the Republic of the Congo, and a pioneer of African unity, was murdered. Using official sources and first hand accounts, this book attempts to "unravel the appalling mass of lies, hypocrisy and betrayals that have surrounded accounts of the assassination" and reveals a "network of complicity from the CIA to the Belgian government." In fact, this book has prompted the Belgian government to establish an official commission to inquire into the assassination. Translated from the Dutch by Ann Wright and Renee Fenby. Photographs, extensive notes, bibliography, chronology, index. xxi, 224 pp. Fine in near fine dust jacket. Seller Inventory # 54066
Book Description Verso 2001-09, 2001. Hardcover. Condition: good. 1859846181. Seller Inventory # 733117
Book Description Verso Books, London and New York, 2001. Hard Cover. Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. First Edition. Tight and clean, includes a B&W middle photo sectiion. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Seller Inventory # 019218