East Along the Equator by Helen Winternitz
A Journey up the Congo and into Zaire (Traveler / Atlantic Monthly Press)

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In this brilliant mix of political journalism and travel writing, Helen Winternitz and fellow journalist Timothy Phelps witness what few Westerners have: life in the ecologically rich but financially impoverished American-backed dictatorship of Zaire, the former Belgian Congo.

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Published January 1, 1987 by Atlantic Monthly Press. 274 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Travel. Non-fiction

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country road--the samaritan fails to live up to the image the author had of ""a kindly old priest with a mind mellowed by the years of working under the auspices of divine love."" Besides, the mission fails to provide hot showers and the light bulb in their (complimentary) room is ""un-shaded."" ...

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She also illustrates the shattered state of Zaire's economy (for example, the radio station in Kisangani, one of Zaire's largest cities, no longer broadcasts because scavengers kept stealing valuable wire and cablesavailable only on the black market if at alluntil the transmitting tower collapsed).

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