CONGO, THE: A EUROPEAN INVENTION (A Simple History Series #9): $4, 5½” x 4”, offset, 52 pgs.

Mar 23, 2012

Nicely done zine about, you got it, the history of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It’s a country that has, for centuries, been at the mercy of corrupt and exploitative political leaders—initially European “conquerors” and, later, self-appointed Congolese dictators. The writing here is simple but informative, the layout is clean and readable, the art and layout is crisp but inventive. Overall, this is a great effort that does an impressive job of showcasing the fact that Sub-Saharan Africa has, for hundreds of years, been almost constantly sundered by colonialism and exploitation—from Portuguese slave traders in the fifteenth century to European oppression in the 1700 and 1800s, to rumored CIA-backed coups in the 1960s, leaving Congolese leaders to funnel billions from the country’s resources while its citizens lived in poverty. Clearly assembled with care, this one’s recommended. Well done. –Keith Rosson (Microcosm Publishing, 636 SE 11th Ave., Portland, OR 97214)

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